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Ramblin’ Bob Ward

August 30, 2021

By Paul Homewood



Ramblin’ Bob Ward


In case some of you do not know who Bob Ward is, he is the Communications Director (ie PR Man) for the Grantham Institute.

As his employer admits, Bob has no relevant scientific qualifications whatever, and never even finished his PhD course. He is no more than a hack:



For years now, his main purpose has been to suppress any media contradiction of his employer’s alarmist agenda. Notably he has filed several complaints over the years about Christopher Booker to various Press Complaints organisations. From conversations with Booker, I am led to understand that Ward only ever won one, and that was on a minor technicality. From personal experience, I have helped Booker on a number of Ward’s complaints over the years. They have all been poorly compiled and written in a rambling, incoherent fashion. And each one he lost hands down.

It is abundantly clear that he does not understand the facts about the topics he is complaining about. Instead he usually just quotes the work of some junk scientist, in the hope of diverting attention from the actual facts.

According to Booker however, that never mattered to him. His only objective was to make life so difficult for the likes of Booker, and more importantly his editor, that any real debate about climate change was shut down.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    August 30, 2021 9:59 pm

    Bob Ward – the Communications Director (ie PR Man) for the Grantham Institute.

    “PUBLIC RELATIONS” is an anagram of “CRAP BUILT ON LIES”

  2. ThinkingScientist permalink
    August 30, 2021 10:00 pm

    “An unfinished PhD thesis”

    The hubris and presumption of Bob Ward’s claim beggars belief. Typical spin doctor. Wants to give the impression he’s almost got a PhD.

    Me, I’ve got loads of unfinished PhD theses. Everyone has. Maybe I’ll start writing one of them one of these days.

  3. tomo permalink
    August 30, 2021 10:22 pm

    and yet … he still trousers how much? *every f-ing week from Jeremy’s war chest….

    Jeremy keeps a low profile away from his sock puppets.

  4. HotScot permalink
    August 30, 2021 10:45 pm

    To be fair, he has a degree in Geology, but most geologists I have seen online are climate change sceptics. The only one I’ve met was my daughters Geography teacher who was a geologist in the Oil industry and she was a full bore climate alarmist. I never did get the debate she promised me.

    What does irritate me about climate ‘scientists’ is that science is a demonstrably falsifiable phenomenon. Every study is a hypothesis evolved into a theory, which itself exists to be falsified.

    In other words, scientists can’t have an opinion on ‘the climate’, they can only work toward disproving their own theory.

    For example, if an engineer designs a bridge, it’s a hypothesis. His job thereafter is to break the bridge. He might use hurricane, earthquake or landslip simulations relative to the region the bridge is designed for.

    Ultimately he/she reaches the conclusion that within certain parameters, in a given region not expected to exceed those parameters, the bridge will not break.

    That does not mean the bridge can’t break.

    What we don’t get are engineers designing a bridge then scurrying around finding ‘scientific’ studies demonstrating why it shouldn’t break, the objective is to test the bridge design until it does break.

    Colin Chapman, one of the greatest F1 car designers ever to live, designed his cars with one philosophy that, when his car crossed the finish line in first place, the tyres should burst, the engine should explode, the gearbox seize, the suspension collapse and every rivet in the bodywork should fail.

    Drivers often commented that his cars were flimsy, but they suited one of the best F1 drivers of all times, Jimmy Clark, who drove them smoothly and gracefully to their limits, not bouncing them off walls and kerbs like a brute. Presumably why the two had such a good relationship.

    Chapmans cars didn’t expire at the end of every race because he had a season to complete and a budget to work within. But the following season there was a heavily revised, or completely new car ready to be broken.

    My point being is that Bob Ward isn’t interested in breaking anything. He’s happy with the status quo, which disqualifies him as a scientist, no matter what his degree defines him as.

    No scientist should ever agree with any conformist view. They are in the business of breaking conformity.

    • Ken Pollock permalink
      August 31, 2021 10:23 am

      HotScot, love the reference to Colin Chapman and Jim Clark. 100% agree with you. Brilliant designer and great (Scottish) driver. When 14, I saw Clark in F Junior at Brands. A knowledgeable friend (of the same age) said Clark would be world champion one day!!! Proved true. Let’s not mention these two in the same breath as Bob Ward ever again!!!
      Note: Lotus was an acronym: “Loads Of Trouble, Usually Serious” . Not my experience with a Lotus Seven 1500 Cosworth

  5. Curious George permalink
    August 30, 2021 11:44 pm

    He fulfills an important function in Dr. Goebbels’s scheme of persuasion.

  6. Martin Brumby permalink
    August 30, 2021 11:53 pm

    Apparently the PhD (failed) was ‘research’ into “Paleopiezometry”.

    As a Chartered Civil Engineer, I have a pretty good idea about pizometric pressures , their measurement and the importance in assessing (for example) the stability of earth structures, embankment slopes and so on.

    But “Paleopiezometry”?

    How the Hell do you measure or use that?

    Sounds to me like some of the old jests when gullible apprentices were sent to the stores and told to bring back a left-handed wanking spanner. Or whatever.

    Seems entirely appropriate for “fast fingers” Bob.

    • chriskshaw permalink
      August 31, 2021 12:11 am

      Sky hook, glass hammer and long weight (aka wait) were my humiliation.

      • 1saveenergy permalink
        August 31, 2021 8:44 am

        When I was an apprentice, foreman told me to fetch a ‘bucket of steam’ so I went to the tap & filled it with liquid steam (water) & while he was out, put it on the electric hob in his office, 20 mins later he comes back to an office full of steam & all his papers & clothes soaked. … the good old days !!!

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        August 31, 2021 9:15 am

        Forgive me for this but I only glanced at the opening paragraph. It’s small print and this is a small screen and I’m afraid for “shortly after its launch” I managed to read “shortly after his lunch”.
        Which for all I know could be true and would seem pretty appropriate in my experience of PR.

  7. cookers52 permalink
    August 31, 2021 1:08 am

    But Bob Ward is just quoting verbatim from the IPCC report, he has cherry picked what he wanted, he has got plenty of rubbish to pick from.

    His fault is to say others have got it all wrong, because he well knows they haven’t got it wrong at all.

  8. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    August 31, 2021 7:53 am

    Common Purpose, by the look of him.

  9. A Norwich Tory permalink
    August 31, 2021 8:25 am

    You write this as if Booker was still alive. Sadly, he’s not.

    • August 31, 2021 8:59 am

      But his writings live on, I’m currently reading his book “The Real Global Warming Disaster”, highly recommended.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        August 31, 2021 9:45 am

        Yes, read that as well, so can heartily recommend his ‘Scared to Death’.

  10. August 31, 2021 8:57 am

    A rare piece of balance from Wikipedia, on Jeremy Grantham:

    “Grantham is known to be a strong advocate for investments in the timber industry that also relies on trees for biomass/biofuel (wood chips).[17][18][19][20] The potential conflict of interest with Grantham’s philanthropic engagement for the “beyond coal” campaign of the Sierra Club[21] was criticized in Jeff Gibbs’ documentary Planet of the Humans.[22]”

    In other words, much of his wealth, and Bob Ward’s income, comes from felling trees … in order to save the environment.

  11. 2hmp permalink
    August 31, 2021 11:27 am

    The Grantham institute has somehow bypassed biology,botany ,chemistry and physics. The nonsense written by its members makes one seriously concerned about our education system. Just look at their headline raison d’etre

    Our vision – A sustainable, resilient, zero-carbon future.

    • August 31, 2021 4:36 pm

      These “institutes” pay to attach themselves to universities, pretend to be scholarly, and gain massive prestige and funding as a result. Follow the money, for both sides.

      • 2hmp permalink
        August 31, 2021 6:32 pm

        Absolutely. How can any half intelligent physicist say we should have a zero carbon climate. The mind boggles at the imbecility of the Grantham Institute.

      • September 1, 2021 2:02 pm

        Friend of Ramblin SId Rumpo perhaps?
        Certainly Beyond Our Ken!

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