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Climate Chaos Is Here, Say TUC!

September 13, 2021

By Paul Homewood



What on earth is this gormless woman going on about?




The UK needs to be better prepared for future economic shocks, says the TUC.

"Covid is not going to be a one-off," the union federation’s general secretary, Frances O’Grady, will tell its annual congress later on Monday.

"Climate chaos is here already and the longer we put off getting to net zero, the more disruptive it will be," she will add.

  1. Ian Magness permalink
    September 13, 2021 10:03 am

    Monty Python’s “Spot the Loony” sketch comes to mind.

  2. Silver Dynamite permalink
    September 13, 2021 10:04 am

    O’Grady has a degree in politics so she must be right about this sort of thing.

    • mjr permalink
      September 13, 2021 5:08 pm

      makes her as qualified to spout about climate as all the bbc environment correspondents with their non scientific education .

  3. September 13, 2021 10:05 am

    Who are the “we” she wants not to continue to put off reaching net zero?

  4. Robert Christopher permalink
    September 13, 2021 10:15 am

    And I thought the Government driven NET Zero policy was stark raving bonkers (while Climate Change was just bonkers).

    Did you see the passive, unquestioning, stance of the BBC?

  5. Nordisch geo-climber permalink
    September 13, 2021 10:16 am

    “Climate chaos”?????? Just looking outside, no chance. Neither in the southern hemisphere. Possibly another severe cool period.
    That lady needs to get out a bit more.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      September 13, 2021 11:52 am

      Preferably with an umbrella and some warm woollies. It may be cold this winter!

    • Rowland P permalink
      September 13, 2021 6:57 pm

      Climate is one of the most complex, non-linear, chaotic systems known to man – naturally and, therefore, cannot be predicted. To ignore chaos is fraud.

      • September 13, 2021 7:21 pm

        The same seems true of the more scientifically humble weather forecast so why does anyone credit the climate forecasts, which also depend on costly super computers, though the climate scientists seem to discount GIGO.

  6. GeoffB permalink
    September 13, 2021 10:21 am

    Ironic that the general secretary of TUC is campaigning to loose millions of engineering and manufacturing jobs in oil, gas, steel and automotive.

    • John Peter permalink
      September 13, 2021 5:04 pm

      Exactly my thoughts. She must have lost the plot. Maybe she is 5th column put in by Boris’ wife.

    • mjr permalink
      September 13, 2021 5:11 pm

      given the affiliations of union officials in the past, she is probably working hard on behalf of her political masters way off to the east of us (and the workers in those countries who will get all the jobs )

  7. Graeme No.3 permalink
    September 13, 2021 10:28 am

    I would have thought that getting to Net Zero would be more disruptive than any change in the weather.

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      September 13, 2021 10:34 am


      • Ian Wilson permalink
        September 13, 2021 10:52 am

        Precisely, so that makes her right about preparing for economic shocks – those caused by suicidal net zero policies.

  8. Cheshire Red permalink
    September 13, 2021 10:33 am

    They endlessly assert cliches and soundbites but seldom use facts or demonstrable statistics. Almost as if they’re making it up as they go along.

  9. September 13, 2021 10:43 am

    She is warning of job losses and then asking ministers what they will do you till the job vacancies. Am I missing something or is she just a lefty?

  10. September 13, 2021 11:05 am

    The head of the TUC looking to find reasons, no matter how hypothetical, for her functionaries to try and stop their membership working; whilst still retaining their remuneration. What a surprise, NOT!

  11. Tim Spence permalink
    September 13, 2021 11:20 am

    We had to destroy the economy to save the economy.

  12. September 13, 2021 11:37 am

    Her ilk have drunk too muck Kool-Aid.

  13. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 13, 2021 11:37 am

    Brighton has just got one of these all electric bin lorries.


    It’ll be interesting to see how useful/useless it turns out to be.

    • September 13, 2021 12:03 pm

      There is no such thing as a bin lorry any more, there are environmentally friendly waste recycling units. Bin men are now all classified as green job holders.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 13, 2021 3:29 pm

      I thought the South Coast loonies already had battery powered bin lorries? Didn’t they find them costing 50% more to buy and then only able to do 50% of a round before the battery went flat? Not only does the battery have to power the compactor but they also didn’t notice that Brighton is quite hilly being on the South Downs.

      Another bunch of virtue-signallers, the City of London, have got battery powered bin lorries. At least they only have to cover a square mile. Be interesting to know the economics since the service is contracted out to Veolia. I suspect they susidised the vehicle purchase.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    September 13, 2021 12:03 pm

    It’s like some bizarre mass delusion. The only chaos is in their own minds and the weird statistics of the Alarmists.

  15. Gamecock permalink
    September 13, 2021 12:07 pm

    What’s a TUC?

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      September 13, 2021 12:14 pm

      It’s a rather cheesy, flaky biscuit favoured by the workers.

      • September 13, 2021 1:27 pm

        Surely, such luxuries are reserved for Union officials only?

    • Simon Derricutt permalink
      September 13, 2021 1:00 pm

      Gamecock – Harry’s reply was a bit tongue-in-cheek. TUC biscuits were pretty good….

      The TUC is however the Trades Union Congress in the UK, which is supposed to represent the consensus view of all the trade unions in the UK. Thus somewhat to the left and maybe valuing principles (the dignity of labour, and fighting the oppressors) higher than pragmatism (people actually need jobs and an income that is higher than their necessary expenditures).

      • Luc Ozade permalink
        September 13, 2021 2:45 pm

        TUC cheese sandwich biscuits are delicious. I eat them all the time, at the computer!

      • Gerry, England permalink
        September 13, 2021 3:33 pm

        These days the TUC represents a small fraction of the nation’s employed – mainly because the actions of their members drastically reduced jobs by sending industries to the wall over intransigence and disputes.

        When Unite were recruiting at my council I thought the subs were over the top and thought it a bit rich to have a sliding scale related to your income since you wouldn’t get anything better from them for being paid more.

      • devonblueboy permalink
        September 13, 2021 5:00 pm

        It’s never about the members having more benefits. It’s always about the officials having higher remuneration!

  16. Harry Passfield permalink
    September 13, 2021 12:13 pm

    The only climate chaos going on at the moment is that caused by the idiots on the M25 at present, blocking one of the exit/entry slip roads.
    It’s about time the police got serious.

  17. Broadlands permalink
    September 13, 2021 1:06 pm

    “Climate chaos is here already and the longer we put off getting to net zero, the more disruptive it will be…”

    She obviously doesn’t understand that getting to net-zero means taking billions of tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere and at the source and storing it somewhere. It is not the same as getting to zero emissions which means leaving our most reliable source of energy for transportation in the ground. Neither of these “projects” could lower the Earth’s temperature…assuming CO2 really is the “control knob”. The chaos is among those who believe climate model forecasts…and the tooth-fairy?

  18. September 13, 2021 1:10 pm

    The main noticeable effect of climate change in the UK, similar elsewhere, is a reduction from around 1990 in the frequency of rubbish (i.e. abnormally cold) days and nights. Shown below for example are daily CET winter night time (minimum) temperatures.

    Is that the only change in temperatures? No, median monthly temperatures have risen in line with monthly means.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      September 13, 2021 1:33 pm

      What a silly common purpose bint!

    • Broadlands permalink
      September 13, 2021 1:36 pm

      Globally, the long-term temperature anomaly since ~1900 has risen a modest +0.83°C as of 2016. From ~14.0°C to 14.83°C…according to NOAA. Hardly a climate crisis or emergency worthy of economic destruction to reach net-zero.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        September 13, 2021 2:32 pm

        Well, BL, the NZs know as well as we do that the next twenty years or so is going to be pretty much cooler than present. They are rushing their NZ platform out because they expect to be able to point to the cooler temps as being a result of their (ours, really) efforts to prevent climageddon. They would rather be cold than warm. Idiots.

      • Colin permalink
        September 13, 2021 6:43 pm

        And about half of that increase occurred before 1950. Given how few 120year olds there are there’s not many around who have direct experience of this catastrophic warming. Indeed anyone under the age of 80 have likely only “experienced” a degree Fahrenheit of Global Warming , ie they haven’t, except in screaming BBC headlines, and various Attenbollox products.
        Here in the subpolar North of Scotland, the warming we’ve experienced since 1990 is equivalent to that of moving from Aberdeen to Inverness, so basically if I want to experience this catastrophe, but compressed into 2 hours, all I need do is take a train to Inverness.

    • bobn permalink
      September 13, 2021 4:10 pm

      Climarecon. That graph is really good for showing some of the natural short term cycles. The 30yr cycle (Solar GMO & Jupiter orbit) may be showing in the recurring cold winters 2010, 1980,1950,1920,1890) -watch out for 2040!
      The current mild winters (1990-2020) are also present in the phase (1910-1940). This could show the Yoshimura cycle @60yr (Sun barycentre motion with Jupiter/Saturn tidal beat).
      Sadly this means we a due a repeat of the 1940-1980 winter phase. Going to get chilly!

  19. tom0mason permalink
    September 13, 2021 5:46 pm

    The TUC’s history shows that (like most unions) do not do or say anything that is not to or for their (usually financial) benefit. As with most in this ‘climate chaos’, ‘climate crisis’ circus, it’s all about money and influence.
    Does Frances O’Grady remember the ‘Winter of Discontent’ (winter of 1978–79) and how clement the weather was then? Have union members not noticed that in the last 20 years or so that winters are a tad cooler and often lasting a little longer? Where dear union members is all this global warming we were promised? The TUC like climate models are just wrong, the climate has always changed and we humans are NOT in charge of it.
    I wonder who’s paid the TUC elites off this time? Or maybe there are ‘under the table’ offers of cushy government jobs for some?

  20. 2hmp permalink
    September 13, 2021 5:52 pm

    She is about normal with her knowledge of climate and CO2. I have been asking people for five years what the CO2 percentage is of the atmosphere – three more this afternoon, One mechanical engineer estimated 20% and a chemical engineer from BP chemicals estimated 7% but then changed it to 2%. God help us if even intelligent people don;t know what
    they are talking about. At least the third person said he didn’t know but thought it was ‘quite small’.

  21. Derek Clews permalink
    September 13, 2021 7:12 pm

    Emergency! Crisis! We want you to Panic! What good has a wrong assessment of a situation ever done? What good does panic do?

  22. Curious George permalink
    September 13, 2021 7:26 pm

    “Be better prepared for future economic shocks.” Every army is preparing for the last war, should it be fought again.

  23. bobn permalink
    September 13, 2021 8:11 pm

    Yep. TUC is just in it for the money.
    Whilst the TUC bosses are enjoying their annual booze-up, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has calculated that the average remuneration of the top 30 Union Chiefs on more than £100,000 was £150,755 in 2020. The highest-paid trade union boss, outgoing General Secretary of the GMB Tim Roache, bagged an unbelievable £288,000 plus an £80,000 payment for long standing service, a £500,000 lump sum, a car of his choice and a £60,000 annual pension after terminating his employment in sordid circumstances. By comparison Prime Minister Boris Johnson earns £160,000…
    The boss of the National Association of Head Teachers, Paul Whiteman, was the second highest paid union boss, taking home a staggering £216,387. TUC boss Frances O’Grady pockets a comfortable above average £167,229. John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, says:
    ”These red barons relentlessly preach policies around wealth inequality and demand evermore tax-and-spend, but are sitting comfortably as some of Britain’s biggest earners. Hypocritical union heads should stop lining their pockets with these six-figure salaries.”
    Nice work if you can get it…

    • Curious George permalink
      September 13, 2021 8:28 pm

      How very American 🙂

    • September 13, 2021 9:47 pm

      Fortunately, their wages etc. don’t come from taxes so their membership should know how much value for money comes from these hypocrites.

  24. Andrew Wilkins permalink
    September 13, 2021 11:12 pm

    The daft bint bangs on about how CO2-induced climate change is going to kill us all, then immediately segues into demanding more money for drivers of fossil fuelled trucks.
    The unions are such wallies.

  25. Ray Sanders permalink
    September 14, 2021 8:50 am

    Jillian Ambrose (silly Jilly) is claiming today that the wind this year is the lowest recorded since 1961. Anyone know how to check if that claim is actually true?

  26. September 14, 2021 9:42 am

    A bit off topic, but has anyone had a play on the BBC page ‘”What will climate change look like in your area’.

    Nothing really to create any alarm, but one section caught my eye. The Wettest day section for summer gave this for my postcode and similar for others I tried across the South:

    “On the wettest summer day of the past 30 years, 41mm of rain fell in your area. At a 2C rise, this could be about 47mm. And at a 4C rise, it could be about 44mm, which is 7% more than now.”

    It actually goes down from 2C to 4C!!

    If this is a mistake no-one seems to have noticed in the 6 weeks that they’ve had the page up.

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