In February 1963 Ridley Scott was named in the title credits as “Designer” for a BBC television Tonight programme about the severe winter of 1963.
He went on to famously direct science fiction ‘horror’ films Alien and Blade Runner and recently Prometheus.
The BBC likewise, it might be said, has taken a similar path, producing climate ‘horror’ films based more on science fiction than fact.
The BBC don’t miss a trick. Their ‘Spring Watch’ programme is highly successful with high audience ratings. They have expanded the franchise to include ‘Autumn Watch’ and ‘Winter Watch’.
All probably guaranteed a wide and credulous audience of nature lovers who are easily ‘persuaded’ or ‘nudged’ along a certain path …because of course they ‘care’ about the wildlife….so any suggestion that something is harming the wildlife, the BBC hopes, will spur them into action to provide a remedy.
And if that harm is ‘climate change’….
The most recent ‘Winter Watch’ was a curious piece that for a long time had me perplexed. It consisted of the above mentioned BBC film of the 1963 winter which was one of the severest for decades.
The BBC these days always has an agenda in such programmes….so what was the purpose of this particular Winter Watch?
It could just be a fascinating piece of historical film…it certainly was that.
It could be a subversive thumbing of the nose at Roger Harrabin…after all this was an ‘extreme weather event’ happening in 1963.….long before the scientifically accepted consensus that global warming was only affected by man made causes from the 1970’s onwards.
It could be a cunning ploy to scare the hell out of us with tales of food shortages, power failures and half the bird population of Britain dieing in the cold and blaming it all on climate change and extreme events…..and by inference suggest this is what is coming if you don’t start to reform your behaviour.
Any guesses which one it turned out to be?
Here’s a clue…presenter Chris Packham’s parting words….
‘What an extraordinary story of how we and our wildlife lived through the hardest winter in the last two centuries.
Will it happen again?
Well….given that we’re experiencing more and more extreme weather events which scientists are putting down to global climate change I wouldn’t be at all surprised!’
First…1683-84 is acknowledged as the coldest and harshest winter on record long before the ‘invention’ of ‘man made CO2′.…secondly are we experiencing ‘more and more extreme weather events’?
Thirdly is any of that related to global warming?…and fourthly is global warming related to anything mankind does? And fifthly is it specifically CO2 that is the main culprit? Oh and sixthly….has global warming stopped completely, slowed, or merely plateaued?
It might also be useful to remember this :
1955: Britain’s big freeze Deep snow and freezing temperatures continue across Britain leaving many parts of the country cut off from essential supplies.
Temperatures have fallen below 28 degrees Fahrenheit (minus three degrees centigrade) – four degrees below freezing and the lowest for 30 years.
Or of course the winter of 1947.
It does look as if the BBC are plucking any old statistic out of the air and claiming it as extreme and unprecedented when a cursory look at the records show it to be anything but. So called extreme events have happened frequently over centuries whether flooding, drought or freezing cold.
Hundreds of people living on the east coast of Britain have died in some of the worst storms ever recorded.
I can only imagine that there is a plan within the BBC that links all its programmes into the theme of the day. It maybe Islam, homosexuality, or climate….but it is apparent that programmes from all genres…drama, science, comedy and children’s, are used to promote the current fashionable thinking and to slip the ideas subliminally into our little heads.
They bombard us with these ideas…no longer bothering with the ‘science’ but presenting them as if the ‘science’ is settled…all the viewer has to do is accept that and look to the BBC et al for the remedy.
You now know something is wrong, you know the cause, all that is needed is a plan of action. And it undoubtedly will include wind turbines.
This was a blatantly dishonest and misleading piece of climate propaganda worthy of any production by Al Gore…..all the more devious because of the particular audience it targeted.
BBC nature programmes, perhaps ironically, have become the new ‘Top Gear’ of the BBC’s output…….where Top Gear used to be about boot space, reliability and economy it has evolved into an entertaining cartoon of itself dealing in acceleration, speed and handling of outrageously expensive supercars.
The BBC nature programmes seem to have similarly evolved now more intent on bringing us devastation, disaster and extreme weather than in looking at the feeding habits of the water vole.
Perhaps we could have less politics and more water vole.
After all…..CO2 exists in the Earth’s atmosphere as a trace gas at a concentration of 0.039 per cent by volume.
…..man produces less than 5% of the world’s total CO2 output, and of that Britain produces less than 2%….or put another way, Britain produces just 0.1% of the world’s total CO2 output…man made and natural combined….Iran produces more CO2 than us (or did before the sanctions kicked in).
And yet we need to close down all our industry and despoil the countryside with ever more expensive wind turbines that don’t work anywhere nearly as efficiently or with the constancy of a regular power station tipping more and more people into fuel poverty as the rich land owners get even richer raking in the government subsidies so generously provided to persuade them of the benefits of the wind turbine.
The BBC needs to stop the propaganda and start looking at the science, and listen to all those who have something to say not just those with enormous vested interests whether ego, reputation, career credibilty or massive ‘research’ funding.