A couple of days ago he was getting his panties in a bunch about those evil Koch Brothers, today it’s the Anglo-Saxon world in general:

To those who despair of the success of sceptical lobbying, the message is clear: learn one of the languages of Brazil, China or India.

Even French might do at a pinch.

Black’s article – which bemoans the apparent undue influence of climate scepticism in English-speaking countries – is based on a report by a former BBC journalist (naturally) from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. The RISJ is funded in part by George Soros – a good-guy evil capitalist who uses his money to promote the sort of left-wing propaganda approved of by BBC journalists. Other funding for the RISJ comes from the BBC, the BBC World Service and the British Council, which means we pay for it at least three times over. And one of the ubiquitous Joseph Rowntree trusts is involved too, of course.

Anyway, I hope it’s all true. Altogether now (to the tune of U-S-A! U-S-A!): AN-GLO-SAX’N! AN-GLO-SAX’N! AN-GLO-SAX’N!

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  1. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Hey, Black and Newsnight (Palast) both attacking the Koch Bros.  One might begin to suspect an agenda.


  2. Buggy says:

    English IS one of the languages of India.

    Black, you are a div.

    Monsieur Noir, vous etes un deev.

    Herr Schwarz, du bist ein Div.

    Signor Nero, sei un div.

    Te div vagy, fekete úr.


  3. Jeremy Clarke says:

    What is the Spanish for ‘hide the decline’?

    Best not ask Richard Black that question, eh? 🙂


  4. John Horne Tooke says:

    Don’t forget its only thw Wests coal that leads to global warming. Chinese coal has the opposite effect.


  5. dave s says:

    Black’s article is pernicious.
    What he is really moaning about is the fact that the English speaking nations are by history and tradition not given to deference to  any orthodoxy. It is in our DNA just as impartiality is in the DNA of the BBC. Although I am being ironic here.
    It is a thinly disguised plea for censorship- in all our best interests of course.
    It is just another example of the gulf between reality and the beeboid mind.


  6. John Horne Tooke says:

    There is only one word for Black: “lēasere”


  7. John Horne Tooke says:

    The leading alarmists all speak an Anglo Saxon dialect. It is the English speaking world that gave us this madness. Now Black is not happy that English will be the language that destroys his fantasy world.

    You move to China or India Black and see if you will be well rewarded there for peddling rubbish. Would China or India  use him to undermine their economies?  Of course not.


  8. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Should we ask Black how you say, “World’s top polluter” in Mandarin?


  9. john in cheshire says:

    Mr Black, should you be reading these comments : if you’re not seeing a therapist, you should consider it; if you are seeing one, you should change to someone else.


  10. Louis Robinson says:

    One must remember there are other topics which don’t translate well from the English. Justice, Equality. Fairness. Freedom.


  11. The Beebinator says:

    Hey Dick Black, maybe the reason why leading alarmists all speak an Anglo Saxon dialect is because we’re all very well educated and we dont believe in voodoo,  zombees or fairy tales and we’re not going to burn in eternal damnation if we dont go to church on a sunday

    we all learn in infant school about the boy who cried wolf and king canute, maybe Dick was ill and missed them lessons


  12. Umbongo says:

    Black is a propagandist pure and simple.  Calling him a “correspondent” is an insult to genuine journalists.  He’s not interested in impartial coverage of AGW: he’d prefer no coverage of any opinion, let alone evidence, contradictory to his religion.  The RISJ report seems to me – on the basis of a skim of the executive summary – available here unexceptionable.  Of course Black doesn’t like the fact that not only does AGW scepticism exist (and is evidently growing) but that some sections of the press – not including the BBC in print (the Guardian) – have the temerity to report sceptical views and news.

    Black is a natural authoritarian and, by virtue of his position at the near-monopoly public broadcaster, an intellectual thug in the grand tradition of Lysenko.  The “intellectual” bit is an exaggeration obviously because it’s pretty clear that Black has neither the brainpower nor the confidence to do other than endlessly assert the discredited tenets of his religion.  If the leaked email from Mann mentioning Black as the go-to man at the BBC to prevent any sceptical opinion being broadcast is accurate (and no-one – not even Black – has AFAIAA denied it) Black and his friends in climate “science” must be in despair that, despite BBC censorship of non-warmist views, other avenues to express disquiet with the warmist hegemony in public policy remain not only open but increasingly willing to allow the voice of scepticism to be heard.


  13. Jeremy Clarke says:

    The picture caption says it all: “Where people live close to the land, climate scepticism appears to be scarce.”  
    The inference to be drawn from Richard Black’s article goes along the following lines:  
    People from areas where there are extreme weather events, drought, flooding and plagues of locusts know that man-made climate is to blame and they know that we are all going to Hell in a hand-cart.  
    In stark contrast, Western “sceptics” don’t have to deal with these harsh realities and, besides, they are only lobbyists funded by big business but I shall not state this outright. Instead of making snarky comments about GWPF, Delingpole and The Daily Mail I shall only offer vague insinuations about them because I have to maintain a pretence of impartiality.  



    • ian says:

      The third world crap was of course meant to induce colonialist guilt in us. It didn’t work on me.


    • London Calling says:

      I live “close to the land” About five foot eight inches close. Of course he means agricultural societies, but what does Black eat, concrete? We do agriculture but have industry as well – so that’s what he means. Those who don’t pollute the world by wealth-creating economic industrial activity.
      Black speak with forked tongue.


  14. Kanburi says:

    Here in Bangkok climate change is inevitably being blamed for the flooding of the city, and of course the BBC has jumped on the bandwagon:

    What this programme doesn’t tell you is that Bangkok has a long history of flooding. In 1785 the city flooded to a height of of nearly 15 feet. In 1819 flood levels reached 10 feet. Roads were underwater for a month in 1917 and in 1942 a 5 feet high flood swamped the city for 2 months. Major flooding occurred in 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1995, and 1996.

    The BBC harps on that the flooding is having a “greater” impact than before. Of course it is – in 1942 the city was a third of the size it is now and its population was just 2 million. Now it’s 10 million. Since then many industrial and housing estates have been built on the flood plain of the Chao Praya river on the outskirts of Bangkok, so in 1942 a few water buffalo got their feet wet, whereas now millions are flooded out of their homes. There’s total silence from the BBC on this aspect.

    Pure AGW propaganda from the BBC once again. What bothers me is that the BBC World Service is still considered abroad (including by all my Thai colleagues) to be a bastion of impartiality. It’s sickening.


    • Umbongo says:


       . . . and in, what, 200 words you’ve put the Bangkok flood in context. Odd isn’t it that an organisation which spends £800+ million on news and current affairs appears not to be able to do so.

      This search of the BBC website apparently fails to provide contextual info concerning previous flooding of Bangkok.  I’m not saying that somewhere on the BBC website kanburi’s info isn’t replicated but, to a casual reader/listener/viewer of the BBC offering, the (misleading) news gives the impression that these events are more or less unprecedented.


  15. Roland Deschain says:

    There’s a “delete” option under your post – you don’t have to wait for the mods.


    • Kanburi says:

      Many thanks


      • Grant says:

        I spent 2 weeks holiday in Thailand once. Lovely country and people. But, you just need to look out the plane window flying into Bangkok to see there is a flood risk ! 


  16. George R says:

    “Questo corso è molto prevenuto.
    Language courses always come with baggage, like the BBC one that teaches you to talk about climate change in Italian.”


  17. John Horne Tooke says:

    Black must be learning Italian!!!!

    “The section in [BBC] Talk Italian 2 on telling the time casually envisages a scenario of ‘Jorge’ and ‘Alessandro’ co-ordinating a meeting at a climate-change conference: Il cambiamento climatico: rischio per la biodiversità marina. The reader is invited to insert the Italian for ‘we start’ in the following ominous sentence ‘_____ alle dieci e un quarto con il discorso del Ministro sul cambiamento climatico’ (answer: Cominciamo) (1). Whatever happened to time-keeping dialogues simply based on railway enquiries?”


    • Grant says:

      The BBC are very keen on “outsourcing”, so they could ask B-BBC posters produce “Talk Italian”.
      First  ” Dove e la piu vicina moschea  ? “.   Essential Italian !