According to the BBC, “the police officer at the centre of the “plebgate” row has accepted £80,000 in damages from Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell”.
So what was all the fuss about?
Here’s the definition of “pleb” from Oxford Dictionaries.com:
An ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes.
Mmm. Still seems like a lot to me when you compare this with potential damages for criminal injury compensation. £500,000 is your tops even if that involved you being killed!
This caught my attention because I have a strong dislike for the term “denier” as in the pernicious epithet “climate denier”. I haven’t come across any sceptics who deny that the climate changes, so the lie behind this slur is very obvious. You might as well call us “weather deniers”!
However, the real reason this term is thrown about by the climate alarmists is to deliberately or accidentally (for those too stupid to understand the way language works) draw comparisons with “holocaust denial”.
Sceptical? You should be. In evidence here are some quotes from Oxford Dictionaries.com on “denier”:
A person who denies something, especially someone who refuses to admit the truth of a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence:
a prominent denier of global warming
a climate change denier
In any case, to encourage debate about the theories of holocaust deniers is a wholly neutral and unremarkable activity.
Holocaust deniers intentionally blur the distinction between the First Amendment right to speak freely, without government restraint, and the right to publicity, an audience, and scholarly consideration.
So in this dictionary definition the main example is in the context of climate change – which in itself is distinctly dubious given the prior etymology from the holocaust. You would think that even a complete idiot could tell the difference between the factual nature of the holocaust and the probabilistic nature of global warming predictions based on models, the 18 year pause in temperature rise and dodgy homogenised data?
However, two references to the holocaust are used to back this up, thus firmly establishing in the minds of the faithful, witless and gullible the association of scepticism with holocaust denial. Bravo!
The upshot of this is that I can’t compare you to someone from the lower social orders but you can freely associate me with holocaust denial.
Now that seems fair.
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