Booker on the BBC’s Early Spring Lie


Booker has his regular blackthorn winter report this week, but has a dig at that woefully misleading BBC programme, Costing the Earth:

After we outsourced our weather to the Sahara for those few days of unusual warmth, vivid splashes of white along our Somerset hedgerows last week coincided with that familiar chill known to countryfolk as the “blackthorn winter”. Along with this year’s wonderful shows of primroses and dog violets, these signs of spring have all come at what, from many decades of observation, I think of as their “normal” time, with blackthorn usually flowering in the last 10 days of April.

This might come as a surprise to anyone who heard a recent edition of that drearily climate-change obsessed programme Costing The Earth on BBC Radio 4, which assured us that springs are now coming an average of “26 days” earlier than they did 10 years ago. Its young…

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Energy Minister Dumbstruck as Renewable Energy Calamity Crushes Australian Businesses & Families

The tide is turning down under.


Energy Minster suffers from excess emissions of his own hot air.

In the midst of a self-inflicted power pricing and supply calamity, you’d hope your Energy Minister could identify the cause and fix it. When the Minister happens to be Josh Frydenberg, any hope of a sensible solution fast turns to disappointment, on its way to frustration and exasperation.

From the moment he took up the role in July 2016, Frydenberg went out of his way to become the ‘BFF’ of Australia’s renewables rent seekers: cavorting with them at renewable energy shindigs around the country, allowing them to occupy his office in Canberra on a time-share basis and going out of his way to never, ever offend them.

In pushing the National Energy Guarantee (which, if deployed as originally devised, spells the end to intermittent and unreliable renewables), Josh has been ‘de-friended’ by a number of his former BFFs, including…

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