Delingpole on Friday: How right I am to feel the way I do

As regular readers will know I’m in such a continual state of foaming fury about the idiocies of the world that I sometimes go over the top. “Truly, there aren’t enough bullets”, I’m wont to cry in exasperation. Once this was just a phrase. Increasingly though – after a very successful ongoing campaign by the left to brand metaphor a crime – it’s seen as evidence of a moral failing almost as great as if not worse than the physical reality it describes.

So that’s me, completely buggered then. Maybe, since words are my stock in trade I should end it all now.

Problem is, every time I look at the internet or read the newspapers or watch something on TV I’m yet again reminded by just how right I am to feel the way I do. Truly, there really aren’t enough bullets.

By way of further proof, I give you two speeches made by politicians this week: Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey’s speech to the Royal Society; President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Both were on the subject I try to mention as little as possible on Bogpaper because I don’t want to sound like a one-trick pony. Suffice to say that in both cases, both men were talking unutterable bollocks on a subject on which I know quite a bit: certainly a hell of lot more than they do.

And it wasn’t just disputable bollocks. It was unquestionably, demonstrably wrong bollocks. Almost every statement each of these politicians made was a flat-out untruth. They made scientific claims which were not remotely backed up by hard evidence.

Now whether they were themselves deliberately lying or whether they were merely badly misinformed we shall never be able to prove. But it really doesn’t matter, the more important point is this: this week two politicians in positions of enormous power made keynote speeches which will have a major impact on people’s lives. What they said was wrong in almost every way: yet serious public policy is going to be based on it.

Obviously, a State of the Union address by the President of the USA is going to have influence than one by a Lib Dem MP before a bunch of pinko, faux-science activists at a discredited science institution, but even so, both men were expressing a view very much current in the political establishment in the US, the UK and across the Western World: that Climate Change remains the great issue of our time and that extreme, coercive action needs to be taken by the state in order to deal with it, regardless of the social or economic repercussions.

But again, I say, this claim is just not true. And when you know it’s not true – and you can show it’s not true – what do you do? Do you get fired up with disgust and rage and dedicate huge chunks of your life to exposing the falsehood which, you know, is damaging the economy, restricting freedoms, ruining the landscape and inflicting unnecessary hardship on billions?

Or do you just opt out recognising, philosophically, that this is merely the latest fashionable thing – the “clamour of the times” as Dr Johnson called it – and that, though much more damage will undoubtedly be inflicted before it’s over there’s really very little a chap can do to stop it. So one may as well just accept it as the way things are. Or maybe – why not? – make the most of it while one can by getting a cushy job in the renewables industry or something to do with sustainability. Screw truth; fuck morality; make hay while the sun shines.

Well I’ll tell you what, there really are times when I find myself wishing I were made of different stuff. One of my Oxford contemporaries has just made a stonking great fortune from some renewables investment company which has struck a cosy deal with the government to help it buy a bunch of wind turbines. To me, capitalism – not that this is capitalism, it’s corporatism – doesn’t get any more unacceptable than this. It’s a stitch up, pure and simple: Big Government and rent-seeking corporatist vampires joining forces to squeeze the blood out of the taxpayer. I’m sure my Oxford contemporary knows this. I don’t think you can be involved in that sector and not know the truth, by this stage. But I’ll bet you he has a way, way nicer house than I do, and more holidays, and better wine, and newer, faster cars, and that he never worries as I do all the time about the cost of educating kids and the needs of old age. And I’ll bet too that he finds that being relieved of those quotidian financial cares is more than the enough compensation for having to live with the knowledge that the disgusting, cynical way he earns his living makes him a total, utter cunt.

And I’m not boasting about my moral superiority, here. Stating it, yes, because it’s a fact. But definitely not boasting – for I’m not sure there’s anything boast about.

I’m beginning to think that our society has grown so irredeemably corrupt, our economic system so skewed and tainted, that it is foolish and vainhearted to kid yourself any individual, however committed, articulate and informed, can do a single thing about it. Kicking against the traces only makes you angry; it gets you into trouble; it puts you perpetually on the outside of things.

If you take your fill at the pigsty with all the other troughers, on the other hand, well at least you’re in a better position to give your kids a better start, and your loved ones more creature comforts and security, and your friends a nicer pad to come and stay in. And isn’t that what life’s really all about, given that we’re not here for long: forgetting about our souls and all that changing-the-world nonsense – and concentrating on the only things that really matter – friends and family?

82 Comments on “Delingpole on Friday: How right I am to feel the way I do”

  1. dr
    February 15, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    James,
    Its starting to sound to me like you have financial problems and you note that corporatists have ways of making easy money.
    There are other ways of making money apart from rent seeking, so you shouldn’t have to sell your soul to the left in order to be able to provide for your family.
    I understand that I don’t know much about journalism and being an author, since its a long way from my expertise, but I do note that author’s of chick-lit seem to make good money, Mensch was a millionaire, and I believe that Fifty shades of Grey has sold quite well.
    Maybe if you invent a female pen name and write novels in that genre then your finances will be improved?
    Alternatively, just invent some new derivative and flog them in the city…

  2. Simon Roberts
    February 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Mr Orwell said “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. Maybe the only duty”.

    The history of man has been one of a struggle between peoples and self-appointed elites. In the past, the struggle was conducted by those able to wield swords, in the democratic age it is conducted by those able to wield words.

    You have firmly planted yourself on the side of the people and it is the right place to be. Is it really tempting to abandon all principle and join the ranks of the morally vacuous?

    Forgive the people – they are not corrupt, they bear human frailty they have been misled. They rely on champions to show them the truth.

  3. jazz606
    February 15, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    “…………Forgive the people – they are not corrupt, they bear human frailty they have been misled. They rely on champions to show them the truth.
    ………..”

    Forgive them ? Bollocks, they deserve everything that’s coming .

    • Michael
      February 18, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      True, just like the train hurtling into oblivion in “Atlas Shrugged”. It is a great summary of the sorts of rent seekers who all disavow any role in their self-immolation, for which they are all, in part, responsible.

  4. hereticisright
    February 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    James, in just about everything you write, it’s as if you were reading my mind and making great texts of the unsorted thoughts that go through it. I think many more feel this way about your writing. You’re speaking for a lot of people.

    You’re a leader in libertarian thinking and you need to reach out to more people. How about being a parliamentarian? You could stand for UKIP in some by-election or why not the Europarliament. Nigel Farage is great as Euro-MP (love those Youtube videos of him making fun of EU politicians), but you’re probably be even better.

    You’re a one man thinktank. Gather some good people around you and set up a thinktank organisation.

    How about writing a Norman Tebbit biography? Why doesn’t that already exist? Or does it? Anyway, he deserves a good one.

    • peter
      February 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

      I’ll second that

    • Charles, Bath
      February 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Yes, I get that feeling when I read James’s writing as well. It is very in tune with how I think and feel.

      That in turn makes me think (or hope) that there are probably many, many people out there who think the same.

      It’s not quite a lost cause yet. You would have thought that Britain was a lost cause in the 1930s with appeasement but we stepped back from the brink that time. Can we do it again?

  5. Chris
    February 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    I sympathise with you. My friend, is a trader. Has been since leaving university. Plays US government bond bingo in New York. Lives in a multi-million dollar apartment in Soho. Has a model as a girlfriend.

    The question to ask is: can you look at yourself in the mirror, and think I’m not a bastard or c**t and am not screwing people over?

    The tide is turning. People have had enough of wind farms and sky high fuel bills.

    Cameron is heading for the door by 2015 at the latest and hopefully before.

    Keep up the fight James. The country needs you.

    • Charles, Bath
      February 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Having worked in the bond industry I can see that much of the activity was of little benefit except to the traders and their bosses.

      However at least in that industry most of the participants knew what the game was and recognised full well that it was a dog-eat-dog industry.

      In addition, if London was not doing much of the bond business then someone else would be. At least we managed to capture the financial benefit here in the UK rather than elsewhere.

      Some small consolation perhaps.

  6. John Richardson
    February 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Mr Delingpole,

    You are dancing around a spiritual answer to your spiritual angst.

    So; ask for the TRUE answer if you have the guts to know the answer.
    The rest is noise…..as you so clearly have real finally realised.
    Good luck.

  7. orkneylad
    February 16, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    “A rat race is for rats. We’re not rats. We’re human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardise your chances of promotion and self-advancement. This is how it starts, and, before you know where you are, you’re a fully paid-up member of the rat pack. The price is too high.”

    Jimmy Reid

  8. Michael
    February 16, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    James,
    It is like watching the decline of the Roman Empire. The politicians are corrupt, the masses distracted by bread, horsemeat and circuses, the Visigoths are at the gate, the military are fighting unwinnable battles, everybody seeks to live of the state and the rot in morals (Liverpool Care Pathway, Chris Huhne et. all) is there for all to see. Like the Romans who clipped the coins, the debasement in money in the West is the ultimate cause of the problem.
    The problem is only about 2-5% of the population can really put all the pieces of the jigsaw together whilst perhaps a further 20-25% know that all these actions being taken are not in our best interests but hope or don’t want to imagine that that it is anything but a temporary decline in humankinds upward trajectory. Unfortunately the masses won’t wake up until milk costs £10, we’re suffering rolling blackouts, the cities are burning and the military are on the street – they’ll all say “nobody ever saw that coming”
    You have either 2 choices: you can be like old Benjamin on Animal Farm and nod knowingly as they cart Boxer off to the knackers or you can speak up, ignore the sheep and call the bullsh*t. Many of us would love to have the same platforms you do to speak.

  9. Kathleen
    February 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Hi James

    It sounds like you are having a “moment”. I too have had such a moment. The problem is I am having more and more of them of late and asking the same question of whether we can really make a difference or whether the boulder rolling down the hill is too big and rolling too fast to stop. I find myself thinking more and more of my family and friends and how we can put ourselves in a position to have a more comfortable life and to survive what lies ahead. At the end of each of these moments I still come back around to believing I am called to fight this good fight. And I believe we can do both – be warriors for the truth and pursue better financial positions for ourselves and those we love. You are such a clever and talented individual. I know you can do it. And as the wise gentlemen above (Mr, Richardson) suggests, at the end of the day there is a spiritual answer. (Seek and ye shall find it.). Having said all that, what I think you really need to do is come back down here to Perth, where we will happily crack open some good reds with you and your other like-minded Western Australian friends who so enjoy your company. Who knows what inspiration might follow?
    Cheers!

  10. Simon Peter
    February 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    It’s because you’re a humanist, James, that you care. Because you care, you suffer.

    By why do you care? What’s the point of it?

    Since you’re a humanist, you think there is something valuable in the individual human person. But is there, unless you know them interpersonally, such as the members of your family?

    If you didn’t like human beings, then you wouldn’t be in despair because you would say each time, “Well, they got what they deserved – being humans.”

    I know you (through your writings and, indeed, self-confessions) so that you are more than a human being to me. You are a human being whom I know and, as such, you are not merely a human being. So, I feel saddened when you are in despair but not when the mass of human beings is being led by political hegemonists.

    After all, evolution tells us that human beings don’t have souls; that they are products of a series of mutational genetic mistakes; and often the conceptual result of little more than lust. What’s valuable about such creatures?

  11. Sharon Klaff
    February 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    James, you are a soulmate, right, moral and in possession of some facts. That makes you a poor man materially, but a very rich man in the nature of men. Now imagine this, if you know what bollocks these politicians and their supporters spread in the fields you know about, imagine the damage they are reeking in other areas that are not is your range of expertise. And the mealy mouthed journalists of the MSM, not least our own BBC, assist them at every turn via laziness, ignorance and greed.

    Keep up the good work

  12. Jack Savage
    February 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Absolutely agree 100%. My problem is I am old and fucked and just am not up for the struggle any more, except for the occasional excursions on Guardian comment pages.

    Please do not give up, though. Your efforts are appreciated, and I am sure appreciated by a lot more people than you might imagine.

  13. Philip Foster
    February 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Substitue ‘shepherds’ with politicians and their hangers-on, substitute ‘the West’ for Israel and what was written 2500 years ago is astonishingly relevant:

    “Son of man, prophesy against the polticians [shepherds] of the West [Israel]; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the polticians of the West who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock.
    You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.
    My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no-one searched or looked for them.
    “‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.
    “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.
    Ezekiel 34:2–12

    Keep at it!

  14. Belsay Bugle
    February 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    James, I feel for you, I really do. especially with children to educate and a life to live as well as one dare.

    I share your fury and despair and weep with you over the state of the world.

    But it seems to me that you expect too much of a world we’re only passing through. Your rich cynical cuntish Oxford contemporary knows the world’s limitations, he is of this world, and doesn’t seem to wish for anything better than to make as much as he can of it. But that is all he will get.

    But your existential despair cries to somewhere beyond this world; for somewhere that is better, truer, fairer, more beautiful and perfect, and you long for it to come into this world. if it does it will be unusual and run against the grain.

    Because truth and justice are transcendent things that come to us from the absolute. There is no reason to expect them here because they are in conflict with the things of this world. And as we slide further away from the influence of fifteen hundred years of Christianity the more the world will seek to crush those transcendent things that kept its excesses at bay.

    The world’s values are in conflict with the truth and if you try to live in the truth you can expect little help from the world. In fact the world will try to crush you.

    So soldier on, but don’t expect any reward because virtue is its own reward.

  15. Chuck Miller
    February 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    The politicians have sold us out. The next step I fear is revolution. I’m not advocating it, just fearing it. When the haves decide to no longer produce so their wealth can be redistributed to the takers, and the takers are angry that they can no longer sit and collect for doing nothing…and contributing nothing… all hell is going to break loose.

  16. John
    February 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Mr D.
    You at least have a pulpit (and wordsmith skills) from which to harangue the throngs on the lunacies of the times. Imagine how the rest of us feel who can only fume in silence or alienate our friends with our ranting.

  17. fenbeagleblog
    February 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    This was never just about wind follies James. This is about political change.

  18. olduglycarl
    February 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I have a plan, it is simple but not easy and to get a background you must engage with my mentors.
    Go to; bookstore.authorhouse.com and fork over 3.99; download; The Fight for Conscious Human Life It is a 2 hour read that might save our lives.

  19. Eric Worrall
    February 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Vote with your feet James, like I did (and you too Fen).

    When a system is this corrupt, there is no stopping it. Noone in history has ever stopped the collapse of a corrupt and failing polity, it has to go all the way to the miserable bottom before people find a new reason for being nice to each other, for cooperating, to create a new society. Before people find a reason to care.

  20. Tim Page
    February 16, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    James, I note a sense of despair in your writing in recent weeks. Don’t give up! You have been instrumental in changing the mood music on climate change generally and, in particular, the uselessness of wind turbines in recent months. Go after Ed Davey; continue to ridicule BO. Your pen is far mightier than any sword. You are making a difference; keep up the good work, and keep buggering on!

  21. Kat
    February 17, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    I used to spit in the wind, just like you do now. I imagine you know the result. Oh well…I was in High School, so no one listened then, either. There is a tremendous amount of egoism plastered on this page, Mr. Delingpole and yours is definitely not the least of it.

    But, this is the first time I’ve read your Blog – perhaps my impression is just that – impression. Perhaps you’re not just wailing to hear yourself heard. Perhaps you’d truly like to change one or a dozen things about the world we live in.

    Maybe you’ll even gather together a group of like-minded folks and, instead of just whining about it, do something. Do what? Oh, I don’t know … wash the floor, or something.

  22. Steve Tierney
    February 17, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    There is a worldwide battle going on. A battle of ideas which has intensified as the global wealth has grown. It would be easy to stick our heads in the sand and “play the game.” But this battle matters. You have to do what you can, where you can, and hope it all adds up to enough.

  23. jc
    February 17, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    It is darkest before the dawn.

    It might also be said that for those who have positioned themselves well, it is brightest in the brilliance of sunset just before the sun sets and they are engulphed by darkness.

    What we see around us now is the triumphalism of those who know no other system of dealing with existence. They therefore think it is absolute and inevitable.

    Here in Australia, PM Gillard is an exemplar. Schooled, or rather imprinted, by her ignorant and child abusing father from the age of 11 to 16 in a simple devotion to a particular format, in this case represented by Great God Gough (Whitlam), and having caught the very end of a mindset generated in the 1960’s in university in the early ’80’s, this is all she is. She is developmentally retarded since she has literally never been exposed to any influences that would otherwise have obliged her to at least put these early influences into a more mature context.

    The nature of such a being is quite different to those of the previous generation who are the ones who are actually responsible for creating the current ethos, culture and structures.

    The originators were aware of alternative ways of doing things and had to have the capacity to either confront them or undermine them. They had rat cunning.

    Those who gave the foundational base for the current culture are now in their late 70’s or older or dead.

    The spruikers are now over 70. [Intruigingly many were born in 1939]

    The implementers are now all 60 or older. [Born 1946 is the year - check out the year of birth of those who came to positions of influence c1992 and continued to 2006].

    No-one under the age of 60 has had any meaningful influence at all on anything at all for the past 40 years. Many under 60, or most in reality, have embraced all this, either by ignorance of alternatives, necessity, or preference.

    The point of this is that those who would provide the ballast for contemporary “culture” are now dead or ineffective; those who would promote it by engagement with those who need to be convinced are past doing so even if they had the inclination; and those responsible for implementation have largely got what they can take and have left the building or soon will.

    All that will be left by the end of 2014 will be those who know only this a a manner of life, and when it fails have no capacity to revise, reposition or re-invent.

    This not just the case with self-named “progressives” who have inhabited the carcass of the Enlightenment, it is also the case of those who position themselves as Conservatives which they use for cover to advance their own interests.

    All of this is now over. We are now seeing the final push to assert the real agenda of both “progressives” and “conservatives” of that ilk. Primaeval self-interest advanced through control either through the agency of government or financial and corporate structures, but increasingly by all used in conjunction.

    The “philisophical” and “moral” justifications are no longer tenable.

    The current functionaries wherever they appear and whatever their form, are incompetent to do anything other than maintain the process they are part of.

    If the engine fails they can’t fix it.

    There are large – or vast numbers – of the naturally criminal that permeate all societal structures. The question is, will they able to prevail without a leqitimizing orthodoxy that claims a basis in what might be called “natural justice” or even reality.

    So over the next two years all this will be starkly rendered. If that is widely seen, it is difficult to see how those attached to this can can survive.

    So keep up the good work of being merely human and insisting that those who undermine that are seen for what they are.

  24. OzWizard
    February 17, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    James, the wallpaper behind your Bogpaper Blog is ‘currency’. Therein lies your answer. Understand currency and you solve the riddle of the ages (Well … of the last 319 years, at least). Rather than fret, follow these simple gfuidelines.

    Step 1: Force the Treasurer to stabilize the UNIT of your currency (as was done in the days of Newton).

    Step 2: Force all registered financial institutions to make your money UNITS as freely available as INCHES, POUNDS and SECONDS. [Think hard about the implications of that one.]

    ******************* Explanations follow **************

    If you follow the above recipe, whatever real values need to be measured (for transaction purposes) CAN be so measured (and transacted), provided only that questions of ‘ownership’ are properly settled.

    Remember that there are two ways of looking at “the value of money” and we are presently conned by the masters of deception into looking the wrong way.

    If you ‘believe’ it is a ‘commodity’, and that there is a shortage of it, then those who control its source can manipulate its ‘price’ (so-called), in the form of interest. Society is presently at their mercy.

    On the other hand, if you believe it is simply another system of measurement – like clocks (for time), odometers (for distance), shop scales (for mass) – and that the value of “the unit of value” – which you call ‘one pound’ – might be made stable over many decades at a time, so that changing the quantity of units available cannot affect the legally defined ‘value of the unit’, then the banks lose their advantage: Charging any price for making the ‘unit of price measurement’ available, as needed, will be seen as the cruelest joke ever played on humanity by other humans.

    The length value of ONE INCH is unaffected by the sudden influx of 10,000 new tape measures from China; though the ‘price’ of those tape measures might be lower than comparable items made in Brittain. But if the Chinese product has markings spaced too far apart, they will be scrapped as ‘non-conforming’. It is the stability of their units and their precision of measuring that makes tape measures useful. The quantity of them has no relevance in determining the length value of ONE INCH.

    The same goes for clocks: What use is slow clock, whose ‘unit of measurement’ is too long? If the scale in a deli weighs your sausages too heavy, the shop-keeper can be prosecuted when found out. He is cheating, plain and simple. Manipulating the ‘unit of measurement’ on any trade measuring tool is rightly treated as a crime.

    So why is the Treasurer not prosecuted for allowing the ‘fundamental unit of exchange’ to fluctuate for no good and proper reason? Particularly when EVERY such fluctuation, whether UP or DOWN, unfairly penalises one group or another.

  25. Duncan
    February 17, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    what is a man if he has no dignity? no James stand where you are, right and wrong DO exist, and its by acting like they do exist that makes us Human.

  26. Marc
    February 17, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    You’re right. The troughers are too. Democracy, as someone (apparently) said, is just “how you get from tyranny to tyranny in 200 years”. Joseph Schumpeter, Alexis DeTocqueville and now James Delingpole (and Niall Ferguson)… I would love to believe that turning back the tide is a possibility (Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Bob Hawke gave it a good go) but believe that the Western electorate can/will no longer support the necessary measures. Your Oxford mate is right; look after your own, the ship really IS going down and there’s not a goddamn thing anyone can do about it.

  27. Cato
    February 17, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I comfort myself with Václav Klaus. http://www.klaus.cz/english-pages/. Mr. Klaus have seen it all before and prevailed through the cold war with his insights. I think he is a good role-model for the constant fight to bring politics back to where it belongs – the people.

  28. RichieP
    February 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I’ve reached the same point in my thinking. Having some historical background, I always thought the climate issue was overhyped, being entirely aware that it’s been warmer, a lot, before our era. As the hysteria grew, I spent, literally, hundreds and hundreds of hours trying to understand the science (and pseudo-science) behind the CAGW claims. That effort reinforced my view that the claims were bogus.

    I crusaded, with friends, colleagues, facebook etc., and found myself regarded as a tin-foil hat guy (in the main). Most people don’t give a second thought to the veracity of what they’re told in the press and other media (particularly the ‘impartial’ BBC) and almost always simply believe the bullshit they’re fed. Even now, with the climate becoming cooler, with much harder winters repeatedly showing the lie of CAGW and the predictions made of runaway warming, people are still prepared to give credence to the bizarre claims that global warming is now causing global cooling. Cognitive dissonance doesn’t even begin to describe this process. It’s the triumph of lies and propaganda over real science.

    But I’m exhausted with it; I know that there’s absolutely nothing I can do, apart from annoying my incurious and unquestioning friends (or, worse, the people who are so committed to ‘saving the planet’ that they’d countenance almost any oppression to do it). I still spend many hours each week keeping up with new developments but I feel worn out and, honestly, despairing that ordinary folk can’t be bothered even to think about it. Highly intelligent people I know simply regurgitate the Guardian or the BBC ideology to me. When I ask them to look at some actual scientific evidence, they simply dismiss it.

    Like a lot of scientific fallacies, this will only go away when the scientists responsible get old enough and fade away. Until then, we are screwed and will see our lives change in dramatic ways as a result of this fraud. I am getting old enough to think that all I can do, like Candide, is cultivate my garden.

  29. Dave_G
    February 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    There is still too little said about WHY – the pols know exactly what they are doing when they lie to us about AGW. They do it with a straight face as if they are afraid that the TRUTH i.e. the real reason they are adopting suicidal policies – is something we can’t be allowed to know. Maybe we can’t. Maybe we can. Thing is, no one is telling. WHAT THE F**K IS *REALLY* GOING ON?

    • John Richardson
      February 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Yes.
      One problem for honest decent people is that they tend to approach this issue as a logical problem requiring more accurate information.

  30. Dennis
    February 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I read under the link, “Why Bogpaper?” Two small words spoiled everything for me, “Alex Jones”. [facepalm]

  31. Barry W
    February 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    James, if a young white man came up to you and said ‘I’ve had enough of this. The social contract is broken. I’m screwed every which way I look. We are run by crooks and charlatans and the brain dead proletariat cannot be persuaded to revolt for another 20 years at least – I’ve decided on a life of crime. White collar crime as far as possible but any crime will do. I’m turning my back on political change.just going to look after my own….We can’t beat them so might as well join them. And rob them.
    what would you say to him>

    • John Richardson
      February 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      ….can you get me an i-pad?

  32. Brian the Rhetor
    February 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    The tone of this article is depressingly low. Yes, much continues to be dispiriting. If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew…
    You have to look at yourself when shaving. Hold on to your values. They are where you live: not in an Aston Martin nor in Monaco nor in fancy restaurants. And even if others can afford posher schools, those schools can’t nurture a conscience like your example can. You are very important: don’t forget it.

  33. Isabella
    February 18, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    There is a comment in the movie “V” which goes something like “they can destroy and take everything we are but our last inch of integrity. But within that inch, we are free”.
    Hold on.

  34. Mr Ecks
    February 18, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    The progressive scum ultimately can’t win and still keep the technological society we have. Within that frame they will lose sooner or later.
    The real danger is that they know that and are prepping for the UN’s Agenda 21 scenario–back to the middle ages for the lowly (those who survive the pop being reduced by 6 billion) and a lovely techno lifestyle for the elite. I don’t think that they would get want they want even then. Once things start running backwards the nice cosy elite lifestyle would not stand–what they would get is Mad Max world and the elite will be those with the strongest right arm.
    We must keep fighting. Lots of people are as thick as pigshit but that cuts both ways–also, most are still comfortable–when the economy falls low enough so that they are no longer comfortable, then our star will rise.

    • John Richardson
      February 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      ‘The real danger is that they know that and are prepping for the UN’s Agenda 21 scenario….’
      Not ‘a danger’ but instead the dangerous reality.
      As Dave G. above realises; there is more to all this.
      The West has been a long time without war.
      Atomic weapons make war unwinnable for any elites; so we have this situation. Silent wars waged against us by non-kinetic weapons.
      The money the AGW liars steal from us is irrelevant; they would steal from us anyway regardless of any prevailing socio-economic structures
      The whole point of the ‘Green Energy Policies’ is the effect that they will have on the west. Our elites have tired of the educated, informed prosperous masses necessaary for advanced industrial society.
      The coming technological age does not need us and so we are being culled.

      Nothing else makes sense.

  35. David
    February 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Things will get a lot worse before they get better. The economy has severe structural problems and the c*nts running the show are doing nothing to fix it, just trying to enrich themselves. Britain’s likely to be saddled with another Labour government at the next election so I expect the sh*t will really hit the fan some time during their term in office.
    However blogs like this are really important because they lead to more and more people shifting away from the status quo; take the rise of UKIP as an example – some might dismiss them as a flash in the pan but they are a manifestation of people’s anger with the Establishment and are here to stay I think.
    Take the Austrian School of Economics as another example, they are fighting hard to restore sanity to economic policy and will gain more ground as the corporatist interpretation of Keynesian economics becomes discredited.
    In order to beat these b*stards, it’s necessary to expose them, their greed and incompetence and to pin the blame on them for their many cock-ups. As things get really bad in Britain, people may become more receptive to rolling back the State and the quangos, but it is up to classical liberals and co to win the battle of ideas
    James, your integrity and conviction are inspiring and you are helping to turn the tide. You might sometimes wish you were one of the troughers but fate has seen fit to place you as a people’s champion, and for that I’m deeply grateful

  36. Barry Corke
    February 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Look on the bright side James. In your present occupation you don’t have to work with wankers like the former Oxford bloke.

  37. TB
    February 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Chin up. In the end you will be judged by your own thoughts and actions and not by the pull of the collective. Try and remember as well, that most people have vague positive sentiments which are manipulated by liars (in this case the generally positive and honorable wish to ‘do what is right for the environment’) into the twisted extremes. They may not have the integrity to examine a particular issue deeply, and this is tragic. But it might be a comfort to be able to find the kernel of goodness and nourish it. ?
    Also, mankind will ultimately be shown that they cannot “fix” things until they live in accordance with their Creator’s “way”. Until that time comes, all will run to dust. Watching it run to dust will not be enjoyable, of course. But what is flourishing now is just the coming to fruition of what lies within the human spirit.

  38. alf
    February 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    This agw thing is losing credibility quite speedily.(i know there’s more to it than most people think) I have resorted to the use of ‘scareist’ tactics, as a way of alerting people to what is,in my opinion,the most serious threat we thought we would never have to face.I think people are ‘wishing’ this away.don’t stop now though,cos i think we’re making good progress.It’s holiday time for you my sun!!

  39. Marc Moron (@MarcMoron)
    February 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Delingpole’s seething frustration is not surprising. The trouble with all conspiracy theorists is when they become so utterly convinced by their own theories not even verified facts will get in their way. And facts on climate change have never got in his way.

    “And when you know it’s not true – and you can show it’s not true – what do you do?”, he states. Ever since Delingpole became convinced that “Climategate” was a massive scientific fraud he has not stopped his pursuit. Never mind that none of the investigations found any such conspiracy nor anything wrong with the science; to conspiracy theorists it’s just proof that the “conspiracy” is true and more widespread. Never mind that conspiracy theorists abjectly refuse to demonstrate how their conspiracy theories could possibly work; plausibility is irrelevant to them. Having to explain anything is anathema to their objectives.

    Delingpole has never let go. Rather than making the effort to understand the science, he has pursued his preordained conclusion of a massive, multi group, multi-layered conspiracy. He is not convinced by evidence to the contrary. He can only come up with more bizarre conspiracy theories to support his collapsing thesis.

    Conspiracy theorists have a favorite dodge: cui bono – “to whose benefit?” It is a classic evasion as long as it sounds good. When it works against the conspiracy theorist’s claims, it is attacked as more “proof” of a conspiracy.

    Despite the many efforts to get Delingpole to see reason, he only gets himself deeper into the loony bin. He doesn’t recognize it but most others have seen it all along. “Why can’t everybody see it, like me?” he yells in frustration.

    The scientific evidence for AGW gets more solid by the day. For Delingpole that can only mean “the conspiracy is really successful – how can I make the masses see it?!”

    No doubt Delingpole is aware of the evidence for the funding of climate change denial. Somewhere deep inside his psyche he must realize how easily he has been used, gullible and believing of the most inane conspiracy theories. Will it push Delingpole to see the error of his thinking as many have been urging him to understand for years? Time will tell. But expect him to treat the evidence below as just more “evidence” of his massive conspiracy theory:

    2013-02-17 22:15
    Graham Readfearn

    “How To Spot A Fake Grassroots Movement

    “As reported on DeSmogBlog, the study “‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third-party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party” shows how the industry wanted to hide their profit motive and fear of the government regulating their deadly products behind a “movement to change the way that people think”, as R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s head of national field operations Tim Hyde described it.

    “Two groups were spawned from Citizens for a Sound Economy. As DeSmogBlog’s Brendan DeMelle reports: “Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity are both multi-issue organizations that have expanded their battles to include other policies they see as threats to the free market principles they claim to defend, namely fighting health care reform and regulations on global warming pollution.”

    See http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/02/18/how-spot-fake-grassroots-movement?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    http://bogpaper.com/2013/02/15/delingpole-how-right-i-am/

    • RichieP
      February 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      Quoting DeSmogBlog is like using Mein Kampf as a guide to race relations. We all know trolls like you.

    • Simon Roberts
      February 20, 2013 at 8:19 am #

      “Conspiracy theorists have a favorite dodge: cui bono”.

      This isn’t a dodge, it is the way to tell what is really going on. It has been the most effective way to do so since ancient times.

      The AGW hoax benefits:
      1. Big money in the wind industry.
      2. Power for marxists who never got their world revolution.
      3. An excuse for governments looking to raise taxes to cover their profligate spending.

      The losers are the ordinary people, who are expected to sacrifice their freedoms, pay a tithe to wind industry fatcats, die in their millions in the third world by not being allowed to develop.

      I wonder how long before “cui bono” is categorised as “hate speech”? It’s far to dangerous to people like you, as it reveals the truth.

  40. Stewart Browne
    February 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    This is the age we live in. We must accept it and deal with it. I expect you have read Mancur Olson. If not, have a look at his books, particularly The Rise and Decline of Nations. The rent-seeking awfulness you are watching is an inevitable part of our world at this stage in history. It’s good you’re coming to accept it. You can identify it, blog about it, and shout it to the rooftops, but don’t allow your knowledge of it to destroy your life. These things are bigger than any one individual, and take longer to sort out than any one lifetime. Rome was in this stage for centuries before it fizzled away and the great empires of Europe arose in its place. Now they too are in long, slow, institutional decline, as is the USA.

    We can lament that the world is an awful place, or we can recognize that, while we were born into an age of social decline, we are still extraordinarily lucky compared to almost any other person born in the history of the world.

    Live your life. Find a way to enjoy it. Speak the truth about rent-seeking and institutional decline, but don’t tie your own happiness to the world figuring out the problem, or the solution.

    Mancur Olson never did figure out how we could fix this, even though he spent a lifetime thinking about it. History suggests the only way out of this is for some dramatic event to sweep out all the entrenched interests. World Wars, the Black Plague, Bloody, awful revolutions. These are history’s fixes to our predicament. If we can figure out a better way, I’m all for it. Otherwise, I am content to let it be and live my life in accordance with my own values. Even though the big money goes to those who are dishonest enough to cozy up to government, there is still enough out there to live comfortably in a life of principle.

  41. Duncan
    February 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    James
    Im a wee man in the street,,I attained no qualifications from school when I left it, II joined the infantry as boy soldier 6 days before my 16th birthday, I did 6 years 163 days and left still with nothing, after a succession of the usual piss jobs, I arrived at where Iam now,
    a 45yr old lorry driver, yeah thats where I fit in this fooked up system,
    So I really am a wee prole man of the lower echelons.
    I Dont know whether you’re above post is a serious question or just rhetorical, yes Im waffling here so let me get to my point.

    You are where you are in this life and I where I am, fair play to you, but we are both awake and both actually give a shit about stuff that matters, from where Iam I have almost nothing to Offer, people like you however
    Have a voice and can articulate people like myselfs hopes, fears and protest, if people like you cave in and sell out there’s no hope for any of us,

    The most despairing aspect to all of this “everythings fooked” problem is that we all know that the majority are opposed to all this insane socialist humanity destroying straight jacket thats been slowly ratcheted around us as a race, we long for a chance to vote our way back to sanity, but there is no one whoo is offering us that option, we need men of moral conviction and integrity to build us a platform to hoist a. Clear banner that we can get behind

    You are one of those men, they say that all evil needs to be able to prosper is for good men to do nothing,

    Part of the solution or part of the problem and all that,
    Anyway whatever, if selling out is what people choose I myself can lie straight in my bed night knowing yes I Maybe uneducated but I have integrity for I Know right from wrong and I choose to be with right even although it causes me harm

    • Bogpaper.com
      February 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      This comment, an extremely powerful and emotive one, brought a round of applause here at Bogpaper Towers. Thank you Duncan!

      • Duncan
        February 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

        Reading James in DT is surreal to say the least.
        my 15 is up please!

    • jdseanjd
      February 21, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Nice one.

  42. AB
    February 19, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    James,

    Something for your derision of wind farms. In New Zealand there is a corruption scandal the government is doing its level best to shut down.

    http://nzwindfarms.wordpress.com/

    http://turiteadocuments.wordpress.com/turitea-wind-farm-documents/

  43. Monkeyboy
    February 19, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    This is the biggest load of bollocks i’ve ever read and some of the comments had me in stitches. thanks for the entertainment.

  44. dawhewitt
    February 19, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    James,

    I agree with most of what you believe.
    May I suggest you watch a few videos by the philosopher Stephan Molyneux (YouTube).
    I really hope you read this post and look this guy up. I know you will not be disappointed.

    Keep up the good work.

    David

  45. Pete McAdam (@PeteMcAdam1)
    February 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Never mind James. Feel free to pop in for a cuppa next time yout you’re passing.

  46. jdseanjd
    February 21, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Hi James.

    Thanks for the excellent work, keep it up please. You are a voice of sanity in a corrupt & failing Western world.

    I recently worked myself into a nervous breakdown, trying to do too much. It’s going to cost me my nice house I’ve lived in for 26 years. Thank God it’s not cost me my family.

    Step back & take a break. Recharge the batteries & return to the fray.

    Your first responsibility is to yourself, if you don’t watch your health how can you look after your family, which is your next duty. After these comes work, at a steady pace. :)

    Off work, I started to look into Global Warming, & was surprised to see what a bear pit it was, with accusations & personal attacks aplenty. I’ve tried to understand the science, but it’s beyond me, I’m afraid.

    • jdseanjd
      February 21, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      I am capable of sorting lies from truth, however, & these are the conclusions I’ve come to: Lord Christopher Monckton deals in facts & Al Gore lies. :)

      When Lord Monckton openly calls Gore a liar for predicting 20′ (6m) sea level rises in the same year he buys a seafront condo, & Gore, a multi-millionaire with a battery of tough lawyers on hand, refuses to sue, then that’s proof enough for me.

      Gore obviously learnt his lesson last time he met Monckton in court & got exposed for “Errors of fact (13 I believe) & exaggerations” in his film An Inconvenient Truth.

      • jdseanjd
        February 21, 2013 at 10:29 am #

        I am impressed by the amount of money involved, it’s truly staggering. Jo Nova is good on this:
        http://www.joannenova.com.au & go to the 3rd or 4th link down on the left hand side “Climate Money”

  47. jdseanjd
    February 21, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    At 2009 figures, the US govt had put $2 billion + into Global Warming each year for over 20 years & Exxon Mobil was howled at for putting in $23 million to look at the problem, spread over 10 yrs.

    $2million V $2billion pa. Not much doubt what verdict the US govt wanted.

    & the above figures are peanuts. Exxon’s $23 million was less than one five thousandth of the carbon trading done in 2008.

    • jdseanjd
      February 21, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      Qui bono? Now we can see. The Global Warming Scare Scam is a simple rip off. The bankers & traders & politicians like Deben & Yeo are profiting mightily. David Cameron’s father in law is earning £1000 per day apparently from windmills on his property.

      Do they think they are saving the planet or do they know it’s a rip off?

      Good question.

      • jdseanjd
        February 21, 2013 at 11:51 am #

        On the science side of things, I’m just going to say that there has been no significant warming for ~16 years while CO2 production has continued to rise. CO2 as the cause for Global Warming has been debunked.

        Steve McIntyre & Ross McKittrick demolished Michael Mann’s infamous hockey stick, so loved by the IPCC, but which unfortunately sought to deny the Medieval Warm Period & the Little Ice Age.

        Anthony Watts is doing sterling work at http://www.wattsupwiththat.com with the help of a host of friends & volunteers in presenting honest science.

        These men are retired scientists, working unpaid, as is Jo Nova, in the interests of science, truth & humanity, against the hugely taxpayer funded UN & US & other world govts.

        Real David & Goliath stuff. There’s a book there James Delingpole.

  48. jdseanjd
    February 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    On the political side of things, I think democracy is dying.

    Western democracies are nearly all bankrupt, with huge unfunded off balance sheet obligations which will never be met, such as pensions & PFI contracts.

    The Cobden Institute has written well on this subject on this site. http://www.terrysmithblog.com is worth a read, Terry & his colleague Dr Tim Morgan speak sense, & on the TulletPrebon site also.

    When we have a dumbed down populace electing dumb politicians who are ready to run this country at a deficit for 30 of the last 34 years, into debts so huge they can never be repaid, then democracy has had it’s day.

    I’m resigned to that, & am curious as to what will evolve.
    I don’t think the communist eco-freaks from the UN & the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will win the day in their UN Agenda 21 ambitions. For one thing, Obama has turned out to be the best gun salesman ever: Americans wont go quietly into the FEMA camps.

    There are many secessionist movements in the US right now, & personally I would like to see Texas declare itself free of the mad warmongering Federal Govt & elect Senator Ron Paul as President. :)

    • jdseanjd
      February 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      I believe the traitorous BBC have been preparing our children for a post democratic society for the past 10 years.

      I was laughing with my 7 year old niece recently at a BBC comedy “Horrible Histories”. She proudly showed me a book based on the series, written by the producer Terry Deary.

      To my horror I realised that the purpose of the book was to undermine every foundation stone of our civilisation.
      God is derided, the family unit mocked, the rule of law is belittled, & it’s evolution through Hammurabi & Moses. Religions of every creed are denigrated.

      In 93 pages of gore, murder, cannibalism ,treachery, plague & famine, there are only 2 pages of praise: for China, which in it’s 5000+ year history, has never managed a just society, never mind a democracy.

      This most insidious work is freely available from your local library “The Horrible History of the World”, where it is surrounded by works on global warming to brainwash the young 7 to 13 year old minds it’s aimed at.

      Get down to your library & check me out. Involve your parish priests, your vicars, your MPs your Womens Institutes.
      If we do not protect our children we do not deserve to survive.

  49. dr
    February 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    jdseanjd wrote:
    “Real David & Goliath stuff. There’s a book there James Delingpole.”
    Its called “Watermelons” and is available from Amazon. ISBN 1849544050, and can be yours for less than a tenner.

    • jdseanjd
      February 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      That’s on my long to do list. Thanks. :)

  50. Scary Biscuits
    February 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m not sure it’s fair to blame your Oxford contemporary for rent seeking. Although he has a choice of career it’s understandable that he seeks to maximise his income for himself and his family. The real villain is the political class. Whether its your friend from Oxford or a banker devising ever-cleverer ways of pretending that western governments aren’t bankrupt, thousands of our best and brightest have been diverted from useful activity into the service of lying politicians.

    There really are enough bullets for this small group.

  51. jdseanjd
    February 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    On the subject of lying politicians, or ill informed ones, I’ll drop a line to Lord Monckton & Matt Ridley, see if they can talk some sense into Ed Davey. I wont be holding my breath.

  52. jdseanjd
    February 22, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    James, can you enlighten me on your remark about the left waging war on metaphor?
    Thanks.
    JD.

  53. Gordon Benetton
    March 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Why does Delusionpole go to such lengths to prevent anyone knowing about the photo of him taken 2 weeks ago (under ‘news’) on the Malvern College website?

    Could it be because it shows someone who looks at least 20 years older than his Wiki biog claims, at least 20 years older than the photo he uses on his Telegraph blog, and someone who actually looks rather ill??

    Rather odd for a “libertarian” and defender of the “free press” to want to censor knowledge of something as basic as what he actually looks like.

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