A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Another Brent Spar? Mandelson lands powerful punch.....

Peter Mandelson MP, long-accused of being the arch-spinner, has given a straight upper-cut worthy of John Prescott to the ridiculous posturing and spinning about the so-called 'ghost ships' (fully reported in The Independent too!) (see my November 13 Blog): 'Ghost ships: the scare that never was' (The Independent on Sunday, November 16). Here is a key paragraph:

"Peter Mandelson, the local MP, accused the groups of 'colossal misinformation' after personally inspecting the two ships that docked in the north-eastern port last week. And senior government sources pointed out that the ships - continually described as 'toxic timebombs' by environmentalists - are in fact 'no more toxic than the average car ferry'."

Well done, Peter! I hate to admit this - but I once taught Peter biogeography. Glad to see common sense on the environment got through. Philip. Tea and toast, penguin?

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