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.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Further Tales from Ruritania.....

Over here in Toytown, Larry the Lamb has yet again been pestering Mr. Mayor, "Oh Mister M-M-Mayor, Sir!....", with a rising tide of Dead Parrot-type tales.

The latest story simply beggars belief and requires no further comment from me - even Gilbert and Sullivan would have found it tough to parody: 'We want Blair to apologise' (IC Berkshire, October 19):

"Green Pirates for Peace landed outside MP Martin Salter's west Reading office to demand Tony Blair be keelhauled for caving-in on international efforts to avert climate change.

The pirates - from environmental action group Rising Tide - want the Prime Minister to declare an immediate state of emergency in a last ditch attempt to avoid 'catastrophic' climate change...

...But, after avoiding the plank over his captain's sins, Mr Salter said: 'I do not believe in engaging in childish gesture politics such as calling for sanctions against the USA, or merely shouting at those who take a different point of view.'"

I suspect you Captain Hooks who visit 'EnviroSpin' daily with your ticking crocodiles would just love 'to man' (oops! 'to person') a boarding party on to the Good Ship Rising Tide. So: "Avast Ye my hearties, and show 'em Yer iron! Why, thems look GREEN at the gills already, Smee!"

"Oh, better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part,
With a pirate head and a pirate heart.
Away to the cheating world go you,
Where pirates all are well-to-do;
But I'll be true to the song I sing,
And live and die a Pirate King.

For I am a Pirate King!
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King!"

[From where else but: the Pirates of Penzance.]

Philip, never avoiding a cliche if possible. The 'Great Global Warming Pantomime' continues daily. Carbon copy clowns all round. A Big Top Coffee? [Hat tip to Dr. Benny Peiser for the story; pirate picture by W. S. Gilbert(?), public domain]

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

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