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Daily Mail on Dennis

The Daily Mail has picked up on the Paul Dennis non-story.

Isn't it strange how a comment written here nearly a month ago has suddenly gained legs as an MSM story, and even after it's been pointed out that it's a non-story, the MSM are still following it up.

As an aside, the Mail mentions me, but not Bishop Hill or the book. But they've had no biscuits at all, so this is not unreasonable.


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This is a deliberately planted story to divert attention from the IPCC's implosion and floundering non-responses over AR4 and the deliberate inclusion of data and projections that were known to be bogus.

There are two questions about the Guardian piece that any self respecting journalist would have been asking. But as I've explained over on my blog the fact they have not be asked shows the story is a put up job, carefully placed with 'on message' hacks to achieve a particular end.

p.s. I do mention the book, so send biscuits down the ether...

Feb 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterAutonomous Mind

Yes, looks like the Guardian are determined that the warmists should not repeat Hitler's mistake at Stalingrad by leaving too many of their troops in a forward, exposed position where they can be encircled by the enemy. By ruthlessly abandoning a few doomed outliers, they hope to conduct an orderly retreat to well-entrenched and more defensible positions.

Feb 5, 2010 at 3:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrassmarket

I was reading the Mail but I found it odd the name of this blog was not mentioned. I wanted to go to the source for more detailed info, which I often do when I read an interesting news report. The Mail referred to you blog in cryptic terms: "...a British website run by climate change sceptic Andrew Montford." Searching your name in Google did not return info for this blog: BISHOP HILL.... whatever Bishop Hill means?... the whole thing is a bit cryptic. Thankfully The Guardian mentioned the words "Bishop Hill" re' this blog. Is Bishop Hill some sort of codeword? Anyway I found your blog... yippee! I also watched a youtube video a while ago where you accused some shouty kids of being Hitler youth, which was funny. I hate shouty self-righteous jumped-up-twerps who think reasoned debate entails shouting their opponents down. I'll be glad when the Technological Singularity arrives and I can upload myself into cyberspace and create my own world away from all this crazy bickering and disinformation. Failing the arrival of the Technological Singularity I hope the UK Government. nukes Russia and USA in preemptive strikes, and then we can all descend into holocaust extinction. I am also thinking of buying the Eternity II Puzzle because I would a chance to win the cash prize. I've heard there will be solar storms in 2012... what does that mean?... I must found out.

Feb 5, 2010 at 4:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaily Mail reader

Bishop Hill is a hill near where I live. When I was trying to think of a name for the blog I looked out of the window and saw... Bishop Hill.

The Bishop has become a sort of blogging alter ego now.

I don't think I've ever called anyone Hitler Youth. My sole appearance on Youtube to date was looking bored while a politician visited my children's school. I think you must be confusing me with someone else.

Feb 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

I think Daily Mail reader either has a tremendous capacity for satire, or has got Mr Montford confused with Lord Monckton. Which would be an easy mistake for a Daily Mail reader to make, in all fairness...

Feb 5, 2010 at 5:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterAutonomous Mind

Dear Bishop Hill. I have not only bought your book, I've read it as well, which is more than the authors of the latest Guardian warmist puff piece can say. (Two Fox's chocolate assortment, please.) Quite apart from confirming my suspicions, your outstanding chapters on "Statistics for Dummies" was so well explained that even I could understand them.
You may not have noticed, but within the usual warmist nonsense was a feeble attempt to belittle sceptic champions. In particular you were described as "a sceptic accountant" however, on the fly of your book, it is mentioned that you studied Chemistry at St Andrews. Did you in fact complete your degree and are you an accountant?
"climategate" is an excellent addition to the climate change debate in that it provides the layman with a time-line and an understandable description of the issues involved. I look forward to a more detailed follow-up of the full implication of the dodgy emails in due course.

Feb 5, 2010 at 6:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

Yes I completed my degree in chemistry (2:1) in 1989. Went to China for a couple of years and then trained as an accountant in one of the big six (as they were then) firms.

Feb 5, 2010 at 7:00 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Autonomous Mind

Do you know, it's a bit of a theme these days. I came across a comments thread where the (warmist) readers were banging on about me as if I were Monckton. I mean, I know both our names start with M, but the rest of the letters are different.

Feb 5, 2010 at 7:01 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

This is an important story.

If one accepts that the overriding story is whether or not the 'Science is Settled'. Then a scientist closely related to the Institute of Settled Science/Hadley CRU having email conversations with the Leader of the Science is Settled Deniers Revolutionary Army and refusing to sign a 'The Science is Settled' petition and then being interviewed by police is quite news worthy.

Toss in some leaked/hacked documents from the Institute of Settled Science showing that not even the Institute of Settled Science is convinced that the Science is heck of a good book.

Probably as good a thriller as the story as to how Gorbachov ended up having to embrace Glasnost..which resulted in the eventual downfall of the Soviet Union.

Feb 5, 2010 at 7:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterharrywr2

Bishop Hill

I can quite believe it. One thing that characterises the AGW believers is that their propensity for reading things carefully and checking their work for accuracy hovers around the nil mark. Now that your book is poised for success (biscuit?) I wonder how many people will erroneously call his noble lordship Mr Montford?

Feb 6, 2010 at 7:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterAutonomous Mind

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