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Wednesday
May042011

UEA Chancellor's emails

Someone - not me - has got hold of the Climategate emails of UEA's Chancellor, Brandon Gough. This is a slightly odd choice of target, as university Chancellors are usually figureheads as far as I know.

However, it did throw up two things: one trivial but odd, the other just rather funny.

The trivial-but-odd thing is that a whole host of Spanish universities wrote to Brandon Gough in the wake of Climategate pledging their undying support. I would have waited for the investigation to finish myself.

Secondly, a rather amusing job application sent to Gough shortly after the emails hit the internet:

Dear Sir,

I am inquiring about the possibility of employment at the University.

I was recently sacked from my previous job for conspiring to distort company figures. Before that I was fired for gross incompetence and for losing critical corporate data; and before that for attempting to corrupt audits by getting my mates assigned to the role, and for attempting to cover-up my dishonesty by criminally inciting others to delete incriminating files and emails.

I was thinking maybe something in your Climate Research Unit, but I'm concerned I
may be over-qualified.

I also have two convictions for fraud. Is this enough?

Please advise soonest.

Yours Sincerely,

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Reader Comments (25)

And I thought the art of letter writing was dead!

May 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Haseler

Wonderful - I wish I'd thought of it.

May 4, 2011 at 7:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterA K Haart

How long before someone mentions Common Purpose?

May 4, 2011 at 7:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterAJC

Did they get the job?

May 4, 2011 at 8:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Brilliant!!!!

May 4, 2011 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

Sounds a bit too honest for the CRU really.

(...though possibly he or she assisted with the 'independent' reviews)

May 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

Yours Sincerely, ???

May 4, 2011 at 8:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

This must have been the email that made Jones contemplate suicide.

May 4, 2011 at 9:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

Sounds like the perfect applicant.

May 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM | Unregistered Commentermeltemian

Lots of Spanish universities...

Now which European country was it that has unbalanced its economy by over-subsidising renewables?

May 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Yes BBD - and that was the height of its efforts to be the green leader in and outside Europe. The economics have not proved so good, and to be fair I have come across some pretty sensible graduates of Spanish universities in the area of energy economics and regulation down in Latin America. Better than their UK equivalents who seem more brainwashed by the political consensus.

May 4, 2011 at 9:25 PM | Unregistered Commenterjheath

Yes BBD - and that was the height of its efforts to be the green leader in and outside Europe. The economics have not proved so good, and to be fair I have come across some pretty sensible graduates of Spanish universities in the area of energy economics and regulation down in Latin America. Better than their UK equivalents who seem more brainwashed by the political consensus.

May 4, 2011 at 9:46 PM | Unregistered Commenterjheath

Did this come from an ex-Enron employee?

May 4, 2011 at 10:18 PM | Unregistered Commenterandyscrase

jheath

to be fair I have come across some pretty sensible graduates of Spanish universities in the area of energy economics and regulation down in Latin America

I am happy to hear it.

May 4, 2011 at 10:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Did this come from an ex-Enron employee?

May 4, 2011 at 10:18 PM | andyscrase

Or a former prime minister/cabinet minister?

May 4, 2011 at 10:58 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

BBD

am more impressed by academic standards in Spain than in the UK...don't let cultural bias distract you

May 4, 2011 at 11:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterdiogenes

Now I would love to see the Chancellors reply to that email!

May 4, 2011 at 11:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

I am very surprised that there is no e-mail relating to the Council of the University.

One would think that the Council would have taken a very close interest in CRU, the various enquiries and, in particular, the antics Trevor Davies and Acton.

May 4, 2011 at 11:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterAJC

diogenes

No cultural bias was intended, I assure you.

May 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Dear Lord Oxburgh,

Thank you for your recent application for a position at the UEA's internationally renowned CRU. You are indeed eminently well qualified for the arduous and painstaking work performed at the CRU, upon which the entire human race depends. It is a tremendous privilege to be able to draw on the talents of preeminent and studious researchers, such as yourself, in our cutting edge creative climatological research.

However, I fear that your predisposition to the forthright disclosure of minute details may render the work of the CRU burdensome. I will keep your resume on hand, if I may, as I feel that your talents may be of value in an entirely independent inquiry which I am about to institute (though you will, of course, need to suppress that forthrightness and focus on a selection of papers independently selected by my esteemed colleague, Professor Philip D. Jones).

Yours, as ever, Lord Rockingham of Daventry, formerly B. Gough Esq.

May 5, 2011 at 12:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterZT

Careful, ZT, my ticker's not the best, and sudden convulsive laughter might set something off!

May 5, 2011 at 3:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterFijiDave

Best laugh for a while - I tried to read it to my wife over breakfast and collapsed repeatedly in the effort!
Would make Delingpole proud to know the sender.

May 5, 2011 at 8:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterIan E

In his previous working life Brandon Gough was a Partner in Coopers and Lybrand, the auditing firm. I wonder if he feels able to sign off the enquiries instigated by his University as offering "a true and fair view"?

May 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM | Unregistered Commenteroldtimer

P.S.
Just to let you know how inteligent I am, I believe that was the first person to notice that there is no "F" in global warming..

Please add this info to my resume.

Thanking you in anticipation

Yours sincerely

May 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

Corrections
1) should read .. intelligent
2) should read ...I was the etc

May 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

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