Christopher Booker “Rips ’em a New One”

In this article:

Mr. Christopher Booker manages to “Rip ’em a new one” at The Met Office.

Just wonderfully done.

Christopher Booker

Christopher Booker

Christopher Booker
The green hijack of the Met Office is crippling Britain
The Met Office’s commitment to warmist orthodoxy means it drastically underestimates the chances of a big freeze, says Christopher Booker

Now THAT’s clear.

I’ve bolded some choice bits here:

By far the biggest story of recent days, of course, has been the astonishing chaos inflicted, to a greater or lesser extent, on all of our lives by the fact that we are not only enjoying what is predicted to be the coldest December since records began in 1659, but also the harshest of three freezing winters in a row. We all know the disaster stories – thousands of motorists trapped for hours on paralysed motorways, days of misery at Heathrow, rail passengers marooned in unheated carriages for up to 17 hours. But central to all this – as the cry goes up: “Why wasn’t Britain better prepared?” – has been the bizarre role of the Met Office.

Me thinks someone had one “too cold day” too many ;-)

I think this is a very interesting window into what will be an ever growing popular revolt.

Skipping down a bit:

What seems completely to have passed Mr Quarmby by, however, is the fact that in these past three years the Met Office’s forecasting record has become a national joke. Ever since it predicted a summer warmer and drier than average in 2007 – followed by some of the worst floods in living memory – its forecasts have been so unerringly wrong that even the chief adviser to our Transport Secretary might have noticed.

At this point I’m trying to decide if the tears are from laughing, crying, or just schadenfreude…

The answer is that in the past 20 years, as can be seen from its website, the Met Office has been hijacked from its proper role to become wholly subservient to its obsession with global warming. (At one time it even changed its name to the Met Office “for Weather and Climate Change”.) This all began when its then-director John Houghton became one of the world’s most influential promoters of the warmist gospel. He, more than anyone else, was responsible for setting up the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and remained at the top of it for 13 years. It was he who, in 1990, launched the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for Climate Change, closely linked to the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia (CRU), at the centre of last year’s Climategate row, which showed how the little group of scientists at the heart of the IPCC had been prepared to bend their data and to suppress any dissent from warming orthodoxy.

The reason why the Met Office gets its forecasts so hopelessly wrong is that they are based on those same computer models on which the IPCC itself relies to predict the world’s climate in 100 years time.

As the hunt for the guilty begins… I understand torches can be a warming influence… AND he “Names Names”

The consequences of all this are profound. Those who rule over our lives have been carried off into a cloud-cuckoo-land for which no one was more responsible than the zealots at the Met Office, subordinating all it does to their dotty belief system. Significantly, its chairman, Robert Napier, is not a weatherman but a “climate activist”, previously head of WWF-UK, one of our leading warmist campaigning groups.

And a whole lot more. Give it a read, folks, it’s worth it…

I need to go find a nice “chaser” for that tonic!

h/t to “latitude” who posted a link to the article over at WUWT in this comment:

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11 Responses to Christopher Booker “Rips ’em a New One”

  1. tckev says:

    As the UK freezes this is the only news that will warm them.
    The UK’s Met Office has a $51 million supercomputer that is running IPCC type climate modeling. Needless to say the forecasting is getting worse and it’s is noticed, the BBC and others are not renewing contracts…–world–turning–Now-try-complaining-forecast.html

    It’s about time that people knew ALL the AGW people running the weather reporting in Europe… (more later)

  2. Verity Jones says:

    This has certainly been the longest and most severe cold spell I remember. We have rain and +2C right now – first time it has been above zero since Thursday 23rd. Most nights were -9C or colder; most days -1.5C max (one day was -5.8C max and we’re are not exactly rural).

    I didn’t look at the Telegraph today so thanks for pointing this out. I agree with Brooker, but I see more than the AGW problem with the Met Office. There is an ‘assumption of dumb’ that has infected the media and those who seem to follow AGW theory – that the general public is incapable of understanding anything vaguely complex and cannot deal with concepts such as risk and uncertainty.

    This is undoubtedly true for a proportion of the population who will switch off/over at at the beginning of a broadcast forecast anyway, never mind the mention of anything technical, but they have forgotten about the many who can or at least want to understand. The unfortunate effect of this assumption is that forecasts have been dumbed down and reduced to a sound bite. The message from ‘on high’ is that the public “don’t want a confusing message” so “keep it simple”.

    Well for a nation supposedly obsessed with the weather (and who wouldn’t be when it is so variable in a maritime area) it just won’t do. They need to forget the obsession with climate and get back to some old fashioned meteorology.

    However, perhaps I’ll give them this – there is an “Old Forecaster’s Lament” reprinted in Mike Smith’s book “Warnings” (

    “And now among the fading embers
    These in the main are my regrets
    When I am right no one remembers
    When I am wrong no one forgets.”

  3. Jeff Alberts says:

    “I agree with Brooker,”

    It’s “Booker”.

  4. Verity Jones says:

    @Jeff Alberts
    Agh, that one got past me and I didn’t notice. I do follow his column.

  5. Pascvaks says:

    You’ll know things are really getting out of hand in the Old Country when the mobs assemble at Buck House and beg for a lump of coal.

    The Queen and the Household need to set the example now and turn off all the water and heat at all Royal residences for the duration. It wouldn’t hurt to bring big lavish wigs back into fashion either.

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    What the “dumb it down” folks need to realize is that there are a lot of folks who want to learn something.

    As a kid, I’d watch the weatherman with the strange charts with circles and triangles on it and was completely lost. For a while. I gradually learned to read weather charts from watching TV and seeing the wind and fronts charts in the newspaper. Helped a fair amount when I went off to ground school and we had to learn to read the weather maps / reports.

    They also forget that it’s “the smart ones” who explain it to the others who “validate” what was said…. Who act as the anointment of truth. Without that, you gradually just become another talking head opinion of little merit…

    So a “dumb” summary is OK, but the “meat” in the middle gives power and weight to the arguements AND slowly educates the audience. Two very important functions. (If you don’t have them, you might as well be a Music Video.)


    Might also “focus the mind” of the powers that be if Parliament were to conduct it’s business without heat and if the Ministries were required to run the thermostat down to, oh, I don’t know, 50 F or 10 C ?

  7. Verity Jones says:

    my thoughts exactly, although you have expressed them rather better than I would have.

  8. Ian W says:

    I have been in UK for this cold period – from Florida.

    To pick up Verity Jones’ point on dumbing down – the broadcast forecasts on UK TV now are almost all ‘mickey mouse’ diagrams and clever but uninformative graphics. The days when the ‘weather man’ showed a synoptic chart appear to have long gone. I don’t know whether that is due to their inability to use synoptic charts or their assumption of stupidity in the viewers. But what it has meant in this cold period with snow belts passing through, is that it is very difficult to actually work out what it is that they _are_ forecasting. One is left with the impression that this is the intent – produce vague untestable forecasts with kindergarten diagrams – then nobody can say that you were wrong.

  9. Verity Jones says:

    @Ian W
    I do hope you weren’t stuck in the UK due to the cold weather.

    As someone who can actually read synoptic charts it is infuriating. I have long since abandoned the BBC as a source of weather.

    The ‘cool’ graphics now are exactly as you say – vague at best. [Actually link provided by first comment tckev says in the Daily Mail that the ‘swoopy graphics’ were bought by the Beeb from NZ weather service]

    Actually if they used synoptic charts now along with some new cool graphics – they could actually show fronts and warm sectors etc with a coloured overlay. It would be a fantastic educational tool (for the fraction that do want to be educated). I used to find the rainfall radar sequence one of the most useful things as I could judge the speed of advance. Same with the progression of pressure charts. Ah well that’s why they lost me.

  10. Ralph B says:

    What is somewhat surprising is you don’t see too many news stories about cold induced deaths. When the heat wave went through a few years back it seemed comparable to the plague. Severe cold is usually a bigger killer than heat waves yet the news media is pretty much mum…unless there have been more shelters available than in the past which in itself would be a good story.

  11. patrick healy says:

    Just to show how useless the bbc mulitmillion AGW forecast service is i quote verbatim from a bbc ceefax forecast on Christmas morning from miss laura tobin –
    ‘monday forecast uncertain: eastern england and northern scotland probably bright and cold. northern ireland and western britain breezy, cold and with the potential of snow or possibly rain’.
    that is the sum total of their uselessness.
    ps luckily we live in eastern scotland so we could ignore their anodine ramblings. (we had frost and intermittant snow showers).
    i just love when they prognostigate 100 years into the future with a 90% certainty on Gorebal Warming.

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