Although I had met Sarah Sands before I didn't know Mary Beard (a left of centre Cambridge Don) or Tim Smit from the Eden Project. Attending the dinner beforehand was very useful in that it enabled us all to build a little bit of a rapport and size each other up. It was clear from the outset that Tim and I might well have a major disagreement on the programme.
I had a good spat with Tim Smit on global warming. I expressed some scepticism about man made global warming, which both Tim and Jonathan seemed rather surprised by. He asserted that not a single scientist disagreed with the fact that global warming is entirely man made.
What a fucking liar! Of all of the big, fat, stinking lies about the climate debate that an alarmist could come out with, that is a fucking doozy. How the hell did that little shit possibly think that he could get away with that?
Perhaps we should start compiling a list of the scientists who do not believe that? We could start with those who signed the deeply under-reported Manhattan Declaration but, in reality, I think that you would be hard-pressed to find any scientist who was truly believed that "global warming is entirely man made".
I took issue with that and quoted the example of the UN report, for which many dissenting scientists had lost their jobs and were considered almost heretical. Tim had to agree I was right. I also layed into Greenpeace and others for refusing to debate the issue because they regard the argument as already won. Jonathan then asked the audience if they shared my scepticism and rather to all our surprise found that half of them did. Greenpeace clearly haven't won the argument if the Ottery St Mary audience is anything to go by.
Good for Iain for refusing to take that piece of shit at face value. One thing...
... how the hell did Iain resist the urge to punch Smit in the face and then repeatedly hoof him in the knackers with an old-fashioned, lead-weighted diving boot, eh?