James Delingpole, journalist for the Telegraph and Spectator, writer of some books. a self proclaimed ‘interpreters of interpreters’ who admits he knows little of science.
Either a well paid plant: a 5th columnist for Greenpeace or a cynic looking to find a following with the ranks of rightwing anti-Euro, pro UKIP, [pro extreme right judging from comments on his articles] or completely bonkers [and I don’t mean his struggle with bi-polar]. Arguments are so shallow that one gets the impression he has run out of things to actually say. Main occupation is build a strawman and then beat it to death often across several editions of the Sunday Telegraph. Usual arguments are ‘there is no warming’ ‘warming is good’ ‘wind turbines cause birth defects, are a scam, don’t work, produce more CO2 than coal burning, anything trawled from the blogosphere’ and that fracking, or unconventional gas drilling is the answer to all our problems. Big on name calling such eco-facist, “celebrity Muppet-/Druid-/The-Master-Impersonator”,“squirmy, weaselly get-out of a no-good, snivelling, yellow-bellied, milquetoast loser”, “one of Al Gore’s useful idiots” .
“…the Warmist faith so fervently held and promulgated by the Met Office is exactly the same faith so passionately, unswervingly followed by David Cameron, Chris Huhne, Greg Barker, the Coalition’s energy spokesman in the Lords Lord Marland, and all but five members of the last parliament. And also by the BBC, the Prince of Wales, almost every national newspaper, the European Union, the Royal Society, the New York Times, CNBC, the Obama administration, the Australian and New Zealand governments, your children’s schools, our major universities, our minor universities, the University of East Anglia, your local council… Truly there just aren’t enough bullets!”
His personal attack reached a climax when an ordinary concerned citizen was singled out in his Telegraph blog . And again with a war hero, will he ever learn? His acute reporting was at the centre of the Climategate, Amazongate, Himalayagate non news items and he also likes using the suffix -gate.
Very difficult to know what he actually believes except his hate of wind turbines, there is no warming vs exaggerated warming vs it is natural vs it will be great when it warms. Believes libertarian politics is best but also loves the monarchy. Thinks climate science is some kind of huge conspiracy.
Standing in the by-election in Corby, [will keep you posted on his defeat.] Generating a tag line – WINDTURBINES WORSE THAN PAEDOPHILIA, yes, really.
“I believe that wind farms are a cancer: one of the worst crimes ever perpetrated against the country by Westminster. I want to raise public awareness of just how disastrous these bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco crucifixes are in every single respect. And I want to urge the people of Corby and East Northants not to vote for any of the three parties that support these monstrosities. That means don’t, whatever you do, vote LibLabCon,”
“If there were a single plausible argument in favour of wind power, my task would be a much harder one than it is. But there isn’t. The wind industry is so wrong in every way that to be against it ought to be no more contentious than being against paedophilia”.
It seems the plot thickens- Delingbot was in collusion with some anti-green Tories [see the undercover film here- and Guardian exclusive] only to drop out of the race when Hayes made the front page of the Mail condemning wind-turbines, saying ‘my work is done’. Quite what the fallout will be will be interesting.
Informing the undercover reporter that Delingpole was “pulling out” of the election, Heaton-Harris said the timing was “contrived”. “So you have the speech [by Hayes], two front pages,” the undercover reporter said. “And then Delingpole stands down and that’s all sort of saying, ‘My work is done’?” “Yeah, there’s been a bit of leverage that he’s given me,” Heaton-Harris said. “I’ve been working on this since the ministerial teams changed.”
The MP reflected on how Hayes was now a minister “in a department that absolutely hates him”, but still had the support of the cabinet. Hayes’ remarks about wind farms had caused “quite a nice bust-up between the Lib Dems and us”, the MP said.
James getting pwn3d [owned!] by Sir Paul Nurse a scientist.
For all his ramblings, constantly repeating the same old nonsense and simplistic writing he is succeeding in building a sufficient following to justify his Telegraph, Spectator, Mail salary, as well as shift enough of his books to adoring followers. His writings are easy to digest, completely wrong and suitable for those for 12 year olds. His acerbic wit was tried out in the Independent online in early 2012 but despite being provocative he scored no response.
The Australian was forced to print an extensive correction and judgement from the Press Council following a rabid attack on the wind turbine industry by Delingpole.
UPDATE in response to a comment posted below it would suggest that the number of comments a journalist or blogger receives ranking accordingly, and given such a mark of popularity I tested Delingpole’s numbers.
Choosing a random post [with the usual hostility to eco-facsists, the BBC, Greenpeace etc] that had generated 2263 comments over a two day period. Delingpole has a loyal following so selecting some the usual contributors I counted up the number of posts.
Bootsjenson was the most prolific with 10% with 212. Lincolnrhyme followed with 169, and Grumpydenier just below 90
in the mid range with between 50 and 70 posts were ColdfingerUK [70 posts] dropstone, rocketscientist, fretslider, suffolkboy Motorwaydrifter, bravo22c, BenfromMO
and regulars who posted around 30 comments each included Fenbeagle, burleyman, Oppugner, oldgoat beegdawg007 and Spence.
These 15 fans of Delingpole contributed to just over half  of the total contributions.