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BBC’s Jubilee woke-fest
I tuned into the BBC to watch the Jubilee Concert, the first BBC show I have watched in years. I naively expected a music concert. Instead it was a woke-fest. For the first time in my life I understand people who self-immolate.
A life wrecked without warning
I am an early retired teacher who now delivers shopping for one of the big 5.
My last drop on Sunday May 29 was at a former governor of the school at which I was an assistant headteacher. I hadn’t seen him for years and was taken aback by his terrible ill health which was obvious the moment he opened the door. He was using a walking frame and he struggled terribly with movement. Straight away, he told me that his life had gone downhill. He was now divorced, living alone and he hasn’t seen either of his grandchildren at all. He had lost his job of 20 years (a train driver) after he had two strokes which have left him paralysed down one side and blind in one eye.
I asked him when he had his strokes and it turns out his first was ten days after his first jab in March last year and the second was a few months later after his second jab. When I mentioned that strokes and heart attacks were being suffered by far too many who had been jabbed, he looked at me as though I was stupid. It appears that no one – GP, hospital staff, vaccinators etc had given him any information at all, only to say that as he had had a stroke he was vulnerable and should get his second jab.
He has never heard of the Yellow Card reporting system.
I stayed a while as it was my final drop. I left feeling incredibly angry at those who would do this, and incredibly sad for a man that I had a lot of time for and with whom I had worked closely for a number of years. To say he was a shadow of his former self is a huge understatement.
I have recorded his injuries on the Yellow Card system.
Rolling out the red carpet for Harry and Meghan
An ostensibly kind gesture that the Royal Family have welcomed the petulant Sussexes back for the Jubilee Weekend. But is it foolish?
Since it is unlikely any member will succeed in encouraging the California-residing Prince Harry to abandon his tell-all, warts and all book about The Firm, not least because he is said to be in line for circa £16million, is Prince Charles just hoping to give him a jolly good weekend and pray for some positive extra chapters?
Ryde, Isle of Wight
Time to start fracking again
Earlier this week three earthquakes were recorded across the UK: a 2.1 magnitude in Ayrshire, 2.3 in Cheshire and 3.8 in Shropshire. The British Geological Survey said that there are approximately 200 to 300 earthquakes felt in the UK each year and are usually below a magnitude of 3.0, so why was fracking for shale gas stopped when a minuscule tremor of 0.5 on the Richter scale was recorded? A study by Liverpool University called this 0.5 a micro-seismic event equivalent to sitting down heavily on an office chair. The UK must ignore the green Luddites and immediately recommence drilling on land and sea to become energy independent, and not be held to ransom by Russia and other aggressive and unfriendly nations.
Monkeypox – the howler variant
I’m waiting with great anticipation for the first monkeypox variant to be announced. There’s no shortage of potential names. Gibbon variant? Baboon variant? My favourite would be the howler variant.
Ross and Cromarty
A professor takes issue with the Guardian
The Guardian recently published a smear story about the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a non-partisan think tank and registered educational charity that focuses on climate and energy policy, based on the risible claim that they had accepted ‘funding from fossil fuel interests’. The ‘peg’ for this article was Caroline Lucas and Extinction Rebellion’s call for GWPF’s charitable status to be removed over this alleged ‘fossil fuel interest funding’ on which the Foundation had already posted a statement debunking green activists some weeks before.
One of the Foundation’s recently appointed trustees, Peter Edwards, Emeritus Professor of inorganic chemistry, University of Oxford, wrote a short rebuttal to the Guardian. Unaccountably they failed to publish it. We do so here.
Caroline Lucas and Extinction Rebellion argue that the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) works against the public need to respond to the ‘unfolding climate emergency’ (‘Climate sceptic thinktank reported to charity commission over fossil fuel interest funding’, May 23). I am a recently-elected Trustee of the GWPF. I have spent over two decades helping to mitigate possible climate change through establishing the UK’s first Sustainable (Green) Hydrogen Energy Consortium, working with Sir John Houghton (author of the standard text ‘Global Warming’) on the looming climate crisis in the developing world, leading the Royal Society discussion on ‘Can solar power deliver?’ and most recently in world-leading advances in the production of sustainable aviation fuel directly from CO2. Why, then, did I agree to join the GWPF? I have become increasingly concerned about the developing costs – not only financial but also environmental – of Net-Zero plans and the pressing need for public scrutiny, serious enquiry and honest debate about this policy. The GWPF and Net Zero Watch are the only bodies carrying out such an analysis, rooted in sound engineering–led principles and assessments. Do Caroline Lucas and colleagues believe that I have not taken my responsibility seriously – and acted accordingly – to work with the public to prepare, mitigate and adapt to this energy challenge?
Professor Peter Edwards
University of Oxford