• Nigel Lawson: Volcanic Ash And The Precautionary Principle

    • Date: 20/04/10

    The revelation that the decision to close Europe’s skies following last week’s eruption of an unpronounceable Icelandic volcano, and the spewing of ash into the sky, was triggered by advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre of the UK Met Office, based not on all relevant empirical evidence but on their computer model, has led […]

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  • Frank Furedi: This Shutdown Is About More Than Volcanic Ash

    • Date: 20/04/10

    Whatever the risks posed by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, it seems clear that the shutting down of much of Europe’s air space is not just about the threat posed by clouds of ash to flying passengers. We live in an era where problems of uncertainty and risk are continually amplified, and where […]

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  • Is Volcanic Ash The New Swine Flu?

    • Date: 19/04/10

    Is volcanic ash the new swine flu? That is not a rhetorical question: along with the rest of the public, I honestly haven’t a clue. Are either self-interested or self-empowering jobsworths creating a panic where there is no threat? Or, spurred on by desperate airlines haemorrhaging income, would it be crassly irresponsible to allow families […]

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  • Nathalie Rothschild: Using The Holocaust To Silence Debate

    • Date: 19/04/10

    Under normal circumstances, someone who started a campaign called Trees Have Rights Too in order to convince the United Nations to adopt a Universal Declaration of Planetary Rights, based on the idea that ‘we are all one, life is sacred and love is all’, might reasonably be suspected of being an LSD-tripping hippy. But it […]

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  • Climategate: A Scandal That Won’t Go Away

    • Date: 18/04/10

    From Macbeth to Watergate, it’s not the act that leads to nemesis, but the attempts to ‘trammel up the consequence’ , writes Christopher Booker. If you were faced with by far the biggest bill of your life, would you not want to be confident that there was a very good reason why you should pay […]

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  • Frank Furedi: The True Nature Of Sceptics

    • Date: 16/04/10

    Unafraid, questioning minds are central to the pursuit of truth and democracy AT Easter, the official Greenpeace website carried a blog written by Gene Hashmi, communications director of its affiliate in India. Hashmi pointed his finger at sceptics who fuelled “spurious debates around false solutions” and concluded with the not too subtle threat: “We know […]

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  • Peter Foster: Climategate Whitewash

    • Date: 16/04/10

    “Climategate scientists cleared of wrongdoing” read the headline in yesterday’s Post. Who expected anything else? The two self-inquiries launched by the University of East Anglia into its Climatic Research Unit (CRU) were always destined to produce whitewashes, as did a recent UK parliamentary inquiry, and as will an “independent” review by the UN. The first […]

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  • Stephen McIntyre: Oxburgh’s Trick to Hide the Trick

    • Date: 14/04/10

    The Oxburgh report ” is a flimsy and embarrassing 5-pages. They did not interview me (nor, to my knowledge, any other CRU critics or targets). The committee was announced on March 22 and their “report” is dated April 12 – three weeks end to end – less time than even the Parliamentary Committee. They took no […]

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