Doubting Toms are terrorists 23/11/2006
You have doubts about the manmade global warming theory — and that’s all it is, a theory — and aren’t afraid to express them? Sounds perfectly reasonable in a democratic society that values free speech.
Well, to a leader in increasingly totalitarian Great Britain, expressing such views makes you no better than a murderous terrorist.
Foreign secretary Margaret Beckett called on the media to deny terrorists and their supporters a platform because it “artificially polarises debate”.
Likewise, Beckett said, media wheeled out resident sceptics of climate change, “however unrepresentative or discredited”, to generate tension and voice provocative views in the name of editorial balance.
“It makes for more heated exchanges and louder headlines. But it is not the way to build a common consensus on the ground we share.”
As Brendan O’Neill writes in — of all places, The Guardian — Beckett explicitly compared “climate-change sceptics” to terrorists, and implied that both should be denied media air time. In one fell swoop, she demonised those who challenge the consensus on climate change by lumping them in with radicals who support the use of violence, and suggested these sceptics should be censored.
Whatever you might think of climate-change sceptics, the fact is that most of them are scientists, and many of them work in British universities. Yet here we had the secretary of state for foreign affairs putting these middle-class professionals in the same camp as terrorists who, according to the government, pose the greatest threat to life and liberty as we know it.
Hey, I thought the debate was all over: the consensus, if not the proof, is in. Yet this high-powered politician slanders her intellectually honest countrymen and advocates totalitarianism to bolster her “truth”. Perhaps there’s not as many gullibles across the population as Beckett would like.
O’Neill reveals Beckett is regrettably not alone with her repugnant views and that a Greens commentator wants Nuremberg-style trials for manmade global warming sceptics.