Category: Information Level – Basic

Misinformation is the insincerest form of philately

Misinformation is the insincerest form of philately

We do most of our posting on Facebook and Twitter these days , but this is deserves a proper post. The Reverend Michael Roberts is a rabid supporter of fracking and likes to pretend he is an expert in all of the science that surrounds fracking. He is particularly dismissive...

Conclusions and Recommendations of the Environmental Audit Comittee

Conclusions and Recommendations of the Environmental Audit Comittee

On Monday morning (26th January 2015) the Environmental Audit Committee published its report into the “Environmental Risks of Fracking” It came out with 19 hard hitting conclusions and recommendations which are reproduced in full below. Being published on the day that MPs debated the Infrastructure Bill the report was a...

The Descent – A Cautionary Short Story About Fracking

The Descent – A Cautionary Short Story About Fracking

All characters appearing in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead, or awaiting judgement in heaven, is purely coincidental. ather Jack Fracket surveyed the wintry scene from a distance. He checked his  Timex “Celestial TimeMaster” watch – it was 2:30 pm on January 16th 2020 and...

An unwelcome gift

An unwelcome gift

A while back a friend gave me what another friend, Tina, subsequently described as  an unwelcome gift – an invitation to a meeting about something called fracking. Fracking is a way of extracting gas from the earth using methods which have some very detrimental effects on the environment and on...

Lord Howell’s return to the desolate North

Lord Howell’s return to the desolate North

Well, desolate and derelict actually http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fracking/10828543/Government-drive-for-fracking-losing-thousands-of-Tory-votes-Lord-Howell-warns.html http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fracking-lord-howell-george-osbornes-3536842 Alan Tootill has summed up what has actually been said by Lord Howell below and, beneath the hype it is quite interesting and revealing. The atmosphere at Mr Osborne’s next family gathering may be a trifle frosty. On consideration, he has the right...

Ken Cronin doth protest too much methinks

Ken Cronin doth protest too much methinks

The BBC reported this week that Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, had made the perfectly reasonable point that shale gas exploration firms should pay a levy towards the cost of policing anti-fracking protests, because they stand to make “huge sums of money” out of their work. (Of...

The IPCC 5th Assessment Report Made Digestible

The IPCC 5th Assessment Report Made Digestible

When we look at the many dimensions of the fracking argument one of the most important is the question of climate change. The recent The IPCC 5th Assessment Report ran to over 2,000 pages long but you can see the key points distilled into haiku format in this 2 1/2...

This is why normal conservative people are starting to feel very uncomfortable

This is why normal conservative people are starting to feel very uncomfortable

I own and run two businesses in Lancashire. My CV and life history mean I would probably be expected to be a staunch Conservative. As it happens I am not, because I cannot reconcile modern, feral, Conservatism with my own beliefs about fairness and opportunity. However, I do have the...

Instead of a coherent energy policy Mr Osborne offers us juvenile pap

Instead of a coherent energy policy Mr Osborne offers us juvenile pap

Sometimes, as we read about the Coalition Government’s clumsy attempts to justify their failure to put together a coherent energy policy to carry us through the next decades we smile. Sometimes we despair. Today was one of those days. In a feeble attempt to bite back at Ed Milliband’s headline...

The Sun eats its words

The Sun eats its words

We reported some time ago about the way in which the Sun misreported the results of its online poll, claiming that 71 % supported fracking, when the poll actually closed showing 52% against We raised this issue with the Press Complaints Authority and after a certain amount of toing and...