Monday, 28 November 2016

"Right-wing views"

I probably need your advice on this one. What do you make of this?:

There was a curious moment on BBC One's News at Six - which led with Paul Nuttall's election as leader of UKIP - when the BBC's reporter, Alex Forsyth, said this of the new UKIP leader: 
The former history lecturer grew up in Liverpool. He's been a UKIP MEP for the North-West as well as the party's deputy leader. And he holds some right-wing views. He's a climate change sceptic who's tough on crime.
Is being "a climate change sceptic" a "right-wing view"? (Aren't such views held more generally?) Or is that just how the BBC regards 'climate change scepticism' (and 'right-wingers')?


  1. I would say she's right to say that it's a right-wing view, but wrong to call him a "climate change sceptic". Nobody denies the climate changes. He is skeptical of the Warmist belief system only. You probably won't find any self-professed left-wingers who aren't Warmists of some stripe. The term "climate change skeptic" is a lie, and reveals ideological bias from the BBC as it's in their style guide.

    It's also amusing to note that logically, her formulation means that lefties are soft on crime. Oops.

    1. Nuttall has described climate change as a "money-led scam".

      "Figures used to ‘support’ the idea of climate change have been shown to be false and manipulated to meet a pre-made conclusion in order to secure funding,"

      "I think we all need to be assured about the credibility and motivation of scientists onboard the global warming wagon."

      His comments would sound like climate change scepticism, to most people in the world.

  2. And Tony Blair's Labour Party was "tough on crime", by his own description - does that make him "right wing"?

    I'm a climate change precautionist so have contempt for both the religious certainties of the climate change ideologues and the recklessness of the climate change deniers.