The priceless hypocrisy of Marcus Brigstocke

BEGIN transcript of the words of Marcus Brigstocke from the above (these aren’t my words — I wish they were!):

Apparently, global warming is a liberal conspiracy. Erm, you know, because of all the stuff that we have to gain from it, like, erm… erm… y’know, things like, erm…


I warn you, I am slightly on one this evening; now, look, I’m no scientist, clearly: I’ve met a woman. I am willing to admit that the global warming thing has gained momentum like a chubby Texan soaked in oil sliding down a hill of his own chip-wrappers — YEEEEHAH! But there is a big problem right at the core of the anti-environmentalists’ argument; here it is:

Two polar bears on fragmented ice floes - symbolic of global warming

Oi, Deirdre, do you think it’s getting warmer?

About two years ago there were thousands of people saying,

‘Nope! It’s not happening! It’s definitely not happening! No way! It’s not getting warmer, you’re imagining it, you’re making it up, ooo, I’m cold, who else is cold? I know I am.’

Now these same people are saying,

‘All right, it is happening, but it’s definitely not our fault.’

Hang on, isn’t that the same as saying,

‘I can categorically say I’m not having an affair, and anyway, she seduced me!’

If you used to belong to the denier’s camp, and you’re now in the ‘it’s anyone but us’ camp then your motives are as suspect as an ITV phone quiz.

Lots of Chinese cyclists, some wearing masks against the smog

I know it smells foul, but don’t forget to breathe

If you’re in either of those two camps I mentioned, or, worse still the ‘it is happening, and it is our fault, but what’s the point of doing anything because China isn’t (Richard Littlejohn, you hate-filled swine, I know that’s where you’re hiding, come out, you vicious little prick):

‘China aren’t doing it, so neither am I! Miss! Miss! Johnny isn’t doing his sums, Miss, so neither am I –‘


NASA image of Southern Florida with sea level increase of ~10m

The good news: Florida seafront property bargains imminent

There’s lots that China isn’t doing that’s still worth our while. Democracy. Human rights. Eating Cheddar. To name but three. If your excuse for behaving like a selfish, backward, arrogant twonk is ‘China,’ then please, buy a house near the sea and stay in it when the water comes up over your head.


Now, one of the accusations in this Martin Durkin documentary on Channel 4 was that the people who tell us that global warming is happening — some 80% of the scientific community, by the way, and if that’s enough science for

8 out of 10 cats, 'Claws Out' DVD cover

There’s lies, damn lies, and – oh, there’s the truth, too

cats to choose what food to eat, it’s certainly good enough for me; anyway — Martin Durkin asserts that they are lying and deceiving us, and misrepresenting the facts, and, certainly, he would know; he made a documentary called ‘Against Nature’ after which Channel 4 had to broadcast a prime-time apology (something they’re now working into their regular schedules, I think) because the Independent Television Commission stated that:

‘comparison of the unedited and edited transcripts confirmed that the editing of the interviews of the environmentalists who contributed had indeed distorted or misrepresented their known views. It was also found that the production company had misled them.’

Someone’s pants are on fire! Whose are they? They’re Martin Durkin’s.

In Thursday’s Times there is an exchange between an eminent scientist, a respected scientific author, and Durkin. Mr Armand Leroi emailed Durkin to point out that a huge amount of the data he had referred to was out of date and had now been disproved. He said, in the email,

Image of a man leading what appears to be a very large cockerel

“You’re a big daft cock”

‘to put this bluntly, the data that you showed in your programme were wrong in several different ways.’

And Durkin replied:

‘You’re a big daft cock.’

Let’s look at the lousy science he tried to pass off as reality in his steaming heap of a programme: He tried to prove that solar power was useless by going to a hospital in Africa serving several remote communities that had two solar panels on the roof; now, I say ‘two solar panels’:

A well-used Casio G-Shock DW-6600 solar-powered watch

A well-used Casio G-Shock DW-6600 solar-powered watch

one of them closely resembled those little panels you used to get in a Casio watch in the early 80s, that, if you stood very still at mid-day in August somewhere near the Equator, maybe, just maybe, you could tell the time. And that was his proof.

They then cut inside to a sad-looking African doctor saying,

‘yes, it’s either the fridge full of vaccines or the lights, not both’

— well, then, that’s proof, isn’t it, solar clearly doesn’t work. It can’t work, I mean look at the hospital, look at the fridge, look at the lights: solar power doesn’t work.

‘What if they had some more money, and got another panel?’

What? Are you seriously saying that some of Africa’s problems are due to a lack of resources and not in fact the deliberate attempt of a load of malevolent greenies to prevent them having a better life?

‘Errr… yeah.’

You, Mitch Benn, are a communist.

Image of a packed of Dutchy Originals Oaten Biscuits

Marcus Brigstocke’s fixation on Dutchy Originals Oaten Biscuits doesn’t seem to affect his humour

Solar’s too expensive. Yeah, well, so is cinema popcorn, gym memberships, iPods, Blue Peter phone-ins and Dutchy Original Oaten Biscuits, but we still buy them. It’s a question of how much you want a thing. And I want Dutchy Original Oaten Biscuits.

One of the claims was that Bush and his people are spending too much money researching climate change. I’m sorry. ‘Too much.’ Yes, of course they are, famously, we know this of the Bush administration: they just hurl money at the climate change situation; they’re obsessed with it, they go on and on, ohh, the climate’s changing, we must do something about it, of course, that’s absolutely right.

Repeat after me: ‘monoculture is good’

And, err, what else needs to be done? Well, air stewardesses should wear more make-up; err… there’s not enough branches of Tescos and is there any way we could make Jeremy Clarkson just a bit more interested in cars, ’cause sometimes I think he doesn’t care!

D’you know, the Daily Mail ran a headline last weekend: ‘EU switches off our light bulbs’. Good grief, only the Daily Mail could try to generate a feeling of nostalgic inertia over a bloody light bulb.

O.o this image of a curly light bulb breaking free of an archaic old one seems to have decided to go for a walk...

Go Green – Don’t just say it, Do it!

How many Daily Mail readers does it take to change a light bulb?

‘What was wrong with the old one, eh? Remember the good old days when bulbs were round and not curly, oh, where is the Britain of our past? It’s political correctness gone mad.’

Man-made climate change is not a scientific certainty. But the balance of probability says it is happening. If it’s not, people in the future might play this and say ‘well, listen to that hysterical whining greenie, what a dupe! He was taken in, what a fool.’ I can live with that. But what if it is happening? And it’s our fault? And Martin Durkin is wrong, or just lying, like the big Durkin he seems to be? What if we are in a position to change it, and we don’t? It won’t kill us to drive a smaller car, switch a thing off when we’ve finished with it, change the odd light bulb, holiday in Bognor Regis — alright, that sucks, but the rest of it is not so bad.

I’ve finished now, where’s my limo?

23-passenger, 250 kph electric superbus

Your carriage awaits…

END transcript. These words below are not as good, but they are mine:

As one YouTube stalker is fond of pointing out, you can’t accuse Marcus Brigstocke of not being well-travelled.

“[…] the Maldives […] Mallorca […] China […] Mexico […] Cuba […] New York […] Val d’Isère”

But for my money, people like Marcus are invaluable; they help spread the word about where we are going wrong in our lives. It’s true that his actions can have the appearance of hypocrisy (especially when you cherry-pick your data, as his AGW denier stalker so clearly does); but were he to stop, his message would also stop. In my view, he’s paying far more than the going rate for his carbon consumption. It’s the inequity of the true cost of the average aristocrat’s private jet, or the holidaymaker’s ‘cheap’ weekend flight abroad – these cost us the planet.

Besides, Marcus’ ethics are clearly not misplaced:

O.o more link rot...

How many tons of fuel does it take to haul your fat arse across the planet?

“I rarely fly, for environmental reasons more than anything else. I take most of my holidays in northern Europe and I either drive or take the train […] Going to the south of France with my parents and my sister. We drove from England […] weekends in Brighton […] Edinburgh during the festival is an amazing place […] The Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains are just glorious, too […] bought a motorhome a few years ago and have just exchanged it for an Airstream trailer, so that has changed my view of travel; the journey has become the holiday.”

Some things are in our hands. For one thing, we can think about not flying. (I already have done, and have chosen never to fly again.)

And now that my bum’s gone flat from sitting here for hours putting this together, I’m off to see what Plane Stupid are up to…

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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10 Responses to The priceless hypocrisy of Marcus Brigstocke

  1. Gail says:

    A funny and true variant of your little joke up top, a friend of mine said to his wife “Honey, I think you’re having an affair” and she replied “But you have no proof!”

    A wonderful post, as usual.


    • pendantry says:

      Uh oh.

      The seduction joke up top is not my joke! (I wish it were) — the words here aren’t mine, they belong to Marcus Brigstocke. All I’ve done is transcribe them (and that took me bloody ages, I can tell you).

      I recommend the video, the words are much better from the man himself.

      I will take a /bow for the praise, anyway, though :)


  2. Love your writing, very entertaining and enlightening, with interesting links to wander around and explore. Climate change is real, the unknown part is in the details. I don’t like the possibilities and think it is urgent that all of us do something to stop it. I am trying but I haven’t done nearly enough, seems the biggest problem right now is awareness, so many people really don’t know. Thanks for spreading awareness! There is no excuse for inaction once we know…reminds me of an article I read by Derrick Jensen (tried to find the article to list here for you but can’t, I thought it was in the Orion Magazine, he publishes many great articles there).
    I’ll be back for more. :)


    • pendantry says:

      Thank you, DD! But, err… I need to point out that only the last bit (about Marcus’ YouTube stalker) are my words, the rest are simply a transcript from the video above. Do you think I’d be writing a blog if I could write funny?

      Derrick who? A Google search for “derrick jensen orion column” led me to “To Live or Not To Live”: Derrick Jensen’s recent column in Orion Magazine:

      The notion that humans are the peak form of life […] what kind of peak life form would knowingly degrade its landbase and then throw up its hands when action is most needed to counteract the destruction?

      More words that I wish I’d come up with. I think I’ll look out for this Derrick Jensen fellow, I like the way he thinks.

      Humans, bah! Good riddance — my heart weeps that we’re taking so many innocent species down with us :(


  3. Tess says:

    Yes, I love your writing too! Very enjoyable to read, and so true. Some people’s stupidity is actually incredible. My own granddad is in the ‘it’s not our fault’ camp. I feel bad for criticising him as it’s probably something to do with his age that’s blinding him from seeing the obvious. But he blames volcanoes… nuff said!


  4. Jacko says:

    Nice, thanks for pointing me here I had not heard this one from Marcus… I studied the environment at uni, I’ve had so many discussions around it that Mrs Jacko has banned the subject at the dinner table…lol

    Merry midwinter to you sir, looking forward to reading your blog in the New Year…



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