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Ofcom to investigate government’s ‘dodgy’ climate adverts

Anyone seen this?

http://ccgi.newbery1.plus.com/blog/?p=230#more-230

"Last week it became clear that the Advertising Standards Authority had launched an inquiry into the Government’s £6m TV advertising campaign aimed at climate change sceptics. Now it appears that the UK broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, will also investigate complaints that the advert is politically motivated and therefore breeches the ban on broadcasting political adverts. They would seem to have good reason for deciding to do so."

It seems Ed Milliband is also getting rather desperate

"From Ed Milliband [Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change]

“I know you care about climate change, but as we’ve seen in recent weeks, not everyone does. Indeed there are many people who still believe it’s not happening, or if it is, the activities of human beings have nothing to do with it.

As part of an effort to raise peoples’ awareness of man-made climate change and what we can all do about it, the government had this advert made.

Now, whipped up by the sceptics, nearly six hundred people have complained about it in a bid to get it banned.

Don’t let the sceptics silence us

Please show your support for this advert, and our wider efforts to make people more aware of climate change.

Please send the advert on to a friend and ask them to show their support too

We need to show that the climate change sceptics are a tiny, if vocal, minority and that action to make the public aware of climate change has real public support.

Don’t let the sceptics silence us

Thank you for your time, your voice makes all the difference.

Ed

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Do you agree that this 'bed time story' advert is propaganda or not?

KevinUK

Re: Ofcom to investigate government’s ‘dodgy’ climate adverts

I am just curious to know why governments, and specifically this one, time and time again fall for all the junk science scams that are presented to them by "experts".

You name it: passive smoking, cholesterol, salt and the star of them all anthropogenic global warming.

Personally I don’t mind people believing anything they want to as long as they don’t want to tax me as a result and restrict my freedoms. A fundamental change in the way we are governed is desperately needed otherwise we are all at risk from these morons.

Re: Ofcom to investigate government’s ‘dodgy’ climate adverts

Now, whipped up by the sceptics, nearly six hundred people have complained about it in a bid to get it banned.

Don’t let the sceptics silence us

We need to show that the climate change sceptics are a tiny, if vocal, minority and that action to make the public aware of climate change has real public support.

Don’t let the sceptics silence us


It is a bit awkward for him to try and present himself and his movement as victims of more powerful interests which are working against the common man. However, modern left wing environmentalism did seem to emerge from the '60s counter culture movement, whose members liked to cultivate the image of being anti-establishment figures.

In the forty years since, it does not seem to have struck them that they are the establishment now, and they have not managed to move much beyond their now inappropriate "speaking truth to power" style of rhetoric.

Milliband is of course too young to have ever been involved with the '60s counter culture, but his father was a communist intellectual and he has been involved with labour politics in the post-'60s period his whole life, so the influence is obvious. He does not seem to appreciate the absurdity of such a style being adopted by a government minister.

Ironically, it is conceded by the warmers within academic circles that the public are mostly sceptical of anthropogenic climate change--hence the need for the advert in the first place.

How would Milliband justify his concern over the advert with his pronouncement that climate sceptics are a tiny minority? After all, why go through the expense of producing the advert just to persuade, extremely patronisingly, a tiny minority that they are wrong?