JoNova

A science presenter, writer, speaker & former TV host; author of The Skeptic's Handbook (over 200,000 copies distributed & available in 15 languages).


Handbooks

The Skeptics Handbook

Think it has been debunked? See here.

The Skeptics Handbook II

Climate Money Paper


Advertising

micropace


GoldNerds

The nerds have the numbers on precious metals investments on the ASX



Archives

Global Warming — it’s just another joke

UPDATE BELOW:See also  the Shut Up Choir’s new song — self satire at work

Armstrong and Miller mock the Global Warming thought police as they tell us to ignore our lying eyes, and give us glossy printed pamphlets telling us what we are allowed to think.

The formerly fashionable theory of man-made catastrophe is becoming the regular butt of jokes. Bear in mind that half of the comedic team of Miller and Armstrong is known as an eco-activist (that would be Ben), and the skit isn’t necessarily poking fun at the science but at the militant marketing, and over-the-top dogma.

Possibly even funnier (in a tragic kind of way) are the comments from pro-man-made global warming fans. They think it’s funny too.

Parody is an artform too advanced…

I love this. I think the joke is more on the idiots who think a few cold winters and a bit of rain disproves global warming.

The sketch is clearly mocking ppl who confuse climate and weather, with an extra dig at the intimations of conspiracy and tyranny used to mask the lack of data that would support an argument.

Laugh til you cry. They don’t realize that a government that jails the people they don’t like for speaking “outside permitted lines” could just as soon jail them for some other spurious transgression. A tyranny is a tyranny. These fans of are the same ones who laughed at the 10:10 marketing disaster.

Thanks to Colin for suggesting it.


Update: Continuing on the theme of people silencing free speech, here comes The Hate Choir

More Useful Idiots who think they help the planet by reducing a science debate to a “shut up” campaign.

h/t to The Daily Bayonet.

Spinifex Computing is a supporter of this site. If you are a Unix or Linux developer, install small VOIP systems,  are looking for a data logger, or a low power network storage provider, Spinifex might have just what you need. Plug computers have taken off in the EU and US, but are just being discovered in Australia. Why not pop in and find out more about the plug craze?
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Global Warming — it’s just another joke , 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

Tiny Url for this post: http://tinyurl.com/bh6un8e

40 comments to Global Warming — it’s just another joke

  • #
    Baa Humbug

    That’s one of the funniest clips I’ve seen. Nearly spilt my ‘bundy n coke’

    On a related note, WUWT has this clip from alarmist christmas carolers.

    00

  • #
    Rereke Whakaaro

    Jo,

    Your post, “Margarine has killed more people than global warming”, is giving me the 404 finger.

    [Wierd bermuda triangle effect on my blog last night. Sorry. Jn]

    00

  • #
    janama

    Tim Flannery is at it again creating maps of which suburbs will be inundated due to sea level rise.

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/rising-sea-levels-will-swamp-parts-of-sydney-20101215-18yak.html

    There are 3 maps for each region, 50cm, 80cm and 110cm sea level rise!!! last time I checked we were heading for a 100mm rise.

    00

  • #
  • #
    Oblong

    Re. the sea level maps…

    “Every day, decisions are being made about where to build new houses and other infrastructure on the coast. … We also have to address the challenge of managing impacts to our existing development – for example where past decision-making did not address climate change risks, but where areas may be vulnerable to flooding as sea levels rise. Government roles in planning and setting benchmarks will therefore be central to risk management and in managing the large number of public good assets in the coastal zone.” [http://www.ozcoasts.org.au/climate/sd_fqa.jsp]

    However, clicking on a map to see a particular area has this: “Note: These maps are a communication tool only and are not suitable for decision-making.”

    Seems like contradictory statements.

    00

  • #
    Another Ian

    Not only Flannery!

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/features/maps-show-southeast-queensland-climate-change-flooding/story-e6freowx-1225971661224

    “CLIMATE change will ravage parts of the southeast as sea level rises wash away homes in inner-city Brisbane and the Gold Coast, new modelling shows.
    Maps released by the Federal Government today show the havoc that will be caused by sea level rises over the next 90 years.

    The lowest scenario, a 0.5m rise, is considered unavoidable by 2100 and will lead to inundation in suburbs including Albion, Mango Hill and Northgate along with bayside and beachside homes.

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change puts the high level risk at a 1.1m rise and under that scenario, homes in Newstead, New Farm, Bardon, East Brisbane and Capalaba would be under water.

    Bayside suburbs would be decimated and Gold Coast suburbs including Robina, Carrara, Southport would be affected along with vast swathes of canal suburbs and waterfront real estate.

    The mid-range rise – 0.8m – will also leave homeowners in many suburbs with wet feet and is calculated based on the predicted effect from current global emissions.” And more.

    Plus extra amazement at

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-to-host-one-of-worlds-largest-solar-power-stations-says-stephen-robertson/story-e6freoof-1225971609611

    00

  • #
    Jeremy

    …The sketch is clearly mocking ppl who confuse climate and weather, with an extra dig at the intimations of conspiracy and tyranny used to mask the lack of data that would support an argument.

    Wow, cognitive dissonance resonating. Just amazing. I suggest this person watch it again and listen to where the laugh-track is put in. The people aren’t laughing when he “confuses” climate and weather, the laughter comes in when he is penalized for speaking by a government run amok. This is a government that people like said commenter helped influence with their lack of critical thinking skills.

    Looking more and more like the world of Evey and V with comments like that. That would be a world with nothing but group-think and accepted denigration of those who think differently.

    00

  • #

    As the carbon/AGW thing dies down, it will be seen to have been far more expensive, corrupt and scandalous than, say, the millenium bug or ozone scares (or the cooling scare of the seventies). There will be accusations and prosecutions.

    My feeling is that it won’t be skeptics making scapegoats, but retreating alarmists. A bit like reformed smokers and drinkers being the worst wowsers. Skeptics have been laughing their heads off at the blatancy of Gore, Flannery, Pachauri etc for years. An ex-alarmist is more likely to bang on about how they were betrayed and deceived. (“I feel so violated!”)

    We’re already seeing this with so-called “moderates” like the shifty and stupendously wordy Judith Curry, who conceals her sly careerist nature under mounds of earnest, impenetrable prose.

    If celebrities and entertainers are now starting to giggle about “aspects” of AGW, they’re also arranging a tippy-toe retreat for themselves.

    The only ex-warmist I’d trust is the one who, instead of talking about being betrayed and lied to, says straight out: “I was wrong. Me. There was plenty of skepticism and informed debate out there, and I chose to ignore it. Me.”

    I’m not saying that one shouldn’t lock up flagrant warmist crooks if you can prove a legal case. But scapegoating when so many millions have been complicit will not be justified. It’s akin to prosecuting tobacco companies when the entire human race has known for centuries about the destructive effects of smoking.

    00

  • #
    Dave N

    janama:

    Even the low-end prediction of 50cm by 2100 means a rise of 18mm/year, every year, starting now. Considering that going by satellite data (which some are questioning), the last 4 years has been 1mm/year, there’s a lot of catching up to do. Even with the average for the last 18 years of 3mm/year, sea level rise needs increase six-fold, and stay that way for 90 years, or be much, much, much worse in later years.

    One has to wonder whether they even consider current trends (since we’re told AGW is supposed to be in full swing right now) when building their models.

    00

  • #
  • #
    Adolf Balik

    I found it very fanny. Nevertheless, Jo tells us the creators are activists. She might take it strange. But to me it is a very familiar phenomenon. The more realistic stream of a movement splits from the die hard core in a certain form of Perestroika.

    This is a Perestroika in Green Carbonari movement.

    00

  • #
    Another Ian

    O/T so move as suits

    The science is NOT settled (continued) – see

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/15/the-periodic-table-becomes-a-weight-watcher/

    00

  • #
    Bulldust

    Janama:

    I just picked upthat ridiculous story as well in the SMH:
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/rising-sea-levels-will-swamp-parts-of-sydney-20101215-18yak.html

    The maps are here:
    http://www.ozcoasts.org.au/climate/Map_main.jsp

    Here’s the Disclaimer when you fire up the mapping tool:

    Disclaimer
    These images have been developed to help communicate the risks of sea-level rise.

    The images are not provided as professional advice, and should not be relied upon for site-specific decision-making or for making financial or any other commitments.

    For decision-making purposes, appropriate independent professional advice should be obtained relevant to the particular circumstances.

    Images of three inundation levels have been prepared for each area using sea-level rise values of 50cm, 80cm and 110cm. These inundation levels are relevant for the 2100 time period (low, medium and high scenarios based on IPCC projections and more recent science).

    The sea-level rise values have been combined with a nominal highest astronomical tide (HAT) value for the region to give the inundation extent shown in each image. The HAT values for the region are based on tidal planes supplied by the National Tidal Centre for the nearest port(s).

    The images use a ‘bucket fill’ method to determine the extent of inundation and should be considered as approximate only.

    The actual impacts may vary as this model does not take account of existing sea walls, storm surge, erosion or other local factors.

    The model does not include the dynamic response of unconsolidated shorelines (eg. sand, mud and shell) or the increase in tidal flows in coastal waterways that will result from different coastal configurations in some locations. Nor does the model take account of the effects of catchment flooding from coincident extreme rainfall events.

    The images have been developed using a high resolution digital elevation model (DEM) that shows how water will flow over the land. The DEM has been hydrologically conditioned and enforced to represent a natural ground surface model.

    While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and correctness of materials presented, the Australian Government makes no expressed or implied warranties (including warranties of merchantability and fitness) with respect to the accuracy, completeness, character, function, or capabilities of the visualisation tool and the data and images accessed through it. Appropriate use and conclusions drawn from the data and images are the responsibility of the user.

    The Commonwealth expressly disclaims liability for any loss, however caused and whether due to negligence or otherwise, arising directly or indirectly from the use of, or reliance on, this visualisation tool or the information contained in it, by any person.

    I see a whole side industry in professional climate advisors… it’s all upside for me, however, as my apartment will be on the riverside under a high inundation scenario for Perth…. bring it on, the Venice of the southern hemisphere ROFLCOPTER:

    http://www.ozcoasts.org.au/climate/Map_images/Perth/1.8/jpeg/150dpi/Perth_18_150_Map_4.jpg

    The kangaroos on Heirisson Island are running (bouncing?) out of space.

    00

  • #
    Iren

    This was hilarious. Whatever the background of the performers, I’m astonished that anyone could possibly take it as an endorsement of AGW. As Jo said, it was a total send up of tyranny, in whatever form.

    00

  • #
    Bulldust

    Oh wonderful… a new piece in The Australian rife with cute polar bears and tipping points:

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/polar-bears-could-be-saved-by-slower-melt-nature-report/story-e6frg8y6-1225971977975

    I smell an assualt of pro-AGW articles in the MSM prior to the Rainbow Coalition (Labor et al) launching their hardcore price on carbon pitch.

    00

  • #
    Alan

    Bulldust @ 12

    The funny thing I find with this map of Perth is that most of the area to “go under” is reclaimed anyway. Looks like the WACA is ok though, but I still wont be able to go fishing from the office.

    Alan

    00

  • #
    Macha

    All the talk about sea-rises and mitigations….take a look at the lift-out magaizine in the West Australian today (16th dec). The article on page 20 ” seawall cements visions for future” was interesting, in how Korea is presumably non-AGWers. Korea has just EXPANDED their land/mass by pushing the sea back using a cirlce of concrete walls -mainly to house a port on the doorstep of china.

    But no doubtthe AGW camp ( perhaps Combet) will use this as ‘evidence’ that the science is settled and actions are being taken around the world, yet it was on the drawing baords as far back as the 70′s (wan;t this about the global cooling scare campaign time)?. If Korea is smart, they should ask the UN for some of the climate-change-comabatitive $$$. why not? They’ve included a 40MW wind farm and a 400MW, a 300MW, and a fuel cell technology park to follow.

    With alternative energy sources all the rage, thisn sort of infrastructure investment seems to be a far better way to spend taspayers money than the Australian government has in recnt years; with cash-handouts, pinkbatts, solar subsidies, cash for clunkers, misplaced education revolution, etc. etc. and now NBN Co broadband (its been has revealed the rollout has placed halogens inside house – a fire would release toxoc chorine gas!!).

    Way to go Korea…if only there Nth/Sth boarder can stabilise, it could be a economic boon for their peoples.

    00

  • #
    Darren Parker

    To all the sea-risers I have two words – Holland & Venice

    00

  • #
    pat

    bulldust -
    surely the media should be called to account for all the alarmist rubbish they printed yesterday!

    16 Dec: ABC: Ashlynne McGhee: Council rejects rising sea level forecast
    The Gold Coast City Council in south-east Queensland says new Federal Government maps that show the likely effects of sea level rises are inaccurate…
    Councillor Peter Young says the Federal Government’s climate change data is flawed.
    “I would hope that this is worse than the worst scenario … fundamentally, they’re working with data that … at a very high level, doesn’t have the accuracy that we are working with locally,” he said.
    “They’re using all sorts of assumptions that aren’t necessarily accurate in the local conditions.”
    Cr Young says council will be releasing more accurate maps early next year.
    “I’m concerned that people might take these maps as being really accurate – they’re clearly not,” he said.
    “I’d encourage people to give consideration to the disclaimer that precedes the maps – it basically says, ‘don’t rely on these’.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/12/16/3094581.htm

    00

  • #

    Enjoing the Ashes? Wish I was there…

    00

  • #
    Rereke Whakaaro

    Bulldust: # 14

    Oh wonderful… a new piece in The Australian rife with cute polar bears and tipping points

    This would be the Antarctic Polar Bear, I presume? Otherwise known as the extremely rare Great White Drop Bear?

    00

  • #
    Mark D.

    Mosomoso @ 8:

    The only ex-warmist I’d trust is the one who, instead of talking about being betrayed and lied to, says straight out: “I was wrong. Me. There was plenty of skepticism and informed debate out there, and I chose to ignore it. Me.”

    That is wise.

    00

  • #
    wendy

    “Another Ian” (6),
    This is my response to the Editor of the Courier Mail…………

    RE “Maps show southeast Queensland climate change flooding”

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/features/maps-show-southeast-queensland-climate-change-flooding/story-e6freowx-1225971661224

    What total BOLLOCKS!

    This Emma Chalmers should be tarred and feathered for promoting this global warming FRAUD!!!!!

    Deceived again: how Wong whipped up those “1.1 metre” seas

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/deceived_again_how_wong_whipped_up_those_11_metre_seas/
    Deceived again #2: More evidence of how Wong faked her sea scare

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/deceived_again_2_more_evidence_of_how_wong_faked_her_sea_scare/
    Deceived again #3: more proof that Wong faked her sea scare

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/n/

    Rise of sea levels is ‘the greatest lie ever told’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/5067351/Rise-of-sea-levels-is-the-greatest-lie-ever-told.html

    The Expansionist State and the Invention of Crises and alarm

    http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2010/04/27/the-expansionist-state-and-the-invention-of-crises/

    Be afraid — melting sea ice causes infinitesimal sea level rise!

    http://joannenova.com.au/2010/05/be-afraid-melting-sea-ice-causes-infinitesimal-sea-level-rise/

    The Reference Frame: Nixon was told: sea level would rise by 10 feet in 31 years

    http://motls.blogspot.com/2010/07/nixon-was-told-sea-level-would-rise-by.html?

    South Pacific sea levels – Best records show little or no rise?!

    http://joannenova.com.au/2010/08/south-pacific-sea-levels-no-rise-since-1993/

    00

  • #
    wendy

    Australian TV Exposes ‘Stranded Polar Bear’ Global Warming Hoax………

    http://newsbusters.org/node/11879

    Reality denier: After polar bear numbers have greatly increased since the cooling scare of the 1970s, he now suggests that CO2 may kill them all by the time his daughter grows up………..

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/reality-denier-after-polar-bear-numbers-have-greatly-increased-since-the-cooling-scare-of-the-1970s-he-now-suggests-that-co2-may-kill-them-all-by-the-time-his-daughter-grows-up.html

    00

  • #
    wendy

    It is quite clear that these FRAUDESTERS are publishing maps of some inner Brisbane City suburbs and prime coastal real estate which will supposedly be flooded so as to devalue these properties.

    The FRAUDESTERS will then pick them up for a song.

    When the global warming FRAUD is finally laughed out of existence, these properties will be worth a fortune and they will make a killing!!

    Like I say, “FRAUD”!!!

    00

  • #
    MadJak

    I say bring on more of this sea level rise talk. I want a beachfront property but it’s too expensive right now for me. Once people panic we can buy up and do quite well out of it.

    I understand manbearpig is doing just that.

    Just don’t spend any any of my taxes, I want my capital gains to go to a good cause.

    Who else is in for the play of the decade (i don’t think catastrafarianism will last much longer).

    00

  • #
    Mark D.

    MadJak @ 26: this should be a dream (rare) opportunity. Just contract to buy the cheap land just above (elevation) the beach property you really want. Then get the e-mail addresses of the rich people on the real beach. Send them a constant supply of links to warmist websites all the while you subtly hint that you have wisely bought the “future beach property” above them. in a month drop a hint that you might be interested in their “under water” property. Then offer to trade them for your “prime future beach front land.

    00

  • #
    MadJak

    Mark D,

    I agree – we can even get the UN to help with our Marketing campaign. Honestly it’s about time those swines actually helped us.

    All we need now is the relevant information to scare the begessus out of these guys. I do want to target the activist types rather than just the misled ones.

    Every age has it’s opportunity and this one looks like it for me.

    00

  • #
    Fenbeagle

    Happy Christmas from Fenbeagle. And (of course) Climate Changer and Energy secretary Chris the Huhne…

    http://ourmaninsichuan.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/fenbeagle-chris-the-huhnes-christmas-present/#comment-770

    00

  • #
    Rastech

    What’s really funny, is these idiots think that as weather is ‘local’, sea level (level being a term completely lost in them) is ‘local’ too.

    When pressed as to where all this postulated increase in sea level has actually shown up, it’s always ‘somewhere else’.

    00

  • #
    Rastech

    Very nice cartoons Fenbeagle! I particularly like the Scythe Death is wielding.

    Must get one like it. :)

    Oh and typo above – (level being a term completely lost in them) should have been (level being a term completely lost on them), of course.

    00

  • #
  • #
    Roy Hogue

    This would be the Antarctic Polar Bear, I presume? Otherwise known as the extremely rare Great White Drop Bear?

    Polar Bears do get around these days! What makes a better emotional appeal than a mother with her cubs?

    I find myself wishing animals could sue humans. The Polar Bear has been the poster child for stupidity for too long. They should be able to sue for defamation of character, lying, invasion of privacy, unlicensed use of their image and a lot of other stuff a good tort lawyer could throw in. I can see the headline now.

    Polar Bears sue Al Gore, win big in court, Gore’s millions awarded to Polar Bears by jury, Supreme Court upholds decision

    00

  • #
    Richard C (NZ)

    Shameless plug

    Call a Monkey

    00

  • #
    Graham

    Lest there be any doubt that the Sea Green Singers’ are goofy watermelons, here are excerpts from two of their other epic works.

    Climate for Peace
    Verse 2
    The climate can change
    for better or worse,
    can mean life or death,
    be blessing or curse;
    and now we must learn
    from nature’s own laws
    that we are at risk
    and we are the cause.

    Asylum is a human right
    Verse 3
    Holding centres are a crime, Close them all down x2
    Oh, oh they must go, End the suffering, end the woe
    Now’s the time to stop this crime – and
    Let the people go – yes, Let the people go.

    00

  • #

    I believe it backfired,i thought it was satirical until the last verse,they are very stupid not to not pick up on this.

    00

  • #

    So, I’m just thinking about these countries “stealing” space from the oceans. Dubai, Israel and Holland are always the three that spring to my mind immediately, but there are many around the world engaging in this practice. Here in WA, we have our own city (Mandurah) built on the ocean around canals. Surely the evil people who are employing ingenuity should be stopped. I mean, can they prove that THEY are not causing global warming climate change?

    Or perhaps the local governments that provide snow plows should be reprimanded. How evil is it to mess with nature by moving all that snow around? Mother Nature spent considerable energy putting that snow and ice in a certain place. Who are we to move it? Think of the emissions we would save by not clearing the roads!

    There are so many brilliant human inventions and innovations we should outlaw immediately. Maybe a “Top 100 People in History That Screwed Up the Planet” list would be in order?

    (TIC, of course. Anybody got any photos of those windmills or solar panels frozen over?)

    Cheers,
    Janet

    00

  • #
    Crist

    FYI from the Seagreen Singers website. If I’m not mistaken it seems to consist of a load of self-righteous middle class left-wing Guardian-reading do-gooders.

    Imagine being able to sing your heart out – for things you believe in. Imagine singing in solidarity with people trying to change the world. Imagine a choir you don’t have to audition for – you just need to share the passion of singing for causes you care about. Well, here we are – the Oxford Sea Green Singers!

    The Seagreen Singers are a community singing group based in Oxford. We sing songs to change the world. The group was formed after a class arranged by the Oxford Workers’ Education Association (WEA), and it’s been going for about 10 years.

    We sing at events supporting peace and social justice around Oxfordshire. We’ve sung “alternative” carols for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.We’ve run workshops at Campsfield Detention Centre to meet refugees and cheer the inmates and sung outside in support of the campaign to get it closed. We’ve performed at Fair Trade and Green Fairs, we’ve marched on demonstrations, we’ve supported environment and allotment open days.

    The group is named after the colour of the ribbons worn by the Levellers, a radical movement in Cromwell’s Model Army. The Levellers believed in equality for all, justice, and human rights – things that inspire us, centuries later. We try to be true to the spirit of the Levellers – steadfastness in the face of oppression, determination to live by their principles.

    00

  • #
    Simon Barnett

    Erm, no. This is standard BBC climate porn – it’s just being ironic, which seems to have been a bit lost in translation.

    You are viewing this video in entirely the wrong light and making inferences based of that interpretation with regards a change in attitudes at the BBC with cannot be justified bases on the their output. The BBC world service has basically become 24 hour “Songs of Praise” for the Green religion, and this video reflects their default position – not mocking climate science, but mocking the skeptics.

    The skit is of the Brechtian (read communist) school – “show that you are showing” – the man presents himself to the camera with his best village idiot routine – he is intimating to the audience, “look, this man is an idiot”.

    The canned laughter, which indicates to the audience when they should be laughing, is laughing AT this “idiot” who says “whatever happen to global warming, eh?” and can’t see past the end of his own garden.

    Note the sarcasm dripping from the voice over – look at this “idiot” who can’t tell the difference between weather and climate – the distain of the intonation infers that anyone who cannot look beyond their own garden is parochical, xenophobic, maybe even dangerously right wing!

    Cut to them reading a government a issue book – not a pamphlet – this is serious, well researched data – data you can depend on – there are graphs and everything.

    The village idiot is cured! He drops out of character, the suspension of disbelief is broken and he give an imperceptible nod to camera, implying that now is the point at which the viewer should consider the “moral”.

    And the “moral”: That the viewer is FAR to smart to identify themselves with the “idiot”; they should smugly congratulate themselves for being neither parochial nor xenophobic, and of course for believing in climate change – becuase after all, anyone that doesn’t believe in climate change is a parochial xenophobe – aren’t they?

    “… all wear green,” said a soft but very distinct voice, beginning in the middle of a sentence, “and Delta Children wear khaki. Oh no, I don’t want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They’re too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I’m so glad I’m a Beta.”

    The mind control of the video is truly orwellian in its craftsmenship – so subtle it could be the whispering of the decanting chamber in a Huxlean hatchery and conditioning center. The “comedy” simply provides the diversion through which the message to can pass into the brain entirely unchallenged.

    00

  • #
    Tel

    The group is named after the colour of the ribbons worn by the Levellers, a radical movement in Cromwell’s Model Army. The Levellers believed in equality for all, justice, and human rights – things that inspire us, centuries later. We try to be true to the spirit of the Levellers – steadfastness in the face of oppression, determination to live by their principles.

    If I remember rightly, Cromwell also believed people should be promoted based on merit and ability.

    00