Complaint to Ofcom Regarding The Great Global Warming Swindle

2. Complete Transcript and Rebuttal

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[Caption against background film of storms]

Climate change: Britain under threat BBC1


Each day the news reports grow more fantastically apocalyptic. Politicians no longer dare to express any doubt about climate change.

[Nigel Lawson, Lord Lawson of Blaby, former British Chancellor of the Exchequer]

There is such intolerance of any dissenting voice …

[Comment 12: Nigel Lawsons credentials with respect to the subjects he discussed in the programme were exaggerated. For full details, see Appendix C.2, page 130, and Comment 34, page 27.]

(In breach of the 2003 Communications Act Section 265, Ofcom 5.7, 5.8)

Cut to film of an unnamed activist giving a speech]

Some of the worst climate criminals on the planet

[Nigel Lawson]

…. this is the most politically incorrect thing possible, is to doubt this climate change orthodoxy.


Global warming has gone beyond politics – it is a new kind of morality.

[Cut to film of Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, on BBC2]

Now the Prime Minister is back from his holiday; hes unrepentant and unembarrassed about yet another long haul destination.


Yet as the frenzy of a man-made global warming grows shriller, many senior climate scientists say the actual scientific basis for the theory is crumbling.

[Comment 13: In the above string of statements by the narrator and interviewees, combined with film clips, the narration is trying to give the viewer an inaccurate impression of the media coverage that actually exists: news reports about climate change are not all or even mostly fantastically apocalyptic – see Comment 11, page 16.

The brief excerpt from the BBC One Documentary Climate Change: Britain Under Threat gave an entirely false impression of the material within the programme. In the original BBC film, short illustrative passages were used to suggest impacts of storms combining with sea level rise decades in the future. The film itself was careful to nest these within a carefully considered script, which was exhaustively peer reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of climate change academics from the Open University.

Continued …

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