Enough has been written about Tony Abbott’s bizarre speech at the Global Warming Policy Foundation1, such that it needs little comment here. Its stupidity, inaccuracies and downright lies have been covered in great detail elsewhere2. However, Alan Jones, the ignorant microphone bully from Sydney radio station 2GB tweeted the following:
“Tony Abbott is 1000 per cent right when it comes to climate change. Stick to your guns. You’re the hope of the side. The Left are on the run”
Apart from the statistical exaggeration, to call Abbott ‘right’ about climate change simply indicates Jones’ exceptional ignorance if he really believes what Abbott said about climate change. Abbott lied about the temperature rise in Australia. He lied about sea level rise. He lied about solar activity. He deluded himself that global warming could be beneficial, ignoring the dramatic increase in extreme heat events. He then lied about a non-existent increase in carbon dioxide emissions in China2.
Tony Abbott will no doubt continue to stick to his guns, because his main aim is to destabilise Malcolm Turnbull so as to eventually lead to the latter’s demise. Abbott’s narcissism will not let him to do otherwise. He cannot forgive Turnbull for consenting to his overthrow.
For Alan Jones to state that Abbott is the hope of the side, either indicates that Alan Jones is secretly barracking for Labor, or he is deluded about the abilities of Abbott. Jones must surely remember what the Abbott Prime Ministership was like; how bizarre and inarticulate Abbott was; how idiotic many of his decisions were; and how he nearly lost a vote to an empty chair3. To follow this with an assertion that ‘the Left’ are on the run, tends to indicate that Jones is actually deluded. It is the Left who is egging Abbott on. His behaviour is so childish, and his statements so transparently aimed solely to get up Turnbull’s nose, that it is the best thing to happen to opposition parties (all of them) since Abbott was Prime Minister. You only have to look at the most recent opinion polls to see the Abbott imprimatur.
It is not surprising that Jones does not have the faintest concept of how science operates, after all he was not a science teacher during his teaching career. This makes him easily gulled by deniers of climate science. This was demonstrated to me when I heard one of his producers interviewed on Radio National some years ago. When quizzed about where Jones’ antipathy towards climate science originated, the producer said something along the lines of ‘Alan has done his research’. I laughed so hard, I nearly spilled my coffee. To Jones, research is presumably simply hunting around the internet, or reading the latest conservative manifesto from an assortment of climate change deniers, and believing what he is told. To a scientist, research is actually gathering data, working out what it means, and what predictions that makes. This research is then published after peer review in reputable journals. Jones is not equipped to distinguish real science from drivel. He only thinks he is.