Friday, Dec 4th, 2009
When a pending investigation provokes panic among suspected wrongdoers, the first thing to collapse is any sense of solidarity in their ranks. A week ago you could not have put a fag paper between Michael “Piltdown” Mann, of hockey stick notoriety, and Phil Jones, the then director of the Creative Research Unit at the “University” of East Anglia. In those confident days, the communal line was that some hackers had stolen university property, Plod would soon be on the case, so move on, please, nothing to see here.
What a difference a week makes. The news that Phil Jones has “stood aside” from the CRU while he is investigated, however sympathetically, has earned him leper status in AGW circles. The disgraced director has the smell of death about his career: the other goats in the herd sense that he is the one marked for sacrifice and are turning away, bleating, to distance themselves from the doomed scapegoat.
Mann, whose own token investigation by the authorities at Pennsylvania State University already looks like the biggest whitewash job in America since Tom Sawyer duped his friends into painting his fence, has clearly taken one look at the career prospects of Jones the Mail and decided “I’m outta here!”
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This article was posted: Friday, December 4, 2009 at 5:39 am