Piers Akerman is an idiot

It sucks when the only thing to read while you’re waiting is The Daily Telegraph. It sucks more when you browse through and unaccountably feel yourself drawn to read what you know is bad for the soul – Piers Akerman’s column.

It’s full of bile, as usual, but what caught my eye was this:

“The science has been ignored in the Green religious fervour.”

That’s news to me, and to the 20-odd national scientific bodies who say otherwise, not to mention the IPCC, and the countless papers on the subject.

Akerman goes on to champion Ian Plimer, who’s not a climatologist, as the true inheritor of Einstein (really!) because he denies global warming is caused by humans. Plimer has been debunked so thoroughly and so often that I wouldn’t be surprised if he has to buy new stocks of bunk on the wholesale market.

“It’s time scientists, not cultists, were heard before our economy is sacrificed to this new religion.”

It’s funny how Akerman can ignore thousands upon thousands of scientists (who say global warming is real, it’s mostly human-made, and it’s a threat), but has the gall to claim we should start listening to his favoured ‘experts’.

UPDATE: Of course Tim Lambert is on the ball, demolishing Akerman and Plimer with ease, ably assisted by commenters. I bet the Daily Telegraph doesn’t offer him an op-ed any time soon!

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11 Responses to Piers Akerman is an idiot

  1. CFQ says:

    Piers is an idiot
    I wish he’d shut up
    He has nothing useful to say

    He’s a ball of hot air
    Who doesn’t play fair
    Why won’t he just go away?

    Because of all the idiots
    In this big town
    He’s one who’s a lot like a bully

    And bullies get by
    By letting insults fly
    So it’s hard to ignore them fully

    But when he says something dumb
    Like climate change isn’t real
    He reveals what he truly is

    An ignorant sort
    Without helpful thought
    Just trying to cause a big tizz

    My poem needs some finesse, not to mention a lot of work, and possibly deletion is best, but you can see where I’m going.

  2. DSlam says:

    It took you this long to figure that out about Akerman?

    I believe he is credited as a “columnist” not a journo, as even the Daily Telegraph would be given pause to consider the balance of his articles.

    Worse, his column/blog invites user comment, which is filled with Piersophiles, who shout down (well, write down in capitals) anyone who dares question his words of wisdom.

    Well written balanced articles may be the aim of good journalism, but that doesn’t sell papers… especially not to the readers of the Tele :)

  3. tom brown says:

    Piers Akerman is a champion of the rights of the MAJORITY of Australiana to go about thier lives unmolested by green/socialist/ccommunist ideology.

  4. Stuart.W says:

    I’ll believe in climate change when I can feel it, as far as the majority is concerned nothing has changed, outside the normal weather fluctuations that have been occurring since long before the Greens and Labor were formed.
    Surely you could mention Flannery if you want to drag Pilmer into it. The IPCC you quote with pride, yeah right! the second round of Climategate leaks only confirmed the first lot were not taken out of context. How many of the 20 odd National Scientific bodies are Govt funded? Sorry Jarrah, Piers is not the idiot.

  5. Stuart.W says:

    Hi Jarrah, Could you satisfy my curiosity.

    “The only thing to read while you’re waiting” Waiting where? A medical clinic maybe mmmmmm! conjures up visions.
    “Drawn to read what you know is bad for the soul.” That might be how you were feeling at the time anyway, you know to be in a waiting room with a problem.
    The Tele has an excellent crossword page, give it a go sometime.

  6. This is the first, and last time I will read Piers Akerman’s work. Is this his name or a surgical procedure? His article, supposedly about the sickness in Sydney society, begins by as usual, criticising Canberra. Canberra is a beautiful place to live and to bring up children, Piers should stick to a strict grammatical rule and be relevant and not display his petulant jealousy.

  7. If its one person I can not Stand, it’s Piers Akerman !!! Every time I’m looking through the paper, I just have to read the title of his commentary and that’s it for me, or most of the time I just see the picture of him and turn the page. This guy is a joke. He might as well just work for the liberal party. His one-eyed opinions are so biased and one sided that his dribble doesn’t sound fair or plausible. Any chance he gets he says some garbage about labor. Piers – Do us all a favor and go and get a real job !!! I’ve got more respect for the guy sweeping the gutters outside, at least he’s doing something worthwhile for society !

  8. Raben says:

    I’ll believe in cltmiae change when I can feel it, as far as the majority is concerned nothing has changed, outside the normal weather fluctuations that have been occurring since long before the Greens and Labor were formed.Surely you could mention Flannery if you want to drag Pilmer into it. The IPCC you quote with pride, yeah right! the second round of Climategate leaks only confirmed the first lot were not taken out of context. How many of the 20 odd National Scientific bodies are Govt funded? Sorry Jarrah, Piers is not the idiot.

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