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Cllr. Hodgson scares the living daylights out of me!

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Indies join in climate change alarmism

It is bad enough to see super earning politicians at national level spouting this sort of “scare the children” alarmist rubbish, but now we have to put up with local councillors in South Tyneside scaring the hell out of us with the implied threat of parts of the borough flooding in a super warm climate.

Flooding chaos in Cumbria should serve as a warning to residents across South Tyneside, councillors said.

Oh really? I guess that will be because we rely totally on small Lakeland stone bridges to get us across the River Tyne and the River Don then. On the basis that we don’t have much of an infrastructure around here, no major roads, no major railways, no rapid light rail system, then we are doomed to survive somehow with the family car and shank’s pony! Of course the danger of Cumbrian type flooding after days of downpours will be all the greater seeing as Jarrow is totally surrounded by hills and fells over 1500ft. Doh!

If that opener wasn’t enough to serve as a climate change alarmist propaganda piece just wait until you hear from Cllr. John Hodgson, the former Labour Party firebrand who is now free to practise his left wing theologies in Monkton:

“Flooding is going to impact on this borough. In Hull, hundreds of people found themselves washed out and the local authority had to put together a plan.

“A total of 96 per cent of Hull is under sea level and it’s only the docks keeping the water out. We could have similar problems.”

Oh yeah? Impact on the borough? I guess that we’ll have to rely on the Port of Tyne Authority using spoil from the new Tyne Tunnel crossing project to reclaim more land to keep us safe from doom then John. Remember folks it is terrible in Hull and most of it is below sea level  -shock horror! “We could have similar problems” – oh no, what will we do?

Cllr. Hodgson can you tell us exactly what the percentage of land below sea level is in South Tyneside?

Sorry…..what was that John?

Oh…..virtually none, I guess the polar ice caps will have to totally melt away at both ends of the globe for Cleadon Hills to be submerged under water then!

His friend and colleague Cllr. Geraldine White was also just dying to jump on to the emotionally charged bandwagon, and she tugged at our heartstrings to warn us of impending doom at Christmas and a reminder that people will die!

“A lot of people in Cumbria will have no home for Christmas, which is very bleak indeed.

“And the death of the police officer in the floods tugged at the heartstrings.”

Really, it is getting all a bit too much now, the kids are crying, scared to death that they won’t see Christmas and the world will never be the same again! Of course I can imagine that their comments were made and based upon the best scientific evidence and data available at the time – surely?

They really do sound as though they should join the thirty odd thousand climate change protesters flying into Copenhagen with far too much luggage and jumping with glee when they bump into either of the two wrong Milibands, and then start to lecture us about the size of our carbon footprint!

I bet the climate change cause could well do without the numpties in the Independent Alliance clattering into the debate with both feet, it is this scaremongering alarmist crap which is getting in the way of sensible calm debate. Small areas of land along the path of the Brinkburn Dene and the River Don have been flooding since long before the time when we learned how to build houses, it’s nothing new Cllrs Hodgson and White, and nothing to do with climate change either!

So please apologise for trying to scare the kids.

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Written by curly

December 6, 2009 at 11:44 am

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  1. Well said, Curly. The scary thing is that Hodgson is one of the more intelligent of the group!

    David Potts

    December 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  2. Well David, from your position as Vice Chair of the Scrutiny Commission on Flooding you would able to point out for us exactly what the Environment Agency says about flooding in South Tyneside and what the projections are?


    December 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm

  3. “They really do sound as though they should join the thirty odd thousand climate change protesters flying into Copenhagen with far too much luggage and jumping with glee when they bump into either of the two wrong Milibands, and then start to lecture us about the size of our carbon footprint!”

    Quite disappointing effort at journalism here. If you had taken the time to read our blog properly, you will have seen that the ‘meeting with Miliband’ was on the Eurostar. In case you didn’t know, the Eurostar is a train…

    the whole of the UKYCC youth delegation caught the train and ferry to Copenhagen, and one of the team even CYCLED there!

    not to mention the hundreds of other young people who also travelled overland to the conference in Copenhagen: young people who are dedicated to taking low-carbon travel seriously. especially the team of Australians who came all the way from Australia to a previous conference overland!


    January 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    • Yes I am aware that you were on Eurostar, I read your blog entry, that’s why I used the word join in reference to those others who had flown to Copenhagen.


      January 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  4. Actually David, you’ll find that no-one from UKYCC flew into Copenhagen, we either got there by train or boat and having too much luggage does not add to the size of your carbon footprint.
    It was great though to see that you’ve been following what we’re doing and I’d be really interested in knowing why you don’t believe in climate change?
    Many thanks.


    January 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    • Funnily enough, and like many others, I do, but I am not yet wholly and fully convinced by the “science” or political arguments that tell me that mankind is the greatest contributor to climate change.


      January 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm

  5. What would it take?


    February 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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