‘Climategate’ blogger in new racial slur

By Joss Garman

Left Foot Forward | November 25, 2010

Richard North has revised his blog post replacing the words “jungle bunnies” with “Mercedes dealers”. (Yes, your guess is as good as ours). See the screengrabs before and after the change.

Oh, and he has accompanied the change with a little note, “Up yours LFF.” Charming.

Seriously though, don’t you find it quite odd that this comedy racist should be treated as a serious scientific source by a number of mainstream journalists – as if he has the same credibility as the thousands of scientists who have often devoted their entire professional lives to studying the shifts in our global climate?

In a post peddling myths about climate change the prominent right-wing blogger and occasional Telegraph writer Richard North, who was the source of much of the media controversy about the ‘climategate’ non-scandal, has used the phrase “jungle bunnies” – apparently to refer to people in the developing world.

North, who runs the blog EU Referendum, made the racial slur in a blog post about the cold weather that much of Britain is experiencing at the moment. He suggests the current weather in the UK undermines evidence of global warming.

In fact, the UN today reiterated what NASA already predicted: that this year is on course to be amongst the hottest on record.

“This is the third consecutive winter where we have had snowfall before Christmas and we’re fresh out of riot shields. We’ll have to use the central heating.

“Despite that, it is only a matter of time before some fool (many fools) tell us that it is the warmest year since Noah built his ark, warning that we are going to fry unless we pay zillion of dollars into the kitty for jungle bunnies and development corporations such as Oxfam.”

The Urban Dictionary describes the phrase as a racist one referring to black people.

As Left Foot Forward has previously detailed, North was the influential blogger, who has been lauded by Iain Dale and others, who sowed myths about climate scientists and claims they have made.

His blog posts led to mainstream media coverage during the media controversy about climate science earlier this year, and in turn The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times  needed to retract their stories. ...