The Conservative Woman

The Conservative Woman

Background

The Conservative Woman (CW) is a conservative blog established in 2014 as a “counter-cultural offensive against the forces of Leftism, feminism and modernism.” [1]

The CW aims to challenge what it describes as “the left-liberal cultural zeitgeist” and the “anti-family, authoritarian identity politics and ‘equality and diversity’ ideology” that its editors say have “swept through the country’s institutions.” [1]

The blog was co-founded by former TV features editor, Kathryn Gyngell and former barrister Laura Perrins who act as the website’s editors. [2], [3], [4]

The CW opposes what it calls “climate quackery,” and regularly publishes work by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the UK’s principal climate science denial organisation. [5], [6], [7]

Gyngell is a Trustee and Director of the GWPF, and the CW publishes regular articles by GWPF figures, including Ruth LeaHarry Wilkinson, and John Constable. Lea is a GWPF Trustee and Director while Wilkinson and Constable are the Head of Policy and Energy Editor for the Global Warming Policy Forum, the group’s campaigning arm. [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13]

The CW is also closely linked to the anti-BBC and climate science denying group, News-watch, and the Westminster-based PR Firm, Media Intelligence Partners (MIP). 

MIP and its chairman Nick Wood were previously listed as Directors of the CW alongside Gyngell and Perrins, and MIP lists the CW as a former client. Perrins has a page on MIP’s website, but it is not clear what role she has played at the organisation. [14], [15], [16]

Director of News-watch David Keighley is on the editorial board of the CW, and he and Gyngell co-founded News-watch’s predecessor organisation in 1999. [17], [4]

Gyngell and Perrins have accused the BBC of what they call “remainer bias and woke climate evangelism”. [5]

The CW is firmly pro-Brexit, with its editors seeing Brexit as an opportunity for the UK to free itself from the “shackles of the anti-democratic EU.” CW commentators include the vocal Eurosceptic and Leave Means Leave co-founder, John Longworth. [1], [18]

Longworth is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Brexit Policy and was a Brexit Party MEP from May 2019 to December 2019 before being sacked by leader Nigel Farage for “repeatedly undermining” the Party’s general election strategy. [19], [20], [21]

Gyngell and her late husband, Bruce Gyngell, were close friends with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Since 2006, Kathy Gyngell has been a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies, an influential free-market think tank that Thatcher co-founded. [22], [23], [24], [25]

The CW has a monthly readership of 900,000 according to its website. Both Perrins and Gyngell have been influential voices in the UK media, writing for right-leaning outlets including the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Conservative Home. [5], [4], [26], [27], [28]

In an interview with the Irish Times in 2018, Perrins said the website had found a gap for a “Marmite strand of thinking, which is to say one that is either loved or hated.” [29]

Stance on Climate Change

February 11, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman by columnist Charlie Spedding which criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to decarbonise the economy also disputed the causal impact of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on climate change. It stated: [74]

Carbon dioxide is a trace gas with a concentration of 0.04 percent of the atmosphere. It has the ability to absorb a narrow band of energy and prevent that particular wavelength of heat from escaping to space. It can, therefore, be called a greenhouse gas. However, its effect on the climate is so small as to be insignificant when compared with water vapour and, more importantly, the sun.”

It added:

Boris Johnson’s belief that he can turn down the thermostat of the entire planet by tweaking the level of CO2 is naïve and unproven. It ignores the recent decline in solar activity which has created a Grand Solar Minimum; an event likely to decrease global temperatures.”

The article cited a post on the website Electroverse, a climate sceptic blog which according to its Patreon “has been set up to wade against the mainstream propaganda and accurately document Earth Changes as two world-altering climatic events unfold simultaneously”. The post stated: “For the well-being of society and your children, grandchildren, etc., it falls to us to deny the fake ‘consensus’ (of CLIMATE scientists only).” [75] [76]

February 18, 2020

In a statement promoting the CW’s work to readers, Gyngell and Perrins stated:

The ‘anti-racist’ witch-hunters are still out there: piffle about white privilege is genuflected to; the crime of so-called Islamophobia sometimes seems to be treated on a par with the crime of terrorism; climate change quackery is the order of the day. We are taught to apologise for our country’s ‘shameful’ past rather than proclaim its astonishing qualities, while any sense of national belonging or identity is pilloried as fascist.” [5]

May 3, 2019

In a comment for the CW, entitled “Keep calm and carry on ignoring the climate scaremongers”, Perrins wrote:

St Greta continues her crusade to get us all to survive on kale, which prompted Ed Miliband to make a fool out of himself on the Today programme, collapsing into finger-stabbing hysterics to tell us we should declare war on this climate emergency and not to eat as many bacon butties or fly as much as he does (19,000 air miles I do believe).

…If we do not do as he commands then we are all going to die, either in a massive flood not seen since the time of Noah or a fiery hell not seen since Dante.

…I am deeply sceptical when a very firm orthodoxy takes hold in any area, and this City Journal piece explains why climate change has become the science of dogma, and that environmental correctness has got a grip.

Judith Curry, a true climatologist, explains the basics. She headed the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology until she gave up on the academy so that she could express herself independently. ‘Independence of mind and climatology have become incompatible,’ she says. She continues: ‘There is warming, but we don’t really understand its causes. The human factor and carbon dioxide, in particular, contribute to warming, but how much is the subject of intense scientific debate.” [30]

Funding

The CW states that it is “run by volunteers” and encourages readers to donate through its website. In February 2020, the website appealed for funding from its readership, saying that a previous crowdfunding effort had “achieved only half of the £25,000 we aimed for, the sum we calculated we needed to put us on a firmer footing and to pay for the help we need”. [31], [5]

In 2019, the CW held assets worth £20,722 and had capital reserves amounting to £23,201. [32]

Key People

Kathryn Gyngell – Gyngell is editor and director of the CW. Gyngell started her career in television in the 1980s, before leaving after the birth of her second child with then TV-am chief Bruce Gyngell, a “maverick” who oversaw the growth of ITV”s first breakfast show at the channel. [4], [22]

In 1999, she co-founded the anti-BBC organisation, Minotaur Media Tracking, with now News-watch director David Keighley. In 2006, she became a research fellow at the free-market think tank, the Centre of Policy Studies, where she wrote predominantly on drugs and early-years policies. [4], [24], [33]

She has written regularly in the British press, including for the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Conservative Home and was close friends with former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She is a Trustee and Director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation and obtained a Bachelor’s in social anthropology and a Master’s in sociology. [26], [27], [28], [23], [9], [8], [34]

Laura Perrins – Perrins is co-editor and director of the CW. Perrins is a trained barrister and political commentator, opposing what she has described as a politically correct culture, and the “destructive nonsense” of feminism. [4], [29]

She rose to prominence in 2013 after clashing with then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in a radio interview, during which she said the government was “discriminating” against single mothers. She has frequently been compared to right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins for her controversial views on issues including on feminism, race and LGBTQ rights. [35], [29]

She has written for The Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Conservative Home and the Catholic Herald as well as appearing on the BBC’s Question Time, Newsnight and the Daily Politics. [4]

Editorial Board

Actions

May 14, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman by columnist Julian Flood criticised Bill Gates’ plan to mitigate climate change by spraying chalk dust into the stratosphere to deflect the sun’s energy and cool the earth. [88]

Disputing the veracity of models showing increased incidents of climate-induced extreme weather, Flood wrote: “The computer models which frighten us all with the prospect of disrupted monsoon and hydrological cycles, with increased rain and mega-droughts, are merely sophisticated guesses,” adding: “The data – the rate of warming as measured by balloon thermometers and satellites – does not match the models. The modelling guesses are wrong.”

Elsewhere in the article, he wrote: “Isn’t it odd how the green movement keeps telling us that we are threatened with the ultimate disaster but simultaneously opposes any realistic attempt, such as fracking or nuclear power, to reduce humanity’s carbon dioxide footprint?”

May 4, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman by columnist Charlie Spedding criticised Secretary of State for business, energy and industrial strategy Kwasi Kwarteng, who had suggested that the adoption of vegan diets could contribute to combating climate change. [89] [90]

Spedding disputed that cattle farming had deleterious effects on the environment, writing: “Universities and farmers around the world have proved that regular movement of herds of livestock to fresh grass, in a way which mimics nature, increases carbon storage in the ground and simultaneously improves soil fertility.” He added: “Wild herds of ruminants have been doing this for 50million years, a timescale which suggests to me that it is ‘sustainable.’”

Elsewhere in the article, Spedding downplayed the severity of climate change, arguing that media coverage had fuelled an overestimation of its impacts. He wrote: “Daily fearmongering across mainstream media has shown that people can be persuaded to believe implausible ideas if they have already been made to feel sufficiently scared.”

April 23, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman written by clergyman and columnist Peter Mullen characterised climate change as part of a broad ideological conspiracy to undermine ‘traditional’ Western values and Christian morality. Mullen wrote: “Every ideology invents its own slogans in which to enshrine its prevailing mythology. The iconoclasts’ signature slogan is ‘Saving The Planet’ and their overarching myth is climate change.” [87]

March 9, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman by retired chartered accountant and columnist Clark Cross criticised the government’s decision to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, stating: “This virtue-signalling and the horrendous cost of climate change expenditure is meaningless whilst other countries are doing very little.” [86]

Cross also wrote: “The whole global warming threat has been grossly exaggerated and the UK’s decarbonisation policies are not only futile but also expensive,” adding: “There have been hundreds of failed climate predictions over the last 30 years.”

March 3, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman by columnist Ian Wilson criticised insurance companies such as Aviva and Legal & General, who had pledged to sell stock in companies which were insufficiently committed to counteracting climate change. Wilson stated: “What right have they to bully companies who may hold totally different views on climate? Indeed would such enterprises dare to express views contrary to the behemoths?” [84]

Wilson also cited a letter written by Dutch climate science denial group the Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) which contended that “There is no climate emergency.” The letter stated that “The world has warmed significantly less than predicted by IPCC on the basis of modeled anthropogenic forcing.” [85]

Wilson also disputed that CO2 was a primary driver of climate change, writing: “Managements of enterprises under threat might even have considered the implausibility of CO2 being a major driver of climate when the dinosaurs thrived for untold millions of years and saw ice ages come and go at levels of the gas ten or 15 times those of today.”

February 28, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman by Methodist pastor and columnist Peter Simpson characterised environmentalism as a pseudo-religious fad and a consequence of the decline of religious faith in Britain. [83]

He stated: “This is why there is so much anxiety about alleged climate change in our society, and it is why governments are vigorously embracing the green agenda to ‘save the planet,’” adding: “Such actions are a form of religious virtue signalling, akin to the way in which the Pharisees in the New Testament made their piety known by making it obvious to all around them that they were engaged in acts of fasting.”

February 27, 2021

A satirical article in The Conservative Woman by columnist Weaver Sheridan narrated a fictional episode of BBC children’s TV programme Blue Peter starring climate activist Greta Thunberg, implying that Thunberg’s proposed solutions to climate change were analogous to a Blue Peter project. [82]

The article included instructions for building a “DIY” solution to climate change, including: “Glue together five million ice lolly sticks in a lattice pattern to make your turbine blades. If you can get sticks from Magnums, so much the better. But make sure there is no chocolate residue on them, which could affect the aerodynamics.” The article also stated: “Because concrete is environmentally unfriendly, make the foundations with papier mache pulped from unsold copies of The Guardian. These are plentifully available.”

February 22, 2021

An article in The Conservative Woman by columnist Michael St George argued that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s efforts to decarbonise the economy through a ‘Green Industrial Revolution,’ represented a technocratic “Great Reset,” placing political power in the hands of unaccountable elites. It referred to environmentalism as a “Woke Shibboleth,” intended to “bring about the comprehensive revamping of all aspects of our societies and economies under a globalist, supranationalist, technocratic totalitarianism.” [79]

St George also criticised US President Joe Biden’s green policies, including his decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which he described as “costly but ineffective,” and Biden’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which he described as “impractical and ruinously expensive.”

The article cited a press release by climate “lukewarmer” Bjorn Lomborg, which claimed that “the climate impact of all Paris INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) promises is minimal,” and an article written for ConservativeHome by Global Warming Policy Foundation Deputy Director Andrew Montford, which claimed that: “Johnson might protest that the tab for the pandemic was simply unavoidable, but when it comes to assigning the blame for runaway net-zero spending and the economic ruin and loss of liberty that his environmental policies will bring about, there will be nobody else to blame.” [80] [81]

February 17, 2021

In an article for The Conservative Woman, columnist David Langland argued that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had attempted to subvert Western institutions of government, and that the “extremely influential climate change lobby,” was an example of this collusion. [78]

He wrote: “In the 1970s, the Canadian businessman and UN wheeler-dealer Maurice Strong became a friend of the CCP, later living in Beijing. He was at the forefront of the founding of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the political adoption of the anthropogenic warming hypothesis,” adding: “Now we in the West are having forced upon us the consequences of the hypothesised need to cut carbon emissions, in ways which will make energy very expensive and thereby lead to increasing levels of poverty.”

February 13, 2021

A satirical article in The Conservative Woman by columnist Tony Brown lampooned the alleged futility and hypocrisy of attempts to counteract climate change, encouraging the reader to commit to a hyperbolic ‘Climate Pledge.’ The article stated: “I pledge to assist my government in achieving ‘net zero carbon emissions’ by 2050, but due to the seriousness of the climate crisis I will try to achieve this by 2030 through changing my personal lifestyle to the frugal one existing before the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago.” [77]

The article also disputed the cost implications and effectiveness of renewable energy, stating: “I accept that by relying on weather-dependent renewables for power in my own country that the provision of energy will be intermittent and more expensive and will need to be rationed.”

Brown concluded by disputing the severity of recent episodes of climate change, stating: “However, I remain willing to reduce my standard of living and that of my children and grandchildren to save the planet from one of the variations in climate which have happened regularly over the estimated 4.5billion years of its existence.”

January 27, 2021

In an article for The Conservative Woman, columnist Ariane Leoning disputed that atmospheric CO2 concentration was causing climate change, stating that only a “miniscule amount” had entered the atmosphere, which she claimed “cannot have the slightest effect on global atmospheric temperatures or the planet’s climate”. [67]

Loening then asserted that “there has been no atmospheric global warming for about 20 years,” citing an article in Electroverse, a climate science denial-promoting news and opinion website. According to its Patreon, the site was  set up “to wade against the mainstream propaganda and accurately document Earth Changes as two world-altering climatic events unfold simultaneously”. [68], [69]

Elsewhere in the article, Loening claimed that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had been “established by globalist and fanatical ideologues in order to ‘prove’ that man-made carbon dioxide emissions cause global atmospheric warming”.

January 5, 2021

In an article for The Conservative Woman, the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s Energy Editor John Constable criticised the costs of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, writing: “Mr Johnson’s administration, in common with every UK government from Mr Blair to Mrs May, is failing to sanity-check the emissions reduction policies and is, indeed, quite deliberately avoiding the subject. This is all the more reprehensible because the sanity check isn’t that difficult.” [65]

Constable cited a December paper he wrote for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which stated: “Even assuming, as the government wrongly does, that offshore wind is already inexpensive and will become still cheaper in coming decades, the abatement costs per tonne of carbon dioxide are many times higher than mainstream estimates of the harms of climate change.” Constable also stated that the government’s policies would cause “terrible socio-economic harm”. [66]

December 14, 2020

An article in The Conservative Woman praised DUP MP Sammy Wilson for his appearance on an episode of BBC Radio 4 panel show “Any Questions?” in which Wilson had criticised the government’s proposal to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030, comparing it to “a Stalinist Five-Year Plan.” The article stated that “not only will Johnson’s posturing plan make private transport unaffordable for poorer people, but banning vehicles which run on petrol and diesel vehicles will halt further development of fuel-efficient engines.” [70]

December 12, 2020

In an article for The Conservative Woman, climate science sceptic Paul Homewood criticised the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)’s advice to the government on achieving decarbonisation by 2050. He disputed the efficacy of renewable technologies, asking: “And when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine? We will have to fall back on gas power stations, with the proviso that they can capture and store the carbon dioxide produced, even though nowhere in the world has managed to do this at scale.” [71]

Homewood also asserted that: “Eating less meat and dairy will of course cause great damage to British farming, as well as pushing up food bills for poorer families.”

December 4, 2020

In an article for The Conservative Woman, freelance writer and Royal Meteorological Society Fellow Ivor Williams criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Williams suggested that following the implementation of renewable energy, “Your phone will last a day or two. Wood-burning stoves and open fires have been banned years ago, and without electricity to power your heat pump, no coal, gas or oil, your house will be an igloo in 48 hours. Batteries and carefully hoarded old camping gas cartridges and heaters will be fetching silly money by the end of the week. The only thing that will work is a wind-up clock.” [64]

Williams also unfavourably compared renewable energy sources to nuclear power, writing: “But surely, you say, the government is promising to advance nuclear as a clean energy source, and by then we will have all those modular power stations as back-up? If so, I reply, why are we bothering with the ‘offshore wind which will power every home’? You can’t turn nuclear off and on if the wind blows too hard or the sun doesn’t shine. Welcome to our zero-emission future.”

November 24, 2020

An article in The Conservative Woman argued that China’s continued use of fossil fuels rendered any attempts by Britain to counteract climate change obsolete, stating: “So as global cooling occurs the Chinese will stay toasty warm while we will sit and shiver waiting for our expensive green power to be turned back on.” [63]

November 24, 2020

In an article for The Conservative Woman, journalist Roger Underwood disputed that a series of bushfires in California had been caused by climate change, writing that the idea had been “comprehensively demolished.” [62]

The article also criticised a report by a Royal commission that looked into the cause of the fires, stating: “The commissioners appeared completely blind to the fact that the ‘climate-change-causes-bushfires’ position is not just flawed in terms of logic, science and history, it offers no solution to the current bushfire threat. What is blatantly obvious is that the climate alarmist lobby is using the bushfires to promote a political agenda. And the commission fell for it.”

November 23, 2020

In an article for The Conservative Woman entitled, “Lockdown is part of the grand, green, global design,” journalist John Mortimer criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10 point plan for a “Green Industrial Revolution,” characterising it as a central part of the “Great Reset.” Mortimer stated that: “Johnson’s new Red and Green manifesto is not only totally unrecognisable from the one he was elected on last year; it goes vastly beyond anything that Corbyn ever put to the electorate.”  [61]

November 18, 2020

Writing for The Conservative Woman, GWPF deputy director Andrew Montford criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans for the expansion of wind energy, stating: “With wind speeds very low, the much-vaunted fleet of offshore wind turbines was dismally failing to pull the skin off the proverbial rice pudding, generating only a tiny fraction of its theoretical capacity.” Montford also stated that: “It seems clear that we will soon have no way to fill the void when the wind doesn’t blow. At that point, widespread power cuts will become the norm and Mr Johnson will have played his part in creating a second national disaster.” [60]

November 1, 2020

The Conservative Woman published a satirical article parodying content warnings about BBC programmes. For David Attenborough’s “Blue Planet” series,  the article stated: “Blue Planet. ‘Warning: This programme portrays Man-made climate change as being settled science when it is nothing of the kind and thousands of scientists worldwide have rejected the notion’”. [58]

October 30, 2020

Writing for The Conservative Woman, climate science denier Philip Foster referred to climate change as a “hobgoblin”. Foster characterised the environmentalist movement as a religious cult, stating: “it is no coincidence that ‘global warming’ became the new crisis in 1989, just as the Berlin Wall fell and the ‘Red Menace’ virtually disappeared overnight. We exchanged one hobgoblin for another. The result was a new religion, or a tweak of an older religion stemming from the so-called Enlightenment and the Romantics – a bunch of mostly drug-soaked poets and artists who in effect worshipped ‘Nature.’” [59]

Foster also claimed Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring caused “more death and misery than Mein Kampf and Das Kapital put together”.

October 10, 2020

An article in The Conservative Woman claimed that the expansion of wind farms would have potentially fatal consequences for birds, stating: “no one knows how many birds are killed, and I would guess that any estimate which comes from the wind lobby can be multiplied by ten and still be way short.” [72]

The article also alleged that wind turbines had a fatal impact on other forms of wildlife, stating: “this is not to mention the number of bats and insects killed by turbines, or the potential impact on marine animals such as whales and dolphins from the noise and vibration, or the fact that on days when there is little or no wind back-up generation will still be needed. A better source of power would be the limitless hot air coming out of Downing Street.” 

October 5, 2020

In an article for The Conservative Woman entitled, “The market leaders in climate mythology”, Paul Homewood criticised a report from climate risk data firm, ‘Four Twenty Seven’,  which warned about the link between climate change and more extreme weather. Homewood stated that, “it is, of course, a widely perpetuated myth that climate change is leading to more extreme weather. It is a pity that those behind Four Twenty Seven have chosen to base their work on this myth, instead of researching the facts for themselves.” [57]

September 19, 2020

Writing in The Conservative Woman, Paul Homewood argued that climate change was not to blame for California’s wildfires, suggesting that “Governor Newsom may blame climate change, but it has actually not been an unusually hot summer or dry summer in California this year, nor was last month’s heatwave out of the ordinary”. Homewood concluded that, “whether climate change is exacerbating wildfires is, in any event, irrelevant. There is nothing realistically that can be done to alter the climate in the short or medium term. There is, however, an awful lot which can and should be done now to manage the risk. Put simply, arm-waving and blaming climate change is a disgraceful dereliction of responsibility.” [56]

August 25, 2020

An article in The Conservative Woman criticised the government’s decision to reject a planning application from Banks Mining to mine coal at a temporary surface site in Highthorn, Northumberland. It stated: [73]

Opposition to the scheme has been fierce and continuing, with Extinction Rebellion rattling sabres along with the Green Party. But coal is needed and the Conservatives should not be timid about granting permission to proceed because of vociferous green campaigns. Highthorn is about the greenest option that can be chosen since coal brought from far away massively increases the carbon footprint, and jobs for local people will come as a bonus.”

August 10, 2020

The CW published an article by Dr Rosemary Falcon, a South African scientist and contributor to a Global Warming Policy Foundation report, which argued that the continued use of coal in Africa was necessary to address energy poverty on the continent.

In her article Falconer argued that claims about stopping the burning of the fuel were “naive” and renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar were “not there yet.” The report was criticised by numerous regional climate and energy experts, with one stating the claims made in the GWPF report were “misleading and untrue.” [36], [37], [38]

August 4, 2020

The CW published an article by Global Warming Policy Forum Deputy Director, Andrew Montford which disputed scientific claims about the negative health effects of nuclear radiation.

Montford presented the arguments of a recent GWPF paper which argued that science claiming to show the health impacts of nuclear radiation had “serious flaws” and had been “exaggerated”. Montford argued that the linear-no-threshold model which posits that there is no safe limit of nuclear radiation was “plain wrong and even fraudulent” and called on the government to “commission a complete review of the question of radiation safety.” [39], [40]

July 15, 2020

The Conservative Woman reported that Africans are “tired of being lectured by people in rich countries who have never lived a day without electricity, arguing that the imposition of World Bank rules preventing the burning of fossil fuels constituted an obstacle to Africa’s economic development. Geoff Hill stated that modern technology has made ‘clean coal’ one of the cheapest ways to generate electricity, and that Western enthusiasm for renewable energy is not shared in countries such as Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Geoff Hill cites a report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the UK’s principal climate science denial campaign group. The report was widely discredited by African energy experts for being “misleading”.  [52]

April 14, 2020

The Conservative Woman reported that Public Health England had adopted as its official policy a 242- page report from its predecessor, the Health Protection Agency, based on a “nonsensical 5C warming by 2080”. TCW stated that, “more people die from cold, and in a warmer climate, more lives would be saved than lost.” 

Characterising Public Health England as an inefficient State bureaucracy, TCW also attempted to portray the NHS’ targets net-zero carbon emissions as incompatible with medical proficiency, stating that, “we must also not forget that higher energy prices imposed by the Climate Change Act cost the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds every year, money which could be used for medical purposes” and that, “perhaps instead of wasting money fighting imaginary bogeymen, the medical establishment might have concentrated on today’s very real enemies.” [53]

Paul Homewood, the author of the article, has written reports for the UK’s principal climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and researched many of former Telegraph columnist Christopher Booker’s anti-environmental articles.

April 6, 2020

Writing in the Conservative Woman, Andrew Montford disputed the IPCC’s contention that increasing climate temperatures intensify the hydrological cycle, arguing that, “ the small changes that are exciting climate scientists today would not even have been discussed by ancient engineers, who would have seen them as just noise in the ever-changing patterns of hydrological cycles.” He concluded that, “it isn’t time that hydrologists shifted their attention away from prophecies of doom, and back on to making a real contribution to people’s lives?” [55]

April 4, 2020

Writing in The Conservative Woman, Rhys Jaggar gave an anecdotal account of the improvement of his vegetable plots, stating that, “Yes, we must adapt our growing to our local climate but no, the sensitivity of food crops to climate is not so extreme that minor changes to climate will affect our growing patterns unduly.” Jagger proceeded to cite climate science denier  Piers Corbyn, saying that, “he is not infallible, but is a worthwhile go-to source”. [54]

August 27, 2019

In August 2019, Gyngell accused the “mass media” of “stoking the flames of panic” and spreading misinformation about the burning of the Amazon rainforest.

She disputed claims that the Amazon was being burnt for use by illegal loggers, and wrote that “few appear to have stopped to question the accuracy of the initial reporting or the meaning of the original Nasa pictures”. She linked readers to a number of articles promoted by the GWPF claiming that the nature of the fires had been misrepresented by the media. [7]

August 6, 2019

In a blog post, Kathryn Gyngell referred to claims that climate change could affect the production of coffee as “alarmist claptrap”. She said that the research released by experts at Australian non-profit the Climate Institute, and funded by the Fairtrade Foundation, amounted to “climate hysteria” and referred readers to a GWPF briefing on the issue. [6], [41]

May 3, 2019

In a post for the CW entitled “Keep calm and carry on ignoring the climate scaremongers,” Perrins said she was “deeply sceptical” of what she referred to as a “deep orthodoxy” surrounding climate science and saying that “environmental correctness” had a “grip”.

Perrins referred readers to a Twitter thread by Climate Resistance and Spiked commentator, Ben Pile, which accused the government’s independent monitoring body, the Climate Change Committee, of “cronyism,” and of being a “tool for a narrow group of interests to enrich themselves.” Perrins also linked to research by Judith Curry, a climatologist who rejects mainstream climate science. [30], [42], [43]

November 30, 2018

To mark the 10th anniversary of the UK’s landmark Climate Change Act, the CW published an article by then Global Warming Policy Forum researcher, Harry Wilkinson, claiming the legislation had amounted to “ten years of punishing the poor,” and directing readers to a GWPF report authored by Rupert Darwall, which referred to the legislation as “foolish” and called it “history’s most expensive virtue signal.” [44], [45], [46]

April 13, 2018

Gyngell wrote in defence of GWPF president Nigel Lawson after the BBC was found to have breached its guidelines by media regulator Ofcom for not challenging false scientific claims made by Lord Lawson on the Today programme. [47]

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  1. About Us,” The Conservative Woman. Archived July 20, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/cbehv
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  3. Kathy Gyngell – co-editor, The Conservative Woman,” Battle of Ideas. Archived August 17, 2020. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/O1EoG

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  59. Peter Foster. “The cancel cultists frightening us with Covid hobgoblins”. The Conservative Woman, October 30, 2020. Archived November 3, 2020. Archive.vn URL: https://archive.vn/MuS91 

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