Julia Hartley-Brewer

Julia Hartley Brewer

Credentials

  • Magdalen College, University of Oxford (1988). [1]
  • Centre for Journalism Studies, Cardiff University. [2] 

Background

Julia Hartley-Brewer is a British journalist, broadcaster and radio presenter. She hosts the weekday breakfast show on talkRADIO and is a columnist for The Telegraph. [3], [4]

In the early 2000s, she was the political editor of the Sunday Express, before becoming a radio presenter at LBC from 2010 to 2014. She frequently interviews climate science deniers and right-wing lobbyists on her radio programme, including Global Warming Policy Foundation advisor, Matt Ridley, and Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic AffairsChristopher Snowdon[5], [6][7], [8] 

In 2016, Hartley-Brewer campaigned to leave the European Union, urging readers in a Telegraph article to “trust yourself to take back control, and vote for Britain to leave the EU”. She spoke at the main rally celebrating the UK‘s departure from the EU at the end of January 2020. [9][10]

Hartley-Brewer sparked controversy in October 2019 when Jolyon Maugham QC, a tax barrister, accused her of publishing his home address leading him to receive death threats. [11]

Stance on Climate Change

April 29, 2019

While speaking to an Extinction Rebellion member on her talkRADIO show, Hartley Brewer said: [12]

I care about the environment, but I’ve actually looked into this in great detail, and I’m not signed up to the idea that the world is going to collapse, and the human race is going to die. I don’t believe a lot of the premises. Human impact on our environment we should absolutely do our best to tackle. However, it is an economic and political decision a lot of it. I don’t necessarily think we should roll back the industrial revolution and all the benefits that we’ve brought for mankind around the world, so that we can change the temperature of the planet by 0.001 degrees, no I don’t”. [12]

April 24, 2019

On Twitter, Hartley-Brewer wrote: [13]

The climate changes. Humans may well be contributing to that change. The claims that we are hurtling towards the end of civilization/the human race/earth are all patently ridiculous.” [13]

September 22, 2014

Replying to a tweet accusing her of being a “flat earther on the subject of climate change”, Hartley-Brewer tweeted: [14]

I am not a flat earther. If there were any evidence that man is affecting climate change, I would accept that fact. There isn’t”. [14]

Key Quotes

October 16, 2019

Hartley-Brewer said to Sakina Sheikh, a climate justice activist: [15]

            “I know you’re a climate protestor, so facts probably aren’t your thing”.

On policing Extinction Rebellion, she said: [15]

            “The police have not been heavy handed enough”.

She also said: [15]

Our house isn’t on fire. That has no meaning, there is no science to back up that statement. That is a meaningless slogan”.

September 20, 2019

Hartley-Brewer spoke to co-leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley on her radio show. On Extinction Rebellion protests, she said: [16]

This is doomsday-cult scenario stuff, we shouldn’t be teaching our children to be afraid like this should we?”

On IPCC reports: [16]

Since 1979 we’ve had one of those warnings pretty much every couple of years, and we’re still here, the planet hasn’t warmed that much, and everything is still functioning, and we’re all still alive”.

On 3 degrees of global warming: [16]

You say we’re on target for 3 degrees, but we also know that 3 degrees is at the very very top of the reasonable predictions being made, and that every single computer model that has predicted so far has always massively overestimated. We haven’t warmed anything like to the extent that we were supposed to have warmed by this stage”.

She also said: [16]

Fewer people now die from extreme weather events than they ever did”.

September 14, 2019

In response to a tweet accusing her of being a “terrible person” for her “attack on Greta”, Hartley Brewer tweeted: [17]

And that makes me a ‘terrible person’? I don’t have a glib attitude, I simply don’t sign up to the entirely fictitious climate ‘catastrophe’ madness. Most of the people on this planet don’t either. That’s a lot of terrible people for you to hate.”

July 31, 2019

Speaking to Green Party peer Baroness Jenny Jones on her talkRADIO show, Hartley-Brewer said: [18]

In what way do we think there is any evidence to claim that this planet can’t sustain the population we’ve got right now, or indeed a bigger population with predictions of hitting 9 or 10 million before it plateaus out in the next say 50 years. What evidence is there that we can’t sustain this planet?”

She later said: [18]

I can’t imagine what it must be like to go through life, basically as part of a doomsday cult, thinking the world is in such a terrible position. I think, understandably be concerned about renewable energy, and replacing fossil fuels, and cleaner air, and polluting the seas, that all makes sense to me. But I find this idea that this view that human beings are effectively parasites on the planet, I think is such a depressing thought. I’m really glad I have a much more positive view of human life.”

April 16, 2019

Hartley-Brewer spoke to Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party on her radio show. On the UN’s 11-year deadline to prevent irreversible damage, Hartley-Brewer said: [19]

            “It’s been saying that for quite a long time”.

On ocean heating, she said: [19]

            “All the animals living in the ocean are not going to die, full stop”.

On the silence of governments, she said: [19]

Who’s not listening? We talk about environmentalism and climate change non-stop… how on Earth can you possibly claim with a straight face that the government isn’t listening”.

On net-zero, she said: [19]

Zero percent carbon emissions would mean, effectively, us going back to the stone age”.

August 1, 2016

Replying to Natalie Bennett, then leader of the Green Party, on Twitter, Hartley-Brewer said: [20]

But all the climate models so far have failed to predict anything correctly, so why trust them?”

June 4, 2015

Replying to a tweet by journalist Sunny Hundal, Hartley-Brewer said: [21]

It’s not called ‘climate change denial’, it’s just questioning an as-yet unproven theory which is standard practice in science”.

Key Deeds

March 27, 2020

Hartley-Brewer claimed environmental campaigners had been “celebrating” the coronavirus pandemic, calling them “eco-fascists”. She drew particular attention to protest group Extinction Rebellion and “quasi-religious death cultists” for allegedly seeing COVID-19 as “something that’s been good for the planet”. [29]

March 5, 2020

Hartley-Brewer invited Global Warming Policy Foundation advisor and Conservative hereditary peer Matt Ridley onto her radio show to discuss the government’s recently-announced cabinet-level climate change committee. During the interview, she said: [28]

It seems to me that we had 3 years of people being borderline hysterical about the economic effects of Brexit on our economy, and an awful lot of those very same people seem to be quite happy with what are going to be the effects on our economy of moving towards net-zero carbon emissions”. [28]

February 24, 2020

Hartley-Brewer invited guests Harry Wilkinson and Benny Peiser onto her show to talk about their new report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation which claimed that net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 will cost the government £3 trillion. [27]

October 10, 2019

Hartley-Brewer was on the panel for BBC’s Question Time. In a debate about protest group Extinction Rebellion, she said: [22]

There is nothing in any of the science, nothing in any of the IPCC reports that suggests we’re heading towards a catastrophe, a crisis, mass extermination, or anything of the sort, this is scare-mongering of the worst kind”. [22]

The industrial revolution is the greatest thing that has ever happened to mankind. It has delivered longer, healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives for billions more people than anything else that has ever been achieved on our planet”. [22]

What we’ve got with Extinction Rebellion I’m afraid is not a sensible debate based on science or the facts, it is, in all intents and purposes, a sort of quasi-religious death cult, and I for one, think it is absolutely insane that people are listening to their absurd demands”. [22]

This is absolute nonsense; this is Malthus on crack-cocaine.” [22]

August 4, 2019

In a Sunday Express column titled “Don’t panic about climate change, the end isn’t nigh”, Hartley-Brewer argued not to “sign up to the hysterical misery of the eco-lunatics such as Extinction Rebellion”. [23]

She described the organisation as “doomsday cultists” and described their view as: [23]

…staggeringly at odds with the facts. The world is not about to end – climate change or no climate change. And the Earth’s population is not about to overburden our planet.”

She ended the piece saying: [23]

As we might once have said to the man with his ‘The End Is Nigh’ placard: ‘Cheer up, mate, it might never happen’”.

May 2, 2019

Hartley-Brewer retweeted Spiked writer Ben Pile who had described the Committee on Climate Change as “the epitome of post-Blair, Brown-Miliband era politics” in a Twitter thread. He went on to say in a separate tweet: “The CCC is not about tackling climate change or saving the planet. It is about reorganising society”. [24]

In her retweet, Hartley-Brewer described the call for net zero emissions by the Committee on Climate Change as having “massive implications for all of us and how we lead our lives”. [24]

Affiliations

Social Media

Publications

Resources

  1. Floreat Magdalena Issue 10” (PDF) Magdalen College, Oxford, 2011. Archived .pdf file at DeSmog.

  2. Julia Hartley-Brewer – Biography and Images” TV NewsroomArchived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/pipnK

  3. Presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer” talkRADIOArchived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/8L4t

  4. Columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer” The TelegraphArchived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/uxtU

  5. Joanne Kavanagh. “Who is Julia Hartley-Brewer and why are people calling to boycott BBC Question Time because of the talkRADIO presenter?” The Sun, October 10, 2019. Archived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/cUW23

  6. Julia Hartley-Brewer” Chartwell SpeakersArchive February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/dl9U2

  7. Julia Hartley-Brewer meets Matt Ridley,” YouTube video uploaded by user talkRADIO on October 21, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  8. Weed, cigarettes and Irn-Bru, with Julia Hartley-Brewer,” Spiked Online, August 6, 2019. Archived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/jfRYE

  9. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “You don’t need to trust politicians to vote for Brexit. Just trust yourself,” The Telegraph, June 22, 2016. Archived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/y5NSS

  10. Harriet Marsden. “I went to Nigel Farage’s booze free Brexit celebration…” Indy100, February 1, 2020. Archived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/A2D6D

  11. Kimberley Bond. “Julia Hartley-Brewer to feature on Question Time despite boycott,” Radio Times, October 10, 2019. Archived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/ErAJY

  12. Extinction Rebellion: If we continue having a high meat diet our kids will have no food,” YouTube video uploaded by user talkRADIO on April 29, 2019. Archive .mp4 on file at DeSmog. 

  13. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “The climate changes. Humans may well be contributing to that change. The claims that we are hurtling towards the end of civilization/the human race/earth are all patently ridiculous,” Tweet by @JuliaHB1, April 24, 2019. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archive .png on file at DeSmog.

  14. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “I am not a flat earther. If there were any evidence that man is affecting climate change, I would accept that fact. There isn’t,” Tweet by @JuliaHB1, September 22, 2014. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archive .png on file at DeSmog.

  15. Climate change. Julia: Our house isn’t on fire. That’s a meaningless slogan,” YouTube video uploaded by user talkRADIO on October 16, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  16. Climate change. Julia clashes with The Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley,” YouTube video uploaded by user talkRADIO on September 20, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  17. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “And that makes me a ‘terrible person’? I don’t have a glib attitude, I simply don’t sign up to the entirely fictitious climate ‘catastrophe’ madness. Most of the people on this planet don’t either. That’s a lot of terrible people for you to hate,” Tweet by @JuliaHB1, September 14, 2019. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archive .png on file at DeSmog.

  18. Julia Hartley-Brewer: Climate protestors are in a Doomsday cult,” YouTube video uploaded by user talkRADIO on July 31, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  19. Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with The Green Party over climate protests,” YouTube video uploaded by user talkRADIO on April 16, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  20. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “But all the climate models so far have failed to predict anything correctly, so why trust them?” Tweet by @JuliaHB1, August 1, 2016. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archive .png on file at DeSmog.

  21. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “It’s not called ‘climate change denial’, it’s just questioning an as-yet unproven theory which is standard practice in science,” Tweet by @JuliaHB1, June 4, 2015. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archive .png on file at DeSmog.

  22. Should climate change activists be applauded or arrested? Question Time – BBC,” YouTube video uploaded by user BBC on October 11, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  23. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “Don’t panic about climate change, the end isn’t nigh,” Sunday Express, August 4, 2019. Archived February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/BUIiK

  24. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “The Govt has agreed to the Climate Change Committee’s call for net zero emissions by 2050. This has massive implications for all of us and how we lead our lives (heating our homes, how we travel, what we can eat). This thread is worth a read,” Tweet by @JuliaHB1, May 2, 2019. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archive .png on file at DeSmog.

  25. Julia Hartley-Brewer,” National Secular SocietyArchive February 10, 2020. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/cfCqi

  26. Julia Hartley-Brewer. “I’m joining the Free Speech Union. If you believe in free speech, you should too. Please retweet,” Tweet by @JuliaHB1, February 6, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.

  27. Talk Radio. “Government target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will cost £3 trillion, says new report from Global Warming Policy Foundation,” Tweet by @talkRADIO, February 24, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.

  28. Science writer Lord Ridley criticises the Government’s new climate change committee: “The coronavirus is reminding us what a real emergency looks like”,” Tweet and video uploaded by @talkRADIO on March 5, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived July 8, 2020. Archived .png and .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  29. Talk Radio. “Julia: “Eco-fascists seem to think coronavirus has been good for the planet.” Science writer Lord Ridley: “It reveals them to be the death cult they are, who want things to go wrong in the world.”,” Tweet by @talkRADIO on March 27, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived July 8, 2020. Archived .png and .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

(Picture: @JuliaHB1 on Twitter)

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