I only take a mild interest in the weather.
I like it when it’s sunny and when it rains heavily I worry about taking an umbrella as it never seems a very James Bond thing to do.
Apart from that I am as likely to check the weather forecast as I am to take out a subscription to Knitting Monthly.
But I do take an occasional interest in so-called climate change and particularly the way in which sceptics are belaboured for their doubts.
And although I have never voted for any political party I now find I am an unwitting member of the Monster Raving Loony Party.
A report in Wednesday’s Times revealed that someone called Andrew Miller, the Labour chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, had demanded that “climate sceptics such as Lord Lawson of Blaby, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, should be accompanied by ‘health warnings’.
“Mr Miller likened climate sceptics to the Monster Raving Loony Party and said that the BBC should limit interviews with them just as it restricted the coverage it gave to fringe political parties.”
Lord Lawson is a particular bête noire of the climate change people who have made a cosy little industry out of the issue in much the same way that racial and equality issues have spawned their own empires.
He quite rightly questioned their unswerving beliefs and wrote a book about his scepticism which, despite his eminence, he had much trouble in finding a publisher for.
Fortunately he has an ally, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, who is said to have told a Conservative fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference last year: “People get very emotional about this subject and I think we should just accept that the climate has been changing for centuries.”
That is my view. One has to be very careful about extrapolating data and drawing conclusions from it.
But so deeply embedded has the climate change industry become now that any deviation from its message is taken in much the same way as the medieval church treated heretics.
In the committee’s report it was critical that the BBC’s news programmes “continue to make mistakes in their coverage of climate science by giving opinions and scientific fact the same weight.”
It was also anxious that the Government was failing to get its climate science message across effectively to the public and said Ministers should acquaint themselves better with this new ‘science’.
As Lord Lawson said: “I think it is appalling that a member of the House of Commons should want to shut down debate on this issue.”
In a statement, the BBC said: “The BBC does its utmost to report on this complex subject as clearly as possible using our specialist journalists.
“While the vast bulk of our interviews are with climate scientists, as part of our commitment to impartiality it is important that dissenting voices are also heard.”
What are the climate change people so scared of that they should demand such draconian action?
The truth is that even if such a thing as climate change has occurred and is occurring there is precious little a tiny little nation like the UK can do about it, given the scale of the alleged problem.
But immediately up goes the emotional cry that we should protect our atmosphere for future generations. Cue pictures of melting ice caps etc.
This is always a tricky one to counter as to say we should sit on our hands and do nothing is seen as grossly irresponsible.