GREEN GESTAPO: Radio Host REMOVED After Mocking Global Warming

GREEN GESTAPO: Radio Host REMOVED After Mocking Global Warming

GREEN GESTAPO: Radio Host REMOVED After Mocking Global Warming

George Orwell devised the word ‘unperson’ to describe someone who had so offended official thought, he or she was vaporised — not just liquidated but wiped from the record for eternity. 

That way the unperson couldn’t set a bad example.

All memory of the impertinence would be forgotten, Comrades!

Orwell was satirising Stalin’s Russia, where such practices were all too common.

When a Politburo member called Nikolai Yezhov, People’s Commissar for Water Transport, fell out of favour with Joseph Stalin in 1940, he was not just killed. 

A photograph of him beside Stalin in happier days was doctored to remove all trace of the unfortunate Yezhov. It was as though he had never existed.

And he was not the only one.

Though the circumstances are less dramatic, I am at present feeling a few twinges of solidarity with Yezhov.

Earlier this year, I made a jaunty little Radio 4 programme called What’s The Point Of The Met Office?

Last week, after a bizarre and focused lobbying campaign from environmental activists, the programme was removed from the BBC’s iPlayer playback facility.

To adapt Orwell, What’s The Point Of The Met Office? became an un-programme.

One moment it was there, available to licence fee-payers to hear at their convenience. The next? Ker-whack! It disappeared as surely as one of those Islamist-owned oil derricks in Syria snotted by an RAF Paveway missile. Ladies and gentlemen, the Left had struck. I had been censored, expunged, deleted or ‘dealt with’, as RAF types put it.