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6 August 1965 |
Alvechurch, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Christ Church, Oxford
|Occupation||Journalist, Columnist, Novelist|
James Mark Court Delingpole (born 1965) is an English columnist and novelist who writes for (among other publications) The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator. He has published several novels and four political books. He describes himself as being a libertarian conservative.
Delingpole was born and raised in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, the son of a factory owner. He attended Malvern College, an independent school for boys, followed by Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied English Literature. Delingpole has stated that while at Oxford he was "reasonably good friends" with David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
Life and career
In addition to writing articles and commentary for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator, Delingpole has published four political books, including: How to be Right: The Essential Guide to Making Lefty Liberals History, Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work, and 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy.
Delingpole is also the author of several novels including Fin and Thinly Disguised Autobiography. In August 2007, Bloomsbury published his first novel of the "Coward" series, Coward on the Beach, which tells the story of a man's reluctant quest for military glory and is set on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day landings. In June 2009 the second novel of the series, Coward at the Bridge (set during Operation Market Garden in September 1944), was published.
In 2013 he created controversy when he described an article by a fellow journalist which attacked the views of columnist Suzanne Moore as giving her "such a seeing-to, she'll be walking bow-legged for weeks." Delingpole later apologised.
Climate change scepticism
Delingpole maintains that man-made climate change is not as extensive as is widely asserted, and links mainstream scientific projections with "the atavistic impulse which leads generation after generation to believe it is the chosen one: the generation so special that it and it alone will be the one privileged to experience the end of the world; and the generation so egotistical that it imagines itself largely responsible for that imminent destruction".
In a BBC Horizon documentary, "Science under Attack", Delingpole responded to Paul Nurse's discussion of the scientific consensus on global warming by saying that the idea of a consensus is unscientific. In response to Nurse's question as to whether he had read any peer-reviewed papers, he maintained that as a journalist "it is not my job" to read peer reviewed papers, but be "an interpreter of interpretations". He took offence at Nurse's analogy that his position was like a medical patient refusing to accept a clear consensus of opinion of expert doctors, and preferring the diagnosis of a quack. After the programme was broadcast, Delingpole complained on his blog that other parts of the interview had been edited out.
Delingpole wrote an article in The Australian on 3 May 2012, with the title "Wind farm scam a huge cover-up". Three complaints were made, and the Australian Press Council upheld three aspects of the complaints, commenting on the "offensiveness" of the comment made by a New South Wales sheep farmer, which Delingpole quoted, that made an analogy between advocates of wind farms and paedophiles. 
Awards and prizes
In 2005 Delingpole was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award for his essay, "What are museums for?" The International Policy Network, a free-market pressure group, awarded the 2010 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism to Delingpole for his Telegraph blog.
On 6 September 2012, Delingpole announced he would be standing in the upcoming Corby by-election on an anti-wind farms platform. However he withdrew, claiming his campaign against wind farms had been "stunningly successful" before a vote was cast. A Greenpeace investigation later revealed that Delingpole's campaign was supported by the Conservative Party's campaign manager for the Corby by-election, Chris Heaton-Harris. Heaton-Harris said that Delingpole had announced his candidacy as part of a "plan" to "cause some hassle" and drive the issue of wind farms up the political agenda.
- Fish Show. Penguin Books Ltd. 1997. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-14-025746-5.
- Fin. Picador USA. 2001. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-330-48045-1.
- Thinly Disguised Autobiography. Picador USA. 2004. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-330-49335-2.
- Coward on the Beach. Bloomsbury UK. 2007. p. 336. ISBN 978-0-7475-9070-5.
- How to be Right. Headline Review. 2007. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-7553-1591-8.
- Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work. Regnery Publishing. 2009. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-59698-588-9.
- Coward at the Bridge. Simon & Schuster Ltd. 2009. p. 400. ISBN 978-1-84737-358-8.
- 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy. Washington, DC: Regnery Pub. 2011. ISBN 978-1-59698-642-8.
- Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing your Children's Future. Biteback Publishing. 2012. p. 320. ISBN 978-1849544054.
- "About James Delingpole". jamesdelingpole.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Leith, William (21 July 2003). "A writer's life: James Delingpole". The Telegraph (London).
- "Worcestershire Life - Malvern Writer's Circle Annual Dinner". cmsadmin.worcestershirelife.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- Delingpole, James (29 May 2010). "My moment of rock-star glory at a climate change sceptics' conference in America". The Spectator. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- Delingpole, James (6 October 2009). "David Cameron at Oxford University: the truth". The Telegraph (London).
- Glover, Gillian (22 July 2005). "The aristocracy and us". The Scotsman (Edinburgh).
- Wollaston, Sam (25 July 2005). "Grand designs". The Guardian (London).
- Michael Gove's gang perfect the art of fighting dirty, The Observer, 10 February 2013
- "James Delingpole introduces Bogpaper.com (pt 1)". The Bogpaper Channel.
- "Why Bogpaper?". Bogpaper?.
- Hickman, Leo (19 November 2009). "Climate sceptic James Delingpole's cheap shot at Newsweek backfires". The Guardian (London). "Delingpole does a nice turn over on the Telegraph blogs as a rent-a-quote climate change sceptic and good all-round right-wing contrarian"
- Delingpole, James (17 March 2010). "Does even Ian McEwan know what Ian McEwan really thinks about 'Climate Change'?". The Telegraph (London).
- BBC Horizon: Science Under Attack, broadcast 24 January 2011 on BBC 2
Tim Dowling (25 January 2011). "Horizon: Science Under Attack and Tool Academy". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- Wind farm scam a huge cover-up, James Delingpole, The Australian, 3 May 2012
- Press Council Adjudication
- Naughton, Philippe (17 March 2006). "The Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award 2005". Times Online (London).
- Thompson, Damian (12 November 2010). "Telegraph blogger James Delingpole wins Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- Oliver, Laura (12 November 2010). "Telegraph blogger James Delingpole wins Bastiat Prize". journalism.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. "Freelance writer, journalist and Telegraph blogger James Delingpole has won the online journalism category of the Bastiat Prize for Journalism. … It is the second year running in which a Telegraph blogger has taken the online award. In 2009 controversial MEP Daniel Hannan won the prize for his blog for the title."
- Delingpole, James (17 September 2012). "Arguments for wind power are just hot air". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- New Statesman "Anti-wind-farm candidate James Delingpole pulls out of Corby by-election, as the town continues to have no wind farms"
- Lewis, Paul (13 November 2012). "Tory MP running Corby campaign 'backed rival in anti-windfarm plot'". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- Personal website
- Blog at The Daily Telegraph:
- Discussing Welcome to Obamaland at C-SPAN Washington Journal
- ''Bloomsbury Author Biography