James Delingpole

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James Delingpole
Born (1965-08-06) 6 August 1965 (age 51)
Alvechurch, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education Malvern College
Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Journalist, columnist, novelist
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Delingpole at a conference, 2010

James Mark Court Delingpole (born 6 August 1965) is an English columnist and novelist who has written for a number of publications, including: Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator. He is executive editor for the London branch of the Breitbart News Network.[1][2] He has published several novels and four political books. He describes himself as being a libertarian conservative,[3] and has been described as a "prominent voice of the right".[4]

Early life[edit]

Delingpole was raised in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, the son of a factory owner.[5] He attended Malvern College, an independent school for boys,[when?][6] followed by Christ Church, Oxford,[when?] where he studied English Language and Literature.[7]

Life and career[edit]

Delingpole is a satirist, and has written that the function of "satire is not only to make us laugh, but also, with luck, to draw our attention to the things that are wrong with the world and help mock them into extinction."[8]

In addition to writing articles and commentary for the Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator,[citation needed] 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.[9] His writing for the book Welcome to Obamaland has been called an "engaging, witty writing style," and "at least original and amusing" by otherwise critical author John Wright.[10]

Delingpole is the author of several novels including Fin and Thinly Disguised Autobiography.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In June 2009 the second novel of the series, Coward at the Bridge (set during Operation Market Garden in September 1944), was published.[citation needed]

In 2005 Delingpole presented the Channel 4 documentary The British Upper Class, which was part of a series of three documentaries on the class system in Britain.[11][12] Writing in the Guardian, the television reviewer Charlie Brooker concluded that "Delingpole succeeds in improving the image of the upper classes. Whenever he opens his mouth to defend them, they magically become 50 times less irritating. Than him".[13]

With regard to environmental issues, Delingpole has written with skepticism regarding the impact and consequences of man's activities on climate change (see below),[when?] and has been highly critical of wind farms.[when?] He has called wind turbines "environmentally damaging" and suggested that they deface the countryside.[14]

A 2012, Delingpole began Bogpaper, a satirical blog, with Jan Skoyles.[15][full citation needed][better source needed] [16]

Controversies[edit]

On anthropogenic global warming[edit]

Delingpole has engaged in the global warming controversy; in 2009 he wrote of "The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth".[17] He says he does not dispute that global warming has occurred, but doubts the extent to which it is man-made ("anthropogenic") or catastrophic.[18][19][20][21] Hence, Delingpole has disputed the findings of climate science on global warming for a number of years. He has written "I am not a scientist and have never claimed to be,"[22] and that he does not have a science degree, but is "a believer in empiricism and not spending taxpayers' money on a problem that may well not exist."[17] 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; and 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."[23] After the programme was broadcast, Delingpole complained on his blog[where?] that other parts of the interview had been edited out.[citation needed]

Delingpole reused a term appearing in a followup comment to another blog, and so popularized the term "Climategate" in The Spectator, to refer to the Climatic Research Unit email controversy,[24][25][non-primary source needed] and called it "the greatest scientific scandal in the history of the world".[23][26] Subsequent investigations have cleared the scientists involved of any wrongdoing.[27] In a 15 minute talk to what was termed The Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, Delingpole humorously quipped in 2010 that the Climategate was "the story that would change my life and, quite possibly, save Western civilisation from the greatest threat it has ever known."[24][28][29]

In 2012 Delingpole wrote an article in The Australian, entitled "Wind Farm Scam a Huge Cover-Up,"[30][subscription] the tone and other content of which became controversial, and were ultimately censured. 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.[31]

Other areas[edit]

In 2013 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.[32]

In 2015 Delingpole was named as a source for Lord Ashcroft's unauthorised biography of David Cameron, Call Me Dave written with journalist Isabel Oakeshott, about Cameron's time at university, in which Delingpole claims to have smoked cannabis with the future PM.[4]

Politics[edit]

Delingpole has described himself "as a member of probably the most discriminated-against subsection in the whole of British society—the white, middle-aged, public-school-and-Oxbridge educated middle-class male."[33]

On 6 September 2012, Delingpole announced he would stand in the upcoming Corby by-election on an anti-wind farms platform.[34] He withdrew, saying his campaign against wind farms had been "stunningly successful" before a vote was cast.[35] A Greenpeace investigation said 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.[36]

In a 2013 article in The Spectator, he stated that for some time prior "I've held dual political nationality: my heart with Ukip [the United Kingdom Independence Party], my head with the Tories", going on to praise the former as "the natural party of government in a brave new world where politicians are the people’s servants, not their masters."[37]

Awards and prizes[edit]

In 2005 Delingpole was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award for his essay "What are museums for?"[38]

In 2010, Delingpole won the Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for his Telegraph blog, a $3,000 prize awarded for "work that promotes 'the principles and institutions of the free society" by the free-market International Policy Network; Damian Thompson, the Telegraph's blog editor, linked receipt of the award to the impact of Delingpole's posts on the Climatic Research Unit email controversy.[39][40]

Bibliography[edit]

Books and book chapters[full citation needed][edit]

  • —, Fish Show. Penguin. 1997. 
  • —, Fin. Picador USA. 2001. 
  • —, Thinly Disguised Autobiography. Picador USA. 2004. 
  • —, Coward on the Beach. Bloomsbury UK. 2007. 
  • —, How to be Right. Headline Review. 2007. 
  • —, Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work. Regnery Publishing. 2009. 
  • —, Coward at the Bridge. Simon & Schuster Ltd. 2009. 
  • —, 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy. Washington, DC: Regnery Pub. 2011. 
  • —, Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing your Children's Future. Biteback Publishing. 2012. 

Essays[edit]

  • —, "Those Bitcoin Weirdos Might Just Be Right". The Spectator (print, online). 324 (9671, 4 January): 13. 2014. 

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (2014). "Breitbart News Network Plans Global Expansion" (online). The New York Times (16 February). Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Breitbart London to Push Back Against 'Socialist Steps' Taken in UK". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Delingpole, James (2012). "About James Delingpole". Self. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gander, Kashmira (2015). "Lord Ashcroft's Cameron Biography: Source James Delingpole Defends Alleged Cannabis Revelations" (online) (6 October). The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Leith, William (2003). "A Writer's life: James Delingpole" (online). The Telegraph. London (21 July). 
  6. ^ "Worcestershire Life – Malvern Writer's Circle Annual Dinner". cmsadmin.worcestershirelife.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  7. ^ Delingpole, J. (2012). "Chapter One". Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing your Children's Future. Biteback Publishing. [full citation needed]
  8. ^ Taylor, Imogen (2008). "'Chav Mum Chav Scum': Class Disgust in Contemporary Britain" (PDF). Feminist Media Studies. 8 (1, 18 March): 17–34. doi:10.1080/14680770701824779. 
  9. ^ 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy, James Delingpole
  10. ^ Wright, John (2010). The Obama Haters: Behind the Right-Wing Campaign of Lies, Innuendo & Racism. Potomac. p. 196. ISBN 978-1597975124. 
  11. ^ Glover, Gillian (2005). "The aristocracy and us" (online). The Scotsman (22 July). Edinburgh. 
  12. ^ Wollaston, Sam (2005). "Grand designs" (online). The Guardian (25 July). London. 
  13. ^ Charlie Brooker (2005). "Blue blood on the carpet" (online). the Guardian (23 July). 
  14. ^ Philo, Greg; Catherine Happer (2013). Communicating Climate Change and Energy Security: New Methods in Understanding Audiences. Routledge. p. 136. ISBN 978-0415835091. 
  15. ^ Delingpole, James (2012). James Delingpole Introduces Bogpaper.com (Pt. 1) (self-published video (February 9)) (YouTube). The Bogpaper Channel. [full citation needed]
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130324033141/http://bogpaper.com/why-bogpaper/why-bogpaper/. Archived from the original on 24 March 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ a b Delingpole, James (2009). "Climategate: The Final Nail in the Coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?" (online). The Daily Telegraph. London (20 November). Retrieved 21 January 2016. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed", and "A contretemps with a Climate Bully who wonders whether I have a science degree. (No I don't. I just happen to be a believer in empiricism and not spending taxpayers' money on a problem that may well not exist). 
  18. ^ Economist Staff (2012). "Wind Farms and Renewable Energy: A Lot of Hot Air" (online, print). The Economist (November 17). Retrieved 21 January 2016. Subtitle: The government’s energy policy gets mired in politics. 
  19. ^ Delingpole, James (2011). "Global Warming is Real" (online). The Daily Telegraph. London (21 October). Retrieved 21 January 2016. We know it's getting warmer. That's not the point. 'The planet has been warming,' says a new study of temperature records, conducted by Berkeley professor Richard Muller. I wonder what he'll be telling us next: that night follows day? That water is wet? That great white sharks have nasty pointy teeth? That sheep go "baaaa"? / No, the only surprising part of the results of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project is the good professor's chutzpah in trying to present them as new or surprising – let alone any kind of blow to the people he calls 'skeptics' (or, when speaking to his friends at the Guardian, 'deniers'). 
  20. ^ Delingpole, James (2010). "Dear Geoffrey Lean, Let Me Explain Why We're So Cross…" (online). The Daily Telegraph. London (6 February). 
  21. ^ Delingpole, James (2010). "Greens Have Got Us Tilting at Windmills" (online). Daily Telegraph (Australia) (30 April). Retrieved 19 January 2014. It's not climate change we sceptics doubt. What we question is (a) the degree to which it is man-made, (b) the extent to which recent climate change is in any way catastrophic or unprecedented, and (c) whether the measures we are taking to stop it are either helpful or desirable. 
  22. ^ Delingpole, James (2011). "If Ben Goldacre thinks I'm a ***** what does that make him?" (online). The Telegraph. London (January 25). 
  23. ^ a b Delingpole, James (2011). Science Under Attack (television broadcast (24 January)) (Horizon). BBC 2. [full citation needed] See also Dowling, Tim (2011). "Horizon: Science Under Attack and Tool Academy" (online). The Guardian (25 January). Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  24. ^ a b Delingpole, James (speaker) (2010). Climategate and the War against Man, Bear, Pig (online streaming audio). Arlington Heights, IL, USA: The Heartland Institute. Event occurs at 2:28-2:36. Retrieved 21 January 2016. rude, controversial, merciless, outspoken, sometimes mildly amusing [introductory self description, 0:55-1:07] … the story that would change my life and, quite possibly, save Western civilisation from the greatest threat it has ever known [reference to Climategate story, 2:28-2:36] … I wasn't the first person to use the word Climategate. Actually what happened was, I was reading the What's Up With That? blog, and I was looking at the comments below. And the Commentor called Bulldust had said, 'I wonder how long it will be before somebody calls this story Climategate'… So I was the second person to use the word Climategate. [2:48-3:10] 
  25. ^ Booker, Christopher (2009). "Climate Change: This is the Worst Scientific Scandal of our Generation" (online blog). The Telegraph (28 November). A week after my colleague James Delingpole, in his [November] Telegraph blog,[full citation needed] coined the term "Climategate" to describe the scandal revealed by the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, Google was showing that the word now appears across the internet more than nine million times. … conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth ... the final nail in the coffin of Anthropogenic Global Warming… 
  26. ^ Delingpole, James (2009). "Watching the Climategate Scandal Explode Makes Me Feel Like a Proud Parent" (online). The Spectator (9 December). Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  27. ^ NOAA Staff (2011). "Inspector General's Review of Stolen Emails Confirms No Evidence of Wrong-Doing by NOAA Climate Scientists (February 24)". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Retrieved 1 January 2016. Report is the latest independent analysis to clear climate scientists of allegations of mishandling of climate information. 
  28. ^ Clear manifestations of the intended humorous nature of the talk are its closing anecdote relating anti-Nazi propaganda illustrations of Nazi genitalia to a former U.S. Vice President, and the following further excerpt from Delingpole (ICCF-4, 2010, op cit.): "Recognizing that, you know, we humans have done some pretty good shit in our time… [laughter] uh, we've uh, painted the Cistine Chapel. [laughter] Not me personally but somebody did, Michaelangelo I believe… We have written Shakespeare, uh, even Moliere, the French think he is quite good, I'm not so… Germans, Germans did Goethe… Uh, Thomas Jefferson, I mean, wasn't he cool, didn't he do some cool stuff? We like him. Ronnie Reagan. You know, in all sorts of different… I, I, I would mention sport but I am not very good at… Dale Earnhart… [extended laughter] Uh, uh, uhm, we have done some good stuff in our time. And I think we should celebrate that. You know, I like me. I like you. I think we should all be here. I think we should all be breeding…" [12:27-13:24].
  29. ^ "4th International Conference on Climate Change" (PDF). Heartland.org. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  30. ^ Delingpole, James (2012). "Wind Farm Scam a Huge Cover-Up" (online). The Australian (3 May). [subscription]
  31. ^ Australian Press Council (2012). "Press Council Adjudication" (online). The Australian (December 20). Retrieved 21 January 2016. Subtitle: The Australian Press Council has released the following adjudication. 
  32. ^ Michael Gove's gang perfect the art of fighting dirty, The Observer, 10 February 2013
  33. ^ The Cameron club, John Harris, The Guardian, 16 February 2007
  34. ^ Delingpole, James (2012). "Arguments for wind power are just hot air" (online). The Daily Telegraph (17 September). London. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  35. ^ Hern, Alex (2012). "Anti-Wind-Farm Candidate James Delingpole Pulls Out of Corby By-Election, as the Town Continues to Have No Wind Farms" (online). New Statesman (October 31). Retrieved 21 January 2016. Delingpole cites "stunningly successful campaign"; others cite desire to avoid losing £500 deposit. 
  36. ^ Lewis, Paul (2012). "Tory MP running Corby campaign 'backed rival in anti-windfarm plot'" (online). The Guardian (13 November). London. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  37. ^ Delingpole, James (2013). "UKIP is Patriotic, Fiscally Conservative and Socially Libertarian—What's Not to Like?" (online). The Spectator (30 March). 
  38. ^ Naughton, Philippe (2006). "The Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award 2005" (online). Times Online (17 March). London. 
  39. ^ Thompson, Damian (2010). "Telegraph Blogger James Delingpole wins Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism". The Daily Telegraph (12 November). London. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  40. ^ Oliver, Laura (2010). "Telegraph Blogger James Delingpole Wins Bastiat Prize". journalism.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. Subtitle: Delingpole beat international competition to take the $3,000 prize, which recognises work that promotes 'the principles and institutions of the free society.' … 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. 

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