James Delingpole

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James Delingpole
Born (1965-08-06) 6 August 1965 (age 50)
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,[6] followed by Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied English Language and Literature.[7][citation needed] Delingpole has claimed that while at Oxford he was "reasonably good friends" with David Cameron and Boris Johnson.[8][9] 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]

Life and career[edit]

In addition to writing articles and commentary for the Daily Mail, Daily Express, 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 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 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.[10][11] 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".[12] His style of writing for the book Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work has been called an "engaging, witty writing style", and "This author is at least original and amusing" by John Wright.[13] He is highly critical of windfarms, and has called wind turbines "environmentally damaging" and suggested that they deface the countryside.[14]

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.[15]

His most recent project is Bogpaper, a satirical blog he runs with Jan Skoyles.[16][17]

Views on anthropogenic global warming theory[edit]

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,"[18] 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."[19] In The Spectator, he called the Climatic Research Unit email controversy "the greatest scientific scandal in the history of the world".[20][21] In a speech at The Heartland Institute's May 2010 International Conference on Climate Change, he said this was "the story that would change my life and, quite possibly, save Western civilisation from the greatest threat it has ever known."[20][22]

Delingpole is widely known as a sceptic about global warming; he says he does not dispute that global warming has occurred, but doubts the extent to which it is man-made ("anthropogenic") or catastrophic.[23][24][25][26][27]

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". After the programme was broadcast, Delingpole complained on his blog that other parts of the interview had been edited out.[20]

Delingpole wrote an article in The Australian on 3 May 2012 with the title "Wind farm scam a huge cover-up".[28] 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.[29]


On 6 September 2012, Delingpole announced he would stand in the upcoming Corby by-election on an anti-wind farms platform.[30] He withdrew, saying his campaign against wind farms had been "stunningly successful" before a vote was cast.[31] 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.[32]

In a 2013 article in The Spectator, he stated that for some time prior "I've held dual political nationality: my heart with Ukip, 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."[33]

Delingpole 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," and followed with "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."[34]

Awards and prizes[edit]

In 2005 Delingpole was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award for his essay "What are museums for?"[35]

In 2010, Delingpole won the Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for his Telegraph blog, awarded by the free-market International Policy Network. Damian Thompson, the Telegraph's blog editor, linked the award to the impact of Delingpole's posts on the Climatic Research Unit email controversy.[36][37]



  1. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (16 February 2014). "Breitbart News Network Plans Global Expansion". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Breitbart London to Push Back Against 'Socialist Steps' Taken in UK". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "About James Delingpole". jamesdelingpole.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gander, Kashmira (6 October 2015). "Lord Ashcroft's Cameron biography: Source James Delingpole defends alleged cannabis revelations". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Leith, William (21 July 2003). "A writer's life: James Delingpole". The Telegraph (London). 
  6. ^ "Worcestershire Life – Malvern Writer's Circle Annual Dinner". cmsadmin.worcestershirelife.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  7. ^ Delingpole, J., 2012. Watermelons. Biteback Publishing, Chapter One.
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Delingpole, James (6 October 2009). "David Cameron at Oxford University: the truth". The Telegraph (London). 
  10. ^ Glover, Gillian (22 July 2005). "The aristocracy and us". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 
  11. ^ Wollaston, Sam (25 July 2005). "Grand designs". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ Charlie Brooker (23 July 2005). "Blue blood on the carpet". the Guardian. 
  13. ^ Wright, John (2010). The Obama Haters: Behind the Right-Wing Campaign of Lies, Innuendo & Racism. Potomac. p. 196. ISBN 978-1597975124. 
  14. ^ Philo, Greg; Catherine Happer (2013). Communicating Climate Change and Energy Security: New Methods in Understanding Audiences. Routledge. p. 136. ISBN 978-0415835091. 
  15. ^ Michael Gove's gang perfect the art of fighting dirty, The Observer, 10 February 2013
  16. ^ "James Delingpole introduces Bogpaper.com (pt 1)". The Bogpaper Channel. 
  17. ^ "Why Bogpaper?". Bogpaper?. 
  18. ^ "If Ben Goldacre thinks I'm a ***** what does that make him?" by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, last updated January 25th, 2011.
  19. ^ Delingpole, James, "Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?" The Telegraph. 20 November 2009,"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)"
  20. ^ a b c 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. 
  21. ^ Delingpole, James (9 December 2009). "Watching the Climategate scandal explode makes me feel like a proud parent". The Spectator. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  22. ^ Delingpole, James (18 May 2010). "Climategate and the War against Man, Bear, Pig". The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Global warming: Andrew Pendleton and James Delingpole". Retrieved January 12, 2015. We discussed global warming with well-known sceptic James Delingpole and Andrew Pendleton of Friends of the Earth 
  24. ^ "A lot of hot air". The Economist. 17 November 2012. 
  25. ^ James Delingpole (21 October 2011). "Global warming is real". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  26. ^ James Delingpole (6 February 2010). "Dear Geoffrey Lean, let me explain why we're so cross…". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  27. ^ Delingpole, James (April 30, 2012). "Greens have got us tilting at windmills". Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved January 19, 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. 
  28. ^ Wind farm scam a huge cover-up, James Delingpole, The Australian, 3 May 2012
  29. ^ Press Council Adjudication
  30. ^ Delingpole, James (17 September 2012). "Arguments for wind power are just hot air". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  31. ^ New Statesman "Anti-wind-farm candidate James Delingpole pulls out of Corby by-election, as the town continues to have no wind farms"
  32. ^ Lewis, Paul (13 November 2012). "Tory MP running Corby campaign 'backed rival in anti-windfarm plot'". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  33. ^ James Delingpole (30 March 2013). "UKIP is patriotic, fiscally conservative and socially libertarian – what's not to like?". The Spectator. 
  34. ^ Imogen Taylor, 2008, '“Chav Mum Chav Scum”: Class disgust in contemporary Britain', Feminist Media Studies, 8/1, pp. 17–34
  35. ^ Naughton, Philippe (17 March 2006). "The Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award 2005". Times Online (London). 
  36. ^ 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. 
  37. ^ 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. 

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