… the veteran children’s TV presenter is paying the price for his outspoken remarks.Yes, it’s Johnny Ball and The Persecutors Of The Skeptical.
He claims the internet has been used to try to discredit his opinions.
Bloggers have run campaigns stating Mr Ball ‘should not be allowed near children’.
And an imposter has even tried to cancel his booking at a training day for maths teachers in Northampton.OK, so it’s not exactly crime of the century, but come on! Trying to ruin his livelihood?
Isn’t that the actions of someone who isn’t sure secure in their own claims?
He said: ‘This was clearly a criminal act to damage me and my career business. People have every right to make up their own minds on my stance. But to deliberately smear my name in ways that are clearly criminal is so very disappointing.Ah. I see where you are going wrong there, Johnny. It’s that ‘fair and sensible’ bit. They don’t like ‘fair and sensible’. They don’t like it at all...
‘I would hope it is not the way fair and sensible debate is going in this far more open, modern society.’
They certainly don’t like you pointing out that mankind has the unique ability to find ways round any inevitable climate shift with technology:
… my main concern is that the alarmism is actually frightening schoolchildren to an alarming degree.
‘It is suggesting to them that the previous generation have all but ruined the planet, and unless they switch stand-by lights off, for instance, we could all be going to hell in a handcart.
‘This does nothing to promote confidence in our young. It sends the message that all technology is harmful. Yet, in truth, great strides are being made.
'Gas-fired power stations now produce twice as much power for the same fossil fuel as they did 15 years ago. Cars have far cleaner exhausts and have doubled their mileage and tyre wear, and they are all recyclable or reclaimable.
'These are success stories.’Quite.
Mind you, it could just be someone annoyed at his part in inflicting Zoe Ball on Radio 2. I could sort of agree with that…