The Met Office And The Cabinet - Missing The Bloody Point
The Met Office Bullhockey rumbles round the blogosphere. Roger Harrabin, the mouthpiece of the Met, tried out an official excuse that the Met knew what it was going to be cold all along but only told the Cabinet Office; and the public are too stupid to understand so that is why they were told it was going to be warm.
Commentators are enjoying poking fun at this excuse but are missing the key point.
"Darling, I wasn't playing pool with the boys in the backroom all night, I promised you I wouldn't do that. Your sister can back me up because I was in bed with her."
I can assure you that in your haste to show your good faith, and how you can prove it, you have dropped a small faux pas which may be brought up in conversation the next morning.
And the same is true of Roger's story.
The Met Office told the Cabinet Office in October it would be a cold winter.
Either someone is telling a porky, or the forecast was so hedged about it was unclear what it forecast, or the forecast was suppressed.
This is slipping me dangerously into the conspiracy theories I normally have no truck with but until we know what the Cabinet Office was told (and FOI requests are already in) it is a working hypothesis.
With Ministers and SPADs packing their bags to fly to Cancun, with Treasury boffins polishing their sliderules to calculate more green taxes and promises of "the greenest government ever" to be fulfilled there certainly would the temptation to sweep the inconvenient chicken bones under the carpet.
And that is the real story here.