Step aside Lil Lou, Bonnie is the new Queen of Telegraph envirobull

Two months ago this blog covered the story of llamas being used to transport a population of tiny fish – the vendace – in the Lake District to safety because:

‘the Environment Agency said the species needed to be protected from the warming effects of climate change and its impact on rivers and lakes’

It seems this aquatic armageddon template has now been adopted in Australia.  For just two months on we learn from the credibility-devoid pages of the Barclay Brother Beano that the Duck-billed platypus is supposedly at risk from climate change:

‘As a result of global warming, researchers have found that the cool rivers and ponds that platypus love to swim in could become too warm for them to survive.’

But rather than this story being shoved down the ether from the tofu and University of East Anglia press release covered desk of the arch enviropropagandist, little Louise Gray, this little piece of vacuous, mind bending, unquestioning, cut and paste idiocy has originated from The Fail’s correspondent for Australia and the Pacific, Bonnie Malkin.

Clearly the Barclay Boys have found s0meone whose capacity for publishing completely unscientific drivel – elegantly ripped to shreds by a few of the people who could suppress their laughter long enough to leave comments beneath that press release masquerading as news – exceeds even the desperate excesses of La Gray.  And that really takes some doing.

One thing is for sure. When it comes to envirobull the Telegraph really is a world leader. Perhaps if Bonnie Malkin wants to tell stories about threats to the platypus she could take a few moments to see what the genuine risks are.

2 Responses to “Step aside Lil Lou, Bonnie is the new Queen of Telegraph envirobull”


  1. 1 Peejos 25/06/2011 at 6:20 am

    It’s only tangental but is something happening to Fleet Street? Simon Heffer being sacked from the DT is one thing but what has happened to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, one of its best journalists, and now Melanie Philips seems to have gone on gardening leave. Could their accurate and frequently acerbic writng have prove unacceptable to No 10?

  2. 2 Dizzy Ringo 25/06/2011 at 10:29 am

    What they have omitted to note is that concern over the habitiat of a small fish – might it have been the vendace? – meant that the river had not been dredged. That, plus the blocking of a diversionary canal, led to the flooding in Cockermouth. Which was then blamed on Climate Change.

    I suppose you could say that it was due to climate change – but not for the reasons the authorities stated!


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