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James Delingpole’s heated interview with Jon Faine on ABC radio

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  1. Ray Dixon says:

    I don’t know why you put this up, Iain, but I enjoyed it. It hardly makes Delingpole look very good, in fact he comes across as extremely rude, defensive and arrogant (fancy telling Faine to “stop interrupting me”).

    I think Delingpole had some good points, especially the one about how climate change has been jumped on by the more extreme elements from the left as a vehicle upon which to bring down (or substantially change) the capitalist-based system, but he comes across as too extreme himself (the other way). And this is the problem with the whole debate – it’s been highly politicised.

    Delingpole actually missed a golden opportunity to put the issue into better perspective when Faine asked him “what if you are wrong?”. Again, he went defensive by replying that he would ask the same question of those saying the planet is dying, when the better answer would have been something like this:

    “Your question should be in the positive, that is, you should be asking me ‘what if those predicting dire consequences if we don’t act are right?’ Then I would answer you that I am not advocating no action whatsoever, only that we don’t need to rush headlong into dramatic courses of action. If the problem is indeed catastrophic (as the alarmists would have us believe) then the difference between my solution and their’s is probably that instead of the world ending in two or three hundred years time it might end 40 or 50 years earlier. Big deal”.

  2. GD says:

    I agree Ray. Delingpole hardly came off looking good. It seemed like he came ready for a fight. Dare I suggest Jon Faine’s smarmy leftist attitude possibly preceded him?

    Faine is an ingratiating sycophant for the left side of politics. In this interview he turned the argument around to ‘personal’ issues, rather than answering Delingpoles’s questions.

    Just two minutes into the interview, Faine has decided he didn’t like Delingpole’s use of the word ‘you’. Delingpole’s use was clearly not directed at the ABC interviewer, but Faine used it as reason to derail Delingpole’s arguments. Hardly the expert interviewing skills one would expect of a national ABC journalist. Especially one on the government teat, as Faine is.

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    Faine is an ingratiating sycophant for the left side of politics. In this interview he turned the argument around to ‘personal’ issues, rather than answering Delingpoles’s questions.

    Huh? It’s Faine’s show, why should he answer to Delingpole? It was Delingpole who created the problem by treating every Faine question as a statement and/or accusation. Despite Faine continuosly explaining he was not a “Greenie” and that he would ask equally hard questions of Greens representatives, Delingpole still took every question as a personal attack – it was a truly bizarre performance by someone who clearly came looking for a fight. And you must be kidding if you think Jon Faine is a left-wing sycophant.

  4. rmnic says:

    Great interview for Delingpole. Listening from Canada and never having heard of Faine, I can quite easily discern where Faine sits on this question.
    “what if you are wrong”, I say the world is coming to and end soon unless you send me several billions of dollars. I’ll take it in Canadian or Australian. Just give it to me, trust me, don’t question it, no, I will not debate with you but it is critical that you do give it to me. All the scientists agree.
    What if YOU are wrong?

  5. GD says:

    I can quite easily discern where Faine sits on this question.

    Of course you can. It’s obvious in all of Faine’s interviews that he holds a leftist view.

  6. alan says:

    “Of course you can. It’s obvious in all of Faine’s interviews that he holds a leftist view.”

    What is a ‘leftist’ view?
    I guess you are a friend of AB’s definition of left..
    Left = if you don’t fall off the edge if you take one further step to the right you are either(take your pick) a leftie, socialist, or a commo even.
    Boy some people have been left behind in the dark ages.
    So much for “light from darkness”.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    Alan
    get it right mate, the motto of this blog is “Bringing light into the darkness’

  8. alan says:

    whatever, he’s still in the dark ages.
    by his definition, i’m bright red, as is most everybody else.
    it’s nonsense capitalised.

  9. Iain Hall says:

    Alan
    The dark ages are only this named because there is not much known about the Minutiae of the history of that period rather than it being a time of any egregious political or moral darkness, so in that sense your claims about being in the dark ages is in fact a very inappropriate metaphor.

  10. alan says:

    whatever, i’m still bright red as, is nearly everybody else apparently

  11. Iain Hall says:

    Alan
    if you insist on wanting to be categorised in terms of your position on the political spectrum I will be happy to oblige, however you will undoubtedly disagree with the judgement that I make. That said you playing the Straw-man martyr card does you no favours.

  12. alan says:

    martyr card and straw man, and that’s relevant to what?
    something to do with the wizard of oz perhaps.

    who want favours and who care where you categorise me?
    gd has already established i’m bright red along with almost every body else.
    but whatever, go for it.
    do you read palms too?….. my missus might be interested.

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    Can’t wait for Q&A tonight. If you want see everything that’s wrong about the Liberals it’s a must watch. Starring Sophie Mirabella.

    Hey, GD, you like the idea of having Clive Palmer on your front bench? What a guy!

  14. Richard Ryan says:

    IMAGINE: Clive Palmer and Sophie Mirabella starring in a love scene.

  15. GD says:

    GD, you like the idea of having Clive Palmer on your front bench?

    Not particularly, and neither does Tony Abbott.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/tony-abbott-declines-to-endorse-clive-palmers-bid-for-lnp-preselection-for-lilley/story-fn59niix-1226342745183

    However, I would prefer a successful business man on the front bench rather than ex-union hacks who’ve never worked in private enterprise.

  16. Ray Dixon says:

    There would be no way that their nether parts could physically meet, Richard – too much, um, person in the way.

  17. GD says:

    Would you prefer Bob Brown and Peter Slipper, Richard?

  18. damage says:

    What if you’re wrong? Yes. The question for an atheist.

  19. Ray Dixon says:

    GD, I think Bob might prefer Peter … and vice-versa.

  20. Iain Hall says:

    Are you trying to spoil my dinner Ray?
    that is an image to gross to contemplate!!!

  21. Ray Dixon says:

    Which one, Iain? Bob & Peter or Clive & Sophie? Hard choice.

  22. Damage says:

    Ray would be very jealous of Clive. He has such a huge hit me love me crush on Soph.

  23. Ray Dixon says:

    If Sophie, Clive and I were stranded on a desert island I’d swim out to sea and be eaten by sharks rather than play ‘spin the bottle’ with those two.

  24. Richard Ryan says:

    When Sophie walks into a room, the mice jump on chairs, because she is physically repugnant, due to the wearing of excessive amounts of cheap perfume, to kill off the pungant odour of Greek Garlic.

  25. Richard Ryan says:

    She’s so boring, Sophie would make onions cry.

  26. Luzu says:

    Do you guys think Clive Palmer is actually serious about his bid for Swan’s seat?

    I don’t. From the moment I heard the announcement and listened to Palmer, I knew this was a wind-up. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer person than Swan. Ha dee ha ha. Imagine the angst Swan’s going through now given the large swing he suffered in his own seat at the last election!

    Swan epitomises a person who has been promoted wa-a-ay beyond his abilities and has only gotten as far as he has because he is a time server. His absolute lack of anything resembling financial skill is a blot on the ALP and, unfortunately, disastrous for us in Australia.

  27. Iain Hall says:

    I agree with you Luzu that its probably a wind up from Palmer who must know it is not likely that he won’t get preselection for the seat

  28. Ray Dixon says:

    I think Palmer is bi-polar. He must be – he’s so deluded. As for Swan, he’d be delighted if Palmer got the nomination because as sure as night follows day, Palmer would stick his foot in his sizeable mouth and blow it.

    As for Swan’s record as Treasurer, I’d back him against fat-boy Joe ‘let’s throw out pensions’ Hockey any day.

  29. Luzu says:

    Haha, Swan’s record as Treasurer. LOL, Ray, who knew you possessed such dry wit?

  30. Richard Ryan says:

    Hockey is the “wicked landlord”

  31. Damage says:

    Damage now preying for a deserted island to become available. Also wondering if it would be Clive of Sophie who got the blame for the cruelty to sharks?

  32. Iain Hall says:

    I have been reading some lefty forums today and I have been amazed by just how hard some commentators are wriggling and writhing to try to find any reason why Gillard has a chance of retaining the leadership. some poor fools even think that a Labor win at the next poll is possible!

    Its just the same things that they were saying about Bligh!!
    I expect the same result as Queensland federally and I see no reason that it won’t happen

  33. Ray Dixon says:

    Luzu, the real joke is Joe Hockey as Treasurer. Now that’s funny.

    Damage – get a new routine for Christ’s sake. You’re so boring.

  34. Damage says:

    Sorry Ray, no offence meant, but you walked right into that one. Chill out bro.

  35. GD says:

    I have been amazed by just how hard some commentators are wriggling and writhing to try to find any reason why Gillard has a chance of retaining the leadership. some….even think that a Labor win at the next poll is possible!

    There’s even one here at the Sandpit, Iain. 🙂

  36. Damage says:

    Don’t tell.

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