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SpinWatch - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

The report published today by conservative think-tank Policy Exchange, attacking campaigners from Extinction Rebellion, is a direct call for expanding surveillance on “far left, anarchist and environmentalist extremism”.

The report’s co-authors Richard Walton, who was formerly the head...

SpinWatch - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes you don’t want to be proved right. For years as the fracking boom exploded across the US, the shale industry and its stooges argued that it was safe. That there was no evidence of harm.

But I and many others warned that the science would take time to catch up with the...

SpinWatch - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Last Friday, in excess of a million school children walked out of their schools and colleges demanding urgent action on climate change, in what organisers say was the biggest protest yet, surpassing the one back in March.

But as the kids rightly demand radical action on climate change...

SpinWatch - 2019-05-08 - Original post - cached version
As an exercise in coordinated media spin, it was a tour de force. UK shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel’s resignation last weekend just seven months into a two-year taxpayer-funded appointment had astute industry PR gloves all over it. 

First came an exclusive interview with the Mail on...

SpinWatch - 2019-04-04 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, Britain’s fledgling shale gas industry was dealt another significant blow when three senior judges overturned a draconian injunction that had been granted to the company, INEOS, against anti-fracking campaigners.

It was back in July 2017, that even before a well had been...

SpinWatch - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

One of Britain’s elite cycling teams, which has won an impressive eight Grand Tours, has just announced that its new sponsor will be the UK’s richest man, petrochemical and fracking boss, Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

The cyclists, currently known as Team Sky, will be renamed Team Ineos, after...

SpinWatch - 2019-03-06 - Original post - cached version

The UK’s fledgling fracking industry was dealt another significant nail in its coffin today, when the High Court ruled that the current guidance from the Government on shale gas is “unlawful”.

 

And such is the importance of the legal ruling, it is difficult to see how the...

SpinWatch - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The prospects for the shale industry in Europe are looking increasingly bleak this year as it haemorrhages investor cash, continues to experience widespread community resistance, especially in Europe, and fails to find adequate gas reserves.

In the UK, the number of onshore oil and gas...

SpinWatch - 2018-12-29 - Original post - cached version

After a month of tranquillity, fracking has resumed at the Preston New Road site near Blackpool triggering the biggest tremor to date.

There have been 12 tremors over a four-day period, including the biggest so far – the 1.5 magnitude quake.

In total, 36 earthquakes were...

SpinWatch - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

As the fledgling UK fracking industry bleeds investors’ money in alarming quantities on a daily basis, plagued by ongoing issues of democratic accountability, seismic activity, financial viability, and ongoing legal challenges, it will find no comfort from looking across the pond.

The...

SpinWatch - 2018-10-29 - Original post - cached version

In their belligerent and blinkered attempt to replicate the US shale boom in the UK, the fracking industry and Conservative Government cannot bury three immovable and inconvenient truths that threaten to kill off the industry, even before it has been shown to be commercially viable.

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SpinWatch - 2018-05-08 - Original post - cached version
And who is paying for their services?

Speaking to a Conservative commentator this week, I asked was he aware of any changes in the UK lobbying industry. Had he, for example, noticed the arrival of any specialists in ‘opposition research’ – the practice of digging up damaging information on...

SpinWatch - 2018-05-08 - Original post - cached version
And who is paying for their services?

Speaking to a Conservative commentator this week, I asked was he aware of any changes in the UK lobbying industry. Had he, for example, noticed the arrival of any specialists in ‘opposition research’ – the practice of digging up damaging information on...

SpinWatch - 2018-05-05 - Original post - cached version

A new report on revolving doors in the fossil fuel industry launched at the Climate Conference in Bonn this week reveals widespread potential for conflicts of interest to undermine climate policy.

If we are to be serious about meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement, we must...

SpinWatch - 2018-05-05 - Original post - cached version

A new report on revolving doors in the fossil fuel industry launched at the Climate Conference in Bonn this week reveals widespread potential for conflicts of interest to undermine climate policy.

If we are to be serious about meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement, we must...

SpinWatch - 2018-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Why did the Guardian take down an online obituary to the sociologist Brian Taylor, without telling readers?

In November 2016, the Guardian published a celebratory obituary, online, of the Sussex University sociologist Brian Taylor, who had died aged 66. In May 2017 the newspaper took it...

SpinWatch - 2018-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Why did the Guardian take down an online obituary to the sociologist Brian Taylor, without telling readers?

In November 2016, the Guardian published a celebratory obituary, online, of the Sussex University sociologist Brian Taylor, who had died aged 66. In May 2017 the newspaper took it...

SpinWatch - 2018-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Why did the Guardian take down an online obituary to the sociologist Brian Taylor, without telling readers?

In November 2016, the Guardian published a celebratory obituary, online, of the Sussex University sociologist Brian Taylor, who had died aged 66. In May 2017 the newspaper took it...

SpinWatch - 2018-04-25 - Original post - cached version

A news story about a luxury electric vehicle catching fire went global last week, but did the media miss the real story?

With any new technology, safety is a concern to consumers. When people think about switching to an Electric Vehicle (EV), issues such as cost, reliability, safety...

SpinWatch - 2018-04-25 - Original post - cached version

A news story about a luxury electric vehicle catching fire went global last week, but did the media miss the real story?

With any new technology, safety is a concern to consumers. When people think about switching to an Electric Vehicle (EV), issues such as cost, reliability, safety...

SpinWatch - 2018-03-30 - Original post - cached version

In 2006, the ex-British Prime Minister, David Cameron, famously went to the Arctic to see the effects of climate change for himself. Hugging a husky in the bright snowy landscape, he promised a greener Britain, warning that climate change was “one of the biggest threats facing the world”....

SpinWatch - 2018-03-30 - Original post - cached version

In 2006, the ex-British Prime Minister, David Cameron, famously went to the Arctic to see the effects of climate change for himself. Hugging a husky in the bright snowy landscape, he promised a greener Britain, warning that climate change was “one of the biggest threats facing the world”....

SpinWatch - 2018-02-23 - Original post - cached version

The more the industry tries to force shale gas on angry communities, the more toxic it becomes writes David Powell of the New Economics Foundation.

 

No matter how you look at it, fracking as a large-scale endeavour for the UK seems pretty screwed.

The finances of...

SpinWatch - 2018-02-23 - Original post - cached version

The more the industry tries to force shale gas on angry communities, the more toxic it becomes writes David Powell of the New Economics Foundation.

 

No matter how you look at it, fracking as a large-scale endeavour for the UK seems pretty screwed.

The finances of...

SpinWatch - 2018-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Anti-fracking campaigner, Joe Corré, has taken his legal case against chemical giant INEOS to the Court of Appeal in the latest twist to the David and Goliath fight to prevent what is being called a ‘draconian, anti-democratic and oppressive’ injunction against environmental protesters. ...

SpinWatch - 2018-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Anti-fracking campaigner, Joe Corré, has taken his legal case against chemical giant INEOS to the Court of Appeal in the latest twist to the David and Goliath fight to prevent what is being called a ‘draconian, anti-democratic and oppressive’ injunction against environmental protesters. ...

SpinWatch - 2018-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Anti-fracking campaigner, Joe Corré, has taken his legal case against chemical giant INEOS to the Court of Appeal in the latest twist to the David and Goliath fight to prevent what is being called a ‘draconian, anti-democratic and oppressive’ injunction against environmental protesters. ...

SpinWatch - 2017-11-03 - Original post - cached version

Last week we reported that the fracking firm Cuadrilla had breached its environmental permits at its Preston New Road (PNR) shale gas exploration site three times already this year.

Another inspection report has since been published by the Environmental Agency (EA). Issued on 6 October...

SpinWatch - 2017-11-03 - Original post - cached version

Last week we reported that the fracking firm Cuadrilla had breached its environmental permits at its Preston New Road (PNR) shale gas exploration site three times already this year.

Another inspection report has since been published by the Environmental Agency (EA). Issued on 6 October...

SpinWatch - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadn’t prepared a better crisis strategy to deal with the fall-out writes Will Dinan.

You could also be forgiven...

SpinWatch - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadn’t prepared a better crisis strategy to deal with the fall-out writes Will Dinan.

You could also be forgiven...

SpinWatch - 2017-10-21 - Original post - cached version

New documents released by the Environmental Agency reveal that fracking firm Cuadrilla breached environmental controls at its Lancashire shale gas exploration site in August.

It is the third time since Cuadrilla began work in January that the regulator has censured the energy firm for...

SpinWatch - 2017-10-21 - Original post - cached version

New documents released by the Environmental Agency reveal that fracking firm Cuadrilla breached environmental controls at its Lancashire shale gas exploration site in August.

It is the third time since Cuadrilla began work in January that the regulator has censured the energy firm for...

SpinWatch - 2017-10-17 - Original post - cached version

A former PM’s political aide and special adviser to UK business and energy secretary Greg Clark is now a director at fracking and chemical giant INEOS’s lobbying firm. Yet under the broken system regulating the revolving door between big business and politics, the public often has no automatic...

SpinWatch - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

Two of the fracking industry’s biggest cheerleaders in Westminster have ceased operating, the latest published list of all-parliamentary groups (APPGs) reveals.

 

The news will be welcomed by many campaigners who have long argued these groups were a conduit for fracking interests...

SpinWatch - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

Two of the shale gas industry’s biggest cheerleaders in Westminster have closed shop, ending years of controversy over their easy access to our politicians writes Melissa Jones.

The fracking industry’s biggest cheerleaders in Westminster have ceased operating, the latest published...

SpinWatch - 2017-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Nearly a decade ago, the then-chief lobbyist at Bell Pottinger was asked by MPs for an example of a public relations campaign having a ‘malign’ effect on society.

Bell Pottinger’s Peter Bingle replied: 'We had a call from Zimbabwe asking us to advise Zimbabwe. We said, "Thank you very...

SpinWatch - 2017-08-09 - Original post - cached version

The DUP-Conservative alliance that emerged from the 2017 election might seem like a natural one given the long history of the 'Orange card' as a Tory expedient at Westminster. 

There is however an equally long record of conflict between the British establishment and the the particular...

SpinWatch - 2017-08-07 - Original post - cached version

The UK shale industry is in deep trouble, even before a well is drilled. According to the latest Government survey, public support for fracking has reached a record low. Only 16 per cent of the population now support fracking. 

Cuadrilla, the company trying to frack in Lancashire, has...

SpinWatch - 2017-07-26 - Original post - cached version

History is repeating itself. Just as some of the pioneers of the current environmental movement in the UK, who cut their teeth in the 1990s fighting the Tories’ road building programme were demonised and attacked, so are today’s anti-fracking activists.

Some of the similarities are...

SpinWatch - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version
The revolving door connecting politicians with lobbyists clearly helps them, but does it benefit us? Anna Minton and Tamasin Cave delve deep into a concerning culture of cronyism. 

The community of North Kensington is demanding that the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire be widened...

SpinWatch - 2017-07-12 - Original post - cached version

Soon British consumers will be cooking and heating their homes with American fracked gas for the first time. 

But there is growing evidence that fracked US gas – and the infrastructure being built to supply it – has a huge ecological, social and personal impact back in the US, which...

SpinWatch - 2017-06-12 - Original post - cached version

After a humiliating General Election result, the British Conservative party are today trying to secure a working relationship with the small Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), in order to secure a Parliamentary majority and form a working Government.

The election result is seen as a...

SpinWatch - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version

New documents reveal that Angus Energy continues to potentially mislead its investors after informing them in May that it has all the necessary planning permissions to drill a controversial side-track well at its Brockham oil site in Surrey.

The documents, obtained via freedom of...

SpinWatch - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

As many people expected, the election campaign has brought rigorous scrutiny of Jeremy Corbyn's past statements on Ireland, as well as those of his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell. Both are London MPs with close links to the Irish community in the city, particularly significant in Corbyn's...

SpinWatch - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

Burka ban discussions on breakfast TV. Escalating verbal abuse and physical attacks on our streets. Media headlines pointing the finger at Islam in our schools. Intellectuals and politicians arguing over a clash of cultures and the ‘enemy within’.

No doubt about it. Islamophobia has...

SpinWatch - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times and other major media have ruled out any further scepticism toward the US government’s claim that Syrian President Assad dropped a sarin bomb on a town in Idlib province, reports Robert Parry.

In the old days of journalism, we were taught that there were almost...

SpinWatch - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Despite its suggestive rhetoric and its appeals to the lower classes, the party's disguise as a champion of 'the people' is a sham, and must be uncovered argues Tommaso Segantini.

Marine Le Pen's Front National (FN) is leading in the polls of the upcoming French presidential elections...

SpinWatch - 2017-04-04 - Original post - cached version

A wave of direct action across the UK aims to end extreme energy extraction.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is an extreme form of dirty energy extraction in a world dominated by dirty energy extraction. The earth’s resources are rare and fracking represents a final attempt to draw...

SpinWatch - 2017-03-29 - Original post - cached version

Today, the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing confirmed that former Special Branch commander Roger Pearce had been a spycop. This was something that the Undercover Research Group had first publicly identified in October 2016, having stitched together material from various sources....

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