Eat Chocolate. Save the Planet.

Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Charles Rotter aka “Charles the Moderator”

(Note from Anthony: Working behind the scenes all these years, Charles has earned the right for a little self promotion here, in my opinion. I hope readers will agree.)

One of the slightly lesser talked about issues in Climate Change discussions is the effect of methane emissions on the Global heat budget. This was recently discussed in several posts concerning recent California laws created to control methane emissions from the dairy industry, this being the latest.

California passes a new climate law to regulate cow farts

There are approximately 1.4 billion cattle on our planet.  That’s a lot of cows and a lot of potential methane.  Buuut…there are over 7 BILLION people on our planet.  That’s a much bigger pool of farting mammals to control if we are going to do our part to save the planet.

I’m Charles the Moderator…

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Tragic Grenfell Tower fitted with external cladding despite known fire risk.

Slipping standards.

Pride's Purge

The external cladding recently fitted to the tragic Grenfell Tower was a well-known fire risk before the cladding was fitted.

The tower building had been over-clad with Aluminium Composite Material cassette rainscreen, whichhas beenblamed for several tower fires around the world, including in Australia and the UAE.

The company responsible for fitting the cladding -Harley Curtain Wall Ltd -went into administration shortly after fitting the panels. However, directors of the company continue to trade under a slightly different name, Harley Facades Ltd.

It has also been revealed that Grenfell Tower residents had been complaining about fire risks for some time before the tragic fire.

It seems the owners of the tower, Kensington and Chelsea council, have a lot of questions that will need to be answered.

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We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now. (EXPLICIT CONTENT)

Nice one!


This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.


Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…

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May could face loss of seat over #Abbott comment electoral breach #GE17 #BBCQT

Yes indeed.


As the SKWAWKBOX reported on Sunday, Theresa May has been reported to police over false claims she made during Friday’s BBC Question Time special about Diane Abbott and police DNA records.

May told the studio audience and millions of viewers around the country that Abbott had advocated the removal of the DNA samples of ‘criminals and terrorists’ from police databases – an accusation that is completely untrue.

bbc qt croppedTheresa May during last Friday’s BBC Question Time special

Making false statements about a candidate’s ‘character or conduct’ during an election campaign is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

Paul Cardin of the Wirral in it Together blog reported the matter initially to the Metropolitan Police, as May is based in Downing Street, but the Met has advised that the matter needs to be investigated by North Yorkshire Police (NYP), because the programme was…

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9 Tories of 120 #BBCQT audience ask 29% of questions. Still #CorbynWins #GE17

I believe this


The BBC Question Time Leaders’ Special tonight was a remarkable event, because there was only one Prime Minister on show and it was not Theresa May.

What makes it all the more remarkable was not the composition of the audience, but the balance of the questioners. It is called Question Time, after all.

The audience consisted of, at a rough count, 120 people. Out of 120 people in a 90-minute special, not everyone is going to get to ask a question – although almost certainly the vast majority would have submitted questions to the show. There simply wouldn’t be time for 120 questions and 120 answers.

But you might be a little surprised to find that some audience members got to ask more than one – especially when you start to notice a little more about the group they belonged to.

Twitter wags have already noticed that three of the…

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SKWAWKBOX/EVOLVE lead on #NHS #Naylor. Mirror follows #GE17

No Doubt about it. & that’s for sure!


At the beginning of this week, the SKWAWKBOX – together with Evolve Politics – publicised an excellent video that exposed the Tories’ plans to asset-strip the NHS for the benefit of private property investors.

Theresa May had admitted during her interview with the BBC’s Andrew Neil that she was committed to the plan, but tried to disguise it as an investment in NHS infrastructure.

may naylorIn fact Trusts who fail to sell their property and land at knock-down prices will be deniedaccess to public funding for ‘capital’ spending on equipment and buildings. It’s a huge scandal.

The posts went viral, provoking outrage among those who care about our NHS.

And as often happens now, where the independent media lead the mainstream follows. A SKWAWKBOX reader pointed out that the Daily Mirror had today run a substantial article on the Naylor report and what its implementation means for our NHS:

naylor mirror.jpgAnd…

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John Pilger: What Did Theresa May Know About Manchester Terrorists?

I don’t doubt it.

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Now for a very serious question, amid all the hilarity surrounding Theresa May’s craven cowardice at the Leaders’ Debate yesterday. Earlier that day, veteran human rights journalist, John Pilger, had written a piece on the Counterpunch site asking what May knew about the Manchester bomber and his fellow terrorists.

He pointed out that Salman Abedi and his family had been members of a Salafist (Muslim fundamentalist) terrorist group, the LIFG. These people were such a threat, that they had all been subject to control orders. When demonstrations broke out in the Libya against the dictator, those control orders had been lifted so that the terrorists could travel to Libya to overthrow Gaddafy, just as other Salafist groups, trained and supplied by Britain, and reinforced with the SAS, rose up against him. Britain and America also began a bombing campaign in support of the rebels.

Britain gave its military support because…

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