A Downing Street Classic

  • Date: 05/03/14
  • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know THat

Are we really ‘seeing more abnormal weather events’, as the Prime Minister recently claimed? Downing Street responds to an FOI request.


Readers will recall that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, replying to a question about recent wet weather at PM questions in January, replied:

“I agree with you that we are seeing more abnormal weather events. Colleagues across the House can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is.” 

So I fired off this FOI request to the Department of Energy & Climate Change:

Please advise:

1) What evidence the PM has that “abnormal events are increasing”

2) What evidence he has that the recent bad weather is in any way “abnormal” 

On Feb 3rd, DECC replied that they did not hold this information, and suggested I contact the Cabinet Office, which I duly did.

I have just received their reply:


In other words, they are admitting there is no evidence at all that recent weather was “abnormal”, or that “abnormal weather” is increasing. It is simply the PM’s opinion.

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