TEMPERATURES were rising in the Lecture Hall at King’s Ely Senior last night (14) as controversial political writer James Delingpole talked of his sceptical views on climate change.

The provocative journalist, author and broadcaster spoke to students, parents and staff about the changing climate and whether it really exists as a serious issue, from his point of view that it has been hyped up by scientists and the media.

James, who writes for publications including the Spectator, the Telegraph and the Mail On Sunday and occasionally appears on the BBC, has a mixed reputation; some consider him a fearless and outspoken hero, while others suggest that he is ignorant and hypocritical. Educated at Oxford, where he read English, he is also the author of several novels and works of non-fiction.
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Teacher and organiser Philippa Blair said: “James takes the view that the empirical evidence relating to climate change is misleading, and that scientists and environmentalists have hidden agendas that bring the reliability of their sources into question.

“Controversy aside, his presentation encouraged the students to think critically and independently about the information they receive, both in and out of the classroom, and to consider all perspectives of a debate strategically.”

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