Is Sammy putting pet beliefs ahead of public interest by banning green TV ads..?

SAMMY Wilson, the DUP Unenvironment Minister, has barred a central government advert on climate change and energy conservation from Northern Irish TVs. Having seen one of the “insidious” ads on Stormont Live (you can see ’em all here), it does seem like a fairly harmless ad urging people to turn off unnecessary appliances (it reminded me a bit of the classic 1979 ‘Bedtime Routine’ fire prevention ad). Fair enough, and if you also want to save money in these hard times, not bad advice – especially as the father in the ad used the environment as a secondary reason behind saving money to convince his daughter to switch off. But it’s the underlying message, that man-made climate change can be influenced by such small actions, that clearly bugs Sammy enough to nitpick and ban the ad. Never mind the muesli-munching guardianistas, now Sammy could be easily accused of putting his pet ideology ahead of basic practical advice, presumably paid for by central government, that might save punters a few quid. It also appears to put him at odds with another DUP minister, Arlene Foster, who chaired the first meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group a few days ago. For those who missed her press release Foster recognises the potential for ‘green jobs’, the Enterprise Minister stated:

Sustainable energy has never been more important than it is today in maximising economic opportunities and ensuring security of our energy supply … Anyone affected by recent power cuts will have had a timely reminder of how fundamental energy is to all we do: for lighting, heating and powering our productivity.

But if you agree with Sammy’a bare-faced cheek on green issues, whatever you do DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!Hat tip: Well Done Fillet.

  • 6cp

    But if you disagree with Sammy’a bare-faced cheek on green issues, whatever you do DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Touché. Not quite as funny as I expected, but I can never resist pushing big red buttons that say ‘Do not push’ above them.

    I think that maybe the problem on this occasion is that the ad is so bloody uncontroversial, yet Sammy has turned it into a bigger issue. It really doesn’t push the man-made climate change view much at all.

    …which makes you wonder if we’re all falling victim to Sammy’s need to be seen in the media?

  • Dec

    …which makes you wonder if we’re all falling victim to Sammy’s need to be seen in the media?

    Isn’t the root cause of this Sammy’s patent unsuitability for the role?

  • 6cp

    falling victim to Sammy’s need

    I suppose if folks are gullible enough to be taken in by the Global Warming Alarmists they are also gullible enough to be taken in by Sammy’s antics.

  • Modernist

    Never let science get in the way of the ‘truth’ hey 6cp

  • 6cp

    Modernist, you gotta hush now! All this talk from the Global Warmism is driving people crazy, literally.

    Psychiatrists in Australia have defined a new mental disorder, it’s called Climate Change Delusion.

    No joke!

  • Neil

    We have the politicians we deserve. *Shudder*

    Never let science get in the way of the ‘truth’ hey 6cp

    Science? Science? When has science ever done anything for us? If the scientists can’t even understand from a simple book that the world is only 6,000 years old, how can they be expected to understand the world’s climate?

    No, much better off listening to Sammy the comical christian, (he has a special way of telling how warm it is by getting his inconspicuous swingers out), his credentials are impeccable on this matter.

    Here’s a wee site for ye Sammy, don’t worry it’s not full of ‘scientific mumbo-jumbo’ it just tells you how to get your balls out in public without offending baby Jesus.

  • Nomad

    I heart Northern Ireland’s progressive government!

  • 6cp

    Michael Crichton said: Consensus is the business of politics. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.

    Here’s a few hundred links giving the other side of the Global Warming Debate.

    And, it has nothing to do with religion, apart, that is, from the Global Warming cultists.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    Ah, it should be expected of Sammy. Sammy’s like that!

    But very strange to see that he is rather out of step with the rest of the “UK” on this issue.

    Maybe he has some insight into global warming, ie… is it really sunspots causing the warming rather than Co2!
    I’m sure with his keen interest in the environment etc..he will give an indept explanation to the NI public. BTW, I believe he is a very keen gardener too, his prize blooms are a sight to be hold each summer, his gladiolas and dahlias are the envy of many an avid gardener!

  • Gareth

    Aren’t those trying to warn us about global warming just the modern equivalent of Noah warning us about the flood? People doubted about rising sea levels then too and look what happened to them! Pay heed!

  • Nomad


    If there’s one thing Michael Crighton knew a thing or two about, it’s dinosaurs. You may be on to something.

  • Greenhousegasser

    Thats it, I’ve seen the light, I’m going to stop recycling, I’m going to stop buying those fussy expensive bulbs, I’m going to buy a HUMVEE to get to work, our Sammy, and 6cp clearly, have us all put to rights.

    What Global Warming?

    Its all a leftie plot eh?

  • mnob

    Those of us old enough will remember the 70s when we were told a new ice age was imminent.

  • Sammy

    Check out my you tube i am hip!

  • McGrath

    Maybe Sammy is pursuing a creationist environmental policy.

  • Sarah

    The evils of advertising! Gah!!! Perhaps Iris should call it an evil.

    There’s nothing wrong with that advert. Turning off applicances makes sense aside from arguments over global warming. It cuts down energy bills and helps save people money. Show the ad. But Sammy has a right to question global warming and be a sceptic.

  • willis

    Let’s be clear, Sammy has not banned these ads from NI TVs because he can’t. He can only ban them from UTV and Channel 4.
    He cannot ban them from ITV2, 3, 4, and all the other plethora of Channels beamed from our local Transmitters, never mind the stuff off satellite.

    Still if you see a fat bloke on a motorcycle trying to intercept the Astra Satellite, you will know that it is Sammy, our own cross between Icarus and Narcissus.

  • bigerc

    Sammy is just making an arse of himself and unfortunately by association thr rest of us. Even if you are sceptical about the global warming catastrophe theories, and I am, it still makes sense to use energy responsibly and to diversify our energy sources. The use of renewables also leads to better energy security and less exposure to volitile energy markets. I’m worried that the impact of Sammies scepticism along with his stupidity will have much more serious consequences on more important policy areas under his remit.