Monbiot is complaining about the IEA being tobacco funded which leads to the head of the IEA stating this on the radio:
Here’s what Mark Littlewood said on the Today programme: “The evidence out of Australia, who, in their extreme unwisdom in my view, have offered to be the guinea pigs for planet earth on whether this policy works, having had plain packaging or standardised packaging in place for a year over there, the early evidence suggests no change at all on smoking prevalence. And, lo and behold, the black market in cigarettes has jumped markedly.”
George rejects this because of who is saying it. But the important point is actually whether it is true or not.
And of course it is true. No matter who says it or how they’re funded.
It’s all rather Soviet really, similar to that idea that only those with the proper proletarian background could produce art or philosophy or politics……
George also has a pop at ASI funding and just to make it clear I have absolutely no idea at all where such funding comes from. Not a clue.