I have never heard of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change. I have no idea who funds it. But whoever it is ought to be looking for a new director after this appalling performance from its current director Bob Ward. What a thoroughly nasty individual. Well done to Fraser Nelson for keeping his cool.
UPDATE: Newsnight had an extended report on all of this at the beginning of the programme HERE. There was a debate between a UEA Professor called Andrew Watson and an American climate change sceptic Mark Morano. It ended with Watson calling Morano an "Asshole". Admittedly, he had a point (!), but this is now a trend. It seems to be the only way these people can defend themselves cf Sunny Hundal.
UPDATE: From a reader...
Apparently - and I kid you not - there are two Grantham Institutes on Climate Change. One is the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial - website here - I am vaguely familiar with the work of some people there and they seem to be a sound bunch (then again I'm not in climate science, so caveat lector). On the other hand, there is the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at *snicker* the LSE. This is a very different bunch indeed. It's run by Lord Stern, who is an economics/government professor. The whole bunch is basically people with economics and policy degrees - the only two scientists they have is a physicist and a statistician. The whole thing feels to me like a major passing-off operation, the policy Grantham institute feeding off the scientific reputation of the real scientists at the scientific Grantham institute, although I may well be wrong on this one. These people, let's make no mistake, are hardcore policy makers and advocates, not scientists and fact-finders. They have sweet nothing to do with science - they are riding on the wave of scientific findings they themselves do not understand, and pretend to be the scientifically enlightened side when all they are doing is using misunderstood science to promote misguided policies - in many ways, they are the 'cargo cults' of the modern science-oriented world. They are NOT scientists, and judging from some of the stuff they produce, their grasp of the scientific methodologies their policies rest on is very sparse indeed. These people are pretending to have their arguments grounded in hard facts and science, which is not the case. This is absolutely misleading, and they deserve to be called on it.