Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Challenge of the Day

Here's a challenge.

Can anyone justify the chief executive of the Met Office getting a 25% payrise to £200,000 - more than the Prime Minister.

Anyone?

77 comments:

KEN FROM GLOS said...

NOPE.

Damon said...

Be fair

His organisation was 100% accurate about the summer and this winter and is unsullied by climate gate

Er....

Tom said...

Doesn't the Met Office generate an enormous surplus, far bigger than any other department? Doesn't really justify it though.

Fenrir said...

Because he along with everybody else is worth more than that useless gurning chump of a prime minister.

RichieP said...

Come on, he deserves every penny; after all, on him depends almost the entire structure of the AGW scam now that CRU have been outed. Of course he also needs the full unthinking and mendacious support of the Beeb too, but that's a given these days and has never been in question. Yours,
Sitting here, waiting for today's snowfall and utterly convinced it's a symptom of the warming that will fry the planet ....

Anonymous said...

That, young man, is what we experts call a "no brainer". He obviously deserves it because he is so good at his job. It was his team that predicted the "barbeque summer" we have just enjoyed in the Lake District, and the lovely mild winter we are currently enjoying courtesy of Global Warming.

G Brown
Planet Zarg

WCH said...

Perhaps the Met Office staff should have a part of their salary paid pro-rata with the the accuracy of their forecasts.

For that matter, perhaps the Prime Minister and Chancellor should be paid pro-rata for the accuracy of their [economic] forecasts too: that would rapidly cut public spending!

Dr Evadne said...

Is he the one providing Ed Miliband with the ficticious 'facts' about global warming? The warmists and Ed have been very quiet over the last few days.

But to answer your question..NO!

Sean Haffey said...

Possibly the job requires some skill?

Anonymous said...

Maybe because Met Office forecasts are a little more relaible than Gordon's?

................................. said...

Good question - it's not as if the weather has been any better!

Anonymous said...

Yep. He, and the financial officer, are there to do Labour's bidding. 'Climate Change', 'Global Warming', dodgy dossiers full of dodgy temperature readings carefully selected to suit the scene.

EVERYTHING under the control of the Government or has any involvement in Government, is polticised. EVERYTHING.

And to do that, you need to pay your men and women. With taxpayer funds.

dizzy said...

Well they said it would snow and snowed.

Daily Referendum said...

I blame global warming. Man made CO2 scaremongering is directly proportional to the amount of money to be made out of it.

Marius said...

I'm sure the chief exec can...

Misty said...

Come on now. They did say that it would be snowing, and it has.

I don't remember the PM forecasting anything accurately.

Fair's fair.

Andrew K said...

The boy done well. Didn't you interview him when he was known as the Jailhouse Lawyer?

Unsworth said...

Well there's been at least a 25% increase in Weather, hasn't there?

Gallimaufry said...

The World Government knows that his role in propping up AGW to enable the carbon trading scam is more important than the puppet head of the UK parish council.

albertmbankment said...

This "more than the Prime Minister" argument is utterly fatuous. The PM also gets, to name but three, benefits such as free travel for self and family, free London and country houses, free secretarial and household staff. He also gets a place in history, gongs galore, deference, all the sycophancy he can manage, a lavishly-funded retirement and the opportunity to make a further fortune on the not very arduous speech circuit.

Thus it's not unreasonable for people like Mark Thompson, his chums in the upper echelons of the BBC, John Hirst and countless others 'in public service' to be paid sums that dwarf the PM's bogusly-presented salary figure. A salary of £200,000 for the head of the Met Office, for all the responsibility and potential for egg/physiognomy interface seems like a complete bargain to me.

Clive B said...

'coz it's getting hotter, innit

Ex-Pat Alfie said...

Evetyone should be receive more than the current PM whose name should not be mentioned henceforth.

JMT said...

As a former WWF global warming mouthpiece he will need all the financial help he can get now that the sun is setting on that specialism as a career.

It is just to bump up his salary and pension pot before he "resigns" - silence bought with other people's money to minimise potential government embarassment over climategate.

Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

I think he's worth every penny.

I mean, come on, it's a stroke of genius to improve their weather prediction accuracy by creating a combined sun, cloud and rain graphic and plastering that all over their UK weather map every time...

Twig said...

Well done to The Telegraph!
They've found an area where a cut in public spending would have no detrimental effect on public services.

cherami said...

No.

john in cheshire said...

Who actually makes the decision on his pay? Is it transparent and defensible? In my ignorance, is the Met office a government or government-funded organisation?

chrisg said...

How about paying them on results and not on predictions? And a big fat bonus if they continue to deliver consistently. A similar type of set up to bankers bonuses. I am of course joking....

Politicians for that matter should be paid a flat salary, and not just one that enables them to trough over 8 years and then retire on a big fat pension that would take someone 40 years to earn instead of 20....

Liam Murray said...

On the specifics no - I can't justify it because I know nothing about the man, his performance or the market for his skills (or indeed what his particular skills are). It may simply be the case that without remuneration on that scale he'd have walked and they wouldn't have been able to secure anyone suitably qualified.

What interests me is that nobody on this thread will know the answers to those questions, it's a pay rise probably far smaller than many awarded in the banking or investment sectors (with or without public money) and yet purely on the back of this being public money we think it's OK to speculate on and have a moan about?

Stepney said...

Oh come on Ian - it's part of the MoD - they've plenty of money sloshing around with nothing to spend it on.

michaelmph said...

I suspect that he is on a performance related pay scheme with a bonus paid on the basis of additional revenue generated by the Met Office. These days they pay no attention to weather forecasting (which is why they mostly get it wrong). They spend more and more of their time running courses for corporations on the implications for their businesses of 'climate change'. It's a substantial earner for them, which is why whenever anyone challenges the global warming scam, they issue a press release stating that 'everyone knows that global warming is real - there is no longer any question about it'. Strange that I can never recall them issuing a press release about anything ever before. The Met Office and the CRU are in it up to their necks. Completely corrupt.

Anonymous said...

The cheeldrun! Think of the liddle cheeldrun!

Anonymous said...

So he can afford to pay his heating bills this winter. They will be much higher this year - just look outside.

Mike Law said...

He can.

Paul Pinfield said...

Iain, I would guess that he created a load of boxes that needed to be ticked in order to award a bonus. Predictably, the boxes got ticked. The fact that they are unable to predict the coldest winter for a genertion in neither here nor there.

The next thing you know, he will be a Labour Peer.

Hawkeye said...

There's a recession and a massive govt. overspend. His pay should be slashed by 25%

jamestheless said...

"A Met Office spokesman said Mr Hirst’s total pay had jumped because a “performance related bonus” from 2007/8 was paid in 2008/9. There was no underlying increase in salary, she said."

Since the article also says "Mr Hirst had joined midway through the previous financial year in September 2007" and that he had a "pay equivalent" salary of £155k, a little calculation shows he was given a performance related bonus equivalent to £80k a year, or more than half his salary. Unfortunately, the spokesman does not say what this was based on. Clearly it must have been an absolutely exceptional performance, so it's surprising that she didn't take the opportunity to elaborate - does anybody here know anything about it?

solopolis said...

Bribery of course.

Got to kepe spinning the lies about Global Warming.

200k is a drop in the ocean compared to the tax revenues that will be collected on the back of these Green Lies.

richardd said...

Because it never rains but it pours ...

Shaun said...

Climate change - it heats up salaries?

Madasafish said...

It's easy Iain.

His organisation makes accurate forecasts of climate for the next 100 years justifying more green taxes.

Simples.

All the rest is hot air..

Sorry I will rephrase the last sentence.

All the rest should be hot air except due to a brief chill wind from the North bringing snow storms.

Can I collect my prize now?

Rex said...

Wrong question Ian it should have read:-

Can anyone justify the position of chief executive of the Met Office?

Sinbad the sailor said...

I'm warming to him

Cynic said...

You cant have a pay freeze because of global warming

Cynic said...

Or alternatively .....can you name a public servant who ISNT worth more money than Gordon?

Dave H said...

I would readily justify it on the basis that the Prime Minister is a useless, deluded, benighted, nation-ruining bully and even those on Jobseekers Allowance ought to receive far more than him.

QED.

Cynic said...

"I would guess that he created a load of boxes that needed to be ticked in order to award a bonus. Predictably, the boxes got ticked. "

Paul - you know you are exactly right. That's just how the SCS bonus system works. In the jargon it's sometimes even called 'box marking'

tapestry said...

It's hush money.

Don't tell anyone global warming is a load of bullsh and we'll pay you big to carry on keeping quiet.

Same with bankers et al.

Slogan for the MET Office -

Crime Pays.

tyger said...

More inclined to listen to the superbly Branestawm-like Professor Piers Corbyn. Check out this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyld9QH55dw&feature=related published in July 2009 and worry about this http://www.weatheraction.com/docs/WANews10No2.pdfproduced published yesterday

Oxbridge Prat said...

Well he has solved global warming - and without all those tax rises previously thought necessary. Worth every penny!

javelin said...

Because he helps to raise billions in taxes through the CO2 scam. He can bring down the huge lies about Global warming with one phone call - mind you he'd be found with his wrists slit long before he did that.

Iain due to Global warming there is due to be 50cm of snow over Kent starting at 6. So book up a hotel or get home sharpish.

pete-s said...

Anon 12:51 Totally agree, this is going on everywhere in this country.

George said...

Yep.

Exeter is a very expensive place to live.
And,
His bonus scheme is not based on accuracy.

Andy said...

Compared to the amount of revenue generated in 'green taxes' as a result of his organisation's fatuous global warming predictions, his salary is a drop in the ocean!

idonotbelieveit said...

Dear Britain,

I need the extra money to compensate me for all the BBQ equipment I bought earlier in the year.

And let me tell you, my summer staycation turned out to be a bit of a damp squib so, while arctic conditions sweep the nation, I'm heading off to Barbados to top up my tan.

I can't be right all the time you know, I know I think I am, but you don't really believe I'm God do you?

John Hirst

MPs daughter doing nicely thanks said...

Hooray anonymous comments allowed, can we talk about nadine and nepotism now.

Anonymous said...

Because the sun no longer shines out of the PM,s a*%e.

Anonymous said...

The comment about Ed Milipede not appearing to tell us how we are all going to fry because of Global Warming (caused by baby eating Tories) is completely unfair. I have it on good authority that he is snowed in at home, and all communications are lost due to the blizzard where he lives - No9 Cloud Cuckoo Land!

G Brown
Planet Zarg

Man in a Shed said...

Sounds like an "inconvenient" truth is proving rather expensive.

I wonder what the Met Office knows that Govt wants kept quiet ?

Patrick said...

public sector pay is out of control.....

I would love to see the all public sector salaries listed and published online.

Followed by 25% cuts across the board please.....

Simon said...

Perhaps you should offer us your opinion instead of simply insinuating without any evidence whatsoever.

tyger said...

Perhaps the Met Office should just subscribe to Piers Corbyn's www.weatherwatch.com That would save a few bob. Check this out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyld9QH55dw&feature=related

...published in July 09...spooky

Anonymous said...

And he pulled how much when he moved house?

Norfolk Blogger said...

As the weather forecast has been wrong for Norwich almost every day for the last 2 weeks, no, I can't.

Worse still, their broadcast relay what the weather is and was like and they get that wrong more than they do right.

strapworld said...

Andrew Neil put it quite succinctly:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/dailypolitics/andrewneil/

I hope David Cameron orders a judicial review into the activities of this organisation that gets every forecast incorrect!

Glyn H said...

I went to a Met Office presentation last year by Dr Vicky Pope (head of climate change propaganda at the MO) and she was almost hissy (and later apologised) when I gently asked about Nigel Lawson’s book An Appeal to Reason.

Supposedly the MO computer modelling is nearly as powerful and clever as the one at the treasury. And HMG have swallowed its predictions wholesale and created a department with Miliband Junior at its head.

But I have always wanted to ask this: As HMG got it predictions of the PSBR wrong by a factor of four between November 2008 and March 2009 why should we be making policy of the basis of computer model predictions 50 or 100 years hence?

It doesn't add up... said...

@Damon

Goo goo goo joob!
Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun
If the sun don't you get a tan from standing in the English rain

Gerry57 said...

The 25% pay rise relates to the 25% accuracy that the Met Office achieved (if that !).
I'm looking forward to seeing Dave Cameron travelling to Parliament on his huskie-driven sleigh.

John Moorcraft said...

Quite simple really. Most people care more about the snow outside then what Gordon Brown or David Cameron are up to.

Noelinho said...

No. No-one can justify it.

Sobers said...

As a farmer I am dependent on the weather for much of my business operations - when to sow, harvest, cut grass for hay etc etc.

I can honestly say the Met Office is utter cr@p. Its forecasts change daily. It will be forecasting a dry week for example on Sunday, but by Monday morning that has changed entirely, to rain.

Pay the man by results - every day take their 5 day forecast, and then compare it to what actually happens. If its 100%, give him £200K. Reduce pro rata.

Mulligan said...

Sorry to disagree Iain. By promoting this MMGW fairy story to the full the Met Office help earn billions for the treasury in "green" tax revenues. On the other hand our esteemed Prime Minister cannot help but give this, and much more, of our taxes away whenever he wants to look big on any international issue (Yemen etc). Ergo in terms of worth to the country the man from the Met Office is much more value for his salary than the unelected, and democratically unaccountable, PM.

AndrewSouthLondon said...

Great Britain is the global hub of Climate Terrorism. British Met Office, British Mediocre Universities, British Antarctica Survey, British Charities against Climate Change (WWF, RSPB Oxfam, Christian Aid, GreenPeace) The BBC, and of course the British Treasury and British Government.

The Met office is the government's Chief Armourer. The head of the Met Office is pivotal to keeping Climate Terrorists armed with dodgy scientific claims, and argument-proof vests.

His acquiescence is essentisal to the whole War on Carbon. What if he said "I 'fess up, its all bollx"? He's worth every penny, but sadly not to us.

English Pensioner said...

According to "Letters from a Tory", his "salary reflected the need to bring in, and appropriately reward, skills to meet the significant opportunities and challenges in our weather and climate business.”
That is the skills to explain away the abysmal forecasts and the challenges of explaining why the climate isn't doing what the global warmists expect.
My piece of seaweed does better than he does.

Anonymous said...

sick of this snow- global warming bring it on! This man is giving me hope and for that he deserves the money.

Joe Public said...

What, Gordon receives nearly as much as a Met Office Wallah!?

At least the latter can't f#ck up the country as much as the former.

neil craig said...

It is minor comparedcto the £13.7 million the government gave professor Jones for his "research" supporting their catastrophic warming scam.

More seriously I think government spending on science, when it is politically motivated as the climate stuff clearly has been & as the firing of the "independent" drugs advisor was, is extremely damaging to science. It is what has prevented economics & social scince achieving the sort of rigour we expect in physics.