From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Terri Jackson, Founder of the Energy Group at the Institute of Physics, has invited us to draw public attention to the fact that the Institute of Physics, which is supposed to be a charity dedicated to academic freedom, was unwilling to allow Margaret Thatcher’s finance minister, Lord Lawson of Blaby, to give an address at the Institute on the sole ground that he believes it is economically pointless and disproportionately costly to try to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.
Last year, at a meeting of the Energy Group at the Institute, the possibility of inviting Lord Lawson to speak was raised and there were no objections. Peter Gill, then chairman of the Energy Group, asked Ms. Jackson get in touch with Lord Lawson to extend the invitation. A date for the meeting was agreed.
However, as soon as the Institute found out that Lord Lawson was to be one of its speakers, Ms. Jackson says a series of opposing actions were set in train. First, the chairman was told that the finances of the group did not extend to covering Lord Lawson’s visit, including the hire of the room where he was to speak. However, the Group’s finances were in good order, and there was plenty of money to pay the quite limited costs of the meeting.