In light of the revelation purported yesterday by Roger Harrabin, that the MET office knew we were in for a bad winter, but only told central government. Who takes the can?
If the MET office tells the government, and the government holds the information back from the public, local government, and industry, can the aforementioned seek redress from the government? Surely if central government had passed the information on, then the likes of Heathrow could have planned ahead for snow clearance. Instead there was chaos.
My second point I would like to address is why didn’t the Met Office publicly disseminate this information? After all it is the public that owns the Met Office through it’s taxes.
Here are the Weasel words from the Met office.
"We withdrew from making public our forecasts for the season because the public said they didn't want them.
"We always said they're useful for other people - obviously that includes the Cabinet Office and contingency planners.
"We did research at the start of last year and the public said a monthly forecast was far more useful than seasonal forecasts."
They kept that research quiet didn’t they? Too busy banging on about AGW I suppose.