And it now pays VERY WELL to be a Leading High Priest and spreading the gospel of Global Warming Hysteria.
At the same time the Met Office have failed miserable in their forecasts 3 years in a row now.
Just 3 months ago they confidently predicted a warmer than average winter for Britain. And now we have:
“Arctic freeze and snow wreak havoc across the planet”
So you fail even more than the Prime Minister (sort of) and you get better paid as a result. Not bad.
And I especially like the Met Office spokesman explanation: Mr Hirst’s total pay had jumped because a “performance related bonus”.
So according to the high priests of Global Warming Hysteria, the more you fail the more you get paid. Sounds like an interesting proposition.
See my posts:
Met Office chief receives 25 pc pay rise
The head of the Met Office, the national weather service which has been heavily criticised for getting its forecasts wrong, is now paid more than the Prime Minister, after receiving a 25 per cent pay rise.
According to a copy of the organisation’s latest annual report and accounts, John Hirst, the organisation’s chief executive, received between £195,000 and £200,000 in pay and bonuses in 2008/9.
The figure is a 25 per cent increase on the £155,000 to £160,000 ”pay equivalent” for Mr Hirst in 2007/8. Mr Hirst had joined midway through the previous financial year in September 2007.
The remuneration package – which includes salary, performance pay, overtime and other allowances – is more than the £192,414 salary paid to Gordon Brown this year. Mr Brown receives £130,594 in Prime Minister’s salary, and £61,820 as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.
Seven other directors received pay rises of between 3 per cent and 33 per cent. The biggest rise went to Nick Jobling, the Met Office’s chief financial officer, whose total salary jumped by a third to up to £100,000. Campaigners said the payments were “jaw-dropping”.
The large pay rises for the management of the Met Office came despite a series of widely criticised forecasts, including a warm winter in 2009/10 last October.
This followed its much lambasted forecast of a “barbecue summer” last year which drew strong criticism after heavy rainfall saw the wettest July for almost 100 years.
The organisation’s prediction of a mild winter in 2008-09 was also criticised after heavy snow fell last February and parts of southern England had their coldest night for 20 years in January.
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.
She said: ”John Hirst’s salary reflected the need to bring in, and appropriately reward, skills to meet the significant opportunities and challenges in our weather and climate business.
Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ”It illustrates the excesses at the top of so many public bodies that this official got a pay rise bigger than the average salary.
”For ordinary taxpayers struggling to pay the bills, it is jaw-dropping to see someone who is already very well paid get such a hefty increase. The Met Office should not be splashing around our money with such enthusiasm.”
Predictions of a warm winter seemed way off the mark as commuters struggling back to work after the Christmas break were forced to battle through heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
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