31 Jan 2010 Bizarre Climategate Update #2: Prince Charles Supports Lawbreaking Science Unit
After the British government’s Information Commissioner’s Office concluded the Climate Research Center at the University of East Anglia violated Britain’s Freedom of Information Act law, Prince Charles visited to show his support…
…that is, he showed support for the Climate Research Unit, not the Information Commissioner (the report starts at 4:16 in the video).
Surprising to me, the prince specifically met with Phil Jones (reported at 5:21 in the video), the head of the unit (on leave since the scandal broke) and the man most under fire for the FOIA violation.
Typically in these bad-PR situations an institution will get rid of problem-causers first, and then bring the bigwigs in for a photo op expressing support for the replacement team. Fresh start, break with the past, that kind of message.
Seems Prince Charles doesn’t see a need for a fresh start.
John O’Sullivan on Climategate.com has another detail about the prince’s visit. Reportedly, the prince told the Climategate team:
Well done all of you. Many, many congratulations on your work. I wish you great success in the future. Don’t get downhearted by these little blips here and there!