05
Feb
18

Botham determined to hang on to his King of Bollocks crown

Ian Botham, the current King of Bollocks, seems determined to hang on to his title for another year.

Here is his entry for this year’s competition.

George & Zippy, Directors of Botham’s campaign group You Forgot the Birds, said: “We can only apologise. We know he’s been churning out the same old unsubstantiated guff for a number of years now, but it’s not our fault that the right-wing press keep giving him coverage based on his fame as a once-quite-good cricketer. Our advice is to just let him keep the crown for another year because otherwise he might get angry, and that’s just embarrassing for all of us“.

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15 Responses to “Botham determined to hang on to his King of Bollocks crown”


  1. 1 lizzybusy
    February 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I really admire RPUK for the outstanding quality of your research and analysis. Time and time again you expose the pausity of the game industry’s arguments so it’s a pity you’ve resorted, again, to using an insulting nick name for Botham to highlight the outrageousness of his comments. He hangs himself without the need to resort to such tactics. We’ve seen the ‘bile’ spouted by shooting supporters and despise them for it so let’s keep the debate at a higher level, please. Thanks.

    • 2 BSA
      February 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Tend to agree. The majority of the public are not really engaged with the grouse moor issue. In spite of the considerable progress made many still see it as a tiresome quarrel between two groups of enthusiasts rather than as a law enforcement and environmental issue. For that reason some policemen for example still see themselves as ‘holding the ring’ rather than enforcing the law. The more you look like you are in a slanging match the more you reinforce the public’s impression that it’s just a ‘Punch and Judy Show’ and the more you encourage the media to present it that way – they are only interested in conflict. RPUK is already outstanding at ridiculing the grouse lobby very directly and effectively without resorting to slapstick and buffoons like Botham speak for themselves.

    • 3 Jim Bamford
      February 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Hear hear

  2. 4 J .Coogan
    February 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Fun though .

  3. 5 Homer Simpson
    February 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Lizzy, really?

    Get over yourself, humour is a powerful tool and to be honest I really like it, particularly when used for something like this. Bothams comments are so ridiculous that they don’t warrant any serious response.

    RPUK team keep up the good work.

  4. 6 Simon Tucker
    February 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    And people say that smoking cannabis is harmless!! There is clear evidence that it leads to severe mental impairment.

  5. 7 Pete Tutalo
    February 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    This is potentially the nicest thing that can be said about this excuse for a man.

  6. 8 Jonathan Wallace
    February 5, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    He has certainly excelled himself there. It is profoundly depressing that such ill-informed, self-serving rubbish is given column-space in major newspapers.

    • 9 Chris Batchelor
      February 5, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      The Sunday Scottish Herald a major newspaper. Depends on your definition I suppose. However I enjoyed posting this response on the ‘article’ btl .

      What relevance has his long ago cricketing activity to his obfuscation around the extermination policies adopted by those ‘managing’ driven grouse moors towards all & any threat to their precious cash crop? Possibly the connection is Aussie fast bowlers – did he experience head injuries leading to concussion and premature senility?

      • 10 BSA
        February 5, 2018 at 9:26 pm

        Its title is the ‘Sunday Herald’ actually and it is in fact a major newspaper in Scotland which seems to be a problem for you.

  7. 11 Iain Gibson
    February 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    A difficult one. Must admit I didn’t find the humour particularly amusing, and without getting too heavy about it, felt that sarcasm was possibly the wrong response in this instance. Like lizzybusy, I have tremendous respect for, and am eternally grateful to RPUK for their excellent investigative analysis and exposure of the unsavoury behaviour and corruption associated with grouse shooting. I care passionately about the persecution of hen harriers and other predators. However I continue to be concerned that the message in this blog does not get wide enough exposure to the general public. I worry about the fact that so few birdwatchers I know seem interested in the controversy, and are reluctant to get involved very much in conservation issues generally. It’s important to think about how the average reader might react to the way in which this particular story is presented. Those of us with sufficient background knowledge are well aware that Ian Botham is a bad-tempered and ill-informed idiot, but your average punter might think that a sarcastic response on this blog could convey an impression that Botham’s views are possibly credible. Maybe I’m just so hacked off about the ongoing duplicity and confusion surrounding the hen harrier issue that I’ve lost my sense of humour, but I consider it urgent to put across the message that grouse shooting is a blight on society and has had its day. Unfortunately Botham’s point of view is admired by the shooting mob, and his albeit fading fame does impress his supporters. What we really need to do is communicate to the general public that views like Botham’s are ignorant and dangerous, as well as being dishonest and disingenuous. It’s time we went for their collective jugular and dispelled all the myths, lies and misunderstanding. I’d agree that RPUK does this very effectively, but feel that we need to spread the message and dare I say educate a wider audience. I appreciate that might be easier said than done, and hope that no-one thinks I’m underestimating the huge contribution and significant advances generated by RPUK.

  8. 12 Dougoutcanoe
    February 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Of course my blood boils over with these issues. Botham, trying to use his (allegedly high) profile to justify stupid comments, he or any of his cronies cannot justify.

    The shooting and fishing industry mob, do not want non-hunting people around but with access it is happening. They’ve had it all their own way for too many years. Try canoeing on an English or Welsh river! We are awaiting change there!!!

    With modern technology, when Jo public witnesses something odd it can be on the internet in minutes. The shooting industry criminals have fewer places to hide.

    To vent some steam about Botham, here’s my comment in the Herald Scotland:

    It is a pity that Botham doesn’t give up with these stupid attempts to justify the mass killing of birds and any predators, protected or not.

    The production of excessive populations of grouse on our moorlands, requiring treatment of the wild bird by medicated grit, capture to apply worming medication and slow release pesticide. This is hardly NATURAL or ORGANIC.

    Then we have the gamekeepers Victorian, KILL THEM ALL, attitude to birds of prey. Using illegal traps and poisons and of course, shooting.

    An astonishing amount of the gun fodder grouse, is just that. It is dumped often as bait for predators with many snares to capture yet more natural predators and carrion eaters.

    Just one more thing about the shooting game, consider the 40million pheasants raised each year to be shot, many are wasted too. Just targets for the sick minded killers.

    Doug

  9. 13 J .Coogan
    February 5, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Are we not all getting a wee bit precious here , He’s a prick and deserves to have the piss ripped out of him . Do you honestly think that the public drop into see what RPUK have to say today and would be offended at sarcasm being used against poor beefy. Get over yourselves and stop having a pop at people who give untold hours to this blog ,where would we be without them? Seems a bit ungrateful to me.

    • 14 Iain Gibson
      February 6, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Is that referring to my post J.Coogan? You seem to have missed the point of my comments. I was not “getting a wee bit precious,” and certainly not “having a pop” at the people behind the RPUK blog. In fact I’d say I’m one of their most ardent supporters and almost regard their efforts as a gift from heaven! I’ve been frustrated and felt like a lone voice for the past thirty-odd years in criticising the impact of grouse moor management on biodiversity, with a focus on working relentlessly through each breeding season, monitoring harriers and quietly investigating what the gamekeepers were up to. Far from being ungrateful, I am eternally grateful to RPUK for their giant steps forward in raising awareness, as I assume are all other sensible and caring raptor workers. The main point of my comment was a suggestion that it would be worth disseminating information more widely in the media, to better inform the general public of the scandal going on behind the scenes.


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