School governor seeks court order to ban 'biased' Al Gore documentary in British schools
The Government’s decision to circulate Al Gore’s documentary on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, in British schools was yesterday challenged by a school governor who believes it to be ‘inaccurate and biased.’
Stewart Dimmock, a truck driver and school official from Dover, is seeking a court order to ban the documentary, which won an Academy Award, from circulating in 3,500 English secondary schools, as planned by the government’s education and environmental departments.
Paul Downes, lawyer for Dimmock, told the judge at the High Court yesterday: ‘Given the serious inaccuracies in the film and the misrepresentations it contains, the film is irredeemable.’
Dimmock describes the film as ‘just over half scientific material, 30% pure politics and about 20% sentimental mush’, and insists its claims are ‘falsely exaggerated on the basis of the government’s own evidence’.
He believes that children should not be ‘scared into a particular point of view by the New Labour Thought Police’.
Before the hearing on Thursday, Dimmock explained: ‘I wish my children to have the best education possible, free from bias and political spin, and Mr.Gore’s film falls far short of the standard required.
‘Climate change is important, but it should be taught to children in a neutral and measured manner. Indoctrinating school children in this manner is unprecedented and unacceptable.’