It had to happen. The infamous Downfall internet meme has finally entered the orbit of the Fylde’s anti-fracking fraternity. According to the Blackpool Evening Gazette, the attempt by Frack Free Fylde (FFF) to land this turkey has resulted in it burning up on reentry.
A ‘comedy’ video which shows gas fracking bosses as high-ranking Nazis has sparked controversy after it was aired at a public meeting.
I think the Gazette means niche comedy video. It must have had the anti-frackers rolling in the aisles. The Cuadrilla CEO is really a frustrated double glazing salesman? It has me laughing too but not for the reason FFF intended.
The video, a scene from the war film Downfall, had been overdubbed so Adolf Hitler appears to rant about people on the Fylde coast rising up to oppose to the controversial shale gas exploration process.
Those stratosphere bound people apparently being our old friends Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) since they are mentioned both in the narrative and the credits.
The five-minute long film was met with laughter at the meeting at St Annes community centre where Gayzer Frackman, from the pressure group Frack Free Fylde, gave a lecture.
Clearly not everyone was amused. There was a stoolie in the audience. And it was a shade over four minutes but why let a little thing like accuracy get in the way.
But Fylde Council leader, Coun David Eaves, has described the video as “a disgrace”.
I prefer to call it an “insight”.
And Tina Rothery, from another anti-fracking group Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF), distanced her group from the video – which has received almost 300 hits on YouTube.
Was that before or after Councillor Eaves took umbrage I wonder? RAFF is associated with the video by name – twice. It is partly a tribute to RAFF. Distancing itself from the video apparently doesn’t include posting a comment below the video condemning the use of RAFF’s name.
She said: “We all have different audiences. What Gayzer attracts and what we attract are different crowds.”
Because the likes of the infamous and equally wrong Gasland is the video of choice in RAFF circles?
St Annes Town Council member Coun Carol Lanyon said: “From my personal point of view I find it distasteful.
I’d go for humourless. Satire is supposed to be witty and/or funny even if the message is bonkers wrong.
“It’s not to say I’m in agreement with fracking, but I think there’s a better way to go about it (opposing the process) than tasteless satire.”
By using, for example, one’s position on the local council to make the case for your prejudice via a soundbite in the local rag?
However, Mr Frackman has defended his decision to show the video at the meeting, which was attended by around 40 people.
Well he would, wouldn’t he. After all he has no hard science to fall back on, only fear-mongering and ad hominem.
He said: “You’ve got to have a little bit of humour every now and then. It’s satire and that’s been going on for years.”
I think he might mean satyr because when it comes to humour the video has the wit of a goat’s arse.
Downfall is a German language film which depicts the final 10 days of Hitler’s rule.
Mr Frackman says he found the fracking version of the film while searching for something else on internet video site YouTube, and does not know who created it.
Perhaps he was looking for the latest release of that famous eco-rock band, Shale Gas Devastation, but had to settle for second best – the Titanic of protracted, double glazing salesman punchlines.
A link to Frack Off’s website appears beneath the video, but the group has denied it is responsible.
Poor Gayzer, abandoned not once but twice. If you can’t rely on your fellow anti-fracking activists who can you rely on?
During his speech to the meeting Mr Frackman also accused the Government of “pandering” to big oil and gas companies over plans to drill at sites on the Fylde, and hit out at claims the process could lead to cheaper energy bills for householders.
Yet despite the knives in the back he remains stolidly on-message and off the reality trolley.
Fracking is the process whereby chemicals and water are forced deep underground at high pressure to release gas
Mr Frackman said: “The only people going for (fracking) are the Government, fracking companies and their shareholders.
Yet Gayzer has no qualms about benefiting from the fruits of Gaia’s rape. His talk wasn’t given by candlelight. His computer isn’t made out of wood and organic cotton. And no doubt the carpark outside wasn’t devoid of motor vehicles.
“When they get the shale out, we won’t be getting it – they’ll be selling it to the highest bidder.”
I think Gayzer should get his mental lead out. Cuadrilla is not a charity. Making a profit out of supplying energy is not a crime against humanity, it’s what makes the world go round and raises our standard of living from the mire of a short and often brutal primitive existence. Unlike renewables Cuardrilla does not soak up billions in public subsidies. Remove the money extorted from us all in order to subsidise “sustainable” wind and solar industries and they will sink without trace because they are parasites, not honest businesses. Cuardrilla actually has the real potential to produce a commodity we desperately need – a cheap, reliable source of energy that doesn’t depend on our volatile and unpredictable weather or upon mass deforestation to make wood chip pellets for back-up power plants when the weather goes moody, as it so often does.
As for “get the shale out” I’d like to see how they extract rock from a borehole measured in inches.
Energy firm Cuadrilla has several potential drilling sites on the Fylde coast.
They’ve never made a secret of it.
Cuadrilla has declined to comment on the issue of the video.
So what? The video says more about the anti-frackers than it does Cuadrilla. Even the activists understand that. With the exception of Gayzer and the
Judean People’s Front FFF of course.
However a spokesman for the company said: “While we are at the exploration stage in our work to unlock Lancashire’s considerable shale gas potential, we are confident that natural gas from shale could play an important part in Britain’s energy mix.
“A growing number of reports show that shale gas could help to replace gas imports, improve energy security and create well-paid jobs in the sector.
“Gas is a commodity and, like all commodities, increasing supply, in particular supply located close to domestic demand, will exert downward pressure on price.”
Providing they frack with care because the Fylde aquifer is between them and the shale deposit, I’m not going to argue with that.
As for the Vale of Glamorgan issue alluded to in the video, I’ll let you Google that for yourselves. It’s not the victory the anti-frackers want you to think it is, particularly since Welsh Water has now retracted its “small risk of contamination” assessment upon which the local council based it’s refusal to allow test drilling.