A few months ago Piers and I had a challenge, the problem was "how do we fund and support the next "Climate Fools Day". The first CFD in 2009, was at Imperial Collage London at a tune of something like £1,500, but money was not the issue at the time.
The real issue for CFD2009 was how could we, a bunch of "deniers", get our foot in the door of that particular establishment. Our trump card for that meeting was one of those "it's not what you know, it's who you know" things, and the Associate President Physicist, John Sanderson of the Royal College Of Science was key for that event to take place. John has been a supporter WeatherAction.com for many years, and the college found it difficult to close any doors on the "Deniers" when faced with an Associate President calling the tune, hey presto, CFD2009 got off the ground.
For CFD 2010 it was a completely different story, although we had John Sanderson, we had no spare funds available, and any doors that were there to be opened had to be paid for with hard cash, in spite of people and media perception of "deniers", they are NOT funded by oil companies, the cupboards ARE bare.
Those of us who "network" will recognise the "it's not what you know, it's who you know" method, and it came up trumps again for the second time in two years. In attendance at CFD2009 was Sammy Wilson, at that time the Environment minister for Northern Ireland. Sammy was and is, a brilliant "talking head", he can lift an audience within a few sentences and his knowledge of our side of the argument is on a par with the best. The acquaintance we made with Sammy last year is the very reason why CFD2010 took place, without him there would have been nothing doing.
Updated below with comments by Piers Corbyn & John O'Sullivan with NEW video link