(September 6, 2010) UEA has issued a response to the various inquiries. The timing is odd, to say the least. Perhaps they’ve all been on holiday.
h/t to Bishop Hill who writes:
UEA has issued a response to the various inquiries. The timing is odd, to say the least. Perhaps they’ve all been on holiday.
See it here.
What he’s alluding to is unspoken rule number one in public relations: “If you have something you must announce but really don’t want many people to see it, announce it going into a weekend, or better yet a holiday weekend”. Of course, here in the USA, where there is a keen interest in this issue, announcing going into Labor Day would be a good choice as it is the last big holiday of summer. And indeed, it seems to have worked well, because this Google News search on the terms “University East Anglia response climate emails” yields not a single news story about it.
So either UEA chose the date, or they are simply incompetent at public relations, or both. Given the ineptitudes seen from UEA so far in their dealing with the Climategate issue, I’ll go with incompetence.