"But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period. "
You have to love this.
"He said "sceptics" who doubted his climate record should compile their own dataset from material publicly available in the US."
Now why would he recommend people use US records instead of his own UK CRU data? Oh, that's right, he destroyed that data!
"The major datasets mostly agree," he said."
But we've no way of knowing that Jones since you destroyed yours.
Now this is turning into a farce. Here's Jones "the dog ate my homework" excuse.
"His colleagues said that keeping a paper trail was not one of Professor Jones' strong points. Professor Jones told BBC News: "There is some truth in that.
"We do have a trail of where the (weather) stations have come from but it's probably not as good as it should be," he admitted.
"That's similar with the American datasets. There were technical reasons for this, with changing data from different countries. There's a continual updating of the dataset. Keeping track of everything is difficult. Some countries will do lots of checking on their data then issue improved data so it can be very difficult. We have improved but we have to improve more."
It's very hard to keep track of when you destroy it.