The New Statesman has responded to my request to edit the text from the article to make sure that it reflects reality. The NS have changed the text to read: "Others set up a weblink with the grand title of..."
This certainly removes the most serious claim (i.e. that it was produced by 'senior' people and was some sort of sanctioned campaign). It does not say that it was a joke but I think I have made that clear for all those clicking through.
An offhand JOKE on this blog has been taken seriously by the news media. Consequently it has been removed to prevent that happening again. I know it has given a good laugh to many folks involved in this funding crisis but it has never been meant to represent a real campaign.
I'm not usually in the habit of removing posts, but since this is such an important issue I don't want mistakes by the media (especially honestly made) to undermine our real efforts by accident.
Just to be clear there is no official, STP sanctioned, campaign of the name suggested in a recent media report although STP scientists are fighting hard to save their discipline.
Also this should be abundantly clear but this website was NOT created by a 'group of senior solar physicists'. I am certainly not senior (nor a solar physicist), and the website was created by me. This is a personal blog that has recently been following the funding crisis and the joke that was here was one way of expressing our dissatisfaction.