Monckton Watch: Lordly Phony Threatens Phony Suit

The British House of Lords has once again disavowed any association with the embarrassing Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, even as his Lordship has labored to earn even wider notoriety by threatening a lawsuit against yet another U.S. academic.

The Lordly disavowal came in response to a very funny letter of inquiry from the wonderful wiseacres at Friends of Gin and Tonic (temporarily the “Lords of Gin and Tonic” in faux tribute to the self-promoting Viscount).

Monckton himself launched the unconvincing legal threat against Scott Mandia, a professor at Suffolk County College in Seldon, New York. In addition to operating an excellent informational website on climate change, Prof. Mandia also runs his own blog, on which he had the impertinence to call out Monckton for his earlier ridiculous attacks on University of St. Thomas Professor John Abraham.

Mandia had encouraged his readers to write letters to mainstream media sources, urging them to look into the issue and, “Expose Monckton for the fraud that he is.” Monckton chose to interpret that as an accusation that he had committed fraud, a topic on which much rich discussion could follow. For example, lying so frequently about being a member of the House of Lords that the House itself feels moved to take countermeasures might reasonably be interpreted as fraud.

But Mandia was so clearly saying that Monckton IS a fraud, a contention well-supported by the definition of that word in my Oxford English Reference Dictionary: “3. a person or thing not fulfilling what is claimed or expected of him, her, or it.”

For clarity - and because Monckton seems to have difficulty understanding things on first reading - useful synonyms might include, “imposter, pretender, masquerader, mountebank, quack, charlatan, fake, phony, fourflusher, flimflammer, trickster, bamboozler or dissembler.”

I personally like mountebank, as in, Christopher Monckton, Third Mountebank Monckton of Brenchley - although, like Monckton himself, such a title would dishonor the members of his family who actually earned the hereditary peerage in the first place.


Monkey Python is alive and well.

Sorry, I bet that remark goes down like a ‘wet fish’, sorry lead balloon.

has descended into pathos on a thread at RealClimate:

starting at post 84, page 2 of comments:

I guess TVMOB will be thrashing about somewhere soon complaining about how rude Gavin has been by replying using one liners.

That’s hilarious! I always find myself wondering whether it is really His Viscountness Himself posting these comments. It always seems so over-the-top it’s hard to believe that it’s not really someone sending him up. And now he’s taking on the HM the Queen! That takes guts. Not a lot of brains, but guts.


And let us not forget his disgraceful slurs on the reputation of Rachel Carson, for which he justly earns the epithets used in the article above.

Did Monckton ever bother to read ‘Silent Spring’? If he did, he certainly did not understand the message.

It was many years ago when I first read Silent Spring and so I have obtained a copy and am reading it again and found this:

‘It is not my contention that chemical insecticides must never be used. I do contend that we have put poisonous and biologically potent chemicals indiscriminately into the hands of persons largely or wholly ignorant of their potentials for harm.’ Carson R, (2000) ‘Silent Spring’, Penguin (Modern Classics), paperback, page 29. ISBN-13: 978-0-141-18494-4.

Silent Spring is worth a read and begs the question, have we learned anything from the debacles described within such as sports fishermen having water reserves, used as a drinking water resource, poisoned with chemicals to exterminate native fish species so that hatchery fish of the ‘sports-men’s’ preferred species would dominate. Thus the extravagant desires of a wealthy few are satisfied at the expense of the many and without the latter knowing the details.

I don’t know if you’ve seen this testimony. I just found it today (h/t: Quark Soup.) I think you’ll enjoy it.