The ‘orrible pink portcullis: House of Lords not happy with Monckton

For a good laugh you can’t go past the pranksters at the wonderful Friends of Gin & Tonic (FoGT).  

FoGT have also notified the UK’s House of Lords (HoL) of Christopher “Lord” Monckton’s claims to be (a) a member of the HoL and (b) his suspicious use of their trademarked symbol.  

Monckton is one of the world’s most prominent deniers, and has been decisively debunked over the last few months.

Now it seems others aren’t happy with him…

An email from the Information Office of the HoL to the bloggers at FoGT would indicate the good Lord’s abuse of their trademark and their name will be shortly dealt with:  

From: House Of Lords Information Office
Date: August 5, 2010 5:07:52 AM MDT
To: Friends of Gin & Tonic
Subject: RE: inquiry

Dear Derek,
 
Many thanks for your emails.
 
Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is not and has never been a member of the House of Lords. However, allegations that he has claimed to be a member, and that he has used an emblem resembling the parliamentary emblem, have been drawn to our attention.
 
The House is currently taking steps with a view to ensuring that Lord Monckton does not in future either claim to be a member of the House or use the parliamentary emblem or any variant thereof.
 
Best wishes, 
Information Office
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW
020 7219 3107
www.parliament.uk/lords

Monckton liberally sprinkles the ‘orrible pink portcullis “symbol” throughout his presentations:  

While the HoL symbol looks like this:

I’d not be surprised if the HoL took exception to Monckton abusing their image.  

Currently Monckton is throwing threats of legal action around like confetti. One wonders if the HoL is next on Monckton’s list of people he threatens to sue .

How long can Monckton continue to cry wolf before he becomes an even greater laughing stock?

6 thoughts on “The ‘orrible pink portcullis: House of Lords not happy with Monckton

  1. He strikes me as one foolish enough to go down with this bath-tub of a boat that he’s built for himself. If the house of lord do actually legal fight, I suspect it’ll carry on for years, with Chris refusing to back down and accept defeat.
    It’ll be fun to watch however!

  2. The Friends of Gin and Tonic are no pranksters. They are all scientists, most of them PhDs.

    However, FoGT has recognised that conclusive scientific arguments are not acknowledged by people in a state of denial. Hence we use their language (nonsense that is) to encounter this denial. This is particularly easy in Lord Monckton’s case as he garnishes his rants with purple font colour and a, sorry, gayish abberation of the British Parliament Portcullis.

    In summary, FoGT demands a formal apology for being insulted as pranksters. Otherwise, we may write about you. Or insult back.

    Dr. Derek L. Schweinsgruber
    FOGT

  3. Steve Bloom says:

    I agree that would be his impulse, but IMHO any sort of threeat from the HoL will kill both the membership claims and the portcullis dead with immediate effect, in part because resisting would mean that the whole thing would go public. We shall see soon enough. In this case absence of evidence will be evidence of absence.

  4. adelady says:

    Now now Dr S. Are you suggesting that scientists can’t be humorous?

    My own feeling is that FOGT and the other denial-denial sites are some of the best weapons in the armoury. The hardcore refuseniks will never come around, but the casual blog hopper may be more amenable to jokes and arguments made by cartoons and satire than earnest, hard work posts.

    As for TVMOB, the more posts and responses there are on real science sites, the more likely it is that search engines will produce rebuttals of his nonsense.

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