[Hat tip Open Mind]
Good lord, but doesn’t climate sceptic (*cough* denier *cough*) Viscount Christopher Monckton have a glass jaw?
Monckton has just lost a High Court challenge trying to prevent the BBC screening an expose of the climate sceptics:
The BBC has fought off a High Court challenge to tonight’s broadcast of a documentary about climate change skeptics.
Lord Monckton had applied to Mr Justice Tugendhat for an injunction stopping the programme being shown until it included his right of reply.
He said that he felt he had been “unreasonably treated and misled” and complained of breach of contract.
He told the judge in London that he wanted the programme, Meet the Climate Sceptics, to include his 500 words or three minutes which, he said, was proportionate in the context of a 60-minute film almost exclusively about him.
“What I’m not trying to do is extinguish the BBC’s right to freedom of speech.
“I was for many years myself a journalist and it is not appropriate to say a programme should not be broadcast. I am merely asking for a right to reply to which I say I am entitled.”
He said it was the least remedy that would meet the case as the damage to his reputation would otherwise be “grave”.
It would seem a camera team followed Monckton for a year filming his activities, and now he isn’t happy:
The programme filmed Lord Monckton over [the] past year as he travelled across Australia and the United States challenging the proposition that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes climate change and global warming.
I wonder what they saw and filmed…
Clearly it has the Good Lord panicked.
Given parts were filmed in Australia, I wonder if our friends Joanne Nova, Andrew Bolt et.al make cameos.
Note to self: must watch.
Monckton: flailing, failing and falling flat on his face
Just who is “Lord” Monckton?
Some salient facts.
He is a journalist by training, with no scientific qualifications. He has a classics degree and spent a couple of years as an “advisor” in Thatcher’s cabinet.
Mostly he tours the world spreading misinformation.
Monckton likes to claim an association with the House of Lords, but last year the House of Lords wrote to Monckton asking he stopped associating himself with them.
Professor John Abrahams – an actual scientist – decisively rebuked his arguments. Turns out Monckton pretty much lied.
Peter Sinclair’s two-part video showcases Monckton’s cheap tricks, and should alert you to just how dishonest this man is.
Maybe we should consider the fact Monckton took over $100,000 from Australian climate sceptics eager to hear him pontificate. While Monckton likes to attack “greedy scientists” he is charging hundreds of thousands of dollars to spread disinformation.
And Monckton is concerned this documentary might do damage to his reputation now!
A very modern climate crank
So let us honour Monckton with his own song:
I’m very good at integral and differential calculus;
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern
Copy of High Court decision: not yet available
Copy of decisions made by the High Court (Queens Bench) can be found here, however it appears the Monckton one has not been posted. Details are:
Monday, 31st January 2011, At half past 10 Before MR JUSTICE TUGENDHAT
IHQ/11/0042 Viscount Monckton of Brenchley v British Broadcasting Corporation
As soon as it has been made available I’ll post a link.