Oh Lordy: Monckton rejected by his own political party, but “Uncle” Monckton’s effect on Australia’s media landscape is still playing out

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is typical of the right-wing extremist parties plaguing the European political scene: anti-immigration, anti-European Union, demands more funding for the military, small government and against same-sex marriage.

You know – the usual grab bag of idée fixe of older, angry white men.

With such a platform it was little wonder that “Lord” Christopher Monckton – he of climate denial fame – was attracted to the UKIP. Indeed, for some time he was the party’s deputy leader.

Well no more it seems as DeSmogBlog reports.

It seems Monckton is too extreme for the extremists. Guardian reporter Leo Hickman reports the UKIP now regards Monckton as a “loose cannon” and is cutting ties with the eccentric “Yes I am!” (but not actually) wannbe member of the House of Lords:

“…I asked if there had been a falling out between Monckton and the current UKIP leader, Nigel Farage. Towler said not, but said that Monckton – whom he described as a “17th century pamphleteer” – was sometimes the source of “frustration” and was “very much Lord Pearson’s man – they own contiguous shooting estates in Scotland”. Towler added that Monckton had been active in the party at a time when it was “not drowning in talent”, but the recent surge in popularity for the party had seen a fresh influx of personnel. Monckton was a “loose cannon”, said Towler, but Helmer is a “tied-down cannon, pointed in the same direction”.”

Rinehart and “Uncle” Monckton

Earlier this year Monckton was caught on video advising that a very rich “someone” invest in Australia’s media in order to reshape the political debate:

As many of pointed out, Gina Rinehart’s play for Fairfax seems to be part of the strategy outlined by Monckton. Rinehart has a penchant for listening to the advice of eccentric daddy figures like Plimer and Monckton – she takes her climate scepticism from “Uncle” Plimer and her “politics” from “Uncle” Monckton.

The thought that an extremist rejected as a ‘loose cannon” by the extremist UKIP somehow shaping the Australian media landscape is indeed terrifying

8 thoughts on “Oh Lordy: Monckton rejected by his own political party, but “Uncle” Monckton’s effect on Australia’s media landscape is still playing out

  1. uknowispeaksense says:

    The mind boggles how anyone can actually take Monckton seriously. He is a pathological liar and he’s not very good at it besides. Peter Hadfield’s takedown of him at the denialists’ online bible WUWT was first class. Anyone reading that who still puts any credence into Monckton’s drivel has to be mindnumbingly stupid or so mired in their own wilful ignorance there is no hope they will ever embrace reality.

  2. What complete nonsense.
    Find an outspoken member with an opinion and report it as policy.

    The key is , as the respondent indicates, Monckton was very much encouraged to get involved by the repeated exhortations over dinner of then Leader , his Highland neighbour, Lord Pearson of Rannoch. It would have been so impolite to refuse

    Monckton never needed UKIP , though he did see the need for a new party, one which he rather unfortunately let himself be persuaded might be UKIP.

    Once Lord Pearson gave up the mantle though, it , it wasn’t going to be long before he lost interest.

    UKIP is a rather loose collection of individuals, many of them dissafected. Maintaining a semblance of a party cann’t be easy.

  3. What is any UKIP member doing talking to the Guardian anyway ? Has he seriously lost his marbles ?

  4. Moth says:

    Good article, mate.

    I thought about writing up a piece bringing up the above video footage and Gina’s latest campaign.. What do you think the odds are that we’ll end up with an Aussie “FOXNews”?

    I can almost feel the social IQ dropping in preparation.

  5. […] to control media in Australia. Mike did what I had been thinking to do in one of the articles,(Oh Lordy: Monckton rejected by his own political party, but “Uncle” Monckton’s effect on Austr…) in linking it to a relevant video in which Monckton suggests such an action by Australia’s rich […]

  6. […] to control media in Australia. Mike did what I had been thinking to do in one of the articles,(Oh Lordy: Monckton rejected by his own political party, but “Uncle” Monckton’s effect on Austr…) in linking it to a relevant video in which Monckton suggests such an action by Australia’s rich […]

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