Needless to say, Monckton has joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Monbiot says this become the last refuge of a marvellous collection of cranks and fabulists. OK, I'll forgo the Ambrose Bierce thing here since you probably get my point.
Monckton delivered a speech in October to something called the Minnesota Free Market Institute where he said that:
• He has read the treaty that will be signed at Copenhagen next week. That's quite a feat of clairvoyance.
• The treaty says that "a world government is going to be created".
• Greenpeace is "about to impose a communist world government on the world" and President Obama, who sympathises with that aim, will sign up to it.
These are not the first of Viscount Monckton's interesting statements. He has claimed, in a letter to two US senators, that he is a member of the House of Lords.
Monckton says that he won the Falklands war for Britain by persuading the British government to use biological warfare. Gee, that's news to me since I was there (the Falklands).
Monckton said something in a Scotsman interview that indicates his casual attitude towards the truth:
"I was selling the house anyway and they asked me if I would be willing to tell people I was selling the house because I was afraid somebody might solve the puzzle too fast. I said 'yes'. They said, 'Don't you mind being made to look an absolute prat', and I said, 'No - I'm quite used to that'. History is full of stories that aren't actually true. We sold shed-loads of extra puzzles and I made an handsome profit - and I sold the house as well."
this quote was reprinted at http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2007/09/just_in_case_you_feel_inclined.php
Somebody say something about people being duped by climate skeptics?