Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Our readers will be aware of the move to oust Derek Clark. See: LINK
The revolt gathers momentum!
Members in the East Midlands have contacted Junius about Ken Browne’s initiative to allow ex-UKIPPERS back into the party. These include several former members of Kilroy’s Veritas party.
Ken Browne is particularly keen to get ALEX STEPHENSON, of Derbyshire, re-instated as a member. Mr Stephenson is a successful businessman and could prove useful to the party. However, Clark is against any move to bring these people back, claiming that they were disloyal to UKIP and cannot therefore be trusted.
Mr Browne has now called for the removal of Clark as regional chairman and is happily gaining a lot of support from disgruntled UKIPPERS in the region.
Clark usurped the hapless Peter Baker in 2008, using the excuse that, as Nigel Farage MEP was South East Chairman and Michael Nattrass MEP was West Midlands Chairman, he should be the East Midlands Chairman.
Sadly, the committee backed Clark, leaving Baker a bitter and humiliated man. A couple of objections were raised at the time but these were shouted down by Ransome.
Clark also tried to get Baker thrown out of UKIP. He failed.
And now back to Mr Browne and Alex Stephenson.
Donald Ransome, UKIP’s RO for the East Midlands, has been less than straightforward over this issue and seems strangely indifferent to Clark’s discomfort.
But we should not forget that Clark has been under investigation by OLAF. Ransome was also interviewed by OLAF officials. Indeed, OLAF was very interested in the way UKIP’s RO’s are funded, especially after hearing that Andrew Fear was employed by Clark and yet worked in another region.
So step forward a softly spoken, gently flattering Farage sycophant who goes by the name of Chris Pain - pictured above.
Several UKIPPERS have noted that Ransome has been promoting Pain (Skegness boy, none too bright and number two on the MEP list) to anyone who will listen, even to the point of sending out flattering emails about his new hero.
East Midlands UKIPPERS have told us that Pain has guaranteed Ransome his job as RO in exchange for supporting him in his bid to replace Clark in the event the MEP resigns. However, Mr Pain should realise that Ransome is also facing calls to call to go. Many UKIPPERS are still unhappy that their RO is now a convicted drink driver. See: LINK.
Peter Baker is also known to like Pain and would be more than happy if Clark was forced to fall on his sword.
So there we have an axis of vested interests. - Peter Baker gets his long awaited revenge, while Ransome and Pain get the money!
It is no wonder that Sue – Don’s wife - put their house on the market, telling anyone who would listen that she wanted a move up to a bigger and better house. RO's certainly like the good life and all that EU money. Don't forget to buy one with a conservatory, Sue. You know how Don likes to disappear into the conservatory for a few drinks!
However, there is at least one flaw in the nasty plan. The Electoral Commissioners, and others, have looked carefully at UKIP affairs and have noticed some interesting facts about the East Midlands finances. Mr Pain should take very careful note of this fact.
Meanwhile, the Talbot Hotel, West Bridgford, Nottingham has been the scene of the latest plot to oust Derek Clark, and bring back the old guard.
Mr Browne is still looking for support in his campaign to force Clark to resign. Would you like to help?
Mr Browne can be contacted on 07776 306668 or 0115 9821814.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
He appears to be completely at ease in such company. We note that on the EFD website (LINK) Kelly refers to Dr Anthony Coughlan as "A good friend of mine..."
Coughlan is well known to us, for his support for Irish terrorist groups.
Coughlan has been involved with a number of Republican groups, at the height of the troubles, and is a former Secretary of the Wolfe Tone Society. Named after the founder of Irish Republicanism, its website (LINK) openly campaigns on behalf of Sinn Fein/IRA, and calls for complete British withdrawal from Northern Ireland.
Unsurprisingly, he shares Sinn Fein/IRA's opposition to the Lisbon Treaty, which is probably why such people are acceptable to Farage's UKIP.
Perhaps UKIP should consider its position at the point. It would appear that the party's main allies are now convicted racists, convicted Nazis, anti-Semites, and the IRA.
We need to call a time-out, escort Farage to the door, and assess what UKIP has become.
Dear UKIP supporter,
I feel I need to write to you directly to let you know of my decision to resign from the EDF group in the European Parliament, in which the majority of UKIP MEPs currently sit. My resignation became effective on 22nd June 2010.
It is not a decision I have taken lightly and it has cost me much in frustration and time. I feel that it was a decision forced upon me as a result of difficulties arising within the Parliament and the party, both before and after the General Election, and I would like you to understand why I took it.
I do not wish to associate with, nor assist, those non UKIP members of the EDF group who do not wish to leave the EU and have very odd views on many issues that are incompatible with my own.
I furthermore do not wish to see my funding drained away by the EDF group for their own nefarious purposes, when as a non-attached MEP I can use that funding to expose the negative impact of the EU on the West Midlands region.
As you know EU red tape closes British businesses, forces retrograde changes to our legal system, oversees the destruction of our hard won democracy, and is crushing our traditions, all in the name of harmonisation. By continuing to sit as a member of the EDF it would be condoning this progressive destruction of our cherished institutions, and I feel that I can be far more effective in fighting this decline by sitting as a UKIP non-aligned MEP.
My responsibility is to those people who elected me and I shall focus my efforts and indeed my funding in revealing the corrupt workings of the EU to the West Midlands electorate who have given me a clear mandate to do just that.
I intend to join the former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire in founding "The UKIP group" in the Parliament where we will continue to raise awareness of the direct and damaging impact on the economic well being of our region.
As a former Chairman and Deputy Leader I can assure you of my loyalty to UKIP principals and my intention to fight for UK independence and I enclose a recent election leaflet. However if you wish me to delete your name from my, MEP database, please let me know.
Mike Nattrass MEP
Monday, 28 June 2010
Somerset County Committee - Extraordinary General Meeting
Monday 28th of June 2010
7.00 for 7.30 pm
The King's Head, High Street, Wells
Reason: To propose a vote of No Confidence in Lord Pearson as Leader of UKIP
UKIPPERS in the South West are incensed that Pearson urged the voters of Wells, Somerton & Frome and Taunton Deane to ignore UKIP’s own candidates. Pearson wanted UKIP supporters to back the Conservatives in those constituencies.
Pearson didn’t even see fit to inform his PPCs before sending the letter to the media in Somerset! See: LINK
However, UKIPPERS should remember that Farage fully supported Pearson and clearly endorsed his decision to campaign for opposition parties. They should be calling on Farage to resign as well.
Ukip deputy Nigel Farage has defended his leader's call for people in the UK to vote against their own party in the country's upcoming general election.
Farage stressed that Lord Pearson was referring to only an "isolated" number of constituencies.
Pearson, a life peer, sparked controversy when he wrote to a media group urging voters not to support his party in three constituencies in the south-west of England.
The party's south-west regional committee responded by saying it was "at odds" with Pearson, who last year replaced Farage as Ukip leader in the UK.
In a statement, it said it "regrets finding ourselves at odds with him over this one vital area of policy".
But, speaking to this website on Thursday, Farage, himself a candidate in the election, defended Pearson's intervention.
"Let's be clear and put this in context," he said. "Lord Pearson was referring to 12 isolated constituencies out of a total of 550 in which we are fielding candidates in this election.
"This is small beer. He was today [Thursday] urging people in another constituency to vote Labour.
"It is purely tactical and I have no problem with that."
Some of UKIP's 12 MEPs are standing in the election.
Meanwhile, Farage, who is by far the party's best-known personality, has insisted he will continue as an MEP if he is unsuccessful in his attempts to oust the speaker of the UK House of Commons in the safe Tory seat of Buckinghamshire.
He said, "It is an uphill struggle but I am making progress.
"A lot of people I am meeting on the doorstep agree with our policies but it is not an easy seat to win."
Some Ukip insiders have suggested Farage may be ousted by Pearson as leader of the party's parliamentary delegation if he not elected in the 6 May poll. But he said, "If I am not elected I will stay on for the full term as an MEP."
To see the original: LINK
And don’t forget that Farage called on voters to support Labour’s David Drew in Stroud.
He said: "This is not a deal. We have made a decision that Drew's a good egg. We want David Drew to win." See: LINK
Farage may want you to think that Drew's a good egg. But read on and you will soon discover that Drew is a completely rotten egg!
David Drew is not a committed Euro-sceptic, as Pearson and Farage would have you believe. In fact, David Drew's own website made absolutely no mention of his supposed Euro-sceptic views.
He is not on record, anywhere, stating that he thinks that Britain should leave the European Union.
Indeed, Drew had confirmed that he did not advocate a complete withdrawal from the EU, but favoured "a much more loose confederation..."
There is not much point Farage and Pearson attacking the 'failed old party system' if you are then going to tell your members to vote for them!
David Drew is a member of a political party that greatly desires ever closer political and economic union with the EU.
It is also interesting to note that:
David Drew voted in support of introducing ID cards and the smoking ban. UKIP is opposed to ID cards and the smoking ban!
Yet Farage tells us he's a "good egg" and Pearson says he's worthy of support!
And what good did it do, apart from angering UKIP members and supporters?
Annuziata Rees-Mogg was a Pearson favoured candidate. She lost to the Lib Dems. So was Heathcoat-Amory and Mark Formosa. They also lost to the Lib Dems!
And even the wonderful David Drew failed. He lost to the Tories by 1,299, with 1,301 still voting for UKIP, against Pearson and Farage’s advice!
Sunday, 27 June 2010
One of the more controversial lobbying firms in the world of politics is the US based Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). This group, which was once paid by the tobacco industry to deny the evidence on passive smoking, has also received a great deal of cash from Exxon Mobil to deny the facts behind global warming. Iain Murray, who wrote UKIP's response to the IPCC report is a paid fellow of CEI. Fellows basically put their names to documents and letters produced by the pr offices of large corporations.
CEI was somewhat embarrassed when the extent of the funding became the subject of intense debate, so they have opened a European office (EEI). In the EU, such organisations do not have to declare where they get their funding.
One of the most notorious figures in the world of denial is Siegfried (Fred) Singer. He denies everything, including the problems of acid rain. He is generally regarded as a charlatan.
Rolling Stone magazine wrote of him:
"A former mouthpiece for the tobacco industry, the 85-year-old Singer is the granddaddy of fake "science" designed to debunk global warming. The retired physicist — who also tried to downplay the danger of the hole in the ozone layer — is still wheeled out as an authority by big polluters determined to kill climate legislation. For years, Singer steadfastly denied that the world is heating up: Citing satellite data that has since been discredited, he even made the unhinged claim that "the climate has been cooling just slightly."
Last year, Singer served as a lead author of "Climate Change Reconsidered" — an 880-page report by the right-wing Heartland Institute that was laughably presented as a counterweight to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's scientific authority on global warming. Singer concludes that the unchecked growth of climate-cooking pollution is "unequivocally good news." Why? Because "rising CO2 levels increase plant growth and make plants more resistant to drought and pests." Small wonder that Heartland's climate work has long been funded by the likes of Exxon and reactionary energy barons like Charles Koch and Richard Mellon Scaife. "
Observers have recently been questioning why Christopher Monckton, UKIP's deputy leader, continues to trot out the old climate change denial nonsense. There is an increasing suspicion that he may be receiving oil company money for his efforts. Certainly there are relationships between UKIP MEPs and the Cato Institute, with which Singer has been involved, and which has received significant funding from Exxon Mobil. In fact, the CATO institute was a supporter of TICAP/FORCES, the organisation behind Godfrey Bloom's anti-smoking ban conference in the European Parliament, which was itself banned when it was discovered that there was tobacco industry money behind the event. A look at TICAP's website reveals that UKIP is a "supporter" of TICAP.
Both Bloom and Nigel Farage are also listed as signatories of the "Brussels Declaration". This seeks, amongst other things, to question the evidence against the health risks associated with passive smoking - but remember, the organisation and its associates appear to have taken funding from the tobacco industry! The lead figure in the Brussels Declaration is a certain Dr Gio Gori, who is strongly connected with the Cato Institute.
This particularly murky area of lobbying appears somewhat incestuous, as the same names keep coming up again and again...
Now it appears that there is a link between Monckton and Singer. Certainly, the two of them attended the Copenhagen conference together.
But possibly the most damning evidence against Monckton is his involvement with the US based "Heartland Institute".
The Heartland Institute appears to have received funding from Exxon Mobil.
Monckton is an embarrassment to UKIP, and it now appears that his position on climate change may be motivated by more than his interest in science and politics. UKIP should launch an internal investigation to ascertain which of its senior figures are tainted by industry money, and offenders should do the honourable thing and resign their positions.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
In the letter he states that he no-longer wishes to associate with non-UKIP members of the EFD 'who did not wish to leave the EU and have odd views on many issues which are incompatible with my own'.
He also states that he was concerned about EFD funding being drained away by them for 'their own nefarious purposes'.
Furthermore, Mike wishes to concentrate on serving his constituents in the West Midlands by exposing the corrupt nature of the EU. He feels that membership of the EFD is incompatible with that aim.
It is a damning document. Indeed, it is impossible to disagree with it. How can UKIP's other MEPs possibly justify staying in the EFD after this?
Mike now sits as an non-aligned MEP with Nikki Sinclaire.
Farage has already expressed indifference to Mike's departure. He is not a very good liar! The departure of Nattrass is yet another hammer blow to Farage's ego. Farage has always stressed the importance of UKIP's role in the EFD Group. The departure of yet another UKIP MEP from that group is hardly going to do much for Farage's personal standing in the European Parliament or UKIP.
We can confirm that at least one other UKIP MEP is now thinking of leaving the EFD Group and joining Nattrass and Sinclaire as an non-aligned member.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Take, take and take again is sadly the motto for many senior UKIPPERS.
Mr Browne was a loyal volunteer and was well known for his sense of fun. Sadly, there is no-longer much fun being a UKIP activist in the East Midlands.
Ken has been emailing UKIPPERS across the region with calls for Clark’s resignation.
Mr Browne is looking for support in his campaign to force Clark to resign. Would you like to help?
Mr Browne can be contacted on 07776 306668 or 0115 9821814.
And we can’t blame him for wanting Derek Clark ousted. Clark spends very little time in the East Midlands. He clearly would rather spend his attending EU committees and functions. Supporting UKIP branches and concentrating on fighting local and national elections is not very high on his agenda. Indeed, several UKIP branches in the East Midlands have folded thanks to Clark and Ransome's apathy.
It has been noted that Clark is becoming increasingly paranoid and has seen fit to ban many loyal volunteers from his Nottingham premises - now closed.
Many UKIPPERS in the East Midlands are far from happy with the way Clark and Ransome handled the General Election campaign.
One member told us that the campaign was "a shambles" and that Don "was bl**dy useless". For instance, members wanting UKIP leaflets were told to drive all the way to Don’s home in Boston because "Don can’t deliver them because of his driving ban". Some RO! See: LINK
And don’t forget the elderly member who donated a £1000 to a branch in Clark’s kingdom. Clark found out and demanded the money for his own campaign. He got it. East Midland UKIPPERS were not very impressed with that, either!
Even Deva Kumarasiri has abandoned Clark. See: LINK
Many UKIPPERS have never forgiven Clark for travelling to Bucharest - at the behest of Farage - and signing a declaration espousing the principle of "subsidiarity". Prior to this UKIP has always been in favour of total withdrawal from the EU. By accepting the principle of subsidiarity UKIP was now accepting the authority of the union to take decisions which are not devolved to national or regional government.
At the same time Clark also signed up to the principle of "reforming" the Common Agricultural Policy, something which UKIP had previously refused to recognise at all.
Both Roger Knapman and Gerard Batten were far from happy with Clark’s betrayal. Here is what they had to say at the time:
Memo to UKIP MEPs
I am afraid I cannot in any way allow myself to be associated with the joint declaration with the Romanian Party PIN.
I hope you will agree with me.
The declaration contains statements with which we should not possibly agree and which are against the principles upon which we were elected.
May I draw your attention in particular to paragraphs 3 and 6. We are not in favour of the EU concept of subsidiarity which presupposes basic authority is centralised at EU level; we are certainly not in favour of the CAP and farming subsidies.
I am uneasy about paragraph 8 which implies that sovereignty is negotiable in areas other than fiscal policy. Paragraph 7 is vacuous and its meaning unclear.
We should not allow UKIP to be linked with this dubious initiative under any circumstances. Nor should we become involved in internal elections in other countries.
I also hope no UKIP MEP will become involved in the junket in Romania. We agreed in the group at the beginning of this Parliament that we would not allow ourselves to be seduced into the free international trips circuit. We should stick to our resolve. Nothing is to be gained by slap up dinners in Bucharest or bus tours round the countryside.
There is merit in us being part of a loose grouping, but with minimal policies in view of our unique position as withdrawalists. Group and bureau meetings should therefore be limited in nature and take place in Brussels or Strasbourg or we are bound to face justifiable criticism for “going native.”
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Subject: FW: Message from RogerDate: Wed, 16 May 2007 13:17:01 +0100
IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE TO UKIP NEC MEMBERS AND MEPS ONLY. I have just received a copy of this letter from Roger to the NEC. I agree with its contents.
See LINKTensions have also long been evident between Derek Clark and Peter Baker. Clark attempted to rid himself and the party of Baker with a Kangaroo Court. He failed miserably, disciplinary rules were ignored and certain witnesses – GLW included - prevented from giving their evidence. The residue from that escapade still lingers for many. See: LINK
UKIPPERS are also asking why Derek Clark needs to control everything. Clark’s age is now proving a problem. He has been known to fall asleep during meetings and has trouble hearing what is being said by his colleagues.
Why doesn’t he delegate some responsibility to some of the many staff that he appears to employ? Or, should we say, the staff listed on internal party documents
But do they really work for him? After all, Farage’s wife is listed as working for the ex-leader. She earns £30,000 but even his fellow MEPs don’t know what she does to earn that money. One wag has suggested that £30,000 a year is the price he has to pay for her silence!
Clark has been under investigation by the EU’s anti-fraud body OLAF. It is claimed that Derek Clark used EP money to employ a person (Andrew Fear) who in fact worked as a membership officer for UKIP in the party headquarters in Devon and who did no work for Clark as an MEP. This would appear to be against EU expenses rules.
Derek Clark OLAF Case Number: D/007/033/04.09.08
Derek Clark OLAF Investigation Number: DD/FD-
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
News from the West Midlands
We at Junius were most amused to hear feedback from the UKIP West Midlands Rebellion meeting in Walsall last month, organised by the grassroots as an open forum for members to discuss Pearson’s stupid election strategy and support for other parties throughout the campaign. See: LINK & LINK
Even more entertaining, was the feedback from the follow up meeting last Wednesday organised so the leadership could respond to the previously raised concerns. In a cowardly and very Farage like manner Pearson refused to visit the Midlands, turning down the invitation to face the accusations and, of course, his accusers. Interestingly, he never seemed to have a problem when dropping by to do Farage’s dirty work when removing Ms Nikki Sinclaire!
Instead, he sent Lord Monckton to address the reform meeting in what seemed a longer evening than normal to those in attendance! Indeed, most members had fallen asleep by the time Monckton made the biggest clanger of the night - a scathing attack on the BBC for UKIP's embarrassing performance in the General Election!
He let slip that Lord Pearson had been invited onto the BBC's Question Time just a few weeks ago but obviously conscious of his previous disastrous performances turned it down, wanting Lord Loon to take his place. The Party duly passed on the offer to the BBC. They quite rightly responded that they had invited UKIP's LEADER and repeated that it was Pearson who they wished to see on the show. Annoyed again at UKIP's response, the BBC producer has now made it clear that until Pearson takes a place at the table there will be no more invitations to UKIP representatives.
Good going Malcolm, we are told Farage isn’t too happy!
The negotiations have been long and we were asked to remain silent about this for obvious reasons. Farage needed to kept in the dark for as long as possible.
We are extremely pleased that he has the courage to defy Farage and put his principles before any loyalty to UKIP's corrupt ex-leader.
Mike has now joined Nikki Sinclaire as a non-attached member in the European Parliament. See: LINK
Mike's name has now been removed from UKIP's website. See: LINK
More news soon. And apologies for this late post. It has been a very busy day!
And this is from New Europe:
The plenary session on 23 June of the European Parliament had a dramatic start, when Mike Natrass MEP, from the UK Independence Party decided to leave the EFD Group, claiming it didn't represent his views. It became known that Natrass had left when his profile on the Europarl website listed him as Non-Attached.
The party was not informed of the move, and was intended to hear of the decision when European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek announced it to the deputies at the opening of the session. It is believed that Buzek was informed of the decision on 22 June.
In the British election no candidates were elected and those running managed to collect not more than 1,000 votes. Many in the party are believed to be angry with Lord Malcolm Pearson, the party leader, who replaced Nigel Farage MEP, when Farage relinquished the post in order to contest a seat in the UK election. Farage finished third, behind a pro-Europe candidate. Pearson had a dismal campaign, according to observers, including being ridiculed by reporters on British television when the Peer revealed that he has "only skimmed through" the party's manifesto and hadn't read it.
The manifesto is just 16 pages long. Pearson also said that they wouldn't put candidates against certain MP's who were judged to be eurosceptics, even though they often had candidates in place, and the Peer was seen campaigning with some Conservative MP's.
Nattrass is the second MEP to resign from the group. In January this year, Nikki Sinclaire MEP left the EFD Group and was subsequently expelled from UKIP. She cited extremism, anti-semitism and homophobia as her main reasons for leaving. It is expected that Nattrass will remain as non-attached and be ejected from the party.
Nattrass told New Europe that he left "because I don't share the same principles of some of the Group, on balance, the majority of the Group want to stay in the EU and I've always believed that we should leave." He said he had decided to leave now, after the general election, when it would cause less disruption. He says that he intends to form a Non-Attached UKIP Group with Nikki Sinclaire, but said that he was loyal to UKIP, but others may join him in the Non-Attached UKIP group.
"I am the true face of UKIP," he said, explaining that he was determined to push for Britain's withdrawal from the EU. He said he hoped to remain with UKIP, adding that, "I am a former Chairman and former Deputy Leader and I've been fighting for UKIP for 15 years and I don't expect to be expelled from the party."
A senior source from UKIP agreed that it was "inconceivable" that he would be expelled from the party, pointing out that the circumstances of Nattrass and Sinclaire's departures were very different. The source added that, "We're sad to see him leave the group but we're happy that he's still in UKIP. We wish him all the best, there's no animosity, but I don't see what advantage there is in being non-Attached." Should Nattrass regret his decision, the UKIP source said, "We'll keep the door open for him, should he decide to return, which I would like to see."
To see the original: LINK
And this is from EU Reporter:
All is not well among the European Parliament´s F Bloc as the so-called fringe groups are becoming known.
David Cameron last week held what amounts to a clandestine meeting with Michel Kaminski, the much lampooned hate figure of the British media association with whom has rebounded badly on the Conservatives.
Amid rumours that the Conservatives are about to abandon their European Conservative and Reformist Group (ECR) the leader of the UK Conservative delegation was seen during the June Strasbourg week tapping his feet at a coffee table outside a Place Luxembourg restaurant in Brussels after finding out second hand what his leader was up to.
It appears that no one in the ECR group has yet managed to determine what the content of David Cameron´s conversation with Kaminski was. It does not appear to bode well for Daniel Hannan the near UKIP Conservative MEP whose newspaper The Daily Telegraph has been waging war on the UK coaition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
Even worse has overtaken UKIP. Today Mike Nattrass a former deputy leader of UKIP was due to announce his resignation from the European Freedom and Democracy Group -where UKIP sits with the notoriously right wing Italian Lega Nord, amid concerns about "lack of financial transparency".
He will sit as a non-attached MEP alongside Nikki Sinclaire who has already resigned from the group over concerns about right wing extremism.
Nigel Farage the UKIP leader was back today after a period recovering from his election campaign air crash. Still in some pain he threw his hands up and without mentioning any of the above said: "The experience has changed my outlook. Problems in the European Parliament I don´t worry about any more"
Perhaps that is a good thing because we hear increasing rumours that all is not well in the party back home. Senior UKIP figures are to meet in Somerset next Monday where they intend on proposing a motion of no-confidence in the party leader Lord Pearson.
To see the original: LINK
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
We have decided to return to this topic as UKIP’s leadership is still desperately trying to deny any UKIP involvement. They have even tried to claim that Griffin ‘just turned up’.
They are lying.
Here are the facts:
Nick Griffin was invited to attend the meeting by Messerschmidt.
Messerschmidt is the vice chairman of the 'Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group'.
This is the same Messerschmidt who received a custodial sentence for a "racial offence", and was forced to resign his government job after being caught "Heiling Hitler" in a bar in Copenhagen.
The Turkey Assessment Group is an EFD supported forum.
The fact that each MEP was invited individually means that Nick Griffin could have been excluded had the EFD not been willing to work with him.
Messerschmidt is an EFD MEP.
There is no such thing as a UKIP MEP in Brussels, they are EFD MEPs.
The EFD's Director of Communications wrote a report on the meeting which is posted to the EFD's website. Nick Griffin’s photo is used to illustrate the report on the EFD’s website. It is still there. See: LINK
Nigel Farage is the president of the group. He has repeatedly stressed the importance of UKIP being part of such the group. It is simply not good enough to say that Griffin’s invite had nothing to do with UKIP. You can't disown UKIP’s membership of EFD when it suits you.
Farage has attacked the BNP on numerous occasions:
"We have no time for the iniquitous policies of the BNP or for their criminal leadership" (press release 5/5/03).
"We have no links or associations with the BNP whatsoever" (The Guardian, 22/4/07)
But in Europe it is a very different story!
Fact: The group headed by Nigel Farage promoted an initiative which sought the BNP leader's involvement.
The extent of the BNP link established by Morten Messerschmidt is immaterial. UKIP’s leadership have failed to censor their EFD colleague for inviting Griffin. Farage’s supposed hatred of the BNP should have resulted in UKIP distancing themselves from both the meeting to which the BNP leader was invited, and the group which supported it.
And what is completely unacceptable and has led, rightly, to UKIP being condemned for hypocrisy, is that so-called ordinary party members are insulted, disciplined and even expelled for the most tenuous of imagined BNP 'links', whilst UKIP MEPs work with the BNP on committees in Brussels and accept without demur that their EFD colleagues invite and consort with the BNP at group events.
UKIP’s leadership has routinely smeared so-called UKIP dissidents by claiming that they have connections to the BNP. Eric Edmond, Martin Haslam, John West, Richard Suchorzewski, Nikki Sinclaire, Gary Cartwright and many others have all been accused of links to the BNP.
Any member who disagrees with Farage is labelled as "BNP". Anyone who criticises him is "BNP". He even had legal action threatened against him after he accused a staff member he had fallen out with as "BNP".
The chairman of UKIP's Bath branch was expelled from the party for emailing two BNP members an item about political correctness in the probation service.
And remember Mark Croucher’s statement that a leadership candidate "managed to consort with nazis" because a supporter of his campaign had once made a donation to a BNP connected organisation?
Farage even tried to link Nikki Sinclaire with the BNP after she left the EFD group. He claimed that as she was now non-attached, she was "with the BNP".
And can you imagine the outcry from UKIP’s leadership if Nikki Sinclaire had invited Nick Griffin to a meeting organised by a member of her staff?
Farage should denounce Morten Messerschmidt's invitation to Nick Griffin, order the removal of the report on the Turkey Assessment Group's meeting from the EFD website and make it very clear that UKIP MEPs will leave the group if there is any further consorting with the BNP.
Or Lord Pearson should rule that UKIP has now dropped any objection to members associating with the BNP.
Or is Farage just a damn hypocrite?
Monday, 21 June 2010
Full marks to Nikki for publishing a complete list of all her expenses in her first annual report since becoming an MEP. None of her former UKIP colleagues in the European Parliament have seen fit to publish such a detailed audit/report . What have they got to hide? The answer is quite a lot!
General Expenditure Allowance
14th July - 31 December 2009
As specified in Article 28 of the EU regulations
• Office management and running costs, in particular
rent and related charges (heating, lighting, insurance
and cleaning): £5,555
• The cost of purchasing or renting office equipment:
• Telephone, including mobile telephone, and postal
• The cost of purchasing office supplies and
• The cost of purchasing books, periodicals and
• The cost of using public data consultation networks:
• The expenses involved in equipping Members with communications equipment and maintaining that equipment, for example the purchase or rental of a telephone, a fax machine, a computer, a modem or communications card, a printer, other IT equipment, computer peripherals and software packages: £3,848
• The cost of a subscription to the Internet and to databases: £136
• Representation activities: £10,814
• Hotel bills and other related expenses incurred in travelling in a Member’s Member State of election: £2,815
Total General Expenditure: £32,492
Total General Expenditure Allowance received from the EU: £22,039.
This payment is received by every UK MEP from the EU regardless of their expenditure for this period. None of my family members are employed by me.
Travel to and from the European Parliament
14 Journeys to Brussels.
5 Journeys to Strasbourg.
Daily Subsistence Allowance
A fixed allowance of 298 euros is paid for every day attended at the European Parliament to all MEP’s.
Number of days attended in the European Parliament 47. Days Working in the UK - West Midlands Region 73.
To read the full report: LINK
The Slovak National Party – members of UKIP’s EFD Group – reacted rather badly to their massive defeat in the recent Slovakian national elections. Sadly for them, they will no-longer be able to prop up Smer - their coalition partner – in government. It is interesting to note that Smer is an offshoot of the old communist party.
Jan Slota – leader of the SNS – had this to say about their defeat:
"Homosexuals and Hungarians will begin to rule in this state, so thank you very much.”
Mr Slota has described Slovak’s Hungarian minority as a "a tumour on the body of the Slovak nation".
He also famously said that "in 1248 a Frankish bishop was amazed after visiting the Carpathian basin that God could have given such a beautiful country to such ugly people. He was referring to the old Hungarians, who were Mongoloid types with crooked legs and even more disgusting horses. Somehow these people have vanished. Who civilized them? Probably us, the Slovaks".
Mr Slota has gone on record as saying that the best way to treat gypsies is with a “long whip in a small yard”. He even once threatened to “sit in our tanks and destroy Budapest".
What a charming man!
Slota has called the fascist leader Jozef Tiso "one of the greatest sons of the Slovak nation". On February 17, 2000, 40 of the 41 city council members in Žilina, where Slota is mayor, voted to dedicate a plaque honouring Tiso.
Tiso was a friend and ally of Adolf Hitler. Hitler even went as far to praise Tiso’s anti-Jewish policies during a meeting with the Slovak leader in April, 1942.
So will Farage disown Slota for his comments. Will he condemn the SNS for their racism and bigotry? Fat chance! Being in control of a group and a larger budget means more to Farage than silly little things like principles, decency and integrity.
Nikki Sinclaire did the right thing in leaving the EFD. What a pity that her former colleagues are too cowardly to follow her. Or are they happy to sit with fascists?
Slovak voters have dumped their government, prompting one nationalist firebrand to warn that the country would now be run by "homosexuals and Hungarians," the Slovak news agency TASR reported Sunday.
Slovakia's governing center-left Smer-SD party came first in parliamentary elections, but center-right parties captured more seats overall and look more likely to be able to form the next government, TASR said, citing unofficial results.
Prime Minister Robert Fico's party actually increased its share of the vote and will have the largest number of seats in parliament by far, but will fall short of an overall majority.
A potential coalition of four center-right parties looks set to control 79 seats in the 150-seat legislature.
Former Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda's SKDU-DS party lost three seats, but Dzurinda could return to power because his party is the biggest of the four possible coalition parties.
Fico said he was willing to try to form or government or to lead the opposition, TASR reported.
Jan Slota, the firebrand leader of the Slovak National Party, was less sanguine about the results.
"Homosexuals and Hungarians will begin to rule in this state, so thank you very much," Slota said as exit polls showed his party losing power, according to TASR.
"I'm feeling like crying because of Slovaks. Let's wait for the (official) results ... you can see, I'm not broken, I'm only sad about Slovaks," said Slota, adding: "We'll all cry tears of blood."
An ethnic Hungarian party, Most-Hid, looks set to win 14 seats and be part of the new government.
Slovakia has a large ethnic Hungarian minority. The mountainous Central European country was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I.
Slota's party has been in a governing coalition with Fico's Smer-SD and the nationalist party of another former prime minister, Vladimir Meciar, since 2006.
Meciar's party failed to secure at least 5 percent of votes Saturday, so they will not have any seats in the new parliament, TASR reported.
To see the original: LINK
Sunday, 20 June 2010
A UKIPPER says he was stabbed in the back? Never! Surely this could never happen in Pearson's New UKIP!
Remember Adam Brown? He was the independent councillor who came over to UKIP in 2009. He later became somewhat notorious about it was revealed that he had posted sexual innuendo about a woman on trial for murder. See: LINK
Mr Brown started asking a few awkward questions about John Bufton, UKIP MEP for Wales. He wanted to know how much Bufton had donated to the party since becoming an MEP. BIG MISTAKE!
The last thing you do is request financial transparency from a UKIP MEP. Just ask David Abbott, Martin Haslam and Eric Edmond. They got thrown off UKIP's NEC for daring to request financial probity.
Mr Brown has now been suspended from the party. And UKIP didn’t even have the decency to tell him. He only found out after Merthyr council’s deputy chief executive contacted him with the news!
It later emerged that John Bufton had donated just £900 to UKIP since his election as an MEP.
The monthly pre-tax salary of all MEPs within the new statute from July 2009 is €7,665, which is the equivalent of an annual salary of €91,980.
And let us not forget that Mr Bufton gets an attendance allowance of €298 every time he signs into the Parliament.
A quick check of the records will reveal that from July to December 2009 he has claimed this allowance 55 times.
So another UKIP MEP gets his snout in the trough and goes native. What a surprise!
UKIP's John ' loads of Money' Bufton. Smiling all the way to his bank!
We can reveal that activists in Wales are less than happy to discover just how little Bufton has donated to the party. Especially, when they remember how they were expected to empty their branch accounts in order to finance his election campaign.
But why are they so surprised? UKIP only exists to keep Farage and his chums on the EU Gravy Train. The activists are there to be used and then discarded.
From the South Wales Echo:
A MERTHYR councillor has had his membership of Ukip suspended following a row over an unpaid election bill.
Adam Brown was elected to represent Gurnos as an Independent in 2008 and joined the anti-EU party last year.
In last month’s General Election he stood in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency, coming seventh with 872 votes.
Mr Brown said that earlier this week he learnt from Merthyr council’s deputy chief executive Gareth Chapman that he was no longer a Ukip councillor.
He has posted a message on his Facebook site which says: “Can someone tell Ukip that I actually offered to resign last week yet this week they tried to get the first boot in by telling the council that I’ve been kicked out!!!!!
“In my world if you have a problem or an issue with an individual you tell them to their face and not stab them in the back from behind.”
A further message posted by him states: “I’m gobsmacked ... All I did was ask a MEP where is his 10% donation to the party which is what we all signed up for.”
Mr Brown said he had been asking whether John Bufton, the Ukip MEP for Wales, had been making contributions to the party – as he had been doing from his councillor’s allowance.
Chris Bruni-Lowe, Ukip’s General Election campaign coordinator, said: “Adam Brown told us he could not afford to pay a General Election campaign printing bill for £3,500. As his own agent in Merthyr he had a legal responsibility to both pay the bill and sign a declaration relating to his election expenses. He did neither.
“This was something that could bring Ukip into disrepute, and after making numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Mr Brown the party decided that he could no longer be a Ukip councillor. We informed Merthyr council of the decision.”
Mr Bufton said that since being elected an MEP a year ago, he had donated £900 to the party.
Last year Mr Brown was reprimanded by Ukip after posting a sexual innuendo about a woman on trial for murder on an internet message board. He had launched a suggestive internet poll with the question: “Amanda Knox? Would you..?”
Knox was at the time on trial for murdering fellow student Meredith Kercher in the house they shared in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. She was later convicted and jailed for 26 years.
To see the original: LINK
Saturday, 19 June 2010
UKIP's EFD group in the European Parliament has tabled a motion for a resolution. Unlike UKIP, the other parties all want to make the EU work, and they want to mould it in their own image. So whilst the group generally goes its own eccentric way, it sure as hell could not resist a bit of Jew-baiting as soon as they opportunity arose!
The European Parliament is notable for its anti-Israeli bias, and so the recent tragic killing of Turkish Human Aid activists gave them a chance to come out in force.
The EFD group, according to the motion it presented to Parliament this week:
The EFD group also:
Oh Really! The EFD group wants the EU to control checkpoints in Gaza, does it? Exactly how does that get Britain out of the EU, Mr Farage?
Thursday, 17 June 2010
In a previous post we mentioned how UKIP's leadership had brought in free membership in a desperate attempt to inflate membership figures. See: LINK
It is amusing to note that many branches were not even made aware of the free membership offer until it announced on UKIP’s website. Nor were they told that joining for free was not the same as paying to join the party. So much for forward planning and keeping your troops informed!
Upon joining you receive the following email:
PO Box 408
Tel 01626 831 290
Thank you for your Free Membership payment.
If you have any queries please email email@example.com
Free Membership £0.00
And why is UKIP’s free membership offer a scam?
2. You won’t be allowed access to UKIP’s members only forum.
According to UKIP’s website:
So what happens if you don’t have ready access to a computer? The answer is tough luck!
We should point out that UKIP is in breach of its own constitution by denying new members the right to vote in internal elections:
4.9 Members shall receive a membership card and the Party's newsletter. They shall be entitled to vote in all relevant internal Party elections.
But when did ignoring the rules ever bother UKIP’s leadership?
But of course, those people who have joined UKIP under the free membership scheme are not really considered members of UKIP by the leadership.
This sordid little scheme is nothing more than a confidence trick to hoodwink UKIP's fee paying membership into thinking that the party now has over 17,000 members. It doesn't.
UKIP's own official membership numbers can no longer be trusted. The figures are based upon offering 'free memberships' over the Internet to artificially boost the numbers, deceiving the fee-paying UKIP membership into the false belief that the party is still growing.
Douglas Denny – UKIP NEC member, Himmler lookalike and serial idiot – let the cat out of the bag in a recent post on the ‘British Democracy Forum’.
1. Originally Posted by douglas denny
It is interesting to note that those who have joined under this scheme have noticed a considerable increase in email spam. We would hate to think that UKIP has sold their details to a third party marketing company!
Why not call Jonathan Arnott – Party General Secretary – and tell him what you think of UKIP’s latest scam?
He can be contacted on: 07732 857339
And don’t be put off by his ‘frightened rabbit about to be run over by a car’ look. He always looks like that.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Farage sycophants, such as Idris Francis, are busily trumpeting that 'Nigel is Back'. But putting aside all the reasons why such sycophancy should still exist, it is, for once, quite useful that we are being reminded that the Massa is recovering from his accident. Why? Because there is a strange thing happening right now in the SE region!
No reader will be in any doubt about how many times the Massa has stated that he will have no dealings with the BNP as a whole or with its individual members.
Junius says: But Farage did have at least one meeting with BNP officials. See: LINK
One only has to recall what the Massa has stated, on-air, that ukip had prevented the BNP from becoming a bigger organisation and that "this was one of his proudest achievements".
So it comes as something of a shock to discover that UKIP officials in the SE have made approaches to several BNP officials in that region!!!! There are strong indications that one of these UKIP officials is none other than Steve (Bunter) Harris - because the one of these UKIP officials is said to have had a N. American accent.
But whether or not 'Bunter Harris' is one of those involved, it is a certainty that these approaches have not been made without the Massa's approval, if not his instigation!
Would anyone care to suggest why UKIP or Farage (same thing really) is now seeking to have dialogue with the BNP? Is it more of his trademark duplicity at work? Or is he fearful for his own position if the BNP continues to grow in the SE region?
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
That Christopher Monckton - UKIP’s new joint deputy leader – is a serial liar is beyond doubt.
He lied about being a member of the House of Lords.
He lied about being a science expert.
He lied about winning a libel judgment against the Guardian’s George Monbiot.
He lied about winning the Nobel Prize.
He lied about the BBC broadcasting his article on the Falkland Islands during the Falklands War.
For the full details: LINK
Monckton also appears to possess some rather worrying messianic tendencies.
He claims to have found a cure for the following illnesses:
Graves’ Disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, and herpes simplex VI. There is no cure for these illnesses.
He also claims to have found a treatment for HIV!
It can only be a matter of time before he announces a cure for cancer, his ability to walk on water and the power to raise the dead!
But what is more worrying is the fact that UKIP is happy to promote his lies on their official website:
2008-present: RESURREXI Pharmaceutical: Director responsible for invention and development of a broad-spectrum cure for infectious diseases. Patents have now been filed. Patients have been cured of various infectious diseases, including Graves’ Disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, and herpes simplex VI. Our first HIV patient had his viral titre reduced by 38% in five days, with no side-effects. Tests continue.
To see the original: LINK
Monckton was also exposed as a liar after admitting making false claims for marketing purposes, commenting at the time that “History is full of stories that aren’t actually true”.
Monckton had claimed that he had been forced to sell his ancestral home after losing a fortune on a $1 million puzzle.
He later admitted that the story had been invented to boost sales of the puzzle.
Monckton is a personal friend of Lord Pearson and is now being touted as his successor by some senior UKIPPERS. God help them!
Monday, 14 June 2010
If there is one subject that is guaranteed to get conspiracy theorists going, then it is that of UFOs. It is of course a fascinating subject, and deep down we would all love to believe that there is life out there, and that one day we will live to see a real alien.
Many UFO sightings are classified by the military, as they do in fact relate to matters of national security. The "need to know" rule applies in such cases, and in the interests of security, the public simply does not need to know.
Conspiracy theorists are people who cannot bare to be kept in the dark, and so in place of unknown facts, daft theories kick in. Usually, these theories involve other people, Bilderbergers, Jews, or Freemasons, generally. But sometimes they involve little green men or even little black men.
Now the daftest of all brushes, Mario Borghezio, the EFD MEP who caused a scandal by introducing a book on Bilderbergers into the European Parliament, has tabled a written declaration calling on national governments to declassify all documents relating to UFOs. He cites the work of Tullio Regge, a former Italian Communist MEP, as evidence that UFOs are really out there, and our governments are hushing it all up.
An Italian MEP demanding that the UK government declassify military secrets? Ordinarily we would expect UKIP to be up in arms about this, but as Borghezio, a convicted racist and child abuser, is one of their own, they are hoping it will all go away.
Many people are concerned about the level of toxins in PVC and the possible impact that they may have on the environment and on our health. For instance, PVC products such as vinyl flooring can release chemical softeners called phthalates. PVC flooring has been associated with increases in respiratory sensitization (asthma). Lead additives in PVC mini-blinds were found to cause lead poisoning in some children. Plumbers have also complained about toxic glues used to fit PVC pipes, while some studies suggest that toxic chemicals can leach out of PVC pipes.
There are also concerns about the disposal of waste PVC. Some electronic scrap components, such as CRTs, contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants.
So what is UKIP’s policy on PVC? Can we expect a sensible and reasoned statement from them? Fat chance. They dismiss the whole thing as a joke!
From the News of the World:
SEX toys such as the famous Rampant Rabbit could be BANNED by barmy Brussels killjoys.
Green Euro MPs want to outlaw the use of PVC in electrical goods, claiming the plastic is harmful when it ends up at rubbish dumps.
Though the move is aimed at mobile phones and white goods such as dishwashers, it would cover sex toys too.
A European Parliament spokesman said: “Electrical goods end up in landfill sites, often in developing countries, and that is a problem. Sex toys would be included.”
The British Plastics Foundation has warned the move would cost the industry almost £1billion as it scrambled to replace PVC.
UKIP chairman Paul Nuttall said: “Taking PVC out of electrical goods would cost millions... and cost the bedrooms of Britain a lot of fun.”
And News of the World sex columnist Tracey Cox said: “There are going to be a lot of very disappointed women out there.
“They might want to be environmentally friendly and get rid of them but what would women do? They'd certainly eat a lot more Belgian chocolates.”
So the odious Paul Nuttall drags the debate into the gutter by talking about sex toys!
But should we be surprised? The majority of UKIP’s MEPs have never been able to rise above Nuttall’s level.
We note with amusement that one UKIP official has been claiming that Nuttall was ‘led’ into making the statement by the NOTW reporter. A pathetic excuse! UKIP's MEPs were supposed to have undergone media training to prevent them from making fools of themselves.
Nuttall could have easily told the reporter that he was not prepared to discuss the issue unless it was taken seriously by the paper. He could have even declined to be interviewed as the NOTW is not exactly known for serious debate. Instead, he was led into making stupid playground comments.
Another own goal for UKIP. And they still wonder why UKIP is not taken seriously!
Sunday, 13 June 2010
The case is the first time that the commission has gone to court to seek forfeiture of donations from a political party.
This concerned 67 instances of UKIP failing to check whether donations of more than £200 were from people on the electoral register despite repeated warnings from the commission.
Here is what a spokesman from ELCOM had to say:
“UKIP failed to identify whether these donations were permissable. We took them to the Magistrates Court in order to seek them to forfeit the donations, the court ruled they only had to partially forfeit £18,481.
“We felt the law was clear, so appealed to the High Court, which ordered the case to be re-heard at a Magistrates Court. UKIP, however, appealed the High Court decision to the Court of Appeal.
“We won in the Court of Appeal, it seems clear, the law is unambiguous, and they didn’t grant UKIP leave of appeal, so they applied directly to the Supreme Court, which is where we are now, this court has the final say.”
End of statement.
The Supreme Court should reach a decision in 6 to 12 weeks time. UKIP faces bankruptcy if they lose the case.
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Mike was none too happy with his recent appearance on the Politics Show. See: LINK
That's the BBC for you, Mike!
From: mike nattrass
Sent: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:23
Subject: Do we support the EU? Cons Do!
This was a situation where Harbour MEP used more than his time and I was being asked to "Wind Up" as soon as I had started.
The kind of in depth BBC probe into the EU the BBC gives every 3 years!
Thursday, 10 June 2010
He should really learn to practice what he preaches.
Monckton makes David Bannerman look like an amateur when it comes to telling lies.
He claims to be a science expert. This is despite the fact that his paper-thin educational background lies in the Classics and his single academic credit is a diploma in journalism.
He has been accused of deliberately manipulating scientific data. See: LINK
He has claimed to be a Member of a House of Lords. Here is one example:
In 2006 Monckton sent a letter to U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and John D. Rockefeller.
Part of the letter read:
Finally, you may wonder why it is that a member of the Upper House of the United Kingdom legislature, wholly unconnected with and unpaid by the corporation that is the victim of your lamentable letter, should take the unusual step of calling upon you as members of the Upper House of the United States legislature either to withdraw what you have written or resign your sinecures.
To read the original: LINK
Monckton has attempted to get into the House of Lords. He tried in 1999. See: LINK
He also tried in 2007. He failed to receive a single vote. See: LINK
But perhaps he didn’t notice. Or did he just forgot?
Monckton is best known for his lectures on climate change. At the start of these talks he is introduced as ‘Lord Monckton’. He even uses the emblem of Parliament, the Crowned Portcullis, on his PowerPoint slides.
Monckton has said:
“I am a member of the House of Lords, though without the right to sit or vote, and I have never suggested otherwise.”
A quick call to the House of Lords will confirm that Christopher Monckton is not and has never been a Member of the House of Lords. There is no such thing as a “non-voting” or “honorary” member.
Here are the facts:
Christopher Monckton's father, the 2nd Viscount Monckton, was a Member of the Lords until 1999. The House of Lords Act 1999 ended the automatic link between the holding of a hereditary peerage and membership of the House of Lords, and the 2nd Lord Monckton ceased to be a member of the House at that point.
Christopher Monckton is the 3rd Viscount Monckton and inherited the title following his father's death in 2006. He has never sat in the House.
It is interesting to note that use of the Crowned Portcullis is protected by legislation. This is what the UK Parliament website says on the matter:
The principal emblem of the House is the Crowned Portcullis. It is a royal badge and its use by the House has been formally authorised by licence granted by Her Majesty the Queen. The designs and symbols of the House should not be used for purposes to which such authentication is inappropriate, or where there is a risk that their use might wrongly be regarded, or represented, as having the authority of the House.
The House symbol is primarily used to authenticate communications from Members. Further background information can found in The Portcullis.
If you require further information about using the Crowned Portcullis, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We sincerely hope that Monckton has not appropriated the symbol of the House for purposes "where there is a risk that their use might wrongly be regarded, or represented, as having the authority of the House".
In 2007, Monckton, or someone using Monckton's personal IP address, claimed on his Wikipedia page that he had won a libel judgment against the Guardian’s George Monbiot. He lied. When challenged, Monckton dodged the issue. See: LINK
Monckton also makes ridiculous claims on other topics, such as that a ban of DDT was singlehandedly responsible for all malaria deaths in the last few decades, or that the best way to have solved the AIDS crisis was to imprison all AIDS sufferers until they died.
Monckton says that he is the author of a 1200-word article for the Daily Telegraph on the reasons in international law why the Falkland Islands are British. It was supposedly read out on the BBC World Service's Argentinian broadcasts every 20 minutes during the Falklands War.
But the BBC World Service deny this. They don't have an Argentinian service, and have never made specifically Argentinian broadcasts.
Monckton has said that he has won the Nobel Prize.
In an open letter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), he claimed to have been named a Nobel Peace Laureate for correcting the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel in 2007
Monckton also claimed on the website of his organisation, the Science and Public Policy Institute, that he “earned the status of Nobel Peace Laureate (through) his contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007.”
The website continued, “his Nobel Prize pin…was presented to him by the Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester, New York.”
In 2007 Nobel committee awarded the 2007 Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
Monckton claimed to also be a Nobel winner because he had done such good work trying to undermine their effort. Monckton claimed that he deserved the accolade because he was a "reviewer" of the IPCC report.
Monckton said he also deserved a Nobel Prize because he wrote a letter pointing out a decimal point typo in one table of one IPCC report, making him a “contributor to the IPCC”.
The IPCC accepts reviews, unsolicited, and actually invites reviews from people who have varied perspectives, scientific and otherwise. But that doesn’t mean they can claim to be a Nobel Laureate!
The Nobel Committee were less than impressed with Monckton.
Committee secretary Geir Lundestat had never heard of Lord Monckton.
“The claim is ridiculous,” said Lundestat. “He is not a laureate - no way, no way.”
Thousands of people, he said, participated in the program of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 prize with Al Gore.
“But the organisation won the prize. Not even Dr Rajendra Pachauri (the chair of the IPCC) is an individual laureate.”
No individual, no matter what their involvement with the IPCC, can pass themselves off as a Nobel Laureate.
And Monckton’s Nobel Prize pin?
“It certainly wasn’t issued by us,” said Lundestat. “We have no pin.”
Actually, Monckton got a friend to melt down an old science experiment so they could fashion a little Nobel Prize pin. It was later presented to Monckton in a highly unofficial ceremony! See: LINK
When Monckton was cornered by the Sydney Morning Herald, he reportedly said that the claim to have won the Nobel Prize was “a joke, a joke.” See: LINK
The admission was made several hours after he had said on a radio program that he had been awarded the Nobel - a claim that the interviewer did not question.
So why does the website of his organisation, the Science and Public Policy Institute, still state that:
His contribution to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 - the correction of a table inserted by IPCC bureaucrats that had overstated tenfold the observed contribution of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets to sea-level rise - earned him the status of Nobel Peace Laureate. His Nobel prize pin, made of gold recovered from a physics experiment, was presented to him by the Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester, New York, USA.
To read the original: LINK
So now you know the truth. But will that disturb those UKIP lovers of Truth who still think that Monckton should succeed Pearson?
Here is what the Guradian has to say on the lies of Monckton:
Christopher Monckton continues to dig his own hole.
The longer this goes on, the better it will be for all those who take science seriously. Lord Monckton is digging his hole ever deeper, and dragging down into it everyone stupid enough to follow him. Those of us who do battle with climate change deniers can't inflict one tenth as much damage to their cause that Monckton wreaks every time he opens his mouth.
He has now answered the devastating debunking of his claims published by the professor of mechanical engineering John Abraham with a characteristically bonkers article. It conforms to the cast iron rules of climate change denial, which are as follows:
1. Falsely accuse the other person of ad hominem attacks, while making vicious ad hominem attacks of your own.
I have seen it done many times before, but never as blatantly as this. Monckton manages to pack his double standards into a single sentence:
"So unusual is this attempt actually to meet us in argument, and so venomously ad hominem are Abraham's artful puerilities, delivered in a nasal and irritatingly matey tone (at least we are spared his face — he looks like an overcooked prawn), that climate-extremist bloggers everywhere have circulated them and praised them to the warming skies."
Those who have followed Abraham's destruction of Monckton's wild claims will know that he doesn't make any ad hominem attacks at all: in fact he goes out of his way to be civil and courteous to his subject and does his best to give him the benefit of the doubt. Unlike the bad-mannered lord, he sticks to the facts. Just for the record, Abraham looks nothing like an overcooked prawn, but quite normal and pleasant.
Does Viscount Monckton possess so little self-awareness that he couldn't spot the contradiction between the standard of argument he expects of others and his own behaviour? Or does he take his followers for morons?
2. Ignore or gloss over the most substantial criticisms. Monckton concentrates on some of the least damaging of Abraham's revelations. Abraham has replied to him. You'll note that, unlike Monckton, he remains courteous and calm. And that he swiftly destroys the viscount's specious responses.
3. Never admit that you are wrong. Even when your errors are staring you in the face, do not acknowledge them. Never apologise, never concede. This is the crucial difference between scientists and charlatans. True scientists welcome challenges to their work, admit their mistakes and seek to refine and improve their hypotheses in the light of them. Charlatans raise the volume and denounce the people who expose their errors. Or they quietly drop their claims, without ever acknowledging that they were wrong, and replace them with a new set of implausible assertions.
I have now read thousands of articles by climate change deniers - far more than I would like to have done - and have never come across a single admission that they have got something wrong. I challenge the deniers who are about to populate this thread to produce an example of someone on their side of the debate acknowledging an error.
4. Project your worst characteristics onto your opponent. Without providing any evidence to support his claim, Monckton repeatedly accuses Abraham of being a liar and of using "flagrant and deliberate misrepresentation". This comes from a man who has, among other interesting assertions, falsely claimed to be both a member of the House of Lords and a Nobel laureate. He also lambasts John Abraham for not being a climate scientist, though Abraham does in fact work in closely related fields. Monckton's own qualification, of course, is a classics degree.
To these well-trodden tactics Monckton adds one of his own: run to daddy. He says that "I have already initiated the process of having Abraham hauled up before whatever academic panel his Bible college can muster, to answer disciplinary charges of willful [sic] academic dishonesty amounting to gross professional misconduct unbecoming a member of his profession."
There is, as yet, no evidence that he has done such a thing: the university is not aware of any complaint from Viscount Monckton and nor is Abraham. But it must be the 20th such threat I have seen him make. He throws threats of libel around like confetti, reported me to the Press Complaints Commission (his complaint was not upheld) and claims to have initiated disciplinary proceedings against another academic who criticised him (oddly, this didn't materialise either).
For all his bullying and bluster he is (to deploy the Scots he often uses) a "wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie". He is capable, as you have seen, of astonishing viciousness, but as soon as someone questions or criticises him, he runs off to a complain to a higher authority – or threatens to. This suggests that, like most bullies, he can deal it out but he can't take it.
When Abraham published his destruction of Monckton's claims, the Telegraph had a brief moment of sanity, allowing its blogger Tom Chivers to post a celebration of "one of the most magisterial scientific take-downs on record." Chivers noted that:
"Lord Monckton is a fantasist, a blethering popinjay useful only for amusement. He can be safely ignored in all serious scientific debate. But it reflects badly on those people who want seriously to argue against the science of climate change that this capering jester is among the public figureheads of their movement. If I were, for example, m'colleagues James Delingpole or Christopher Booker, I would publically wash my hands of Lord Monckton, and soon."
No sooner was the post up than it was down again. Monckton phoned the author to express his disappointment regarding Chivers' "popinjay" and "jester" comments. Chivers reported in an update to the blog that he had refused to take it down pending a conversation with his editor. But shortly afterwards the blog was removed from the Telegraph website without explanation. Fortunately Chivers's post had already been reproduced elsewhere.
As Chivers suggests, Monckton's claims to be a serious contender are over. From now on, like the defrocked Vicar of Stiffkey, he'll be a circus act, a figure of fun whose only followers are as crazed as he is.
Delightfully, he has just been given a whole new ring in which to perform. In the craziest political decision since Gordon Brown put Digby Jones in his cabinet, the UK Independence party has just made Monckton its deputy leader. His appointment has provided him with yet another opportunity to inflate his credentials. Among other claims he maintains that he was the, "Author of a 1200-word article for the Daily Telegraph on the reasons in international law why the Falkland Islands are British, read out on the BBC World Service's Argentinian broadcasts every 20 minutes during the Falklands War."
I phoned the BBC World Service. They do not have an Argentinian service, and have never made specifically "Argentinian broadcasts". There was, however, an entirely separate organisation set up by Thatcher's government to beam propaganda into Argentina during the Falklands war, called Radio Atlantico del Sur. It had nothing to do with the BBC. The idea that it might have read out Monckton's essay every 20 minutes is entirely plausible: I can't think of a better means of demoralising the enemy.
His Ukip CV adds more details to Baron Monckhausen's wonderful claim to have invented the universal cure.
"Patients have been cured of various infectious diseases, including Graves' Disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, and herpes simplex VI."
But what happened to the other diseases? When he joined UKIP in December, he claimed that
"Patients have been cured of various infectious diseases, including Graves' disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, food poisoning, and HIV."
Never mind. The best bit is the name of the company he has set up to market this miraculous treatment: Resurrexi Pharmaceutical. Last week I proposed that it was only a matter of time before Monckton proclaimed himself the risen Christ. Looks like we didn't have to wait too long.
Anyway, Ukip is now led by two aristocrats. One, Marina Hyde suggests, is "the sort of patrician dullard you pray not to be seated next to at dinner". The other is clearly deranged. This is going to be a lot of fun.
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