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Biography of Lord Christopher W. Monckton - 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

Christopher Walter Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is a former Prime Ministerial adviser on scientific and domestic policy to Margaret Thatcher. In 1986 he advised her that "global warming" might be a problem and recommended that it be investigated. Two years later, Margaret Thatcher established the Hadley Centre for Prediction and Research. In 2007 a City institution invited Lord Monckton to advise it on whether "global warming" was a problem. Lord Monckton's 40-page report concluding that "global warming" would not, after all, be a global crisis was shown to the Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, who commissioned him to write two major articles on the subject. The first article attracted 127,000 hits to the Telegraph website in just two hours, causing it to crash. No other article ever printed by the Telegraph newspaper group has ever attracted so much interest in so short a time. Lord Monckton is recognized internationally as an expert on the climate question. He has had papers on the determination of climate sensitivity published in the reviewed literature and on the internet, and has given speeches, lectures and physics-faculty seminars on the subject all over the world. Twice this year he has testified before the US Congress, but on a third occasion, when the elected Republican minority had chosen him to respond to testimony by Al Gore before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US Congress, the Democrat majority rejected the ranking Minority member's chosen witness for the first time since Congress was founded, precipitating a constitutional crisis. On Labor Day this year, Lord Monckton addressed 100,000 mineworkers and their families on a reclaimed mountain-top in West Virginia. His announcement to the Petroleum Club of Calgary, Canada, that the then-secret draft Copenhagen Climate Treaty proposed the establishment of an unelected world government with powers to bring all free markets to an end and to inflict unlimited taxes, fines and regulations on all nations made front-page headlines across Canada. The peroration of his 90-minute speech on climate change at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, in mid-October this year was recorded by a member of the audience and posted on YouTube, where it has received 4 million hits, going Platinum on YouTube faster than any other political speech. In recent weeks he has addressed a "Tea-Party" rally of 15,000 Texans at a Houston racecourse, and a high-level briefing for underwriters and brokers at Lloyds of London. This month he has addressed the European, German and Danish Parliaments, and he is now attending the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. Next year he is scheduled to speak in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Ireland, India and the United Kingdom.

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Lord Christopher W. Monckton - 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

Monckton joins UKIP

Thursday, 10th December 2009

Viscount Monckton, better known as Christopher Monckton, the journalist and author has today joined the UK Independence Party.

 At a press conference in Copenhagen he said: "For some years I have been concerned that the democracy into which I was born has become a bureaucratic centralist state run by commissars who we, the people, do not elect, cannot question, cannot hold to account, cannot remove and cannot replace. 

"Moreover, due to our membership of the European Union, most of the laws we cannot now rescind.
"People, through their elected politicians no longer have the right to propose law or decide on legislation and its amendments. Everything is now merely subject to the agreement of the unelected bureaucrats.
"No other party except the UK Independence Party believes that Britain should remain a self governing country.  I have long been a friend and admirer of Lord Pearson of Rannoch.  Now that he has become the leader of UKIP, the nation will take our party very seriously indeed."
UKIP Leader Malcolm Pearson said, "I am delighted that Lord Monckton has accepted my invitation to join UKIP as our chief spokesman on Climate Change.

"He was Margaret Thatcher's Special Adviser in Downing Street on a number of areas, including science. He is now perhaps the world's leading expert on the case against Man-made Global Warming, and as such is a household name in the United States and elsewhere.

"To have another heavyweight join us at this time shows how the party is continuing to grow".

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Lord Christopher W. Monckton - 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

Christopher Walter Monckton

3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley

Full name

Christopher Walter Monckton


14 February 1952 (age 57)


Business consultant

Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (born 14 February 1952) is a British politician, business consultant, policy adviser, writer, columnist, inventor and hereditary peer. He served as an advisor to Margaret Thatcher's policy unit in the 1980s and invented the Eternity puzzle at the end of the 1990s. More recently, he has attracted controversy for his public opposition to the mainstream scientific consensus on climate change. He also announced a sequel to his original puzzle called Eternity II in 2007, which is still unsolved.


Monckton was born on 14 February 1952, the eldest son of the 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. He was educated at Harrow School, Churchill College, Cambridge where he read classics and University College, Cardiff, where he obtained a diploma in journalism. On 19 May 1990, he married Juliet Mary Anne Malherbe Jensen. He inherited his father's peerage upon his father's death in 2006.


Media and politics

Monckton joined the Yorkshire Post in 1974 at the age of 22, where he worked as a reporter and leader-writer. From 1977 to 1978, he worked at Conservative Central Office as a press officer, becoming the editor of the Roman Catholic newspaper The Universe in 1979, then managing editor of The Sunday Telegraph Magazine in 1981. He joined the London Evening Standard newspaper as a leader-writer in 1982.

In 1979 Monckton met Alfred Sherman, who co-founded the pro-Conservative think tank the Centre for Policy Studies with Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph in 1974. Sherman asked Monckton to take the minutes at the CPS's study group meetings. Monckton subsequently became the secretary for the centre's economic, forward strategy, health and employment study groups. He wrote a paper on the privatisation of council housing by means of a rent-to-mortgages scheme that brought him to the attention of Downing Street. Ferdinand Mount, the head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and a former CPS director, brought Monckton into the Policy Unit in 1982, where he worked until 1986 as a special advisor on economic matters.

He left the Policy Unit to become assistant editor of the newly established, and now defunct, newspaper Today. He was a consulting editor for the Evening Standard from 1987 to 1992 and was its chief leader-writer from 1990 to 1992.

Monckton is referred to as a "peer of the House of Lords" but is not a member of that body. Monckton was a candidate for a Conservative seat in the House of Lords in a March 2007 by-election caused by the death of Lord Mowbray and Stourton but received no votes in the election due to the reformed electoral procedure. He was highly critical of the way that the Lords had been reformed, describing the by-election procedure, with 43 candidates and 47 electors, as "a bizarre constitutional abortion."


Monckton is a member of the Worshipful Company of Broderers, an Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, a Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and a member of the Roman Catholic Mass Media Commission. He is also a qualified Day Skipper with the Royal Yachting Association, and has been a Trustee of the Hales Trophy for the Blue Riband of the Atlantic since 1986.

Political views

Climate change

Monckton has been described in some quarters as a "former science adviser to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and a world-renowned scholar." Monckton is critical of the theory of anthropogenic causes for climate change and the stated scope of it, which he regards as a controversy catalyzed by "the need of the international left for a new flag to rally round" following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He has expressed doubt about the reality of global warming in a number of newspaper articles and papers.

In two Sunday Telegraph articles published in November 2006, Monckton disputed whether global warming is man-made, suggested that it is unlikely to prove catastrophic, and criticized the science presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In particular, he has criticized the IPCC's interpretation of the Medieval Warm Period, cited the "hockey stick" controversy as evidence of faulty science, argued that the science in the IPCC reports has misapplied the Stefan–Boltzmann law, and supported the solar variation theory as a possible explanation of global warming. In an apparent reference to claims made by Gavin Menzies, he further stated "There was little ice at the North Pole: a Chinese naval squadron sailed right round the Arctic in 1421 and found none."

The British writer and environmentalist George Monbiot has criticized Monckton's arguments, labelling them "cherry-picking, downright misrepresentation and pseudo-scientific gibberish." In response, Monckton argued that he "got the science right", claiming that Monbiot got "too many facts wrong" and had shown "ignorance of the elementary physics".

In response to the U.K. government's Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, he has argued that the review's recommendation to invest 1% of global GDP in climate change mitigation would be ineffective, as would the introduction of carbon taxes and emissions trading as a means of curbing carbon emissions. He has proposed instead that the best solution should be to "go nuclear and reverse 20th-century deforestation."

In February 2007, he published a critique of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report on climate change. His calculations of climate sensitivity to increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have been published in the Quarterly Economic Bulletin.

Monckton played a key role in a legal challenge heard in the High Court of Justice in October 2007 in a bid to prevent An Inconvenient Truth from being shown in English schools. In an interview with the conservative American talk radio host Glenn Beck, Monckton stated that he had prompted an unnamed friend to fund the case "to fight back against this tide of unscientific freedom-destroying nonsense" and had played a direct role in the litigation against the British government.

In March 2007, Monckton ran a series of advertisements in The New York Times and Washington Post challenging Al Gore to an internationally televised debate on climate change. The former U.S. Vice President did not respond. The Science and Public Policy Institute provided funding for Monckton to produce a response to An Inconvenient Truth, titled Apocalypse?, No!, described as "showing Monckton presenting a slide show in a vitriolic attack on climate change science." The film includes footage of Monckton giving a presentation given on 8 October 2007 at the Cambridge Union in which he asserted that Gore and the IPCC had systematically falsified and exaggerated the evidence for global warming.

During the autumn of 2009, Monckton embarked on a tour of North America to campaign against the December 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference. His warning that US President Barack Obama intended to sign a treaty at the conference which would "impose a communist world government on the world" was picked up by numerous commentators.

Social policy

As one of Margaret Thatcher's policy advisors, he has been credited with being "the brains behind the Thatcherite policy of giving council tenants (public housing) the right to buy their homes." In more recent years, he has been associated with the Referendum Party, advising its founder Sir James Goldsmith, and in 2003 he helped a Scottish Tory breakaway group, the People's Alliance.

Business consultancy

In 1987, Monckton founded a consultancy company, Christopher Monckton Ltd., where he served as a director until he retired because of ill health in 2006. In 1999, he created and published the Eternity puzzle, a geometric puzzle which involved tiling a dodecagon with 209 irregularly shaped polygons called Polydrafters. A £1m prize was won after 18 months by two Cambridge mathematicians. By that time, 500,000 puzzles had been sold. A second puzzle, Eternity II, was launched on 28 July 2007, with a prize of $2 million.


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