Posted by: Barry Bickmore | December 16, 2011

The Monckton Files: Inspector Monckton Looking for a Clue

Now that the authorities have confiscated the computers of a few contrarian bloggers to see whether they can find evidence of who hacked the University of East Anglia’s e-mail servers, Lord Monckton is incensed!  INCENSED, I tell you!  He says he’s going to go after the climate scientists whose e-mails were stolen and have them prosecuted for fraud.  Why him?  Because the bumbling police don’t know much about climatology, so they need help to understand the “fraud”.

You’re probably thinking this is just another stupid political stunt, but don’t worry.  Monckton said last year that he was going to have Rajendra Pachauri jailed for fraud and… well, I’m sure he’ll get around to it, sometime.  He also said he was going to sue John Abraham for libel many moons ago, and he assures us the investigation is still underway.  So if there’s one person we can count on to follow through on bombastic legal threats, it’s the 3rd Viscount of Brenchley.

Inspector Monckton appealed to his readers on Climate Depot to send him any evidence of fraud regarding climate issues.  Does this count?  (Note to Monckton:  I did not just accuse you of “fraud”.  I merely asked for legal advice, so please refrain from contacting my administration again to threaten legal action for suggesting that your fake data is “fraudulent”.)  I encourage anyone in a position to do so to e-mail Monckton such information, because if there’s one thing he needs, it’s a clue.



  1. Clues ?

    It was the viscount in the library with the quill pen.

    Job done. No further clue needed.

  2. I think the company Resurrexi Pharmaceutical claiming to have medicines able to cure a number of diseases and where Moncton is director may be a more fruitful area of investigation. Laws regulating claims in medicine tend to be a bit harder than for climate science.

  3. Another possibly fruitful area for those interested in fraud would be one that I often raise when it comes to the subject of Monckton.

    Curiously, since I started my campaign of reminding the Interweb about this little antic of Monckton’s, the wiki page I linked to has been changed from:

    The puzzle’s inventor said at the time that the earlier-than-expected discovery had forced him to sell his 67-room house to pay the prize. In 2006 he revealed that the benefits from the sales had more than covered the prize, that he was going to sell the house anyway, and that he had made up the story to boost up sales.


    Once solved, Monckton jokingly claimed that the earlier-than-expected solution had forced him to sell his 67-room house to pay the prize. Unprompted, in 2006, he disclosed that the claim had been a PR stunt to boost sales over Christmas, that the house’s sale was unrelated, and that he was going to sell it anyway.

    The salient point though about this duplicity comes straight from the horse’s mouth:

    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.

    So, by his own admission Monckton participated in presenting an untruth to purchasers, and made a profit from doing so.

    Isn’t there a word for that?

  4. Apparently Tallbloke himself — the subject of the Norfolk police’s search warrant — is having a go at starting his own phantom lawsuits. At the moment, their phantomness actually exceeds that of Monckton’s phantom lawsuits, which is quite an achievement.

    — frank

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