Jun 24, 2011

Rundle: will Mad Monk be brought low by madder Monckton?

Moncktongate has now become a political and moral test for Tony Abbott, whose principal political action to date has been to exile climate-change denialism from the political mainstream.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


There is no doubt that times are not good for the Australian far Right — but will its troubles create real problems for the Coalition, and the mainstream Right? Will the Mad Monk be brought low by the madder Monckton?

Two days after I noted the rise of “hysterical conservatism” in the US, its Australian manifestation had exploded closer to home, with a storm over Christopher Monckton, viscount and jobbing political hack turned climatologist, and his decision, in speeches elsewhere, to label Ross Garnaut as a Nazi, juxtaposing a quote from Garnaut with a large slide of a swastika.

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25 thoughts on “Rundle: will Mad Monk be brought low by madder Monckton?

  1. Jedimaster

    He’s not a “denialist” – he’s a “bludger”

    Guy – you say that Monckton “…claiming membership of the British “upper house” (he has lost his right to vote as a hereditary peer since the House of Lords was reformed).”

    I assume that “membership” of the House of Lords means more than just voting- it surely means attending and speaking as well. Monckton never had those rights because he could not even summon up one vote to get himself into the House. Ergo- he has never been a member to lose his right to vote.

    As their “denialist” credibility wanes, Monckton, Abbott et al are taking the approach “well we count for so little of the total, we don’t have to bother” . This is what Garnaut called the “free rider problem”- which is self explanatory.

    Garnaut seems to be too much of a gentlemean to use the old Australian expression for “free rider” – ie , “bludger”.

    So “climate change skeptics” morphed into “climate change deniers” and are now morphing into “climate change bludgers”.

    You can read my article on “Solar bludgers” at of 23 June.

  2. zut alors

    ‘…the coward’s castle of the Senate.’

    Nice one, Guy.

    How about we leave ol’ Monckton be? Single-handed, he appears to be undermining and destroying his own credibility at a galloping rate.

    By comparison, Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling was a mental giant.

  3. david

    [Does he possess that minimum level of political authority? Or is he ruled by his shifty and opportunistic side, the dimension of him that prompted a call for a plebiscite — and then a refusal to say that he would honour it, if the result went against him? Moncktongate is a test of whether he’s got the ticker, or would rather guzzle more Fantasie. ]

    I will go with’ guzzle more Fantasie ‘, Abbott is all shifty and oportunist…as for ticker, excuse me while I 🙂

  4. cairns50

    good article guy, but why do yourself and everybody else keep asking tony abbott to stand up and apologise for appearing at the same event as monckton and for abbott to repudiate some of his extreme views


    much has been made about julia gillard being a liar by saying that she would not legislate for a carbon tax in the lead up to the last election

    tony abbott has told more lies to the austrlalian public in one day than what julia gillard has since she entered politics

  5. Boerwar

    Mr Monckton did indeed use the swastika.

    As footage of the relevant segment of his speech shows, Mr Monckton also used the term, ‘Heil Hitler.’

    I assume from the context that Mr Monckton was confusing Mr Garnaut with Mr Hitler, but who really knows?

  6. klewso

    Any truth in the rumour that the Monty Python crew were going to create a “Ministry of Silly Talks”, but someone googled Monckton, so they had to make up another?

  7. gregb

    Thanks for making me aware of Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling. An excellent analogy. Except Streeb-Greebling makes more sense.

  8. Aphra

    Lord Monckton is not and never has been a member of the House of Lords. The clerk of the parliaments has written to Lord Monckton, confirming that he has no association with the House and advising him to stop branding himself as such. As for Monckton’s alleged misuse of the logo, the emblem is property of the Queen, and the Parliament has a Royal License granted for its use. Misuse of the emblem by either members or non-members breaches this license. The Lord Chamberlain has been contacted regarding Lord Monckton’s use of the emblem. If guilty there’s a prison sentence in the offing.

    Zut alors – Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling! O Bliss! Perhaps our very own home-grown Tarzan will also prove to have only one leg, or most likely, no leg at all to stand on.

  9. Barbara Boyle

    I look forward to seeing our loyal Opposition leader sharing the stage with that eerie, bulging eyed personification of Sir Arthur Streed- Greebling, the reminder of whom I thank you.

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