AKA Christopher Walter Monckton
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Independent
Executive summary: Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party
Christopher Monckton, a/k/a Lord Monckton, is the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in the County of Kent, and the Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party. He expected to become a hereditary peer in the British House of Lords, but in 1999 most hereditary positions in the upper house of British parliament were abolished. Monckton has unsuccessfully campaigned four times for election to one of the now-limited number of hereditary seats in the House of Lords.
He is best known in the UK and world-wide as an outspoken skeptic of climate change theory, though he has no credentials in science — his college education was in literature and journalism. He served as an unofficial policy advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on economic matters, and he has worked as a reporter, editor, and haberdasher, and created two popular geometry puzzles.
Still, Monckton may be the most widely cited skeptic of anthropogenic climate change, and he says what many people seem to want to hear. In 2010 he testified before the US House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and more than twenty scientists with relevant degrees and credentials deemed virtually every aspect of his testimony "nonsense", "profoundly wrong", "very misleading", and "simply false", but those who strongly dispute the science of global climate change praised Monckton's remarks as a thorough thrashing of the hoaxers.
He has also proposed lifelong quarantine for all persons who test positive for AIDS, and expressed sympathy for the purported "birther" conspiracy, popular among the American right-wing fringe, which maintains that Barack Obama was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii. Monckton is a grandson of Walter Monckton.
Father: Gilbert Monckton (2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, b. 3-Nov-1915, d. 22-Jun-2006)
Mother: Marianna Laetitia Bower (Dame of Malta, b. 25-m. 30-Dec-1950)
Sister: Rosamond Mary Monckton Lawson (b. 26-Oct-1953)
Brother: Timothy David Robert Monckton (b. 15-Aug-1955 twin)
Brother: Jonathan Riversdale St. Quintin Monckton (b. 15-Aug-1955 twin)
Brother: Anthony Leopold Colyer Monckton (b. 25-Sep-1960)
Wife: Juliet Mary Anne Malherbe Jensen (m. 19-May-1990)
High School: Harrow School, Middlesex, England
University: MA Classic Literature, Churchill College, Cambridge University (1974)
University: Diploma of Journalism, Cardiff University (1975)
UK Independence Party Deputy Leader (2010-)
Monckton's (haberdashery) Proprietor (1995-)
London Evening Standard Editor, Editorial writer (1987-92)
Today (newspaper) Ass't Editor (1986-87)
Centre for Policy Studies Policy Group (1979-86)
London Evening Standard Editor (1982)
The Sunday Telegraph Managing Editor (1981-82)
The Universe (newspaper) Editor (1978-81)
Conservative Party (UK) Press Secretary (1977-78)
Yorkshire Evening Post Reporter (1974-77)
Global Warming Skeptics
Knights of Malta
Royal Yachting Association
Worshipful Company of Broderers
Author of books:
Sudoku X: The Only Puzzles with the 'X' Factor (2005, puzzles)
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