Full marks to Wendy Carlisle and the ABC for yesterday's Background Briefing programme on Lord Monkton (funnily enough I featured him on my blog a couple of weeks ago too!!!)
Listening to the meeting scene in Hyde Park reminded me of the desert scene in 'The Life of Brian' - it was vaguely comical at first but then it turned very ugly - unbelievably Wendy was intimidated to the point where she had to leave.
...& he deliberately chooses not to inform himself of details of his sponsor so that he can be free of any conflict of interest! - that doesn't work!!! - he can't believe that surely?
No matter how comforting it is for him to behave in his puerile 'ostrich' manner, he can't possibly imagine that it places him in a free & unfettered position to herald his 'bunsen-burner' musings as independent quality research.
But who cares when you're trying to get 'bums-on-seats'!
Certainly the National Press Club of Australia didn't a couple of weeks ago though I noticed on their website yesterday that since that first billing of the venerable M & his take on climate change, it's been somewhat credibly rebadged with the inclusion of Dr Richard Deniss in debate format