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Has UKIP’s website been hacked by satirists?

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This from the CV of the new UKIP deputy leader, Lord Monckton, as published on the UKIP website:

2008-present: RESURREXI Pharmaceutical: Director responsible for invention and development of a broad-spectrum cure for infectious diseases. Patents have now been filed. Patients have been cured of various infectious diseases, including Graves’ Disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, and herpes simplex VI. Our first HIV patient had his viral titre reduced by 38% in five days, with no side-effects. Tests continue.

Speculation abounds that the UKIP website must have been hacked by satirists. In the absence of very strong medical evidence it would be absurd to claim to have cured a major life-limiting illness like multiple sclerosis (for which mainstream science currently offers no cure) or to treat HIV infection – another enormously complex, incurable, and often fatal condition.

Eye-catching, yet unsubstantiated healing claims have been the hallmark of  cranks and mystics through the ages. How better to discredit the UK Independence Party than to hack into their website and make it look as if their new deputy leader holds such outlandish beliefs?

Rationalwiki has more on the wider issues raised here…

UPDATE – Apparently a company matching the name of “Resurrexi” does exist on Companies House – (HT Tracy King), registered to the office of a chartered accountancy firm in Pitlochray, Perthshire (Klaus Martin Schulte, another well-known critic of climate change science, is listed as a co-director). These UKIP-hating spoofers have really gone to enormous lengths…

UPDATE 2 – George Monbiot reports that, bizarrely, Monckton is seeking to get a US scientist hauled before an academic panel on charges of “gross professional misconduct”, for saying things about him that weren’t satirical and were based on good evidence.

Interestingly, Monkton himself has previously admitted making false claims for marketing purposes, commenting at the time that “History is full of stories that aren’t actually true”.

Written by Richard Wilson

June 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

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  1. Unbelievably, though, Monckton is taken seriously (by some) as a climate change expert. He’s given evidence in the US Senate regarding climate and was taken in by UKIP, I suspect, because of this work. However, he speaks a lot of rubbish and is currently being taken apart over at Skeptical Science.

    I didn’t realise he was making equally crazy claims in other fields as well.

    andyrussell

    June 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

  2. he forgot to add “cancer”

    Cal

    June 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

  3. haha that’s great. anyone checked the patents office for more comedy?

    bengoldacre

    June 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm

  4. UKIP seems to be throwing their lot in with various conspiraloons. Monckton spent the whole of the run up to Copenhagen claiming that the conference was going to institute a world government and that he’d seen the treaty that would be signed.

    It’s wonderfully ironic to watch a man pontificating about democracy and elections who owes his position and title entirely to his birth.

    They’re also hosting talks by Bilderberg conspiracy theorists who claim the Black Death was spread on purpose:

    http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/ukip-invited-speaker-at-eu-parliament-suggests-black-death-was-spread-on-purpose/

    Mr M.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

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  6. nice thread, thanks . i like ur weblog

    blogger-newbie

    June 22, 2010 at 10:36 am


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