Lord Monckton barred from Copenhagen conference – pushed to the ground by security

This was the scene yesterday in Copenhagen. As you can see the scene is rather agitated with lots of police action, including use of billy clubs. As of this writing, no pictures or video is available of Lord Monckton’s account below. Hopefully somebody in the crowd will post some. I wish him well. I’ll also be glad when this conference is over. It has shown government at its worst.

From The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in Copenhagen at the SPPI blog:

Today the gloves came off and the true purpose of the “global warming” scare became nakedly visible. Hugo Chavez, the Socialist president of Venezuela, blamed “global warming” on capitalism – and received a standing ovation from very nearly all of the delegates, lamentably including those from those of the capitalist nations of the West that are on the far Left – and that means too many of them.

Previously Robert Mugabe, dictator of Rhodesia, who had refused to leave office when he had been soundly defeated in a recent election, had also won plaudits at the conference for saying that the West ought to pay him plenty of money in reparation of our supposed “climate debt”.

Inside the conference center, “world leader” after “world leader” got up and postured about the need to Save The Planet, the imperative to do a deal, the necessity to save the small island nations from drowning, etc., etc., etc.

Outside, in the real world, it was snowing, and a foretaste of the Brave New World being cooked up by “world leaders” in their fantasy-land was already evident. Some 20,000 observers from non-governmental organizations – nearly all of them true-believing Green groups funded by taxpayers – had been accredited to the conference.

However, without warning the UN had capriciously decided that all but 300 of them were to be excluded from the conference today, and all but 90 would be excluded on the final day.

Of course, this being the inept UN, no one had bothered to notify those of the NGOs that were not true-believers in the UN’s camp. So Senator Steve Fielding of Australia and I turned up with a few dozen other delegates, to be left standing in the cold for a couple of hours while the UN laboriously worked out what to do with us.

In the end, they decided to turn us away, which they did with an ill grace and in a bad-tempered manner. As soon as the decision was final, the Danish police moved in. One of them began the now familiar technique of manhandling me, in the same fashion as one of his colleagues had done the previous day.

Once again, conscious that a police helicopter with a high-resolution camera was hovering overhead, I thrust my hands into my pockets in accordance with the St. John Ambulance crowd-control training, looked my assailant in the eye and told him, quietly but firmly, to take his hands off me.

He complied, but then decided to have another go. I told him a second time, and he let go a second time. I turned to go and, after I had turned my back, he gave me a mighty shove that flung me to the ground and knocked me out.

I came to some time later (not sure exactly how long), to find my head being cradled by my friends, some of whom were doing their best to keep the police thugs at bay while the volunteer ambulance-men attended to me.

I was picked up and dusted me off. I could not remember where I had left my telephone, which had been in my hand at the time when I was assaulted. I rather fuzzily asked where it was, and one of the police goons shouted, “He alleges he had a mobile phone.”

In fact, the phone was in my coat pocket, where my hand had been at the time of the assault. The ambulance crew led me away and laid me down under a blanket for 20 minutes to get warm, plying me with water and keeping me amused with some colorfully colloquial English that they had learned.

I thanked them for their kindness, left them a donation for their splendid service, and rejoined my friends. A very senior police officer then came up and asked if I was all right. Yes, I said, but no thanks to one of his officers, who had pushed me hard from behind when my back was turned and had sent me flying.

The police chief said that none of his officers would have done such a thing. I said that several witnesses had seen the incident, which I intended to report. I said I had hoped to receive an apology but had not received one, and would include that in my report. The policeman went off looking glum, and with good reason.

To assault an accredited representative of a conference your nation is hosting, and to do it while your own police cameramen are filming from above, and to do it without any provocation except my polite, non-threatening request that I should not be manhandled, is not a career-enhancing move, as that police chief is about to discover to his cost.

Nor does this incident, and far too many like it, reflect the slightest credit on Denmark. We must make reasonable allowance for the fact that the unspeakable security service of the UN, which is universally detested by those at this conference, was ordering the Danish police about. The tension between the alien force and the indigenous men on the ground had grown throughout the conference.

However, the Danish police were far too free with their hands when pushing us around, and that is not acceptable in a free society. But then, Europe is no longer a free society. It is, in effect, a tyranny ruled by the unelected Kommissars of the European Union. That is perhaps one reason why police forces throughout Europe, including that in the UK, have become far more brutal than was once acceptable in their treatment of the citizens they are sworn to serve.

It is exactly this species of tyranny that the UN would like to impose upon the entire planet, in the name of saving us from ourselves – or, as Ugo Chavez would put it, saving us from Western capitalist democracy.

A few weeks ago, at a major conference in New York, I spoke about this tendency towards tyranny with Dr. Vaclav Klaus, the distinguished economist and doughty fighter for freedom and democracy who is President of the Czech Republic.

While we still have one or two statesmen of his caliber, there is hope for Europe and the world. Unfortunately, he refused to come to Copenhagen, telling me that there was no point, now that the lunatics were firmly in control of the asylum.

However, I asked him whether the draft Copenhagen Treaty’s proposal for what amounted to a communistic world government reminded him of the Communism under which he and his country had suffered for so long.

He thought for a moment – as statesmen always do before answering an unusual question – and said, “Maybe it is not brutal. But in all other respects, what it proposes is far too close to Communism for comfort.”

Today, as I lay in the snow with a cut knee, a bruised back, a banged head, a ruined suit, and a written-off coat, I wondered whether the brutality of the New World Order was moving closer than President Klaus – or any of us – had realized.

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Richard deSousa

What a hoot… Robert Mugabe in Copenhage to demand the wealthy nations pay him reparations for climate damage to his country??? He’s going to pocket the money leave nothing for the people of Zimbabwe.


These U.N. security officers sound eerily familiar to their counterparts here in the U.S. — namely, the SEIU thugs. No wonder union leaders are pushing cap and trade — more jobs for their union members with the United Nations where they can really push their weight around.

Eric Meyers

I hope there is video. Unbelievable. I’m P.O.’d

Graeme From Melbourne

Some thougtful comment on the now apparent class war political fault line b/w rich and poor(?) countries at


buncha pratts

Graeme From Melbourne

Sheer cowardice on the part of the police officer involved.

Bobby W

This is outrageous. I hope he follows through with legal action.


This man is a hero for speaking the truth about the New World Order and the tyranny to come. Wake up everyone you can. Plant the seed, they will come around, eventually.

Patrick Davis

Disgusting! Sadly, all too frequent Police abuse in Europe.

Thanks for your service to the truth.

Lord Taylor

If there ever was a visual definition of ‘useful idiots’ then this would be it.


I’m at a loss for words….


Absolutely despicable.
Here’s four words we all need to learn. Don’t Tread on Me!


Wow, just Wow! Lord Moncton’s abuse makes me feel bad about that little dustup circa 1776 and thereafter. Then again could Lord Moncton arrange to do that 1812 burning the capital to the ground thing again please? After Pelosi’s entorage return from Copenhagen that is.

Douglas Field

In the last few days as tensions and ‘religious’ fervour have been raised I feared for Lord Monkton’s safety at this ‘jamboree’never believing that these fears would in fact materialise. To see the likes of Mugabe being encouraged to strut around by this organisation only gives credence to the claims of leftist conspiracy. If not before, I am certain now, that the ‘scientists’ who support this theory are mere dupes in this wider game. With inanities like Brown leading Britain what hope has western democracy of surviving.

p.g.sharrow "PG"

Hay! maybe this is the beginning of the end of the U.N. they are really over playing their hand in this whole thing. One can only hope. We do not need a self appointed world government.


“However, without warning the UN had capriciously decided that all but 300 of them were to be excluded from the conference today, and all but 90 would be excluded on the final day.”
Hey, they just had to make room for all those US politicians, their staffs, personal security, etc. that are make the trip on OUR dime. Hope they choke on the horsey derves.


I’m sorry to hear about Lord Monkton, and I hope that he’s all right. Any injury that includes a loss of consciousness, epecially longer than a few seconds could be serious.
I hope the officer get’s what’s coming to him. Although, it doesn’t suprise me. Contrary to their spoken claims, those who push progressive/green agendas always seem to be totally willing to move to do acts they supposedly deplore in others, including violence among other things, when they feel like they are in charge and in control.


I think that Vaclav Klaus is right but with one modification……the eco-jihadists are in conrol of the asylum. I think that we all better wake up to the fact that there is a very nasty future out there and it has already started.

It was only a matter of time really before violence against someone like this occurred there. The crowds have been acting like complete barbarians for days. And the UN Security has as well.
This is a complete outrage. I do hope he makes that report and takes whatever legal action remains to citizens there.

Ron Bowerman

God help us all and thank you for your courage Lord Monckton.

Galen Haugh

That’s twice that a post of mine has just disappeared. If this happens again, I shall leave this site to the politically-correct goons that apparently don’t like my comments. I have better things to do than waste my time here.
[REPLY – We don’t delete a whole lot of posts. Not sure what your posts involved. Were they badly off-topic? Religion and unrelated politics are discouraged. We are not here to discuss “creation” or the “truth” about 911 or whatever, UFOs, alleged government “conspiracies” etc., etc. There are plenty of other places for all that. ~ Evan]

J. Peden

The place seems chaotic. I’ve been wondering about the capacity of the Security Forces, including the U.S. Secret Service, to be able control things enough for an acceptably safe visit by Obama, who seems fairly oblivious to real world threats himself.


This sort of behavior is the best excuse I can think of for the U.S.A. to withdraw all support for the U.N. and give them notice we will be taking back the grounds of the U.N. and selling it to pay some of their “peace debt” for all the damage they have done to the world through their lack of competence.
It will be interesting to see if Secretary Clinton or President Obama are willing to condemn this sort of behavior.
I too hope there is supporting video documentation of these events.

This type of injustice will turn the public away from the “team” agenda.
Its a brave new world.

I though (for just a second) that the riot police pictured had the swampy “No Dams!” yellow triangular stickers on their jackets.
My bad.

Keith Minto

Don’t they have name tags to Identify them ?.
The video will be interesting to see, Steve Fielding (our independent Senator) and Lord Monkton, two free thinking people we all need in the troubled times ahead. Surely their dress and age would indicate to the police to tread lightly ?


Clearing the area for Obama security I reckon, idiots, I demand AL GORE BE PUSHED TO THE FLOOR!


Lord Monckton, I hope you are OK. Please persist with your cause to expose the truth to the world.

Lazarus Long

The fascists are on the loose, again.


Richard deSousa (18:04:37) :
“What a hoot… Robert Mugabe in Copenhage to demand the wealthy nations pay him reparations for climate damage to his country??? He’s going to pocket the money leave nothing for the people of Zimbabwe”
And so he should – he fully deserves the credit for limiting his country’s contribution to climate change to wood fires and intestinal gas.

Badge number?


Unbelievable. Is urination in public not at least a misdemeanor in Denmark?


If it comes to violence as the way the Govt wants to impose “Climate Change” upon us, what we need is storm troopers of our own.
Liberty is worth defending

Patrick Davis

Dear Lord Monckton, take this Policeman and his Chief to Chinatown… sue the hell out of them… and their country.


I cannot express my gratitude to Lord Moncton enough. He has put himself on the line for real science and reasonable, respectful, free government. I am glad he was not terribly hurt.
There is no choice but to excuse ourselves from the UN as quickly as possible and turn to what we have known to be necessary all along. It is important that we support those countries whose governments (elites) enhance freedom and entrepreneurship. We must stop the nonsense of helping “the poor” of the world. All we do is send our tax dollars into the pockets of the thuggish dictators of countries who keep their populations impoverished. Of course, we first must clean house in the U.S. Anthony, Steve, and many others are doing so for climate science — all the corrupt homogenized data with the pseudo-scientists’ hands in the taxpayers’ till. More gratitude!

Gary Hladik

Lord Monckton mentioned that the police may have been recording the scene from a helicopter. I hope one of the police dogs doesn’t eat the tape.
Maybe they can use a Jones-like “trick” to “hide the decline” in police professionalism.


Anyone ever read or seen The Crucible? These eco-loonies remind me of the manipulative girls in Miller’s fine play. Make it up as they go along, and hang the consequences.

Patrick Davis (18:42:45) :
The madness is now official:
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva were all seen as the talks got underway shortly after 11pm in Copenhagen.
Among industrialised countries, the participants were Norway, Russia, Spain, Britain, the US, Denmark, Australia, Germany, France, Sweden and Japan.
Representing small island states were the Maldives and Grenada, with Sudan, Algeria, Ethiopia and Lesotho from Africa. Sudan is also the leader of the G77 group of 130 developed countries, Algeria heads the Africa Group, and Lesotho leads the bloc of Least Developed Countries.

What’s funny is that this is almost exactly what Monckton predicted in is interview yesterday!


Patrick Davis (18:42:45) :
The madness is now official:
I bet the final paper is the world’s greatest example of bureaucratic gobbledegook


Those elected and unelected official will surely hit a wall back home. Most people don’t want to live under a communist regime, even less a communist world government. It is well known that those that yell the most are the extremists and they often don’t represent the majority. Those officials are surrounded by a bubble of disillusioned idiots… outside is the real world that will soon throw them out.

Tom in Florida

There now should be no remaining doubt as to why we in the U.S. have the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. There should also be no remaining doubt as to why left wing politicians want to take that right away.
An armed population is feared by governments.

Evan Jones

Gosh, I hope you are all right and are not in too much pain. Your treatment was inexcusable. Best wishes from all of us here at WUWT.

Craig Moore

All of this theater is truly tragic. Best wishes to Lord Monkton. What is the point of all this… reduce C02????
According to this Russian source that is not happening: http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20091217/157276133.html

However, Obama’s promise to cut his country’s CO2 emissions by 17% by 2020 is unrealistic, because the United States takes the 2005 level of emissions as the point of departure. However, its cuts will be only 4% compared to 1990, the starting point accepted in the EU, which has promised to cut its CO2 emissions by 20% and possibly even 30% if the emerging nations, the U.S., China and India make commensurate pledges. Japan and Russia have also promised to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 25%.
The problem is that from 1990 to 2005 the United States increased its CO2 emissions by 18%.
The United States has not become a different country with the election of Obama. Americans have always been rather skeptical about the Old World’s proposals. Only 45% of them think that the problem of global warming needs emergency measures, which is 23% less than the average in Europe. And another 43% of Americans think the problem is grossly exaggerated. Obama will have to take this into account if he has re-election plans.
Russia has benefited the most from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and also stands to benefit the most from a Copenhagen deal. Russia and Ukraine could not use all the emission quotas set for them in the Kyoto Protocol because their industries were at the disintegration point. Russia was even allowed to sell unused quotas to the countries that have exceeded their quotas, and would like this provision to be sealed in a new deal that may replace the Kyoto Protocol.
Russia may increase its CO2 emissions by 30%, and Ukraine by 50%, by 2020, or sell the unused quotas. If it sells all of them, the global emissions will rise 15%.

How exactly is agreeing to a 15% global increase responsive to warmist clarion calls to action with the fate of the earth in the balance?


Sorry Lord Monckton, hope you recover. Just sue the crap out of the U.N. please. That is what it’s made of isn’t it? You are old enough to know this from many years past. Here’s something to cheer you from those good ol’ days. When people were taught common sense and even a comedian has more sense than UN/EAU climate “scientists”…


It feels as though I ‘m reading some novel that I might look up from to reassure myself that it’s only fiction.
But, it’s not.


Who still refers to Zimbabwe as Rhodesia? Only racists who are severely divorced from reality. Not much point reading on when you realised the author is of that ilk.

Peter S

I wouldn’t be too hard on the Danish police. I expect they are fed up with having to deal with hoards of Euro-Eco-Crusties and assorted global-warming eccentrics arriving on their turf. The Danes, by and large, are an extremely tolerant people and very friendly – if not a little narrow in their ambition. Copenhageners have for decades tolerated a state-within-a-state in the form of Christiania – a supposedly autonomous neighbourhood which has its own laws and which the local police treat as a no-go area. It is a ramshackle enclave of rainbow-painted slums and shacks brimming with local drop-outs and ‘dog-on-a-string’ types who will very likely see the AGW summit as a chance of enforcing the whole world to live a similar down-trodden lifestyle to their own. Almost all Danes view this place with an odd mixture of pride and deep shame – so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if local police take exactly the same ambiguous view to the temporarily imported massed-ranks of Christiania’s kindred spirits. That our hero Lord Monckton may have got mixed up in their number and received a mild beating from a frustrated police force as a result of this misunderstanding is unfortunate, but I would be very careful of blaming Copenhagen’s ‘finest’ when they might well be on ‘our’ side.

Steve Schaper

God bless and protect the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley!
I hope he becomes the next PM of the UK. If not, well, he wouldn’t be the first non-citizen president we’ve had. 😉
I’m afraid this police brutality is not only directed at greens. It is documented as being used on pro-lifers in America, for instance, and I think also to anti-globalist protesters. The police seem to be developing an us/them mentality towards the citizenry, which cannot be a good thing.
If “consensus” is enforced with the application of violence, what can we do?