A Ukip spokesman said the decision to withdraw was taken because a Restore Trust in Parliament candidate is also contesting this seat. It is Ukip policy, said the spokesman, not to field candidates against eurosceptic Conservatives or Restore Trust in Parliament candidates.
What a bummer. But Monkton's elevation to the position of 'chief spokesman on Climate Change' just bangs another nail in the coffin of any credibility that UKIP may have had. It seems little more than a drag-net of odd-balls, missfits, conspiracy theories and bat-shits. Adding the tin-foil safari hat of Monkton into the mix is a natural fit of bonkers:
UKIP Leader Malcolm Pearson said, "I am delighted that Lord Monckton has accepted my invitation to join UKIP as our chief spokesman on Climate Change. He was Margaret Thatcher's Special Adviser in Downing Street on a number of areas, including science. He is now perhaps the world's leading expert on the case against Man-made Global Warming, and as such is a household name in the United States and elsewhere.
Yes, having a hypocritical proved-wrong non-scientist classics scholar come conspiracy theorist as the spokesman for climate science is crazy is as crazy does - in action!