Check out Wendy Carlisle’s Background Briefing episode on Monckton and the Galileo Movement
I’d like to highlight a couple of things. Monckton denied that he compared Garnaut to a fascist (at 15:20):
Monckton: You said that it’s been reported that I compared Ross Garnaut to a fascist?
Monckton: I did no such thing. I suggest you listen to the tape and think again.
You see, Monckton’s exact words about Garnaut while standing in front of a swastika:
that again is a fascist point of view that you merely accept authority without question. Heil Hitler, on we go.
Of course, a small f fascist is someone who holds fascist points of view, so all I can guess is that Monckton is denying comparing Garnaut to a big F Fascist. Except that with the giant swastika and “Heil Hitler” he seems to have done just that.
Monckton went to to clarify his apology where he said:
First of all I should apologise on air once again to Professor Garnaut for having made the point I was trying to make in such a catastrophically stupid and offensive way
What did he mean by “such a catastrophically stupid and offensive way”?
Monckton: I apologized because even the slightest suggestion that one of his opinions is a fascist opinion is this days regarded as intolerable in circles other than the particular circle to which I addressed it. It shouldn’t have got out from there but somehow it did. In those circumstances the only thing to do …
Carlisle: So was your apology genuine?
Monckton: It’s always genuine.
So it was genuine apology for being caught. Glad that’s clear now.
Still on the fascist theme, at 41:20 Monckton declares that ABC represents fascism. Why? Because of the Adam Spencer interview, the questions “an appalling woman called Wendy Carlisle” asked him, and because The Chaser interviewed him. Monckton’s conclusion:
The ABC has shown its credentials as supporters of totalitarianism, of socialism and of fascism. Let us use that word again. …
I do have a message for your Liberal and National coalition. Within three months of the next general election, DEFUND the ABC!
Carlisle was in the crowd at the time and was jostled by angry Monckton supporters.
I think the totalitarian here is the one who wants to silence a news organization for asking impertinent questions of a British aristocrat.
Also screaming “Nazi!” is Andrew Bolt who equates GetUp! to
Hitler Youth because they allegedly “booked about 100 seats at the NPC for Monckton’s appearance Tuesday”. (That’s today in about an hour — you can watch his debate with Richard Denniss here).
Bolt elaborates on GetUp!’s Hitler Youth tactics here. By “stacking” the audience they are going to ensure that the crowd is against him. How brave of Monckton to enter a debate with the crowd against him.