The Brexit Party has appointed a conspiracy theorist as one of its prospective parliamentary candidates.
Richard Milton, who will stand in East Worthing and Shoreham, is a journalist and author who has published numerous conspiracy theories relating to evolution, climate change and science generally.
One of his books, The Facts of Life: Shattering the Myths of Darwinism, denounces Darwinism and natural selection, and argues that the Earth is younger than scientists admit. It also supports Lamarckism – a discredited theory of evolution.
The book was described as “silly-season drivel” by Richard Dawkins in a review for the New Statesman. Dawkins also added that the book was “twaddle that betrays, on almost every page, complete and total pig-ignorance of the subject at hand”.
Milton, unfortunately, has also published several other books, both fiction and non-fiction – though it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two. One of his books Alternative Science, argues that the scientific community purposefully represses unpopular discoveries and ideas.
He also has a blog on which he has published an article claiming that the science behind climate change is “manipulated” and that fears about climate change are as superstitious as the ‘millennium bug’ crashing all the world’s computers.
Given that climate change is now one of the top three issues concerning people in the UK, we’re not sure voters in East Worthing and Shoreham will take too keenly to Mr Milton.