Banff Mountain Book Award – Should Jim Perrin be trusted to judge his peers impartially?

This morning, 26/9/12, we were telephoned by one of our many well-wishers who thought we would be interested to know that Jim Perrin is this year on the jury for the Banff [Canada] Mountain Book Award.

If our ‘well-wisher’ is correct it is an extraordinary coincidence that this information has come to us after we posted, only last night, our blog: ‘Might Jim Perrin Also Have Used Aliases? ref: R J Ellory.’ – which, it is our absolute belief, he has been doing for many years.

We know that he flatters to their faces those whom he later – it might be said – stabs in the back, and we gave as an example one name, Joe Simpson, mountaineer and author of many award-winning books.

From reading and googling it is apparent that a most talented young author, and one who writes with great elegance of style, Robert Macfarlane, has also been the recipient of this bizarre and detestable behaviour: as well, it has come to our notice that the eminent scholar, historian and author, David Craig has, similarly, been affected by what, in our opinion, can only be described as the quite wicked – even corrupt? – machination of Jim Perrin.

Is it right?  Is it ethical?  Is it, in point of principle, proper, that this man with his known and proved track record of writing letters to score points or to exert influence, sometimes anonymously, ref: our blog, ‘The Anonymous Letter’, should be allowed to sit in judgment on the work of his peers?

Is it possible to believe in the honesty of this man or that he is even capable of the absolute impartiality required …..?

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We note, that after decades of almost exclusively referring to himself as ‘Jim’, Jim Perrin has now taken to calling himself ‘James’: however, Google will always find him.

And we observe that when he was featured on the Banff web-site in 2006 he allowed himself the use of the title, Doctor: ‘Dr. Jim Perrin (Oswestry, Wales)’ and we have evidence that he has been doing so since 2000.

Whilst we know that he was granted, in 2008, an honorary fellowship from Bangor University, North Wales, we have no knowledge that he was entitled to any honour as far back as 2000.  We have wondered if he actually earned a PhD?  He definitely ‘implied’ that he had – and with sufficient detail – to someone who believed him and who later wrote of him that: ‘He[JP] was steeped in literature (with a PhD in 17th-century biography.)’.

So far there is no trace of it, and if it should be the case that he did not, there is surely another question-mark concerning Jim Perrin’s integrity?