Far-right crackpots Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen reckon Nigel Farage is their kind of chap — which is why they invited UKIP to join their new grouping in the Brussels yesterday.
Forced to rebut the suggestion on Twitter, wouldn’t it be embarrassing if it turned out that a UKIP MEP had been cosying up to ‘extremist’ Wilders — even inviting him to the European Parliament for the showing of a far-right film which intersperses quotes from the Qur’an with footage of terrorist atrocities?
Errr … step forward London MEP Gerard Batten, who — when not sporting his ridiculous suit and tie in party colours (below) – loves nothing more than to heap praise on Wilders. Writing in Freedom Today, Batten gushed:
“he is a brave man trying to defend western civilisation in the face of its own loss of the most basic instinct of self-preservation”
And Farage has the cheek to act surprised when Europe’s far-right come calling.
It’s happened before. Another UKIP panellist on Question Time … and UKIP’s scaremongering immigration rhetoric is slammed.
This time the audience member is joined by Tory minister Anna Soubry.
This pixel fault in Salford’s Media City UK — which manifested at the precise moment that UKIP leader Nigel Farage was talking about immigration and Enoch Powell — will doubtless fuel UKIP conspiracy nuts’ theories about BBC bias.
Even the TVs are against them!
Hope Not Hate have exposed a current UKIP councillor as a former candidate for the racist National Front. Robert Ray is the party’s sole representative on Thurrock Council — but stood for the NF in the 1970s.
While that is certainly a long time ago, Ray told Hope Not Hate staff that he still backs the National Front platform:
“We read him the contents of his election leaflet and he told us that he still stood by everything that was written, claiming that immigrants still established ghetto areas in this country.”
UKIP have a policy against former members of the National Front as members:
“Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party.”
So the matter of his expulsion from the party is now a formality, right?
Errrr … maybe not. When Nigel Farage’s 2005 election agent was found to have a track record with at least two far-right parties he was let off the hook. Martyn Heale was forgiven his activities as an activist, branch organiser and candidate for the National Front and the “avowedly racist” New Britain Party on the basis that his membership was “considered historic”.
Don’t hold your breath.
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Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is out to spoil UKIP’s favourite photo call:
“Just waving a pint and a cigarette and grinning does not a serious political party make.”
We can forgive him an ale and fag at 6pm on a Friday though.
With Tory Nigel Evans charged with sexual offences against seven men, party campaigners will have maintained a keen interest in the possibility of a by-election in Ribble Valley since his initial arrest in May. But as the only credible challengers in the event of a conviction for the (now former) deputy speaker, the UKIP operation in the seat is in disarray.
Party spinners have been away briefing that they are in with a chance:
“A conviction would almost certainly force him to resign [his seat], however, and the UK Independence Party has suggested it would hope to do well in any by-election.”
Indeed, an August council by-election in the constituency’s main town of Clitheroe would have provided fertile soil for UKIP to test their ground operation — if it weren’t for the fact that their lynchpin activist in the area, errrr, quit the party and stood as an independent.
Steve Rush, the party’s Westminster candidate in 2010 and former Lancashire vice-chair demolished Tory opposition in the Littlemoor by-election, securing second place as the Lib Dems surged to victory. UKIP didn’t even bother standing a “paper candidate” with nominal campaign support.
Though Rush might well have been forced to step aside for any hypothetical future contest, the state of UKIP in Lancashire’s wealthiest enclave does not augur well for Nigel Farage’s parliamentary ambitions.
Evans is bailed to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court on 18 September.
Having been caught red handed with a dodgy tax avoidance scheme, here’s Nigel Farage’s hypocritical European Parliament quote in full. He even cites the Isle of Man — where his own vehicle was based.
“Mr President, well, there is a great degree of unity here this morning. A common enemy: rich people and successful companies evading tax, which is of course a problem – avoiding tax, which is not illegal but gives this whole Chamber this morning a high moral tone and, as Mr Barroso says, it is all about the perception of fairness. There is the added bonus, of course, that it drives a wedge between the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Caymans.”
That said, Farage is well aware of the mobility of money — and people — in the European Union:
“If we become uncompetitive through tax or regulation, people simply move – and they can do so in the space of 24 hours.”
Scrapbook would happily contribute towards a one-way ticket to Douglas wite the proviso that Farage stays there permanently.