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.
Just to make clear, there will be no alliances with extreme parties of either the left or right with UKIP in the EP.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 13, 2013
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.