Brexiteer MEP Steve Woolfe has beaten the competition in a strong field of crackpots to make the most ridiculous claim about George Soros.
Soros, a long standing advocate of the European Union, has donated £400,000 to the Best for Britain group, which is campaigning against Brexit. Quelle surprise!
Theresa May’s former special adviser, Nick Timothy, helped the Telegraph whip that into a story about Soros backing a “secret plot to thwart Brexit.”
But Woolfe made that look tame when he appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics today – he said Soros’ donation reminded him of a plot to assassinate Elizabeth I:
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) February 8, 2018
Scrapbook isn’t ashamed to admit we weren’t familiar with the Rodolfi plot.
By the way Woolfe checked his notes before mentioning it, we’re not sure that he was either.
So here’s a summary courtesy of the National Archives:
“In 1571 a plot was discovered involving Philip II of Spain, Pope Pius V and the Duke of Norfolk, as well as Mary’s advisor, the Bishop of Ross, and Mary herself. At its heart was Roberto Ridolfi, a Florentine banker based in London.
“Ridolfi traveled to Rome and Madrid to raise support for an invasion of eastern England and an uprising of Catholics, which would be followed by the marriage of the Duke of Norfolk to Mary, Queen of Scots, who would seize the English throne.
“When Ridolfi’s messenger was arrested at Dover, incriminating letters were seized and Norfolk was arrested, tried for high treason and found guilty. He was executed on Tower Hill on 2 June 1572. Ridolfi was abroad when the plot was uncovered and escaped this fate.”
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