The prospect of Nigel “Thirsty” Farage and his fellow saloon bar propper-uppers at UKIP facing a £1 million hole in their finances, following the collapse last week of their group in the European Parliament (EP), saw the Kippers’ minds focused as never before: they had to find an MEP – any MEP – from a seventh EU member state to join, or lose all those bonus Euros.
Squeaky extremist finger up the bum time
Just how desperate the Farage fringe were to hold on to this extra revenue source became clear at the weekend, as Martin Sonneborn of Die Partei, Germany’s foremost satirist and an MEP whose primary purpose in being in Brussels is to take the piss, revealed that UKIP had approached him in an attempt to get someone from a seventh country on board.
It got worse: yesterday, Farage proudly announced that he had indeed found an MEP from a country not already represented in his EFDD group, who was prepared to join and restore its status. However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, Robert Iwaszkiewicz represents the Polish Congress of the New Right (KNP). And just how far to the right would that be?
Well, it would be rather a long way to the right, so far that it has been asserted that the KNP was too extreme even for the tastes of Marine le Pen and the French Front National (FN). One look at the Guardian’s headline, “Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding”, tells you all you need to know about the level of desperation stooped to by Mr Thirsty.
KNP leader Janus Korwin-Mikke recently declared that “the minimum wage should be ‘destroyed’ and said that ‘four million n****rs’ lost their jobs in the US as a result of President John F Kennedy signing a bill on the minimum wage in 1961. He went on to claim that 20 million young Europeans were being treated as ‘negroes’ as a result of the minimum wage. He ... was fined 10 days of allowances for his comments”.
Nice chap, eh? He’s also “called for the vote to be taken away from women, has claimed that the difference between rape and consensual sex is ‘very subtle’ and said that Adolf Hitler was ‘probably not aware that Jews were being exterminated’”. He “told the Wroclaw Gazette earlier this year that beating would ‘help bring many wives back down to earth’”, then claimed it was a joke.
One can only wonder what UKIP’s main partner in the EFDD, Beppe Grillo’s Five Star movement, makes of their latest recruit. Strangely, given their recent attempts to turn voters away from the Kippers, the right-leaning press in the UK has been silent on the affair. But then, the far-right is a difficult area for some of them.
Just how ridiculous do UKIP’s manoeuvrings have to get for the electorate to see this rabble of spivs and chancers for what they are? One can only wait and see.