The far right has always had a problem with paedophilia. On the one hand, whenever one of their number calls out someone who is not white over being allegedly involved, it is deemed A Very Bad Thing Indeed. But when one of their number says it’s a cool thing, that conflicts them terribly. And that conflict has now come to UKIP.
No. Just no
After the departure of former Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage from its leadership, UKIP has been in a popularity nosedive, as leaders have come and gone, and membership has dwindled. Now, under the genuinely bigoted and intolerant stewardship of Adolf von Batten, the party is desperate for new members. Maybe a little too desperate.
Thus it was that UKIP welcomed Battersea bedroom dweller Paul Watson, purveyor of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and Mark Meechan, famous because he got his partner’s dog to respond to the command “Gas the Jews”. Could it get any worse? It certainly could: now the Kippers have welcomed into their ranks one Milo Yiannopoulos.
Still A Liar And A Cheat ...
Not only has Yiannopoulos joined UKIP, his arrival has been the subject of congratulations from disgraced former MP Neil “A Liar And A Cheat” Hamilton, an individual of such high principle that he managed to lose one of the safest Tory seats in the UK after the Guardian caught him lying about his more creative money-making activities.
Did Hamilton bother to check out Yiannopoulos’ back story before welcoming him to UKIP? Most likely they’re so desperate that they no longer care. But the wider public might just care, given Yiannopoulos’ recent advocacy for paedophilia. You read that right.
Yiannopoulos had been recorded talking about older men having sexual relationships with “young boys”. After some discussion, he asserted “You’re misunderstanding what paedophilia means! Paedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature”. After that revelation, he had his invitation to give a keynote speech to CPAC rescinded, and his book deal with Simon & Schuster was cancelled.
He also left the convocation of the terminally batshit otherwise known as Breitbart. All that was on top of his being handed a lifetime ban by Twitter for inciting hatred. And there is more, including, as BuzzFeed News recalled, “a previously unreleased April 2016 video in which Yiannopoulos sings ‘America the Beautiful’ in a Dallas karaoke bar as admirers, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, raise their arms in Nazi salutes”.
And more: “Yiannopoulos has … sent anti-Semitic messages to the writer and fact checker Talia Lavin. ‘This past weekend, the nationalist bragged on Facebook and Instagram that he’d sent $14.88 to The New Yorker‘s former fact checker Talia Lavin,’ Observer notes. (1488 being a notorious code used by white supremacists to hail each other).”
That from the New Republic. And there was yet more: “Asked by Observer to comment on a story, Yiannopoulos texted, ‘I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight.’ He sent a similar comment to a Daily Beast writer”.
Now this mass of sub-human filth has been welcomed into UKIP. The likes of Neil Hamilton think that’s A Good Thing. Perhaps now the broadcasters will finally cut them loose.