Nigel “Thirsty” Farage and his fellow saloon bar propper-uppers in UKIP have been holding their party conference at Doncaster Racecourse, subjecting assembled hacks to the horror of a pay bar, and generating deserved yet unwanted quips such as “A Day At The Racists”. At the same time, word has emerged suggesting that Farage has cursed himself by taking on an exceptionally clueless spinner.
Asa Bennett of the HuffPo reported “Hearing Nigel Farage has hired Raheem Kassam for ‘something senior’ in a comms role”, then followed that with “Re rumours of going to work for Farage, Raheem Kassam tells me ‘it’s the first I’ve heard of it’. Adds that he is ‘open to helping’”. Yes, as ever, Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam is open to anything that benefits Himself Personally Now.
What Kassam did not let on was that he was already spinning in favour of UKIP, as befits anyone from the batshit collective that is Breitbart London. The shameless pandering extended to telling “I’m told Douglas Carswell is a big fan of McFlurries and makes his own jam”. The sensitive soul even passed adverse comment on a mild quip made in response by Christian May.
May is, I believe, a friend of Kassam: goodness knows how he would have reacted to anyone else. Meanwhile, he was admiring the attendance at a UKIP rally: “At [a] Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage rally in Clacton. There’s an overspill room. Over 1000 people, I’m told”. Yes, he’s already doing the Kippers’ bidding by taking their propaganda as fact (and ignoring those empty seats at left).
There was more: “‘Come and join the Clacton battalion of our People’s Army’ says Farage at 1000-strong rally” enthused Kassam. What next, invading Poland? Anything is possible, given the anti-foreigner and militaristic rhetoric: that kind of line would not have been out of place in the 1930s world of Oswald Mosley. One has to wonder if Kassam has thought this one through.
“Call me Ray” does not appear to let that thought enter as he then obediently helps Mr Thirsty and his pals kick both the two major Westminster parties. A photo of Douglas “Kamikaze” Carswell is annotated with “The sign (surely “sight”? – Ed) of Carswell at [the 2014 UKIP conference] no doubt makes David Cameron gag”. As if Young Dave is going to have time to look in.
Mil The Younger is also in Farage’s sights, and this too is dutifully reported: “Farage in Doncaster: one party Labour state responsible for Rotherham child abuse and postal voting fraud”. Local authorities are now the state? Who knew? But good to see UKIP getting its excuses in first, before not unseating any Labour MPs. And good to see Raheem Kassam finding his true vocation at last.
He’ll defend any ranting bigot. That’s providing he gets paid for it, of course.