The motley convocation of saloon bar propper-uppers otherwise known as UKIP has today elected a new leader, and to show the world just how serious they are about their politics, the man elected was Paul Nuttall, the party’s resident comedy Scouser, whose schtick is an amalgam of Pub Landlord and early Alexei Sayle.
What a day Missus! What a day!! How tickled I ham!!! What a day for shoving a grilled kipper through the vicar's letterbox!!!!
Nuttall is loud, he’s in your face, he’s insistent, and he’s a 24 carat, gold plated, copper bottomed, ocean going bigot. He told the BBC’s Daily Politics that “We will be focusing on the issues that really matter to working-class people on doorsteps - immigration, crime, defence, foreign aid, ensuring that British people are put to the top of the queue in the job market”. So plenty of discrimination against all those ghastly foreigners, then.
Losing candidate Suzanne Evans claimed that the result gave Nuttall “a ‘huge mandate’ to unite the party”. And the size of that “huge mandate”? “Mr Nuttall, who was born in Bootle, Merseyside and was UKIP deputy leader from 2010 until September this year, attracted 9,622 votes … Ms Evans came second with 2,973 votes (19.3%) and Mr Rees-Evans third with 2,775 votes (18.1%). There were 32,757 ballot papers sent out, with 15,405 votes cast”. He received fewer than 10,000 votes. Remember that number.
Why so? Because Nuttall also claimed “I want to replace the Labour Party and make UKIP the patriotic voice of working people”. A word in your shell-like, Are Paul. In Labour’s leadership contest earlier this year, Jeremy Corbyn polled more than 313,000 votes. Hell, even losing candidate Owen Smith polled over 193,000. And Paul Nuttall, positively endorsed by less than 10,000 people, wants to replace them. Yeah, right.
It gets worse: the turnout in the Labour leadership election was 77.6%. In UKIP’s contest, fewer than 50% of the ballots sent out were returned. This is a joke party sustained by a credulous media. And Nuttall has serious past form for rank bigotry.
Take, for instance, his attitude to the LGBT community, as Pink News has told: Nuttall “has called for people with HIV to be banned from the UK … is an opponent of LGBT rights … [LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education] ‘is just politically correct nonsense’ … Mr Nuttall has specifically courted the anti-LGBT vote [he has said] ‘On moral issues, we, more than any other political party, are more in line with Catholic thought. Whether it’s on gender-choice abortion or same-sex marriage, we are absolutely 100 percent behind the Catholic Church’”. And he’s been elected leader of an allegedly serious political party.
As Alex Andreou noted, Nuttall claimed “Brits fear all immigrants, regardless of where they would come from”. He has, as Adam Bienkov observed, “called for the the National Health service to be privatised … He is also against adverts which inform women about family planning and abortion … while Nuttall is in favour of removing the right of Muslims to wear what they please, he does not believe there should have been any restrictions on the right of Christians to express religious discrimination”.
He’s defended the use of blatantly sexist language. He’s a climate change denier. And he wants to bring all of that to bear in … replacing Labour. The reality is that he’s another fundamentalist right-winger, only with a Merseyside accent and a big gob.
Paul Nuttall may not be a serious politician. But he is potentially dangerous.