Since Gerard Batten took over as leader of the remaining saloon-bar propper-uppers at UKIP, he has certainly given a wake-up call to the party’s MEPs. The problem for him is that, once awake, they have seen what he is at, and decided to move swiftly in the direction of away. So the Kippers are now shipping MEPs at a frightening rate.
Last Week, as Sky News reported at the time, it was William Dartmouth who was throwing in the towel: “A UKIP MEP has quit the party, saying it has become ‘widely perceived as both homophobic and anti-Islamic’ … Lord William Dartmouth announced the move with ‘relief and regret’, accusing leader Gerard Batten of moving the party ‘further and further to the Right’”. But Adolf von Batten was not downhearted at this news.
“Mr Batten responded by calling on Lord Dartmouth to step down from the European Parliament … He said: ‘It is customary when a colleague resigns to express regret. Sadly in this instance that would not be sincere since Lord Dartmouth has done very little if anything to further the interests of UKIP … He was one of those people recruited under previous leaders whose sympathies were more with the Conservative Party’”.
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That was bad enough, but now has come news that Bill “Viagra Golliwog” Etheridge has also given up. This is bad news for Batten, as the New European has pointed out. “A three-time UKIP leadership challenger who posed for a picture with a golliwog and had to deny endorsing Hitler has quit the party, citing its move to the right”.
The bloke telling Adolf von Batten he is moving too far to the right is the one who recently addressed UKIP’s youth wing, and, as the Mail on Sunday put it, “Bill Etheridge described the [Adolf Hitler] as a ‘magnetic and forceful public speaker’ who ‘achieved a great deal’”. The MoS hatchet job also, for good measure, told readers about “Mr Etheridge, who recently wrote a book celebrating golliwogs”.
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Etheridge’s golliwog habit got him and his wife chucked out of the Tory Party. He was far enough to the right to be a Hitler fan. He endorsed the “White Pendragons”, the group who tried to make a “citizen’s arrest” of London Mayor Sadiq Khan so they could carry out what appeared at the time to be some kind of lynching stunt. The group, as Hope Not Hate has pointed out, is “headed by a notorious former English Defence League (EDL) activist and convicted racist [who has] previously filmed himself tearing up and spitting on the Qur’an”.
And once again, Batten has merely shrugged off the resignation, scoffing “I hope that Mr Etheridge will do the decent and honourable thing and resign his seat, thereby handing it back to UKIP to which it morally belongs”. Morals? The bigot who has yanked the most right-wing mainstream party in the UK yet further right and turned it into a hate mob and welcome centre for the Islamophobic far-rigt? Morals my arse.
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Under Adolf von Batten, UKIP is visibly falling apart. Two MEPs have departed, and looking at the ranks of those remaining, the impression is given that there will be more.
The time of UKIP was for a time, but not for all time. Just rejoice at that news.
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