And so has come the moment of reality for new-look UKIP and its not even slightly charismatic leader Adolf von Batten: the Mail on Sunday has done a hit piece on the party’s MEP candidate Carl Benjamin, who styles himself Sargon of Akkad. Batten and Benjamin are adamant it’s all lies and they’re going to sue, but I have to tell the less than dynamic duo that they will be wasting their time - and a non-trivial amount of money.
Carl Benjamin - damaged goods before he joined UKIP
The article, under the by-line of the MoS’ political editor Glen Owen, tells readers “Now Ukip candidate who said he 'wouldn't even rape' a Labour MP says it's OK to sexually abuse boys”. He said WHAT? There is more. Rather a lot more. “Police are examining sickening statements about child abuse made by a highly controversial Ukip candidate”.
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Do go on. “A YouTube broadcast in which Mr Benjamin says: ‘I can be quoted as saying you can f*** young boys. It’s actually not as controversial as you think. Depends on the child, doesn’t it? The ancient Greeks were pederasts. It was considered to be normal. It was mentoring’ … The dossier also includes a screenshot of a social media message in which Benjamin says he needs ‘something to really trigger’ outrage, adding: ‘Do you have any underage porn or child porn? I will delete it fast so nobody gets in trouble.’”
And there is yet more: “Other material studied by the police include a now-deleted 2015 video showing him repeatedly using the racial slurs ‘n****r’ and ‘sp*c’. He described two people as a ‘fag’ and a ‘retard’, and said it was ‘just f***ing fine’ to call an Asian woman a ‘ch*nk’”. As Zelo Street pointed out some months ago.
So what of Batten and Benjamin’s reaction to the MoS outing? Adolf declared “This is part of the MSM smear campaign. These were fabricated tweets & it was proved at the time four years ago. Either the Mail doesn’t care or they didn’t check. Carl will be suing the Mail”. What did the subject of the article have to say for himself?
“The dirty smear merchants at the Daily Mail are going to write a slimepiece about a conversation they haven't even listened to. Just recorded my half of it” told Benjamin, using his @backworldsman1 Twitter account, which he maintains in defiance of a ban handed down by the platform. Today he added simply “We will hold them to account”.
The @WarPlanPurple Twitter account, another Benjamin presence, posted a photo with the tag #SmearMerchants, depicting journalists as peasants. But both Batten and Benjamin have a problem. The MoS article includes this nugget: “Last night, when asked about the child-sex remarks, which he made in 2014, Benjamin - who is standing for the EU parliament’s South West England constituency - said: ‘It was an abstract conversation. You are a dirty, dirty smear merchant.’” So he admits the conversation took place.
Moreover, by the time they get a legal action together - if they get a legal action together - the European Parliament elections will have been and gone. Carl Benjamin was damaged goods even before he joined UKIP. Making him a candidate was beyond foolish.
And that’s before the press starts on the rest of the Kipper hopefuls. Bye bye UKIP.
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