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Nasty, very… November 27, 2018

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Gerard Batten, MEP and leader of UKIP (and under whose ‘leadership’ that party has lost multiple MEPs to resignations over his actions) doubled down last week on the far-right side of things…

Batten, has appointed the anti-lslam activist Tommy Robinson as an official adviser, further cementing the party’s move towards the far right.
Batten said the founder of the far-right activist group the English Defence League, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, would advise him on grooming gangs and prisons.

Now this is the same Yaxley-Lennon who as the Guardian notes:

…has convictions for assault, drugs and public order offences, and has been jailed for mortgage fraud and for using someone else’s passport to travel to the US. He is awaiting a decision on his contempt of court retrial, which was referred last month to the attorney general for review.

And whose activities potentially could have collapsed the trials of the gangs.

Though this is also the same Batten who said this…

UK threatened by Ireland. A tiny country that relies on UK for its existence. We should advise, we are free to revoke common travel area.

Still who says Battens rhetoric is without its impact for this very day one will read that:

Patrick O’Flynn, the former Daily Express journalist who became a Ukip MEP and at one stage was the party’s economic spokesman, has announced that he is leaving the party because of its leader, Gerard Batten’s, support for Tommy Robinson. In a blog explaining his decision O’Flynn says:

And what new political home has he found?

“the resurgent SDP, which campaigned for Brexit during the referendum and espouses broad and moderate pro-nation state political values that I – and I believe many of our voters from 2014 – will be delighted to endorse.”

I’ll bet he’s made the SDPs day. Still better them than UKIP.

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1. An Sionnach Fionn - November 27, 2018

Robinson and the Ukippers are organising rallies in the lead-up to the Westminster vote on the EU-UK deal. They way they are talking on social media they are expecting a mass demonstration on the lines of the 1990 poll tax riot in London to scare the MPs into definitely voting the proposed agreement down.

Hopefully it will be another non-event, like previous far-right protests in the UK.

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WorldbyStorm - November 27, 2018

Interesting they’re trying to ramp it up to this level. I think you’re right and they’ll be lucky to get any sort of a crowd, but it does depend on whether pro Brexit sentiment is more than just something to be exercised in the polling place.

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2. CL - November 27, 2018

With Brexit becoming a reality and nostalgic nationalism having an outlet in the Tory party Ukip is redundant.
The left-right division in British politics has been overshadowed by Brexit.

“the battles to come will not run along party lines….Today’s Tories look more divided than Labour, but that is because a governing party has to do Brexit, while the opposition only has to talk about it….
For the hard-right Conservatives, Brexit is one stage in a still more radical project – a hybrid of Ukippish nationalism and deregulated market free-for-all…
Even if Labour MPs vote en bloc against the Brexit deal it will be for divergent reasons. …
The parties that emerge on the other side of this storm will not be the same ones we have now, even if they sail under familiar names and colours.”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/27/shock-brexit-uk-politics-constitutional-hurricane

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