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The Dogdays of Ukip As It Slides Into Racism, Extremism & Chavvery Continuing To Damage BreXit As Ever! …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 08/01/2019

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The Dogdays of Ukip As It Slides Into Racism, Extremism & Chavvery Continuing To Damage BreXit As Ever! …
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Ukip leader dubbed ‘the mad old grandad’ is accused by former members of overseeing a ‘revolution’ to shift the party towards the far-Right

  • Gerard Batten has been accused of dramatically steering Ukip to the far-right 
  • His acceptance to take the job last year prompted a wave of resignations
  • Former leader Nigel Farage handed in his resignation due to Batten’s ‘flirtation with extremists’  
Gerard Batten (left) and Tommy Robinson (right) at a rally

 

Gerard Batten (left) and Tommy Robinson (right) at a rally

For years, he was thought of by his Ukip colleagues as a ‘mad old grandad’ single-minded in his dislike of two things – the EU and Islam.

Former ‘harmless’ MEP Gerard Batten, 64, has now been accused of dramatically steering Ukip to the far-Right since taking over as leader.

His sudden ascent to the top job last year prompted a wave of resignations – including that of the party’s former leader, Nigel Farage – due to his flirtation with extremists.

Mr Batten’s recent decision to appoint former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson as an adviser led campaigners to warn that the far-Right has been given a stage in mainstream British politics.

Former senior Ukip figures yesterday accused Mr Batten of deliberately staging a ‘revolution’ to shift the party’s focus from Brexit to a stance criticising Islam and multiculturalism.

An ex-MEP, who recently quit the party, said: ‘Many of Gerard’s beliefs would have been very well settled in the BNP.’

Ukip leader Gerard Batten (left)  and his wife, Franceslina (right)

 

Ukip leader Gerard Batten (left)  and his wife, Franceslina (right)

Mr Batten has previously courted controversy by describing Islam as a ‘death cult’ and calling for British Muslims to sign a charter of understanding in which they denounce violence.

His dramatic effect on the Ukip since taking over as leader in February 2018 came after years spent languishing on its fringes when colleagues said he became ‘obsessed’ with Islam.

Mr Batten first developed an interest in politics as a child, watching current affairs programmes about the Cold War at home in London’s Isle of Dogs.

As the son of a shipping clerk, he has described his childhood as typically working class. He landed his first job as a bookbinder at the age of 18 before becoming a BT salesman. While working for the telecoms giant Mr Batten met his wife Frances Lina, now 60, who had moved to the UK as an immigrant from the Philippines.

The couple, who married in 1988 while she was studying business, have two sons and live in a £630,000 terraced house in East London.

Mr Batten’s role as a trade union official at BT helped fuel a growing political interest. He later fondly recalled ‘violent arguments between me and the lefties’. In 1991 he joined the Anti-Federalist League, formed to campaign against the Maastricht Treaty.

Tommy Robinson (left) attempts to join Ukip via his mobile phone in front of UK Independence Party Leader Gerard Batten (right) at a rally after taking part in a "Brexit Betrayal" march organised by Ukip in central London in December 2018

 

Tommy Robinson (left) attempts to join Ukip via his mobile phone in front of UK Independence Party Leader Gerard Batten (right) at a rally after taking part in a “Brexit Betrayal” march organised by Ukip in central London in December 2018

Alongside Mr Farage and party founder Alan Sked, Batten helped to transform the body into Ukip two years later. Mr Sked, now professor emeritus at the London School of Economics, said: ‘When I set up Ukip he was a perfectly decent, moderate family man.’

But the academic, who left the party in 1997, said he was shocked years later to receive campaign literature from him. ‘It was Gerard Batten saying we should stop immigration and foreigners taking our jobs,’ said Mr Sked. ‘I felt like saying, “Your wife has been working [here] since she came to Britain”.’ Mr Sked raised alarm bells about Ukip’s current focus on Islam, adding: ‘He will take the party into a cul-de-sac and kill it.’

After Mr Batten became an MEP in 2004 party officials began to become alarmed about his views on Islam and he was almost deselected in 2014. Jonathan Arnott, a leading Ukip MEP who quit the party in January last year, said: ‘He sees everything as black and white – that either Muslims are good or they are bad. And he has decided they are bad.’

Mr Batten’s most controversial move has been his vocal support for Robinson. Mr Batten has claimed he could help transform Ukip into a ‘mass movement’.

Party officials have credited his decision to attract new supporters with boosting membership numbers from 18,000 last year to just under 27,000 now.

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