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Did someone foolishly ask Gerard Batten:
|The Vagina Monologues (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)|
Clean EUkip up NOW make UKIP electable!
Yet AGAIN Batten shows he is unfit for purpose with his offensive and self obsessed bigotry!
I note on the well read Berlaymonster blog, which can be viewed if you CLICK HERE, Gerard Batten MEP yet AGAIN drags UKIP’s name into the gutter of his prejudices, this time rather than inciting religious and racial hatred he is exposed for his bigotry towards women!
‘Monster doffs its stingy-brimmed fedora to Swedish MEP Cecilia Wikström, for restraint and decorum today.She invited fellow MEPs to a Valentine’s Day performance of The Vagina Monologues, a play seized upon by women’s rights activists as a masterful contemporary narrative of female identity and empowerment. The production today is with the collaboration of the playright herself, and is intended to give elan to a parliamentary ‘call to action to end violence against women and girls.’UKIP MEP Gerard Batten, however, couldn’t resist the schoolboy tittery that has surrounded the work since it first rose to prominence in the mid-nineties.In a ‘reply-to-all’ that found itself in ‘Monster’s inbox too, Batten writes:“Dear Cecilian [sic],Thank you for the kind invitation.It looks interesting. It is some kind of ventriloquist act?”What a card.Far be it for BM to come over all right-on about this all, but really?Wikström’s response, flooding the parliament’s inboxes only a couple of hours later, was simply the following:“Mr Batten just thinks of ventriloquistsSuch a brilliant rhyme for old chauvinistsSuits this kind of chapWhose views are old hatHe can´t bear the presence of feministsIt´s a challenge when those with vaginasNo longer put up with – in silenceThis kind of old tripeFrom him and his typeBut speak up loud and clear against violence”Someone with less composure may have pointed to Mr Batten’s voting record in the EU parliament, which saw him only two weeks ago vote against a parliament call for more policy action to combat violence against women.Someone less charitable again may have replied:“If you want to see the kind of ventriloquist act Mr Batten has in mind, please click on the video link on his own website to view a series of his interventions in parliament.”BM.
And here is The Guardian’s opinion of the crass stupidity of Gerard Batten as presented by their leading correspondent Hugh Muir in The Diary section:
• Valentine’s Day in Brussels. A time for the normal declarations of love, but also for serious business as MEPs from all parties swap emails about a special performance next month of The Vagina Monologues. The event is billed as “a cross-party call to action to end violence against women and girls”; the round-robin invitation reaches Ukip’s Gerard Batten, MEP for London. It’s all a laugh to Gerard. “Thank you for the kind invitation,” he replies. “It looks interesting. It is some kind of ventriloquist act?” Ha ha, Gerard. Very good. Always a giggle to be had from domestic abuse.