Bolton Goes Over The Top
UPDATE: Team Bolton have contacted me and assured me that Henry never used the word ‘Nazi’ in the interview. I am leaving this article published but wished to make it clear that this information is now known to me.
I am sure many readers will have, by this point, seen Henry Bolton’s comments as reported on the Guido Fawkes website. Without further ado, let’s start from the top:
Under the wrong leadership, we could see a swing away from our traditional, secular values and stances; towards something far darker… we could easily slip towards the ideals of National Socialism.
Our values are not secular. They are Britain’s national values and a certain Mr Nigel Farage consistently described those values as Judeo-Christian, not secular. If Mr Bolton is proposing we abandon that stance for a defence of the formless hot mess that is secularism then let him be honest and tell us as much. So, having started from the wrong place he sends us somewhere totally unexpected and doesn’t tell us really how we could get there other than electing the wrong leader (presumably Anne Marie Waters).
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The last thing UKIP needs is to become the UK Nazi Party… In my opinion, using broad brushstrokes of ignorance to target and denounce one group within the UK population is absolutely wrong.
Mr Bolton is starting to channel The Guardian now. Islam is not a group of people. It is a body of religious ideas set forth in a book called The Quran. The beliefs in that book are associated with Muslim’s as a body of people, incidentally, they are statistically the largest body of people that suffer greatly under Islamic tyranny. Young girls in the UK suffer the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation. Anyone who lives in a Middle Eastern country like Saudi Arabia lives under an autocratic despotism draped in the finest Islamic green. The list goes on. Islam cannibalises its own people to a truly horrifying degree, further proof of the inherent evil of it I would contend. Maybe you would disagree. However, you can scarcely argue that the critique of Islam is based on paranoid fantasies like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
It is based on demonstrably provable, empirical fact. Furthermore, rather than denounce Muslims, I would argue there is a salient critique of Islam that rightly seeks to defend them, to end their barbaric repression and identifies them as victims. This scarcely sounds like how the Nazi’s portrayed the Jews to me. This part of Mr Bolton’s comments are especially worrying because they start to sound like the thought-policing crypto-fascism we have come to know and rightly despise from the left.
In fact, it’s very reminiscent of the policies invoked under both fascist and communist regimes during the 20th century… Frankly, seeking to blame one section of our community for society’s ills is not patriotism; it’s a form of totalitarianism that goes against everything UKIP as a political force has ever achieved.
Errr no it isn’t as indicated above. The most mainstream critique of Islam, which is based on a rational observation and reaction to the demonstrable threat Islamic terrorism poses, is nothing like the Nazi critique of the Jewish people which also insisted they, as a people, were inferior. To her credit, I have never once seen Anne Marie Waters suggest Muslim people are inferior as people. If she has, then maybe Mr Bolton should say so.
UKIP was set up to fight the ‘totalitarian’ effects of EU influence on British society. Therefore, I will not sit back and watch the party be hijacked by those who seek to now seize on our success to drive forward their own agenda.”
Agreed to the first sentence. However, the second sentence is another example of the hysterical way Mr Bolton has tried to deal with the candidacy of Anne Marie Waters. The more you attack her in this way, the stronger she becomes. It shows a certain lack of political aptitude on the part of Mr Bolton and his team that they have dealt with this situation in this way. Personally, I do have to say, I think this will backfire considerably as Mr Boltons earlier attempt to block Anne Marie did and could cost him considerable support.