Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has remained very vocal despite leaving that role following the successful Brexit vote, and he is calling out former political prisoner and anti-Islamic rabble-rouser Tommy Robinson.
Amidst chatter of bringing Robinson into the UKIP fold, Farage is calling the idea a “catastrophic mistake” that would result in the “total and utter marginalisation” of the party.
“When I was leader of UKIP I actually forbade any former members of the EDL or BNP to even be members of the party because I wanted to talk about real issues like immigration without anybody being able to say we were actually racist,” Farage said while appearing on Good Morning Britain.
“I think some people in UKIP are tempted to let figures like Tommy Robinson in to the party and I think that would be a catastrophic mistake,” he added.
Farage told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he has no desire to return to UKIP as well.
“No I don’t want to. I think nobody could be leader of a party forever, whether it’s Blair or anybody, you can’t do that,” Farage said.
Farage has frequently clashed with new UKIP leader Gerard Batten, who is leading the charge of UKIP’s sharp shift to the right. Batten believes this is the right direction to take the party following the end of the Farage era that has seen the party wane in relevance.
“Nigel is friends with Donald Trump, who a lot of people like to call names. Nigel has gone to speak on platforms with Alternative fur Deutschland, who a lot of people don’t like and call names,” Batten told Sky News.
“He is entitled to do that, because they are democratic parties, and I am entitled to speak at rallies organised by people who believe in democracy. I think maybe he should be a little bit more careful about criticising me, because he has done similar things,” he said.
Batten says that he is open to changing party rules that would allow Robinson to enter the party mix. In recent months, popular right-wing media personalities have joined the party such as Paul Joseph Watson, Count Dankula, Milo Yiannopoulos and Sargon of Akkad. Youth membership has spiked as a result.
Under Farage’s leadership, UKIP was a haven primarily for the gray hairs. UKIP’s new direction is growing the party and the movement with young, tech-savvy individuals. Perhaps Farage’s brand of politics would be better suited for the Tories right now, who are in shambles under the failed pathetic leadership of globalist harpy PM Theresa May.