UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom MEP “I share a glass of wine a few times a year with Marine le Pen”

13th December, 2012 9:15 am

At the start of December, Yorkshire & Humber MEP Godfrey Bloom wrote an article defending his involvement with the European Alliance of Freedom (EAF), a pan-European political party which includes far-right parties from across Europe. Despite Bloom’s active involvement in the EAF, UKIP has a policy of not joining pan-European political parties. He argued that the party, whose executive include the French Front National, Belgian Vlaams Belang and Austrian Freedom Party, are solely united by their euro scepticism.

However, he then admitted to sharing “a glass of wine a few times a year with Marine le Pen” saying she was a ‘protectionist and socialist’.

Marine Le Pen is the leader of the Front National in France, and the daughter of its founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has been convicted of racism of inciting racial hatred at least six times. In 2010, Marine Le Pen compared Muslims praying in France to Nazi occupiers, and when challenged said “My comments were absolutely not a blunder, but a completely thought-out analysis.”

Godfrey Bloom was chair of the EAF until last month, when a new board was announced at a press conference in the European Parliament. The new chair is Franz Obermayr from the Austrian Freedom Party, and Marine Le Pen and Belgian MEP Philip Claeys are co-Presidents. Fellow board member is Kent Ekeroth, an MP for the Swedish Democrats.

The leader of the Austrian Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, was roundly condemned in August this year for posting a cartoon on Facebook similar to anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda. A former FPÖ official is currently facing criminal charges for campaign literature with the slogan “Love your home country instead of Moroccan thieves”.

Kent Ekeroth is currently ‘taking a break’ from the Swedish Democrats, after footage of him and several key Swedish Democrat politicians on a drunken racist rampage was leaked to the press.  The Swedish Democrats also hit the headlines for recently sending a schoolboy a web link showing decapitated bodies in response to a request for their views on Islam.

Philip Claeys is a member of Vlaams Belang, a Flemish separatist party established after its previous incarnation, Vlaams Blok, was dissolved in 2004 for violating race hatred laws. Recent Vlaams Belang campaign literature included a picture of a white sheep kicking a Moroccan Muslim sheep out of Europe.

Bloom appears to have closer views to his fellow EAF members than he admits.  He referred to ‘dim-witted Johnny Asiatic’ in a recent article on trade tariffs on Chinese pottery, and was ejected from the parliamentary chamber for shouting Nazi slogans at a German MEP in 2010.

Bloom also stood for UKIP in Humberside for the Police & Crime Commissioner elections in November, coming fourth with 16.06% of the vote.

Mary Honeyball is a Labour MEP for London

  • JoeDM

    And how many Labour MEPs wine and dine with ex-Communists from the old Soviet block countries (and at public expense)?

  • Hugh

    I for one am intrigued to know what a Moroccan Muslim sheep looks like.

  • http://twitter.com/youngian67 Ian Young

    These people could become the biggest UK party in the EP in 2015 so this is a timely article. Senior Labour figures are being at bit too nice to Farage lately, while UKIP continues to keep the gloves on.

    It would be crude to dismiss UKIP as just crypto-Facists but treating them as just a respectable Eurosceptic version of the Tories is equally as wrong.

    They are part of an odd collection of neo-liberal nationalist conspiracy theorists which in the US congregate around Senator Ron Paul and Wilders in Holland. David Icke is the most batty manisfestation and are concerned about secret cabals, of which the EU is a part of, who want to establish a world government.

    This link shows UKIP MEP Gerard Batten asking questions about big cheese networking club the Bilderberg group, a favourite topic for crazy tin foil hatted conspriacy theorists-

Latest

  • Comment Is Blue Labour the answer to Labour’s woes?

    Is Blue Labour the answer to Labour’s woes?

    What can the much-derided Blue Labour offer the party? It is a question worth asking, because the leadership contest has so far largely eschewed big ideas. Surely, losing so badly in England and being flat-out destroyed in Scotland calls for a thorough reckoning with the party’s downward trajectory from 2005 to the present – a soul-searching process which asks: what is Labour now for? Jeremy Corbyn is excelling and inspiring partly because he is the only candidate with a clear […]

    Read more →
  • Comment The Calais migrant crisis is a bigger problem than you think

    The Calais migrant crisis is a bigger problem than you think

    The crisis in Calais didn’t start overnight. It is a problem that has been allowed to grow in spurts. Last September, the British and French authorities claimed the situation was at crisis point with hundreds desperate to make the dangerous journey of illegally entering the UK. There is a clear pattern. First, the situation is allowed to fester until it becomes too big to handle. Then each side offers one-off additional funding to bring calm. Tensions are relieved temporarily, but then get […]

    Read more →
  • News Harriet Harman urges Cameron to demand compensation from the French government over Calais crisis

    Harriet Harman urges Cameron to demand compensation from the French government over Calais crisis

    Harriet Harman has written to the David Cameron to urge him to ask the French government to pay compensation to Britons affected by the chaos at Calais. In a letter to the Prime Minister (the full text of which you can find below), Labour’s interim leader argues that the government has ignored warnings from Labour and hauliers about the growing crisis at Calais. There are thought to be over 3,000 people living in a ‘migrant camp’ in Calais and over […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured What do final CLP nomination patterns mean for each leadership candidate?

    What do final CLP nomination patterns mean for each leadership candidate?

    Two weeks ago I did an initial analysis of the patterns in the CLP nominations for Leader. We now have the final nomination figures: 145 for Jeremy Corbyn (though some sources are saying 147) (38% of those nominating), 110 for Andy Burnham (29%), 109 for Yvette Cooper (29%), 18 for Liz Kendall (5%). This means that 267 CLPs (41%) did not nominate. As I said last week some deliberately don’t bother – the two large Oxford CLPs (where I live) […]

    Read more →
  • News Milifandom founder reveals who she’s backing for Labour leader

    Milifandom founder reveals who she’s backing for Labour leader

    Abby Tomlinson, the founder of Milifandom, has announced that she is backing Andy Burnham to be Labour’s next leader. Really proud to have such a great advocate for my campaign in @twcuddleston. Thanks for the support Abby. — Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) July 31, 2015 Tomlinson started a ‘fandom’ for former Labour leader Ed Miliband in the lead up to the last general election. She formalised her attachment Miliband by declaring herself a “Milifan”, part of the “Milifandom”. Among other things, Tomlinson argued […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit