Tories select Golliwog book publisher and paranormal investigator as an MEP candidate (AGAIN!)

July 31, 2013 4:37 pm

Back in 2011 we told you all about Rupert Matthews, a Tory MEP candidate who was about to replace the equally troubling Roger Helmer as a Tory MEP for the East Midlands when Helmer retired. (Instead, when Tory HQ decided that they didn’t want Matthews to be an MEP – understandably – Helmer threw a strop and defected to UKIP).

Here’s Rupert Matthews with David Cameron:

Cameron Rupert Matthews

As we revealed at the time, Matthews is the editorial director of “Bretwalda Books”. You may remember them from Tory conference 2011, when they came to prominence after our friends at Political Scrapbook flagged up a pamphlet they had printed, featuring a “golliwog” on the cover.

Earlier, Jon Worth had noted some of the topics  on which Matthews is happy to be a speaker, including:

Yeti! – Are the legendary man-apes of the world real?

Worth also noted that “this is a man who compares the EU to the USSR on ConservativeHome, and – among the 150 books he claims to have authored – the summary of Can Britain leave the EU? A Warning from History states “We might yet see the panzers in Parliament Square”. The things he posts on Twitter are equally bizarre.”

Perhaps best of all, Matthews presented this video on “Our Paranormal Universe” for the “International Metaphyisical University”:

Today, the Conservative Party have reselected Matthews as a candidate for the European elections. We look forward to his candidacy with real interest…

  • markfergusonuk

    By any available measure Phil, Rupert Matthews is “out there” as a candidate for a major political party

  • Brumanuensis

    “Honestly, I would rather have oddball politicians standing for elections”

    I think there’s a distinction to be observed between ‘oddball’ and ‘racist’.

    “But can we focus on the stuff that’s wrong?”

    You mean apart from publishing pamphlets featuring racist imagery?

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