The Brexit Party failed to take action against this dangerous and divisive candidate. Now HOPE not hate can reveal the full extent of his racism.
In his interview with Andrew Neil on Thursday 5th Dec, Nigel Farage was asked about the allegations outlined below. Watch the full video here.
WATCH: Nigel Farage squirms as he's confronted with extreme comments made by his candidates. Andrew Garcarz extremism was uncovered by HOPE not hate. Read more about him here: https://t.co/tygiKSRDSA pic.twitter.com/E02nxmGEM9— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) December 6, 2019
Antisemitic conspiracy theories and calls to “destroy” Islam – when will Nigel Farage finally take action against his racist candidate in Birmingham?
On 5th August, it was revealed that the candidate for Birmingham Erdington, Wendy Garcarz, had shared Islamophobic posts. It also emerged that her husband, Andrew Garcarz, a former UKIP candidate who described himself as the ‘Brexit Party County Organiser for Staffordshire’, had called EU migrants “worthless parasites, crooks and criminals”, and endorsed the racist and antisemitic ‘Coudenhove Kalergi plan’ conspiracy theory, a variant on the ‘white genocide’ conspiracy.
On 4th November HOPE not hate reported on Mr Garcarz again, as part of an expose of racism and intolerance in the Brexit Party Staffordshire as a whole, but no action was taken, despite the other representative involved in the article (Daniel Rudd, PPC for Stoke North) being forced to step down by the party. Worse still, it then emerged that Mr Garcarz had been put forward as the Brexit Party candidate for Birmingham Ladywood.
Now HOPE not hate can reveal the full extent of Mr Garcarz’s racist and hateful views.
Garcarz’s Facebook profile is littered with extreme posts, racist jokes and far-right conspiracy theories. The most alarming aspect of his ideology is his hatred for Muslims, whom he has claimed must be ‘destroyed’:
“Catholicism, whilst a brainwashing cult, does not advocate extermination of non-Catholics. Islam is the problem here. And until we destroy them, the world will never be a safe place. ”
Again and again, Mr Garcarz endorses the conspiracy theory that Europe is being deliberately ‘flooded’ with Muslim migrants, as part of an attempt to destroy national culture:
“The EU has a mission to regionalise Europe and destroy the nation state. Flooding Europe with a million migrants will start the destabilisation process by undermining national sovereignty, diluting national culture, tradition and changing custom and practice“
This conspiracy theory is a thinly disguised antisemitic trope. The full version of it holds that a secret Jewish conspiracy wishes for the destruction of the ‘white race’ with mass immigration as its tool, as is made clear in a copy-pasted tract he shared in 2016:
“The man of the future will be of mixed race […] The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples and the diversity of individuals
Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will, refined and educated this people […] It’s not surprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became the spiritual nobility of Europe“
It is perhaps unsurprising to find such claims from a man who is now a Brexit Party candidate. Farage has himself a long history of making alarmist and divisive claims about immigration, even claiming it could “imperil the future of our civilisation”.
Garcarz never misses an opportunity to display his bigotry – even announcing a trip to an Indian restaurant is accompanied by a racist cartoon:
He also used photos of Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to a Gurdwara as an opportunity to mock the religious attire of Sikhs, presumably because he believed they were Muslims:
Back in his UKIP days, Garcarz even endorsed Anne Marie Waters for leader, an Islamophobe who has called Islam “evil” and is now leading the fringe far-right party For Britain:
Early this year, Farage claimed that the Brexit Party would be “deeply intolerant of intolerance”, and that there would be a “vast difference [of] personnel” from UKIP, which he said was “tarnished [by] the far right”. So why is he continuing to endorse this far-right, ex-UKIP candidate in Birmingham?
Garcarz on “White Pride”:
Garcarz on “The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan – The genocide of the Peoples of Europe”: