The Brexit Party has cracked down on dissent, but appears to tolerate racism.
Yesterday, the Brexit Party took action against one of its MEPs, expelling him from the party for his offensive words. His crime? Criticising the Brexit Party’s electoral strategy.
One might imagine a self-proclaimed free speech enthusiast like Farage might have a slightly thicker skin, but apparently not. It seems that the party DOES have some kind of internal procedure for kicking out undesirable individuals, and that it can move quite decisively against those they believe is bringing the party in to disrepute.
All of which begs the question: why haven’t they taken action against these apparently racist, Islamophobic, antisemitic or otherwise unsuitable candidates?
Standing in Birmingham Ladywood, this candidate declared that “Islam is the problem here. And until we destroy them, the world will never be a safe place”. He remains a candidate.
Andrew Garcarz’s wife Wendy, standing in neighbouring Birmingham Erdington, has also shared Islamophobic material on Facebook. She remains a candidate.
The Brexit Party candidate for
West Lancashire was revealed as having openly admitted “I sure as hell am antisemitic”. He remains a candidate.
The Brexit Party candidate for Ealing Southall was revealed as having called for a ban on Muslim migration as well as the repatriation of Muslims. No action appears to have been taken.
The Brexit Party candidate in Edinburgh SW, called Islam a “child rapist death cult” and made supportive comments about far-right thug Stephen Lennon. He’s still a candidate.
The candidate for Brighton Kemptown is a founding member of “Stuka Squadron”, a Luftwaffe-vampire themed band that have dressed in Nazi-style outfits.
The candidate for Penistone & Stocksbridge shared and liked Islamophobic posts, including a claim that America was “cutting its own throat” by not “fighting back” against Islam. No action was taken.
The candidate for Sheffield Southeast shared far-right propaganda that described the “systematic obliteration of Europe” at the hands of “so-called refugees” who are “nothing more than invaders from the underdeveloped world”.
The Dundee West candidate tweeted that players who experienced racism were overreacting and should “man up”. He has also appeared five times on an antisemitic conspiracy theory show. He remains a candidate.
Brexit Party candidate for Glasgow North, was revealed to have shared Islamophobic posts, including a conspiracy theory suggesting that Muslims could “takeover” the UK.
Racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia appear to go unpunished in the Brexit Party, but criticising Farage’s election strategy is intolerable.