After a summer of acrimony, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has elected Paul Nuttall to lead the party. There are 10 minutes of footage that sum up the moral bankruptcy of Nuttall and UKIP better than words.
Who is Paul Nuttall?
Paul Nuttall is a 39-year-old Liverpudlian who first stood as a Conservative candidate in 2002. After several unsuccessful runs for parliament as both a Conservative and later a UKIP candidate, he looked to Europe instead, winning his seat in Brussels in 2014.
Nuttall is also a far-right extremist. His political views wouldn’t look out of place in Donald Trump’s Republican Party:
He would end the NHS, moving the UK to a privatised healthcare system.
He doesn’t believe climate change exists.
He opposes abortion and regularly speaks at events for anti-abortion organisations.
He would hold a referendum to reinstate the death penalty.
He opposes marriage for same-sex couples.
He is in favour of banning Muslim women from covering their faces in public.
He wants to repeal the Hunting Act.
In short, he wants to put Britain into reverse. He wants to take the country backwards on the environment, health, human rights, and civil liberties. And in just about every other conceivable way.
Nuttall destroyed in 10 minutes
In a segment of his BBC 2 show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Stewart Lee lays out the lunacy of Nuttall’s anti-immigrant rhetoric in one of the funniest 10 minutes of British television of all time. That’s not hyperbole. And we’re not even concerned with over-selling it. You will struggle to find a better summary of just how age-old and irrelevant the ‘stop the world, I want to get off’ mindset behind UKIP really is.
Lee begins with Nuttall pressing the panic button on Bulgarian immigration – none of the warnings for which came true. He then takes us on a trip through the history of UK immigration, and human evolution, providing the response that UKIP and Nuttall would have made to pivotal contributions to modern Britain and humanity.
This is perhaps the only commentary truly worth making on Nuttall’s succession to the UKIP throne. Enjoy.
Featured image via YouTube Screengrab
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