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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

More strong reaction to Nigel Farage’s decision to ally with a far-right party in the EU.

This time the Board of Deputies of British Jews – no bleeding-heart lefties by any means – have issued a statement accusing UKIP of embracing racists and extremists.

Here’s the Board of Deputies’ full statement:

Board of Deputies of British Jews Statement on UKIP and the EFDD

Board Vice President Jonathan Arkush said: “The Board is gravely concerned by reports that UKIP may sit in the same parliamentary grouping as a far-right Polish MEP in a bid save its funding.  Robert Iwaszkiewicz belongs to an extremist party whose leader has a history of Holocaust denial, racist remarks and misogynistic comments.  He belongs to the far-right Polish JKM, led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke who has reportedly called into question the right of women to have the vote.

“Furthermore, we entirely reject UKIP’s justification that ‘All groups in the European Parliament have very odd bedfellows (and) The rules to get speaking time and funding are set by the EP, not UKIP’.  Extremists and racists should be roundly rejected, not embraced.  Even France’s far right Front National rejected the JKM as being too extreme.

“For UKIP to choose such a figure as Robert Iwaszkiewicz as a bedfellow, apparently for money, is beyond belief. Nigel Farage now has some very serious questions to answer.  He has placed in issue the credibility of UKIP.”


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