Byline Times Executive Editor Peter Jukes explores Nigel Farage’s past dalliances with fascism – including the concerns raised by his schoolteachers, his previous antisemitic outbursts, nazi affiliations and support for certain alt-right white supremacists. In this handy explainer video, Peter explains why, given his long and problematic history, the former UKIP leader turned presenter further discredits GB news as a serious media platform.
Farage’s school days were a period plagued in political controversy, as a teenager at Dulwich College, an English teacher tried to veto his appointment as a prefect after colleagues openly described how he professed neo-fascist views and sung Hitler youth songs.
“It was reported by John Carlin in El País that he told a Jewish pupil ‘Hitler was right’…Of course in the last 40 years Farage may have changed his tune, or has he?” Peter asked, before he goes into detail about his more contemporary political controversies. One example dating to Farage’s Brexit campaign in 2016, where his poster ‘Breaking Point’ featured an image of migrants and refugees filling along in column, where many compared the ad to images of actual Nazi propaganda that demonised Jews and minorities.
Farage himself has been condemned by the UK’s main Jewish groups for antisemtic dog whistles after he said Americans should be more worried about the so-called “Jewish lobby” than Russian interference.
“He may well deny he’s alt-right, but many of his allies are indisputably so. He has raised, shared platforms with, and retweeted some of the major figures of the alt-right” says Peter, who goes on to to mention such individuals including Canadian Stefan Molyneux – an open advocate for white nationalism that propagates the idea that black people have a lower IQ.”
“What exactly are his qualifications to be your standard?” asks Peter to Andrew Neil’s GB News “If it’s his populist politics then think again where that leads – what his associations say about you.”
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