New UKIP leader Henry Bolton says 'we mustn't let Anglo-Saxon British culture die'

Henry Bolton beat Anne-Marie Waters last week

Henry Bolton was elected Ukip leader last week

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Ukip leader Henry Bolton has told talkRADIO that we must maintain British culture while embracing 21st century multiculturalism.

Bolton, who beat the islamophobic candidate Anne-Marie Waters to be named Ukip leader last week, also talked about his past working for the EU and his vision for the future evolution of the party.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, the former policeman and army officer said "In certain communities the indigenous Anglo-Saxon population is nowhere to be seen.

"We've got entire communities, entire areas of towns, where we've got no Anglo-Saxon British people. New arrivals over the last 20 years are entirely dominant.

"The difficult is that a lot of them [recent immigrants] come from rural areas - at the moment we've had a big influx from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Africa. They're rural populations; the level of literacy is quite low, the level of qualifications are quite low. 

"The result is we end up with areas in which we've got a problem with employment, we've got a problem with poverty, we've got a problem with understanding who the UK society works. We end up with a community that's establishing, if you like, a community within a community.

"In a multicultural Britain, British culture should be a strong part of that. That's the underlying basis of who we are as a nation. [But] we are, in some areas, smothering that [culture] with a poorly managed immigration policy.

In other countries, Bolton suggested, people try to assimilate, but in Britain "we are a patchwork of different cultures and societies" and assimilitation isn't a requirement.

"Multicultural is fine - but where's the British identity in this?" he asked.

'I was appalled by what I saw in Brussels'

Turning to Bolton's plans for Ukip, he said he wants to return the party, which has been in crisis since the resignation of Nigel Farage last year, to the political mainstream.

"We are the pro-Brexit opposition", he said, adding that the Brexit negotiations provide a key chance for the party to spread its message. 

Bolton has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the military, but has attracted criticism for having previously stood as a candidate for the Lib Dems. 

He explained to Julia that his decision to stand for the centre-left party was simply an expedient, as he had been mandated by the UN to develop political parties in Kosovo, and he joined the Lib Dems to gain some political experience.

During his military career Bolton also worked with the EU, advising Brussels on affairs overseas, and he told our listeners this experience turned him firmly against the organisation.

During his time living in Brussels, Bolton said, he was "frankly appalled by the lack of interest in the hierarchy in Brussels in having an impact on the ground" and felt that bureaucrats were more interested in posturing than actually making a difference.

Listen to the interview above