Welsh UKIP leader to James Whale: ‘Nigel Farage wants a cult, not a political party’

Welsh UKIP leader to James Whale: ‘Nigel Farage wants a cult, not a political party’

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Neil Hamilton has said that Nigel Farage was “probably the most significant politician” outside of Parliament but that he “doesn’t want a political party, he wants a cult behind him”.

Nigel Farage criticised the UKIP leader Gerard Batten for endorsing an anti-Muslim rally which turned violent over the weekend.

Speaking about Mr Farage’s comments, Mr Hamilton, the leader of UKIP Wales told talkRADIO’s James Whale: “I don’t think we are going to take lessons from him about people’s behaviour, thank you very much.”

He added: “It is certainly true that we would have not have had the referendum but for Nigel and UKIP would not have developed into the political force it did without Nigel.

“But unfortunately, Nigel doesn’t really want a political party, he wants a cult behind him.

“Anybody else who gets in the way gets it in the neck. I have seen this many times over the years.

“I like Nigel, I know he is probably the most significant politician who has not been a member of Parliament in Britain in my lifetime and his achievements are massive.

“But, the real issues are what UKIP achieved in getting the referendum, getting the result and now the Tories are betraying that.

“Theresa May is the person who is most responsible.”


‘Be careful what company he keeps’

Over the weekend, Mr Batten marched alongside the Democratic Football Lads Alliance as they clashed police after they barricaded the march from a separate group of anti-racism protestors.

Mr Batten told the crowd that the “political and media establishment” had covered up the issue of Muslim child grooming gangs, which was “the biggest social scandal in English history”.

He said: "The overwhelming number of people responsible for this kind of industrialised gang rape and sexual exploitation have been proved to be Muslim of the Islamic religion."

The former UKIP leader Mr Farage warned that Mr Batten needed to “be careful what company he keeps”.

Mr Farage told Sky News: "My concern with all of these groups is that that argument spills into an argument against an entire religion."


‘Nigel is a brilliant propagandist’

When asked by James Whale about Mr Farage’s claims he may rerun for UKIP leader if the UK Government “sell out” Brexit, the UKIP leader for Wales said he would be “delighted if Nigel came back into the fray”.

Mr Hamilton said: “I think Nigel is a brilliant propagandist and campaigner and obviously a very public face.

“I would be delighted if Nigel came back into the fray to help us deliver the Brexit that we voted for two years ago.

“I am disappointed that he has been nowhere to be seen effectively for the last 18 months or so.

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.”