Three prominent Youtubers , Sargon of Akkad , Paul Joseph Watson and Count Dankula have very publicly joined UKIP. Between them they have a nominal 2,300,000 followers however when you factor in everything the actual number is probably closer to 1 million which is still a substantial figure. This means that appx. 1 million people will hear a constant flow of positive things about UKIP and some level of negative things about the For Britain Movement particularly in reference to splitting the vote.
Gerard Batten , an intelligent and practical man has , it seems , chosen not to look this gift horse in the mouth. He will be aware of course that this could backfire on him and his party – the three Youtubers in question all have quite a caustic if not sarcastic tone which is not to the taste of everyone. You either love these guy or hate them , there really is no middle ground here. While this influx of prominent Youtubers into UKIP is not a disaster for the fledgling For Britain Movement it is not something that Anne Marie will be dancing in the street about………..unless of course it all starts going pear-shaped which it may well do. The fact that Batten was appointed interim leader of UKIP has not helped Anne Marie. If even half of the anecdotal evidence is true then Batten is doing quite a good job of getting UKIP back in the political race. He has brought them back for the brink of bankruptcy and stemmed the exodus of its members and if the comments on Youtube are anything to go by he is certainly winning people over. If this move by these three Youtube personalities works out well – or even starts a trend – then it will , at the least , put Anne Marie Waters under a lot of pressure. The road ahead would have been much smoother and promising if Henry Bolton was still fumbling about at the head of UKIP. Luck , or at least the absence of bad luck is vital.
And if all this was not enough Anne Marie compounded matters when in the run up to the Lewisham East By-election she told a large audience that Stand Up To Racism would not stop her from speaking at the Lewisham East hustings which they then promptly did.
I respect Gerard Batten’s obvious intelligence and ability. He is not the kind of man who makes mistakes but having said that I don’t think he would make a good poker player and right now he is playing that game . The three men he has accepted into his party are not a natural fit for UKIP. They are the sort of men who are best kept at arms length. They are complicated men and it is not an accident that they are in the business that they are in. They are very good at what they do but it is definatly a strange sort of business……..and as we all know , there are a lot of strange people out there.
PS. No sooner had I finish writing this than I discovered that Sargon of Akkad had just been expelled from UKIP before he had actually joined. ‘Something to do with the “N” word. PPS. Update. Sargon of Akkad has been accepted into UKIP in spite of the”N” word as has Milo Yiannopoulos. 26/6/18.