In a recent Gays Against Sharia facebook poll 57% of people said they would support UKIP while 43% said they supported For Britain. This was not a serious opinion poll but nevertheless it is probably a fair reflection of the state of play in the UKIP vs For Britain debate. On Youtube , Facebook , Twitter and elsewhere we hear the constant refrain that both parties should join together to fight the brexit battle , meaning of course that Anne Marie Waters and her followers in the For Britain Movement should join UKIP . For some time now Simon Harris of European Freedom has been auguring that For Britain should operate as a Mandate style group within UKIP , keeping pressure on Gerard Batton to remain true to his radical anti Muslim rhetoric………..It is a very persuasive argument and on the surface at least seems quite compelling.
Harris , who describes himself as a ‘ pragmatic ethno- nationalist’ has been repeating this viewpoint on his European Freedom website and Youtube channel for several months now and many , if not most , would probably agree with him. Meanwhile Batten has , in recent times , been playing a blinder on the Islam issue , appearing almost daily on Youtube and in the mainstream press – and looking very credible as a leader of the ‘right’ in the process. I have made my own position clear in a previous post so I wont repeat myself here.
Anne Marie is spending much of her time visiting For Britain branches and generally building up the party at local level which is as it should be at this stage but the question of ‘splitting the vote’ is being heard more and more with each day that passes. Indeed , it is becoming a real bone of contention for many who are clearly frustrated by what they see as some sort of personality politics by Anne Marie . UKIP or For Britain – the question is not going to go away – that much is for sure.