The leadership team of Veterans Against Terrorism has discussed with Gerard Batten the need for politics to engage working people. We believe that UKIP can be the voice of the people. Veterans feel the working class people of the UK have been let down and disenfranchised by the current political system.
The Labour Party in its obsession with identity politics and PC messaging has let us, the working people of the UK, down. The hard working people of Britain who are the backbone of this country have been ignored, neglected and rejected by the political elite, the mainstream media and the left who should be our champions. They have demonised and mocked us for years and grown fat off our backs.
We need a new direction and one of us to lead us; we believe Gerard is that man! He is from the east end of London and he still lives in the east end of London. He worked for BT for 25 years until he began his political career being elected as an MEP for London in 2004.
One retired soldier said “We are the working class because we work and we have class! We need people with the same mindset to lead the charge!”
“We will encourage the 16,000 veterans in our Facebook group to join UKIP en mass in the event that Gerard Batten, the party’s MEP for London, becomes interim leader.”
However, Veterans Against Terrorism would not be prepared to join UKIP under Mr Bolton’s leadership because they feel that he is en route to “destroy” the party.
They also have members from diverse ethnic backgrounds who are deeply offended by Mr Bolton’s racist femme fatale. One veteran of the police and army who met Bolton in London during talks with the UKIP leadership and the veterans highlighted the hypocrisy of the UKIP leader when he stated “As a black man Bolton shook my hand and grinned, knowing full well his girlfriend’s shocking racist opinions. This is hypocrisy of the highest order in my view. I was disgusted a few days later when I saw Bolton act as an apologist for his racist girlfriend on national TV, as a black man I could not join a party led by him!”
Gerard Batten stated in a previous interview, “I was impressed by the large scale demonstration the Veterans organised a couple of months ago. It expressed genuine patriotism and concern. Just before the UKIP leadership crisis I met with some the movement’s representatives.”
In a recent statement, the Veterans Against Terrorism said: “We took the decision last Saturday to support UKIP and more specifically support Gerard Batten if he becomes interim leader of UKIP.
“His policies reflect the silent majority in this county. The forgotten people who pay their taxes love their country and are indeed the backbone of the UK. These are the muted and belittled voices of the UK.”
“These are our voices and we believe a revived and reformed UKIP under the leadership of Batten is the best way to have our voices heard.”
“This would obviously mean our support for UKIP is dependent on Henry Bolton either resigning or being forced to stand down as leader at or before the soon-to-be-held EGM of UKIP.”
“We are not all members of UKIP yet, but we realise the damage Henry Bolton’s term as leader has done to the party; from an outside observer’s point of view, it looks like Bolton will destroy the party if he stays in place.”
If Bolton goes, we have a chance of mobilising the masses behind a new UKIP led by Batten. If he stays, they will not engage and look elsewhere for their political leadership.