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Candidate vetting: UKIP style

SWNS reports:

A UKIP candidate has sparked outrage by reportedly claiming that Jews deliberately murdered each other in the Holocaust as part of a masterplan to create Israel.

The extreme views were posted in Mrs Anna-Marie Crampton’s name on a conspiracy theory website called ‘Secrets of The Fed’.

Crampton, 57, is allegedly quoted as saying: “Holocaust means a sacrifice by fire. Only the Zionists could sacrifice their own in the gas chambers.

“The Second World Wide War was engineered by the Zionist jews and financed by the banksters to make the general public all over the world to feel so guilty and outraged by the Holocaust that a treaty would be signed to create the State of Israel as we know it today.”

Mrs Crampton [left] posed with UKIP leader Nigel Farrage at a rally in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, two weeks ago – and proudly posted a photo on her Facebook page.

A further outrageous comment, posted two months ago, added: “The Rothschilds are Zionists..there is a difference between Jews and Zionists. These Psychopaths hide behind and use the Jews.

“It was thanks to them that 6 million Jews were murdered in the War (along with 26 million Russians!).”

Another comment says: “I am anti Zionist, not antisemit (sic). I love the true Israel and the Jews.”

Mrs Crampton is standing for UKIP in next week’s county council elections in the traditionally Conservative ward of Crowborough in East Sussex.

In his interview on LBC Farage admitted that UKIP’s ranks include some “idiots.” Mrs. Crampton appears to be sinister as well as idiotic. But at a certain point doesn’t the number of idiots (among even the party’s candidates) point to a larger problem?

(Hat tip: Shiraz Socialist)

Update: In fairness I should note that this article appeared a year ago. I hope UKIP’s vetting process has improved somewhat since then.

I notice that Farage has a problem holding on to the loyalty of UKIP members and candidates– some of whom appear to be reasonably sane. And I notice that I’m not the only one who thinks UKIP has a vetting problem. So does the party’s former leader Michael Holmes:

He added: “I left because I found it unacceptable to deal with the sort of people who purported to be running an influential protest group, the type of people who seemed to have worked their way to the centre of the National Executive, and who were Nigel’s cronies.

“A few had ability, but the rest were a crowd of oddities.”

He said: “Ukip used to be a refuge for those people who needed help and counselling.

“Many have been purged, but I can’t say all have been.”

Further update: UKIP’s vetting appears not to have improved much since last year. The Mirror reported on May 17 of this year:

We also discovered the anti-semitic postings of Joseph Quirk, UKIP candidate for Boldon Colliery Ward on South Tyneside Council.

He shares material claiming Jewish bankers financed Hitler, Soviet Communism, 9/11 and Israel, and says: “This doesn’t even scratch the surface…”

Quirk warns UKIP’s critics: “Watch this space any of you brain deficient doubters out there. I would personally cull the lot of you. You are an absolute disgrace to democracy AND the human race!!!”