Nigel Farage was facing a storm of protest last night after one of his MEPs was revealed to have coached Ukip candidates to emulate Hitler.
Bill Etheridge described the Nazi dictator as a ‘magnetic and forceful public speaker’ who ‘achieved a great deal’ – and said the candidates should copy the rhetorical style deployed by Hitler at the Nuremberg rallies.It seems this advice was given last weekend at a training event for young Ukip members planning to be council or parliamentary candidates.
So if your local fruitcakes march to the stage accompanied by the 'cathedral of light' they went in for at Nuremberg and then spends minutes staring at the audience before they start speaking, you will know who has been training them.
Of course, to the British Hitler's performance always seemed ranting and laughable. Perhaps Mr Etheridge has spent more time watching them than most of us?
This is not the first time Etheridge has graced the pages of this blog. He and his wife left the Conservative Party after they were disciplined for posing with golliwogs and putting the photos on their Facebook page.
He then had a book published by the Conservative Euro candidate Rupert Matthews, which featured a golliwog on it cover, Matthews seems to have done his best to hide this fact afterwards.
All of which reminds me of this moment from A Bit of Fry and Laurie...