A member of the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) and a member of the European Parliament has asked delegates at a Young Independence Conference in Birmingham to learn from the speaking style of Adolf Hitler.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Bill Etheridge described the Nazi dictator as a “magnetic and forceful” performer who “achieved a great deal”.
It will be recalled that it’s the same party, UKIP, that produced Godfrey Bloom who referred to Nigeria and other countries receiving Aid from Britain as ‘Bongo-Bongo’ countries.
UKIP is a right-wing anti-immigration party.
The newspaper says Mr Etheridge told the class: “Look back to the most magnetic and forceful public speaker possibly in history.
“When Hitler gave speeches, and many of the famous ones were at rallies, at the start he walks, back and forth, looked at people – there was a silence, he waited minutes just looking out at people, fixing them with his gaze.
“They were looking back and he would do it for a while. And then they were so desperate for him to start, when he started speaking they were hanging on his every word.
‘I’m not saying direct copy – pick up little moments.”
Politicians from other parties were however swift to condemn the MEP with Labour MP Mike Gapes telling the Mail on Sunday that, “I thought nothing could surprise me any more, but this just goes to show that Farage has completely failed to clean up his party.
“One of his MEPs training young candidates to speak like Hitler? Simply unbelievable.”
A spokesman for UKIP however explained that, “Bill Etheridge gave a seminar on public speaking and highlighted great speakers of the past, like Churchill, Blair, Martin Luther King and Hitler as people whose style, not content could be studied.”