Helmer’s exit takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire

Alex Hern runs over the madness that is the Conservative's new MEP for the East Midlands.

It appears we were too hasty in celebrating the exit of loony-fringe Tory MEP Roger Helmer for brighter – sorry, righter – pastures.

Owing to the list system in use in elections to the European parliament, his successor is automatically appointed from the next slot down in the Conservative list, and… well, maybe you should just watch his video:

Rupert Matthews MEP is also a distinguished speaker in person, having delivered talks on topics as diverse as:

King Arthur – Rupert’s controversial theory is that there not only was a real King Arthur, but that he was crucial to the development of Britain as it is today.

Your Local Ghosts – What real ghosts are like – a talk adapted to your local area.

Yeti! – Are the legendary man-apes of the world real?

The Biography of Father Christmas – A great seasonal favourite for December.

His twitter account is worth a glance too, with such gems as

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Unfortunately, beneath his ‘charming idiosyncrasy’ is a slightly less-charming husk of much the same venom which got Helmer in so much trouble. Matthews is the editorial director of Bretwalda Books, a name which hit the public sphere just last week when one of their recent publications was spotted at the Tory conference:

Other titles on Bretwalda’s list include:

The Rape of Britain – Wind Farms and the Destruction of our Environment

What the Immigrant Saw – A book described as being “Britain through the eyes of a refugee from socialism”. It is by a Belgian.

Can Britain leave the EU? A Warning from History – According to the front cover, the warning from history involves Panzers.

How on earth did this man make it on the Tory list, rather than the Monster Raving Loony Party?

See also:

Roger Helmer MEP steps down. He will not be missedAlex Hern, October 12th 2011

Euro-Tories gain a UKIP defector – but Helmer faces the chopBen Fox, May 25th 2011

Tories unlikely to discipline Helmer for sickening rape commentsShamik Das, May 24th 2011

The homophobe, the climate denier or the moderate – what next for the ECR?Ben Fox, February 21st 2011

Tory MEP: Poor kids are “a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells”Claire French, August 31st 2010

14 Responses to “Helmer’s exit takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire”

  1. Pani Bufetowa

    LOOK!! RT @leftfootfwd: If you thought @RogerHelmerMEP was bad, look at who's replacing him… //t.co/bB7J68vx

  2. Sophie Woolley

    MEP tweets abt helpful fairies RT @leftfootfwd: Helmer's exit takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire //t.co/F3vdA6jb

  3. Dr. Matt Lodder

    The UFO-believing, yeti-hunting, King Arthur feting Tory MEP & his bonkers-crazy publishing company //t.co/32MkAmvl

  4. Tom

    The UFO-believing, yeti-hunting, King Arthur feting Tory MEP & his bonkers-crazy publishing company //t.co/32MkAmvl

  5. Michael

    Helmer’s exit takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire – //t.co/R9qwySN9 – Good grief!

  6. DanielPoxton

    RT @TheRightArticle: Helmer’s exit takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire – //t.co/qKnGNkwo – Good grief! <– Crivens! Loon!

  7. Joss Garman

    RT @leftfootfwd: #Helmer's exit takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire. //t.co/zwTEe60j <Laugh out loud

  8. ben stewart

    Oh Jesus, the Tories' new MEP (taking over from retiring Roger Helmer) is deliciously batshit crazy. A real must see //t.co/DyLDwlv0

  9. Richard George

    @benstewart999 I want to go to the International Metaphysical University. It sounds almost as awesome as Alton Towers. //t.co/zrIoONG0

  10. Steve

    Oh Jesus, the Tories' new MEP (taking over from retiring Roger Helmer) is deliciously batshit crazy. A real must see //t.co/DyLDwlv0

  11. Eddy Boyband

    What a loon.
    He will be wanting Guy Fawkes night and Christmas banned next….

  12. Cllr Colin Taylor

    New Tory MEP Rupert Matthews, born Dorking, is author of hundreds of books, expert on dinosaurs and the paranormal – //t.co/F9lF5BXG

  13. Paul Southworth

    The real question is: How many of these ghosts are foreign? Are hard working British ghosts being overlooked in favour of Muslim ghosts who want to create a sharia law where only male ghosts can haunt?

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