Nigel Farage did a deal with the Polish far-right to secure UKIP funding
In a European Parliament debate on the pay gap this week, far-right Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke said that women ‘must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.’
Spanish socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia-Perez hit back at Korwin-Mikke. ‘I know you’re very upset and very concerned about the fact we women can represent citizens on an equal footing with you,’ she said furiously. ‘I think I need to defend European women against men like you.’
This Polish nationalist MEP says that women “must earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent.” pic.twitter.com/UsOYipOGGM
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) March 3, 2017
The video has been widely shared by outlets in the UK and across Europe. But few have drawn attention to the fact that, in 2014, UKIP happily did a deal with Korwin-Mikke’s Congress of the New Right in order to secure its own funding.
To gain official recognition, a parliamentary group must have 25 members from seven countries. At the time, UKIP’s European alliance — Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) — was one person short.
With Korwin-Mikke’s agreement, a Congress of the New Right MEP joined the group, unlocking a million pounds of funding for UKIP alone.
Back then, the party leader was already well-known for his misogynist statements and Holocaust denial, although it was before the time that he was suspended from the parliament for performing a Nazi salute during a debate on migration.
Korwin-Mikke’s colleague, Robert Iwaszkiewicz, remains a member and vice-chair of EPDD.
Shouldn’t the group’s president — one Nigel Farage — reconsider the alliance following Korwin-Mikke’s latest outburst?Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.