A Facebook link is not much to go on.
But on occasion, it can unearth a piece of an ever-clearer puzzle. We previously covered UKIP MEP Gerard Batten’s connections to a fundamentalist group named Christian Concern: in particular, his emails to its founder, Andrea Minichiello Williams who is known for her radical beliefs on abortion (she thinks it should be illegal), the age of the earth (she says it’s 4,000 years), the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act (she considers it “the act of the devil”) and homosexuality (she thinks it is sinful).
Equally disturbing perhaps, was Batten’s endorsement of the “Muslims’ Charter” proposed in a document written by Christian Concern’s Islamic Affairs advisor, Sam Solomon. The Charter would involve Muslims in Europe, and ONLY Muslims, being made to sign a Charter pledging ‘non-violence’ and the renouncing of select passages of the Qur’an. The foreword of the document was written by Batten himself.
Some readers may have concluded that this disproportionate blaming of Muslims for violence in Europe would not look out of place in the British National Party. Well readers, today’s entry is a small but not inconsequential bit of Facebook activity involving Gerard Batten and a former BNP member, Gregory Lauder-Frost. In 1992, Lauder-Frost – then a member of the Conservative Party – was convicted of defrauding an NHS health authority to the sum of £100,000. Currently, he is the founder, Vice-President and Treasurer of the ‘Traditional Britain Group‘ – a right-wing organisation whose website claims that ‘the heterosexual family is the primary social unit’. In terms of personnel, it is a splinter group of the notorious Conservative Monday Club that repeatedly called for repatriation of non-white Britons over a period lasting decades.
In recent years, Lauder-Frost is perhaps better known for his Facebook rant about the peerage given to Doreen Lawrence, whom he described as a ‘nobody’ and ‘anti-white’. In a subsequent interview to Radio 5 Live, he stood by his comments while bemoaning how the House of Lords was being taken over by ‘spivs’.
Furthermore, on the Traditional Britain Group’s Facebook page, there are comments (unmoderated) suggesting that the black British writer Malorie Blackman should be repatriated from the UK. A comment bemoaning ‘ethnic whinging’ was actually ‘liked’ by the admin, and even Lauder-Frost himself!
Clearly, Lauder-Frost has not taken heed from the time Hope Not Hate revealed his anti-Semitic Facebook comments in 2012. However, this does not appear to have deterred Gerard Batten from befriending Lauder-Frost on Facebook and letting him post on his Timeline.
So what does it mean? It is a catalyst for further investigation. In 2011, Lauder-Frost proudly announced that Batten would be the Guest of Honour at the Traditional Britain Group Annual Dinner.
Gradually, the case against Batten begins to build. It appears that Lauder-Frost was not a stranger to him; he was a man who trusted Batten enough to let him make a speech to his organisation. Some say that support for UKIP often overlaps with support for the British National Party, and this is a classic example of that: a UKIP MEP meets a former BNP member who is attracted to UKIP’s disproportionate emphasis on immigration. In case you’re interested, here is the video of Batten’s speech at the 2011 annual Traditional Britain Group dinner.
One final thing. Junius on UKIP wrote a blog entry connecting Lauder-Frost and Batten a while ago. Yet if you click on its URL now, you will find that the content has been removed following a legal threat made by, in all probability, Batten or one of his aides. We do not believe that an MEP, a man elected by the public to serve and represent them, should be able to silence information that is most definitely in the public interest.