in answer to a morally reprehensible question attempting to support the adulation of Japanese War Criminals The Yasukuni Barbara Booker, a long term and meticulously informed and reliable UKIP commentator stated earlier today on a public Forum:
It is good to see, as we watch the morality and integrity of self serving politicians increasingly providing a lead only to the gutter in return for votes.Possibly so, but UKIP members have no influence over the Italian government, Communist ministers or the British establishment. They do have a vote in deciding their own party's future, though, and Bloom is paving the way into the pan-EU party that UKIP will be joining if members vote as Nigel Farage, Stuart Agnew and others want.
As Board members of the European Alliance for Freedom, Bloom, Claeys and Obermayr are officers of their party with responsibility for shaping and implementing its political course. The beliefs and political background of those running the EAF will to a large extent determine how that party is viewed by the media, and therefore the electorate.
If UKIP members vote 'FOR' in the coming ballot they will, although most won't be aware of it, be giving the go-ahead for UKIP to join the FPO, Vlaams Belang and others in the EAF. This will be a much greater degree of association than having just their MEPs join a parliamentary group such as the EFD. All UKIP members will be allied to these other EAF parties and their efforts to win the support of British voters for UKIP and for EU withdrawal is bound to be affected by the way in which the EAF and its officers are perceived.
The enshrinement of executed Japanese war criminals at Yasukuni has been the cause of controversy in the far East for twenty-five years, with the Japanese Emperor refusing to visit the shrine and Japanese politicians strongly criticized for doing so. Claeys and Obermayr were not making private visits, they went as representatives of their parties at an international conference whose organisers had arranged the visit for delegates to "honour" the dead.
Possibly UKIP supporters of the generation that had fathers and brothers suffer in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps would not regard Godfrey Bloom's association with these people as a pretty harmless matter.
They might well be outraged at the prospect of UKIP entering into an alliance with them.
Votes to keep their snouts in the troughs on the gravy train, to fund hirelings and gofers to act as their paid liars and praise singers to see people like Barbara Booker, with a firm grasp on morality and the willingness to speak out in public in defence of ethical behaviour, and condemnation of self serving betrayal.
I do and have regularly endorsed her well supported opinions as expressed from time to time.