Why are we giving UKIP’s Hitler speech plan the bum’s rush?

Charismatic? It seems unlikely that UKIP's Bill Etheridge could successfully emulate Hitler's speech delivery, let alone any of his students [Image: Mirror Online].

Charismatic? It seems unlikely that UKIP’s Bill Etheridge could successfully emulate Hitler’s speech delivery, let alone any of his students [Image: Mirror Online].

It is with great disappointment that this blog acknowledges reports of a UKIP member who – we are told – advised prospective party candidates to learn from the speaking style of Adolf Hitler.

Let there be no mistake, though – my disappointment originates not in the fact that Bill Etheridge MEP allegedly made the remarks in the first place, but in the universal disparagement of this as a Bad Thing.

According to the Mail on Sunday (so take this with a pinch of salt), Mr Etheridge told UKIP Youth Conference members in Birmingham: “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.”

It is true that I enjoy criticising UKIP and its members’ crazy ideas very much and take as many opportunities as possible to do so.

I also enjoy a good laugh.

The prospect of Kippers strutting about like demented chickens, giving the evil eye to all and sundry, has been welcomed with hilarity at VP Towers – as has the possibility that this behaviour may scare off potential voters before the candidates have uttered a single word.

It seems Mr Etheridge has failed to grasp the fact that this speech style worked for Hitler because – like it or not – he was immensely charismatic and could make it work for him, and his speeches were tailored to reinforce the effect. With the best will in the world, it is hard to imagine Brummie Kippers achieving the same feats of mesmerism.

Notice also that Mr Etheridge did not mention the other notable characteristic of Hitler’s speeches – flatulence.

As above, so below; when Hitler started to speak, slowly and quietly, he would begin delivering short gassy messages from the rear, in similar tempo and at similar volume. As his speech became louder and faster, so did his sphincter.

How surprising that Mr Etheridge omitted to mention this!

Did he not realise it would bring the house down if one of his students, finishing a speech, accompanied his final line of something like “We need breathing-room!” with a 21-bum salute?

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4 thoughts on “Why are we giving UKIP’s Hitler speech plan the bum’s rush?

  1. Joanna

    When Hitler first went for election, many German Jews didn’t take his anti-Semitic views seriously, they thought it was an election ploy. That is why many stayed put, to begin with, it was only in the aftermath that things got deadly and they finally took him seriously, tragically for millions it was too late. Hitler’s charisma came from his style of speaking, obviously not from his looks.

    It is scary to think that anyone in parliament might even have a notion of emulating that Evil sub-human. I might laugh, but I would be very cautious at the same time, after all who would have thought that we as British citizens could have our rights trampled on like they have been?

  2. Barry

    Beecause there was no hitler speech from ukip so it couldn’t be given the bums rush the speeches that should be given your bums rush are the defeatist anti british tripe that emanates from the likes of Clegg.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It was a plan, Barry. It was the idea of UKIP candidates giving speeches like Hitler that (I was saying) should not be rejected.

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