Ukip MEP in 'Hitler advice' row

A Ukip MEP is said to have described Hitler as a magnetic and forceful public speaker

A Ukip MEP is said to have described Hitler as a magnetic and forceful public speaker

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A Ukip MEP is embroiled in a row after advising prospective party candidates to emulate Hitler's speaking style.

Bill Etheridge is said to have described the Nazi dictator as a "magnetic and forceful" performer who "achieved a great deal".

The remarks were made as the West Midlands MEP delivered a seminar on public speaking at the Young Independence Conference in Birmingham.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Etheridge told the class: '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.

"They were looking back and he would do it for a while. And then they were so desperate for him to start, when he started speaking they were hanging on his every word."

He added: 'I'm not saying direct copy - pick up little moments."

Labour MP Mike Gapes told the MoS: "I thought nothing could surprise me any more, but this just goes to show that Farage has completely failed to clean up his party.

"One of his MEPs training young candidates to speak like Hitler? Simply unbelievable."

But a Ukip spokesman said: "Bill Etheridge gave a seminar on public speaking and highlighted great speakers of the past, like Churchill, Blair, Martin Luther King and Hitler as people whose style, not content could be studied.

"It is no surprise that two national newspapers have covered this conference, the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday, one gave it fair hearing, the other as a Tory paper is terrified by the rise of Ukip and apparently will stoop to nothing to attack the party. We are disappointed, but unsurprised.

"During a period of respectful and pensive commemoration of those who gave their lives in war, the Tory Mail on Sunday's tasteless and desperate front page attack is truly disgusting."

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12:42am Sun 10 Aug 14

behonest says...

So, was Hitler not a brilliant public speaker then?
So, was Hitler not a brilliant public speaker then? behonest
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7:52am Sun 10 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"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.

"They were looking back and he would do it for a while. And then they were so desperate for him to start, when he started speaking they were hanging on his every word."

YouTube parodies of the movie 'Downfall' aside, much of that was probably because he was clearly deranged and they were terrified of him. I mean, who'd have the guts to interrupt him during one of those long pauses and ask: "Finished now mein fuhrer? Did anyone order sandwiches...?"

Must say, the only impression I get when I see old newsreels of Hitler's ranting oratory is one of an overgrown baby in a high chair throwing a strop about not wanting to eat his breakfast!

The ranting, gesticulating man style of oratory seems to have been quite popular in the middle of the 20th century? One of the funniest examples is the old newsreel of Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev repeatedly banging his fist on the table and ranting in Russian. When he finally comes to an end, there's a short pause followed by the polar-opposite, famously laid-back British leader Harold MacMillan quietly asking: "Erm...can I have that in translation, please?":)

Are the masses really that impressed with the ranting man anymore?
"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. "They were looking back and he would do it for a while. And then they were so desperate for him to start, when he started speaking they were hanging on his every word." YouTube parodies of the movie 'Downfall' aside, much of that was probably because he was clearly deranged and they were terrified of him. I mean, who'd have the guts to interrupt him during one of those long pauses and ask: "Finished now mein fuhrer? Did anyone order sandwiches...?" Must say, the only impression I get when I see old newsreels of Hitler's ranting oratory is one of an overgrown baby in a high chair throwing a strop about not wanting to eat his breakfast! The ranting, gesticulating man style of oratory seems to have been quite popular in the middle of the 20th century? One of the funniest examples is the old newsreel of Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev repeatedly banging his fist on the table and ranting in Russian. When he finally comes to an end, there's a short pause followed by the polar-opposite, famously laid-back British leader Harold MacMillan quietly asking: "Erm...can I have that in translation, please?":) Are the masses really that impressed with the ranting man anymore? Katie Re-Registered
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10:56am Mon 11 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Oops - another fine mess for Nigel to take his airbrush to.
Oops - another fine mess for Nigel to take his airbrush to. Counterview
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5:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Duke.Wellington says...

Its just another example of the awful kind of people that join UKIP and support them.
Its just another example of the awful kind of people that join UKIP and support them. Duke.Wellington
  • Score: -2

11:14pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Pobinr says...

Mass immigration has had the worst effect on the ratio of housing stock to population since the Blitz!
Vote UKIP
Mass immigration has had the worst effect on the ratio of housing stock to population since the Blitz! Vote UKIP Pobinr
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11:15pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Pobinr says...

Message to all UKIP bashers
You owe it to yourself to educate yourself.
Please watch these vids.
Please don't come straight back to me without watching them crying 'racist', 'xenophobe', 'propaganda' 'UKIP fruitcakes' etc

This vid reminds me why Farage is everything the establishment career pigs in Westminster are not & why they dislike him & use their MSM pals to smear him >
https://www.youtube.
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I love this bit 24 mins in - 'The EU is proposing taking another Trillion Euros from European taxpayers despite the fact that the accounts haven't been signed off for 18 years in a row. If the EU was a company all the directors or in this case the Commisioners would all be in prison'

You UKIP bashers are being robbed of your taxes & your democracy yet all you do is abuse the man who's standing up for you !

EU = More & more centralised control & a desire to impose political union on the people without their consent
How the EU is dismantling democracy in Europe;

Remote control by the EU
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EU new Soviet Union ?
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The unelected crooks & recycled Communists running the EU
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We're now run by Big Banks,Big Business &Big Bureaucrats
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KI

Nigel Farage of UKIP Confronts the EU Commissioners
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Creeping EU totalitarianism>
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The Nazi-Fascist Origins of the EU Superstate >
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pfk
Message to all UKIP bashers You owe it to yourself to educate yourself. Please watch these vids. Please don't come straight back to me without watching them crying 'racist', 'xenophobe', 'propaganda' 'UKIP fruitcakes' etc This vid reminds me why Farage is everything the establishment career pigs in Westminster are not & why they dislike him & use their MSM pals to smear him > https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=bJHETdxw v8Y I love this bit 24 mins in - 'The EU is proposing taking another Trillion Euros from European taxpayers despite the fact that the accounts haven't been signed off for 18 years in a row. If the EU was a company all the directors or in this case the Commisioners would all be in prison' You UKIP bashers are being robbed of your taxes & your democracy yet all you do is abuse the man who's standing up for you ! EU = More & more centralised control & a desire to impose political union on the people without their consent How the EU is dismantling democracy in Europe; Remote control by the EU http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=TtQt2IjeL Vc EU new Soviet Union ? http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=92Vjc_PeY tc The unelected crooks & recycled Communists running the EU http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=YWSYMpuCF aQ We're now run by Big Banks,Big Business &Big Bureaucrats http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=750uBYcab KI Nigel Farage of UKIP Confronts the EU Commissioners http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=bJHETdxwv 8Y Creeping EU totalitarianism> https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=QVeMBNB0 cII The Nazi-Fascist Origins of the EU Superstate > https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=yV-6pHdU pfk Pobinr
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