It’s election season in Britain and it’s shaping up to be one of the most interesting in decades. Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg is seriously shaking up the status quo in a way that could turn the traditional two choices of political party into a tripartite race, with the usual ragbag of independents to spice things up. In the past that has meant candidates from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and others, but this year we have an independent candidate whose election platform combines lines from notorious antisemitic document the Protocols of the Elders of Zion with Europhobia, anti-environmentalism and attack on the “needless spoiling of the firework trade,” as reported in the Guardian:
OK, this is an odd one – a candidate running in Sevenoaks on a platform quoting liberally from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion – the notorious Russian forgery claiming a worldwide Jewish conspiracy that served as a key text for 20th century European antisemitism.
Now breathe out and let’s get back to the location: Sevenoaks. Cairo, maybe (the protocols linger on in the Arab world). But Sevenoaks? With its mix of turn-of-the-century plotting and a leafy setting in southern England, this is an election leaflet as it may have appeared in an Edwardian novel in the vein of HG Wells’s War of the Worlds or Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent.
The candidate is Mark Ellis, a retired customs officer standing as an independent. The leaflet was sent by a reader understandably alarmed to find it on her doormat (and is also on the Straight Choice election leaflet website).
It begins with a quote from the Protocols (protocol No 3, for those with a copy at home) that says a “symbolic snake” is wrapping itself around Europe. Ellis brings us in on: “When this ring is in place, then all the European states will be held as by strong claws” – he suggests that the European Union’s ring of 12 stars can be seen as a “symbolism of the 12 in control” (when the Protocols were written, “the 12″ were Jews; Ellis talks of “this same folk”). He then follows through with a mash-up of Europhobia, anti-environmentalism and support for classic British military aeroplane design as he lists 21 harms that the “Cons” (Conservatives) have wrought against the country…
[continues in the Guardian]