New social media posts have emerged which suggest UKIP leader Henry Bolton’s new girlfriend could be a secret fan of Anne Marie Waters’ politics.
Jo Marney has rarely been out of the headlines in recent days after revelations that the UKIP leader had split from his wife over Christmas to be with the 25-year-old model. Although the pair have put on a united front, some of Marney’s previous social media activity implies they could be at odds with each other over their views on Islam.
Bolton, 54, was a fierce critic of Waters throughout the UKIP leadership campaign as he made several unfounded allegations that the party could “easily slip towards ideals of national socialism” should she win the party vote. Following Bolton’s victory in September, he was asked by journalists whether the party had avoided becoming the “UK Nazi Party” – referring to his earlier comments during the campaign – to which he replied “Absolutely, yes”.
Yet despite Bolton’s serious accusations, which have led to some UKIP members quitting the party, it seems his new lover isn’t averse to promoting Waters’ views. On 31st August 2017, in the run up to the leadership result, Marney retweeted and ‘liked’ a post from Waters on micro-blogging site Twitter in relation to a video circulating from the Notting Hill Carnival which showed a black man gyrating with a female police officer. A retweet is generally seen as a form of endorsement on the social media platform.
Then in November 2017, after Waters’ announcement that she had left UKIP to form a breakaway political party called For Britain, Marney again ‘liked’ a post from the Sharia Watch UK director. This time the endorsement of Waters came in a post about an Oxford college which had announced compulsory racial awareness classes to ensure ethnic minorities were not offended.
Bolton, a former candidate for Kent’s police and crime commissioner, recently took a swipe at what he described as “Islam bashing” under the former leadership of Paul Nuttall, which saw UKIP policies at the June general election include a ban on full-face veils in public for Muslim women. In one particular interview on the subject, Bolton said: “Frankly, seeking to blame one section of our community for society’s ills is not patriotism; it’s a form of totalitarianism that goes against everything UKIP as a political force has ever achieved.”
Yet in an apparent rhetorical question posted on Twitter by Marney on 15th July 2016, she wrote: “”Islamophobia” or a logical fear of a belief system / religion that is a consistent cause of death and destruction?” – views which bear a striking similarity to the one’s championed by Waters and journalist and political activist Tommy Robinson.
The social media posts threaten to again call into question Bolton’s political judgement and credibility for the role of leader. The former Lib Dem politician has already faced calls from within his own party to quit, with ex-leadership candidate Ben Walker urging him to step down.
Shy Society contacted Marney to ask for her views on the social media activity but was unable to gain a response at the time of publication.
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