From denying the existence of homophobia to advocating the existence of ghosts – the tricky path of representing the East Midlands as a Tory MEP

Today was a sad day for me. When I heard the news that the long suffering Conservative MEP Roger Helmer was resigning I felt lost, confused and upset. For the last few years, Roger has provided the very bread and butter of Conservative mockery that this blog relies on. He was my ‘go to guy’ when I wanted a cheap shot at the Tories. Whatever the issue was that I was writing about you could guarantee that Roger Helmer had put his slightly old-fashioned Tory foot in it. A man who actually thinks homophobia doesn’t exist. With his departure who would I turn to?

I need not to have worried however. Sat just underneath Roger Helmer on the 2009 Conservative Party candidate list for the East Midlands was Rupert Matthews. Rupert Mathews (now Rupert Mathews MEP) through a quick Google search has presented me a treasure chest of things to mock him for. The front page of his website (with pictures of knights and all) gives us a few clues that something aint quite right. Then we have his two personal blogs – The Ghost Hunter and – The History man. A quick glance at these blogs and alarm bells start to ring.

His published titles include, “‘UFOs: A History of Alien Activity from Sightings to Abductions to Global Threat’, ‘Roswell: Uncovering the Secrets of Area 51 and the Fatal UFO Crash’, ‘Alien Encounters: True-Life Encounters with Aliens and Other Extra-Terrestrial Phenomenon’, ‘Bigfoot and Other Mysterious Creatures”. It would appear, the Conservatives in their never ending quest for comedy have managed to find a man slightly more delusional and odd man than Roger Helmer. An expert on UFOs and alien abductions – wow. You cannot make this stuff up!

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