Jack Buckby is to stand for parliament in the Batley and Spen by-election. This is the now-vacant seat left behind by murdered MP, Jo Cox. Mrs. Cox was allegedly killed by Tommy Mair, a far-right supporter of international neoNazi extremist groups.
Buckby is to stand on behalf of Liberty GB, a new and still small-fry political party headed by Paul Weston, one-time leader of the British Freedom Party. Weston’s not so balanced influence on the policies of his new party are obvious. From paranoid Islamophobia to his condemnation of those he describes as ‘left-liberals’ (whom he describes as ‘evil’), Liberty GB seems set to become just as big a joke as the BFP was.
And yet it’s hard to argue with the decision to field Buckby in Batley & Spen – at least on the terms that Liberty GB present their case. The argument is based partly on precedent (we’ve never before had a compassionate ceding of a by-election by rival political parties) and partly on democratic principles (the people of Batley & Spen deserve representation). Looking at the situation purely without compassion they’re right. And politics has never been a particularly compassionate affair. Jack Buckby has a right to stand, Liberty GB has a right to back him and the people of Batley & Spen have a right to be heard. So far, so good.
So we thought we’d take a look at just what this compassion-free political party actually stands for.
First – they’re far-right, ironically not so very far removed from the politics of Tommy Mair himself. Buckby was kicked out of university for his Islamophobic, far-right, nationalist stance and has done nothing to demonstrate any change in his views since then. This interview from May 2016 could almost have been parody, the black and white thinking Buckby displays is so stereotypical of nationalist paranoia and white supremacism.
It’s 13 minutes you’ll never get back but it’s worth watching all the same if you want to understand the calibre of the man who presumes to fill Jo Cox’s shoes. There may not be any place for compassion in politics as Liberty GB contends but that still doesn’t justify the insult to Mrs. Cox’s memory and to the people of Batley & Spen that the candidacy of such a bigoted and small-minded racist represents.
If you do watch the video please bear in mind that Buckby’s whole justification for standing in Batley & Spen is the defence of democracy. This is the man who dismisses those who supported Sadiq Khan as ‘Dumbass voters’ who were merely ‘virtue-signalling’. He wears his anti-democratic sentiment, his racism and his Islamophobia like a badge and still he has the audacity to abuse the memory of Jo Cox. Buckby represents everything that Mrs. Cox and the people who voted for her despised.
Buckby’s anecdote about his ‘Trump hat’ demonstrates his immature and attention-seeking character and therein lies the true motivation for his candidacy.
Realistically, this far right upstart has no chance of being elected in Batley & Spen. But that’s not the point for this small-minded, media-hungry racist and his party. The circumstances that led to this Yorkshire by-election almost guarantee that there will be a huge amount of media attention and Liberty GB are capitalising on the back of tragedy. His hypocritical stance on democracy is clear from this more recent Buckby video, also interviewed by the same right wing chat host. He even tries to implicate Jo Cox in child sexual abuse. This comes shortly before he blames the LGBT community and left-wing politicians for the Orlando massacre. In typical far-right manner he closes this interview with an appeal to the American right to send him money. We almost thought he was a Biffer when we heard that!
Here he blames left wing politicians for the Bastille Day massacre in Nice.
Lack of compassion is one thing. Victim blaming and smearing the dead for political point-scoring is quite another!