THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING (Part 94): Winston McKenzie is at it again, with another outbreak of foot in mouth disease from his erstwhile party HQ in South Norwood.
This time, the “Chump from the Dump” has compared Nigel Farage, his UKIP party leader, to Jesus Christ.
His latest piece of self-regarding overstatement was provided in an interview for an online politics site run by a couple of students. Wind him up, and away he goes…
Not content with describing Croydon as a “dump” on national television, or with banning from his branch one of his few remaining committee members, or issuing threats of expulsion against his branch members who dare stage fund-raising Christmas parties, McKenzie has this time gone OTT in his arslikhan adoration of Farage, someone recently cuttingly described as “a pound shop Enoch Powell“.
“Jesus was one man, we are his army,” McKenzie said. “Farage is one man, we are his army and that’s what it’s all about.”
For McKenzie, Farage is an inspirational figure: “Mr Farage has his team. Farage was the inspiration for me joining the UK Independence Party.”
The adoration contiued: “The one thing with Farage is there’s no airs and graces, you do business. He’s a strong leader.
“He can do no wrong. Everywhere he goes, it doesn’t matter what he says or does – he gets away with it.” Which is an interesting view point given that gaffe-prone McKenzie seems to “get away” with any number of ridiculous mistakes in his handling of local party affairs and, despite the reservations of his own branch colleagues, continues to get selected to run in parliamentary elections.
Twice – at the Croydon North by-election in 2012 and before the local elections earlier this year – McKenzie has staged events at which his adored Farage was due to make an appearance in Croydon. On both occasions, Farage failed to show. Which may have been a miracle of sorts, we suppose.
This gem of a video from 2007 shows that McKenzie’s approach to self-promotion has not improved much over time, either, with his Poundshop Muhammad Ali performance:
- McKenzie’s UKIP branch forced out after manure stunt
- Now UKIP’s Winston McKenzie wants to ban Christmas
- UKIP’s Winston McKenzie quizzed over Carnival payments
- UKIP’s McKenzie takes revenge against local whistleblower
Coming to Croydon
- David Lean Cinema, Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, Dec 29
- David Lean Cinema, The Beat Beneath My Feet, Dec 30
- David Lean Cinema, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Jan 3
- David Lean Cinema, Mr Turner, Jan 8
- David Lean Cinema, Leviathan, Jan 13
- Norwood Society talk: Penge, the making of a suburb, Jan 15
- David Lean Cinema, The 78 Project Movie, Jan 15
- David Lean Cinema, Hannah Arendt, Jan 20
- David Lean Cinema, The Imitation Game, Jan 22
- South Croydon business breakfast, Jan 24
- David Lean Cinema, Night Will Fall, Jan 27 (Holocaust Memorial Day)
- David Lean Cinema, Kon-Tiki, Jan 29
- Norwood Society talk: Crystal Palace and Dulwich, Feb 19
- Norwood Society talk: Charlies Dickens in Norwood, Mar 19
- Norwood Society: Balloons and airships at Crystal Palace, Apr 16
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