Roger Helmer, ladies and gentlemen.
Why did I look into this man’s history and past comments? What the actual fuck.
I’m going to stop posting about him now hopefully so we can all forget and go back to being happy in the lack of knowledge that this person actually exists and is actually representing my country on a national level to the actual European Union and people actually voted for him.
Oh my God. Roger Helmer makes me want to commit crimes (which if I commit in certain circumstances, he'll stick up for me!) Why are people like him even allowed to voice their opinions?
If you beat him up he might argue that possibly he was partly responsible for the beating and as such you should have a lenient sentence - because, really, after getting onto a blog and writing a post like that, surely he should understand that he is giving off signals that he wants to be physically harmed? Your expectation that you should be allowed to injure him is reasonable given the context.
Thankfully his blog has a very amusing looking picture of him and a very low-resolution photograph of the Union Jack as his banner - these are clear signs that he should not be considered reasonable. Also that banner has white text overlapping with very light grey images, which is a dreadful idea.
Free speech, of course. Frankly I don’t mind that he’s allowed to say what he thinks… it’s quite refreshing to have a politician who is open and obvious about their bigotry, one who openly admits to being stuck in the 19th century, rather than one who tries to deny that they hold horrifyingly outdated views (see the British National Party). I believe the idea is that if these kinds of people have a platform to speak on, then the people will theoretically see how awful they are and not vote for them.