It has emerged that two Brexit Party MEPs and a prospective parliamentary candidate have appeared on The Richie Allen Show, a radio programme with links to conspiracy theorist David Icke that has served as a platform for Holocaust denial.
It is understood that Ann Widdecombe MEP appeared on the programme three times between August 2017 and April 2019, David Bull MEP appeared on the show on 30th April 2019, and Stuart Waiton, a prospective parliamentary candidate in Scotland and formerly an unsuccessful candidate for the European Parliament, appeared five times in 2018 and 2019.
Ms Widdecombe’s first appearance on the show was on 15th August 2017, when the programme was still being broadcasted on Mr Icke’s website. She recently courted controversy when she defended a former Nazi camp guard who is currently on trial in Germany.
The Richie Allen Show has featured antisemites such as Alison Chabloz and Gilad Atzmon, conspiracy theorist Kevin Barrett, who believes Israel was behind 9/11, and Holocaust deniers including Nicholas Kollerstrom. The host has himself apparently questioned the number of Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust, telling Mr Kollerstrom that “there’s a big lie there somewhere, I don’t believe the numbers are anywhere near as great as they’re saying, you know…I’m with you with respect to the numbers and the way that it’s been exploited ever since.”
Mr Allen is considered to be a protege of Mr Icke. Mr Icke preaches to large audiences that the world is run by an evil group mostly consisting of prominent Jews whom he calls “Rothschild Zionists”. He tells his disciples that these “Rothschild Zionists” are in fact inhuman “reptilians” conspiring to cheat all of humanity, with governments, media and banks in their grasp.
Mr Icke uses social media, his books and his stage performances to incite hatred. His preaching is so absurd that since the 1990s he has been dismissed as a crank, but because he is dismissed, there has been no major opposition to him and he has built up a following of thousands upon thousands of disciples whom he has persuaded to adamantly believe that the world is in the grip of a conspiracy run by the “Rothschild Zionists”. His repertoire includes conspiracy myths and tropes classified as antisemitic according to the International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the British Government. Campaign Against Antisemitism has successfully persuaded some venues to pull out of hosting his events.