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Brexit: Leave.EU figure praised 'clever' Nazi tactics

Brexit: Leave.EU figure praised 'clever' Nazi tactics
From BBC - April 17, 2018

A senior figure from a pro-Brexit campaign group has been recorded appearing to compare the tactics it used to keep immigration at the top of the referendum debate to the "clever" techniques of the Nazis.

The recordings of Leave.EU's Andy Wigmore were published by a parliamentary inquiry into fake news.

Mr Wigmore said "it was a conversation not a statement of facts".

He is also heard discussing contacts with Cambridge Analytica.

The controversial consultancy is at the centre of a dispute over the harvesting of personal Facebook data and whether it was used to influence the outcome of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum.

Mr Wigmore's comments - from interviews made to a university researcher - were described as "particularly concerning" by Damian Collins, the chairman of the House of Commons' digital, culture, media and sport committee, which is conducting the inquiry.

The recordings also include comments by the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL Group Nigel Oakes, who compared Trump's campaigning tactics to those of Adolf Hitler.

Leave.EU deny that Cambridge Analytica undertook any work for the campaign.

Mr Wigmore was talking to university lecturer Emma Briant for an upcoming book on the Trump campaign.

He told Ms Briant "the only way" Leave.EU would be successful was to "follow the Trump doctrine".

"The more outrageous we are, the more attention we will get, and the more attention we get, the more outrageous we will be," said Mr Wigmore.

'Clever propaganda machine'

Leave.EU was fronted by then UKIP leader Nigel Farage and funded by millionaire Arron Banks,but failed in its bid to be named the official Brexit campaign group.

Following the referendum, Mr Banks said facts do not work: "You have got to connect with people emotionally. It's the Trump success."

Mr Wigmore admitted that campaigners were concerned they would be blamed for creating "a wave of hatred and racism".

He told Ms Briant: "The propaganda machine of the Nazis, for instance - you take away all the hideous horror and that kind of stuff, it was very clever, the way they managed to do what they did.

"In its pure marketing sense, you can see the logic of what they were saying, why they were saying it, and how they presented things, and the imagery.

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