This weekend it was revealed that Nigel Farage once tried to gain the public backing of the hugely controversial Enoch Powell, infamous for his 'Rivers of Blood' speech.
In it, the late Tory MP warned against immigration and laws that forbade discriminating on the grounds of race in areas such as housing.
He was subsequently sacked and his "racist" speech has become synonymous with xenophobia and intolerance ever since.
Despite this, many people on Saturday asked what exactly was wrong with Farage courting Powell. In fact, he's apparently what's missing from UK politics.
@HuffPostUK could use more mp's like enoch powell— ian fox (@BornloserIan) December 13, 2014
Think the word is 'towers'...
— peacedoff (@saidasmuch) December 13, 2014
Farage has previously declared Powell as his political hero and endorsed the "basic principle" of the warnings about mass immigration made by Powell.
Earlier this week on Question Time, Russell Brand said of Farage: "This man is not a cartoon character. He ain't Delboy. He ain't Arthur Daley.
"He's a pound-shop Enoch Powell and we've got to watch him."
Not sure being a Tory automatically makes you a good person.
Ah, the good old days.
@HuffPostUK Naturally! Powell had the same anti EU vision as Tony Benn! They were similar great minds from days when politics were real!— Ron (@Tweets2CV) December 13, 2014
Well, until the letters to Pol Pot surface...
Seriously, if Enoch Powell is the best monster you can dig up you're really not trying very hard— Ranty Man (@ranty_man) December 13, 2014
On a completely unrelated note, here's Enoch Powell on a pogo stick.
Enoch Powell on a pogo stick. pic.twitter.com/dpX9tGpqm5— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) December 13, 2014
'Devoid' is a strong word.
Enoch Powell was actually a respected politician, scholar and intellectual who's career was void of immorality, misdeed and scandal.— Tom Fowdy (@Tom_Fowdy) December 13, 2014
Apparently an education cancels it all out...
Always consider 'The Trench Scenario'...
Enoch Powell tricked authorities into premature WWII conscription - he was a patriot. Who would u prefer along u in battle - him or Brand?!— FreyrBaldr (@FreyrBaldr) December 13, 2014
@MediaGuido Er..Well, he was brilliant. Controversial too. A sad, lonely figure in later life. Buried with military honours by the way.— Charles Cross (@Charles90) December 13, 2014
'Prophet' might be a bit much...