20/03/2015 07:15 GMT | Updated 09/06/2015 13:59 BST

Friday Eclipse Proves The Sun Is Heating The Earth, Says Ukip's Roger Helmer

Roger Helmer hasn't always demonstrated an iron grip of scientific concepts. But he's got this one just about bang on.

The Ukip MEP was just as mesmerised by the gloomy wonder of the solar eclipse as the rest of the country.

And it was then that he had a moment of absolute and perfect clarity.

Helmer, a climate change sceptic who once described global warning as "grossly exaggerated", may be attempting to make a quip about cause of the planet's rising temperatures.

At least, that's what his followers think. Which led to reactions like this...

The Huffington Post UK has reached out to Helmer for further clarification on his tweet.

Ukip politicians have regularly graced the pages of this website for their unorthodox views on freak weather events.

Last year, Ukip councillor David Silvester, who resigned from the Conservative Party over David Cameron’s same-sex marriage policy, said gay marriage is to blame for Britain's flooding in a letter to The Henley Standard.

He wrote: "Since the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the nation has been beset by serious storms and floods." He was later suspended from the party.


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