He has denied climate change, suggested that some women “share a part of the responsibility” if they are raped and compared homophobia to disliking Earl Grey tea.
But now Roger Helmer has made what could be his most outrageous statement yet.
Following the death of several migrants at the French port of Calais, the Ukip MEP tweeted:
Many were quick to suggest that they believed the backward-looking opinion simply fitted in with Ukip’s overall outlook…
@RogerHelmerMEP ...well...if anyone can turn the clock back 500 years it's UKIP.— Nick Flaks (@NickFlaks) July 30, 2015
What was it like back then? @RogerHelmerMEP— hrtbps (@hrtbps) July 30, 2015
@RogerHelmerMEP trust UKIP to look into the past, send us back 500 years that'll fix everything.— SiMacintosh (@SiMacintosh) July 30, 2015
Others simply pointed out the historical issues with Helmer’s tweet…
.@RogerHelmerMEP & England belonged to French Normans from 1066. Maybe it's time they take us back?— Gytha Ogg (@Winskillfull) July 30, 2015
@rogerhelmermep Maybe we should give England back to the Danes?— Tim Turner (@tim2040) July 30, 2015
@RogerHelmerMEP Who ruled 'Britain' in 1558 then? Go on, enlighten us.— Heather Emm (@Heather__Emm) July 30, 2015
.@RogerHelmerMEP the 100 years war was such a success for the English.— roger (@r0g3rd4y) July 30, 2015
@RogerHelmerMEP given that 1558 was 149 years before the act of union I'm pretty sure your tweet on Calais is wildly misinformed as usual— Graeme Livingstone (@glivvy) July 30, 2015
Some also questioned if Helmer was simply advocating an out-and-out war with France:
@RogerHelmerMEP Just to clarify: you're advocating for an imperial war with France?— Cai (@caiwingfield) July 30, 2015
@RogerHelmerMEP Are you advocating war with France?— Sarah (@sarahransley) July 30, 2015