Nigel Farage has been likened to Jesus by Ukip’s Commonwealth spokesperson, Winston McKenzie.
In an interview with Chat Politics, he said the Eurosceptic “army” was behind their leader, who can “do no wrong”.
“Jesus was one man, we’re his army. Farage is one man, and we’re his army and that’s what it’s all about,” he said.
“Farage is like (non-stick) Teflon – he can do no wrong. Everywhere he goes, it doesn’t matter what he says or does - he gets away with it.”
Mr McKenzie, famed for having joined every major political party in the UK but never winning an election, most recently stood for Ukip in the 2012 Croydon North by-election, receiving 6 per cent of the vote.
He has unsuccessfully run as an MP, the Mayor of London (against Boris Johnson) and as a local councillor but insisted he is still “needed” in politics.
Showing his support for Ukip with a purple fox badge “made in the likeness of Mr Farage”, Mr McKenzie told Chat Politics the Eurosceptic party was stealing Tory “hens” from the Parliamentary coop but struggled to remember defectors’ names.
“Douglas and…the other guy,” he said, referring to former Conservative MP Mark Reckless, now Ukip’s representative for Rochester and Strood.
When quizzed on his party’s immigration policy, Mr McKenzie advocated the introduction of an unspecified quota and defined British as anyone who “works and stands of for the traditions of the place where they live”.
When questioned on same-sex marriage, he claimed that it was “not something that Christians would advocate” and raised the concept of being “genuinely gay”.
“I have nothing against gay people, I’m not some kind of homophobe but I am entitled to express my heartfelt opinion,” he added. “I’m not going to be drawn on that because I know what will happen.”
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
1/8 1993: Alan Sked forms Ukip
History professor Alan Sked had been active in anti-EU politics for a while beore he founded Ukip in 1993. He resigned from the party after the 1997 election, concerned that it was attracting far-right members, and has been critical of Ukip since. Picture: Reuters
2/8 2005: Kilroy defects
Former TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk founded Veritas in 2005, after a failed bid to become leader, and took many of Ukip's elected members with him. But the party slowly lost its popularity and didn't put forward any candidates in the last election. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty REUTERS KD/RUS
3/8 2010: Farage becomes leader, again
Farage had led Ukip from 2006 until 2009, when he stood down to fight against the Speaker, John Bercow, for his Buckingham seat. He failed to win the election and returned to lead the party in November 2010. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
4/8 2010: Ukip fights for election
Nigel Farage was injured in a plane crash on polling day in the 2010 general election, but his party increased its success in the votes. It fielded 572 candidates and took 3.1% of the vote, though failed to win any seats. REUTERS/Darren Staples
5/8 2013: Eastleigh gains
Ukip's candidate Diane James got the highest ever number of votes for any candidate from the party, but was beaten by the Liberal Democrats. The surge in support gave Ukip confidence ahead of local and European elections later in the year. Picture: Reuters
6/8 2013: Bloom kicked out
Godfrey Bloom, who served as an Ukip MEP from 2004 to 2014, had the whip withdrawn in 2013 after sexist comments and an attack on a journalist. He sat as an independent MEP until 2014, when he ended his term in office. Picture: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
7/8 2014: European election success
Ukip got a higher proportion of the vote than any other party in 2014's European elections, adding 11 new MEPs and taking its total to 24. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
8/8 2014: Carswell defects
Douglas Carswell defected from Ukip at the end of August, and was followed by Mark Reckless at the end of September, who resigned from the Tories amid rumours of many more defections to come. Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville
He made a rap video for the 2008 London elections and tried to achieve pop stardom in 2005 with a run on the X Factor.
The interview ended with Mr McKenzie to the camera about the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition, adding: "I’m not your average politician."Reuse content