Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A senior Ukip politician has been recorded telling activists that Britain should not be sending aid to "bongo bongo land".

Godfrey Bloom, a Ukip member of the European parliament, made the comments to a meeting of supporters in the West Midlands. He suggested foreigners used aid to "buy Ray-Ban sunglasses" and "apartments in Paris".

His remarks have emerged in the week Ukip is due to publish its list of approved candidates for next year's European elections, in which the party hopes to get the biggest share of the vote.

In a challenge to Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, several MPs called for the party to prevent Bloom from standing again, saying it was a good test of its resolve to eradicate "intolerance".

Bloom was filmed speaking at a meeting in Wordsley, near Stourbridge, in July. In the recording he says: "How we can possibly be giving a billion pounds a month when we're in this sort of debt to bongo bongo land is completely beyond me.

"To buy Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it that goes with most of the foreign aid. F18s for Pakistan. We need a new squadron of F18s. Who's got the squadrons? Pakistan, where we send the money."

Two months ago Farage ensured an Italian MEP was expelled from Ukip's European alliance for saying a black minister in Italy was part of a "government of bongo-bongo" who would want to impose "tribal traditions", and would be better suited as a housekeeper.

A Ukip spokesman said Bloom's remarks were being "discussed right at the very highest level of the party".

Bloom said that suggestions that his comments carried any racist implications were "absurd" and "laughable", adding that he has two Kashmiri staff and a Polish wife. He stood by his remarks, saying: "What's wrong with that? I'm not a wishy-washy Tory. I don't do political correctness … The fact that the Guardian is reporting this will probably double my vote in the north of England."

In another part of the recording, Bloom says, in reference to a ruling from the European court of human rights: "You can torture people to death but you jolly well can't give them a full life sentence because that's against their human rights.

"We can't hang them because we're now a member of the European Union and it's embedded in the treaty of Rome.

"It's a personal thing but I'd hang the bastards myself … Especially for some of these, especially for the guy who hacked the soldier to death. I do hope they would ask me to throw the rope over the beam because I'd be delighted to do so."

There have been reports that Ukip has been seeking a higher level of vetting for its prospective MEPs, after Farage admitted a "handful" of its local election candidates had caused the party embarrassment.

Bloom's remarks caused outrage among many MPs and campaigners. Rushanara Ali, a shadow development minister, said: "It's just offensive and the kind of thing that should have been consigned to the history books. It's completely at odds with the 21st century.

"If Nigel Farage is serious about getting rid of racism and intolerance in his party, he should take action against politicians who think it's acceptable to speak of people in developing countries in that way."

John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, said Ukip should "throw him out and stop him standing as an MEP". A spokesman for the Hope, Not Hate campaign said Bloom's remarks were reminiscent of the "Tory party of 1985", when Alan Clark provoked outrage by referring to Africa as "bongo bongo land" in an official meeting.

Bloom has previously caused controversy over some of his comments about women. The MEP was criticised for asking why businesses would ever hire "a lady of child-bearing age" and once said he wanted to get involved in women's rights issues because: "I just don't think they clean behind the fridge enough."
Source: Guardian

Speaking on Today, he [Bloom] said he did not see why the government should send money overseas when hospitals were being closed down and British people were unable to receive cancer treatment.

"If I want to send money to charity, I will do so of my own accord," he said.

Asked whether he would apologise if instructed to do so by the Ukip leadership, he said: "I'd say right-o, sorry. If I have offended anybody in bongo bongo land, I will write to their ambassador at the court of St James."

Bloom told the programme he was merely articulating the unheeded views of ordinary people in the rugby and cricket club, adding: "My job is to upset the BBC and the Guardian and I love it."
Source: Guardian


Anonymous said...

To be fair to the PC Brigade. Political correctness has its place. People like these who say stupid things like this in the media will only hurt the parties' reputations. It came to light not too long ago that a member of Geert Wilder's PVV was a Stormfront.org member. I think I remember reading about some bad apples in the SD party too.

The problem with (far) right wing parties is that while they may have good intentions, they do have some racists/WNs among the ranks. This is not a good thing. It will only hurt them in the media. While I heavily oppose mass immigration and the displacement of indigenous populations, I do not condone racism or white nationalism (well, I can respect it but only in its most basic, non-racist form).

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous ^^^ - Just to be clear, UKIP are definitely NOT a far right party. Please don't make that assumption.

The media like to portray any group or individual who doesn't follow the typical Lib/Lab/Con path as 'racist' etc. That is definitely not the case with UKIP. They simply want their country out of the wasteful EU so they can govern themselves and not be dictated to by Brussels.

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