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Spud McLaren
736735.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:43 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
In some parts of the country, people who want to vote "I don't like black people" vote for UKIP rather than BNP.
I think they're barking up the wrong tree, then. Not that I've had a great deal to do with UKIP, but I don't recall any of their local candidates even faintly implying that they are white supremacists.

736743.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:03 pm Reply with quote

There have been a few racists among the UKIP hierarchy.

For instance, there is a man named Paul Wiffen - a former parliamentary candidate - who made some unfortunate remarks about "Muslim nutters" and "Romanian pikeys", and who referred to the Queen as "that German bitch".

Or then there was the party's erstwhile press officer, one Adrian Lithgow, who was arrested on Victoria Station after calling a rail worker a "piece of shit" and a "fucking immigrant". After a manager told Mr Lithgow to behave himself, Lithgow apparently threw a Cornish pasty at him - and earned himself a night in the cells.

For sure, there are a handful of racists in all the other parties as well, and it would be unfair to suggest that everyone in UKIP is like Mr Wiffen or Mr Lithgow. But the current leader - the rather ineffectual Malcolm Pearson, who has announced an intention to stand down - has done little to distance himself from the racists within his party. (Contrast with David Cameron, who does not seriously deny that there are still such people in the Conservative Party, but does slap them down when necessary.)

Spud McLaren
736746.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:28 pm Reply with quote

Fair enough, but I don't think it's a mainstay of their policies in the same way as it is the BNP's (despite the BNP's protestations to the contrary).


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