I just came across another pathetic Left Wing media hit-piece attacking UKIP. Their have been a couple over the years trying to reinforce the claim UKIP are racist, and each time it usually covers the same sort of line.
Something along the lines of; "UKIP don't have any racist policies, but Farage has said this, and former UKIP candidates have said this..."
Lets ignore (as the media often does) that the last 6 months in particular have seen a much higher proportion of Labour and Conservative Party reps and Councillors caught up in offences ranging from racism, anti-semitism, child abuse charges and other questionable activity which has rarely, if ever been raised in the national media. Let's address the claims outline by this boorish article by someone who spends his time on Twitter retweeting messages mocking the Conservative Party (so I am sure their is no party political motive for his article.)
"It was no surprise that Ukip’s most high profile black member Winston McKenzie quit the party after claiming he had been the victim of racial discrimination.
The only surprise is the time it took him to realise Nigel Farage’s party is racist, their denials notwithstanding."
Impartial and not at all bigoted beginning to the article...
"His allegations may have a lot to do with how he was ignored in his bid to be chosen as Ukip’s candidate for London Mayor. But if he was racially discriminated against, he should have seen the warning signs a long time ago."
Ah yes... He was excluded because he was black. I notice Matt Dathan (author) makes no mention that the candidate selection for the UKIP Mayor of London candidate was made up of 4 (out of 11 candidates) BME candidates one of whom came second by the name of David Kurten (picture below):
No doubt had Mr Kurten been selected as UKIP's candidate Mr Dathan would be claiming he'd only been selected "because" he was black, and that UKIP had done so to try and refute claims that they are racist.
Either that or the complete tone of this article would be different. He would be claiming that Peter Whittle (the winner of the candidate selection) came second because he is gay, and that as a result, it was proof UKIP were homophobic.
Dathan then goes on to list five reasons why he thinks UKIP are racist;
"1. What Nigel Farage has said
The Ukip leader insists neither he nor his party is racist but he has undermined this claim on a number of occasions.
Ahead of the 2014 European elections Mr Farage said he said people would rightly be “concerned” if “a whole load of Romanian men moved in next door”, adding there was a difference between German and eastern European neighbours.
He later expressed his “regret” over the comments, saying he was “tired”.
But he landed himself in trouble again when he said that hearing foreign languages spoken on trains made him feel “uncomfortable”.
And later in the year he must have been tired once again when he blamed the fact that he missed an event in Wales on immigrants, claiming that traffic on the M4 was to blame for his lateness and putting it down to “the population going through the roof”."
Indeed, during an LBC he was asked by host, James O'Brien; "What if a group of German children moved in, what's the difference?"
On this point, Farage highlighted that he had in fact been asked by an interviewer; "I was asked what I would think if a group of Romanian men moved in next door".
Now obviously comparing a group of German "children" to a group of "Romanian men" moving in next door, are two completely obvious and different things.
But even putting that aside. You have to remember that Farage lives in a small semi, with his wife and two young daughters.
I don't care if a "group of" Romanian men, or English men, moved in next door. In that situation I would be wary as would any parent of young girls.
But when you look at the Metropolitan Police DOI Reporting Services information on "Arrests of Foreign Nationals by Nationality and Specific Arrest Areas it reveals something a little more concerning as can be seen from the picture below...
As unfortunate as the data it. The crime figures show that Romanian Nationals during the period April 2008 to December 2012 are nearly 12 times more likely to commit a "sexual offence" than German nationals.
That is not "racist", it is mathematical fact.
Furthermore, the unfortunate fact is their have been a number of high profile rapes, and convictions by/of Romanian nationals over the last 2 years.
Farage explained later that he had been tired, as a result of an interruption and confusion involving Patrick O'Flynn. He has said "you know" in response to a question, when a more concise answer should have been given.
The author also brings up comments Farage made where he said he was "uncomfortable being on a crowded train in the center of London being in a minority of English speakers".
The simple fact is the native inhabitants of a country being displaced by mass migration in London in particular has happened. It is unfortunate that the populas of London, which includes some distinctive cultures (Cockneys for example) are now rare in London.
I don't want to get into the subject of "cultural genocide" which is mentioned in the Lisbon Treaty I might add, but when a populas gets displaced from its capital City. It is unfortunate.
To say that isn't racist. It is just the way it is.
Farage wasn't reflecting on people "being foreign" and that as a result was what he was uncomfortable with, he was reflecting on the cultural change.
But of course, as expected, what he said was twisted by the media and then we have people such as this Independent author writing attack stories gleefully dancing through the streets tossing the word "racist" about like confetti.
As for his comments at a Wales meeting. He made a "joke". I am not surprised that this Independent author, who seems to be expertly driven taking offence at everything that is said dependent on his political agenda (again you have to see the guys Twitter) has no sense of humour.
Farage joked that the roads were busy, and that the transport network has been effected by an increased population.
Simple maths dictates that an increased population, millions of which have been added through mass migration, will have an impact on the transport infrastructure of this country.
Several Conservative and Labour rep's have commented that an increased population, in part as a result of immigration will result in an increased need for expansion of our transport network, housing and social services. Yet I don't see the Independent whacking out article claiming those statements of fact are "racist". No of course not.
"2. Ukip MEPs sit with racist groups in European Parliament
After winning the national vote in the 2014 European Parliament elections Mr Farage chose to align Ukip’s 24 MEPs with far-right groups from across the continent to form the Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) grouping.
Among its members are the Swedish Democrats party, which was founded by white supremacists whose members allegedly posed in Nazi uniforms in meetings, although it became more moderate in 1996.
Other members include the Polish right-winger Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz from the Congress of the New Right (KNP). The party was founded by Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a man who was fined for racist language last month, and also reportedly claimed Adolf Hitler was unaware of the Holocaust, claiming that the Nazi leader would be acquitted from court if he stood trial today because he had no idea that his regime was persecuting Jewish people across Europe.
Farage also aligned his party with the controversial figure of Beppe Grillo, the former comedian who suggested Italy’s immigration policy could be “re-importing” tuberculosis and posted a blacked-up picture of a government minister on his blog. His anti-establishment party, the Five Star Movement, helped Farage secure crucial EU funds by adding its 17 MEPs to the EFD group."
For me this is where the authors article starts to fall to pieces completely.
Let's ignore for the fact that post 2014 European Elections. UKIP's group was renamed the EFDD (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy), or EFD2 for short.
The author claims that UKIP did deals with "Far Right groups from across the continent to form their grouping.
Really? Their are six other parties or members in UKIP's group.
They are as follows:
- The Party of Free Citizens (Czech Republic) - Right Wing
- Joëlle Bergeron (France) - Right Wing (a former Front National MEP who resigned after she opposed FN's motion to ban European migrants from voting in local elections)
- The Five Star Movement (Italy) - Left Wing
- Order and Justice (Lithuania) - Right Wing
- Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz - Right Wing
- Swedish Democrats - Right Wing
3. Nigel Farage thinks racial discrimination should be legalised
The Ukip leader sparked another race row in the run up to May’s general election by saying that laws preventing racial discrimination in the workplace should be scrapped.
Farage told the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips that legislation barring discriminating on grounds of nationality or race was no longer required because race is no longer a significant issue in modern-day Britain.
“I would argue that the law does need changing, and that if an employer wishes to choose, or you can use the word ‘discriminate’ if you want to, but wishes to choose to employ a British-born person, they should be allowed to do so,” he said. “I think you should be able to choose on the basis of nationality, yes. I do.”
Bonkers. Quite frankly. Not Farage, the author.
Remember this article is about "racism". British people can be BME, in fact Farage said that the section of British society which has been hardest hit by mass-migration from the EU, has been the BME community in London, in which their are record high unemployment numbers.
The question of businesses undercutting British nationals in the UK isn't so much a theory as it is fact.
The Conservative Party have discussed it, as have the Labour Party in terms of warning about it, and they have even gone as far as to roll out a policy to tackle it.
Again, I presume the author didn't consider that racist did he?
"4. Other BME members have quit Ukip due to racism
McKenzie should have listened to Sanya-Jeet Thandi when she quit as leader of Ukip’s youth wing last year, branding the party “racist” and “terrifying”.
The British Asian leader accused Ukip of “exploiting the stupidity of ignorant anti-immigrant voters for electoral gain”. She added: “While the party deliberately attracts the racist vote I refuse to be associated with them.”
I have already addressed Winston McKenzie above, so let's move onto Sanya-Jeet Thandi.
Isn't it funny that when she disclosed that she thought that UKIP were "racist" and "terrifying", it was via a news article in the left wing Guardian.
Let's also ignore the fact she gave regular interviews saying that mass migration was an issue in the UK:
Gave regular speeches at UKIP conferences over the years:
Individuals have left all parties citing racism. The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.
Also, "manipulating the anti-immigrant vote"? UKIP aren't anti-immigration. Why am I not surprised that I find myself having to explain to a left-wing Independent journalist UKIP's immigration policy.
Oh yeah, the reason that is, is because the majority of people I encounter who have such vitriolic views to UKIP don't actually know what UKIP's immigration policy is!
Not to mention what some of their further more developmental policies are.
I am willing to bet hard cash that the author of the Independent article didn't know it has been a core UKIP policy to reconnect with the Commonwealth since the party was founded. That is nearly two-thirds of the planets ethnic population.
I bet he doesn't know that immigration would play a vital role in UKIP's plan for the country, with an equal points based system being implemented to the globe, rather than the EU biased immigration system we have right now, that leaves so many rest of the world migrants unable to come to the UK, regardless of skills they might have to offer.
Rather than me rattling on I suggest people (including the author of the Independent article) listen to UKIP's immigration policy as explained by Steven Woolfe, UKIP's immigration spokesperson who also happens to be from a mixed raced background, you know, at the party that prevents black and ethnic candidates progression, oh... and he's a Member of the European Parliament. Did I mention that?
Then as always happens, we come to the list of former UKIP members who have been expelled for making offensive comments, or sharing offensive content...
5. All the Ukip candidates who have been exposed as racists
If he was looking for a reason to leave before, McKenzie wouldn't have had to look far to find examples of racist Ukip candidates.
Take, for example, Robert Blay, a Ukip candidate at the general election who said he would shoot Ranil Jayawardena, an Asian candidate standing for the Tories, if he ever became PM, as he questioned his racial backround.
Mr Blay said: “His family have only been here since the 70s. You are not British enough to be in our parliament. ”I've got 400 years of ancestry where I live. He hasn't got that.“
Or there is the Ukip candidate David Wycherley who took to Facebook a day after Mo Farah won double gold at the London Olympics to say the runner is not British because he is an “African”.
Or the Ukip candidate William Henwood who said the black comedian Lenny Henry should ”go back to a black country“ before comparing Islam to the Third Reich.
And if Mr McKenzie was still unconvinced that Ukip had a big racism problem running through the party, he should have realised when ex-Ukip councillor Rozanne Duncan was filmed saying the “only people I do have problems with are negroes”.
Robert Blay - Suspended
David Wycherley - Said that Mo Farah was African... Which he is and has described himself as being?
Farah describes himself as "African" and was born in Somalia.
Whilst I think Farah is wonderful, and consider him British, of course. To ask the question is not racist.
William Henwood - Resigned and condemned
Rozanne Duncan - Expelled
Just before the May General Elections, I wrote an article showing that unfortunate comments by parties rep's wasn't exclusive to UKIP. Titled: "Lib Lab Con suspended (stepped-down), members bring party into disrepute: Why do the media ignore issues at other parties?"
Following my production of this article, it was kicked up a notch when "Nope Not Hope" website released a list of "137 Lib/Lab/Con Paedos, racists, homophobes, fraudsters you didn't read about on Hope not Hate - March and April this year".
Hell in the last 3 months alone, we have seen 3 Labour Councillors removed for child abuse charges (1, 2, 3)
In the last 4 weeks alone. We have seen a Labour Councillor expelled for anti-Semitism,
Offensive behaviour within party Councillors is just a fact of life, it is how parties respond to that behaviour that matters.
UKIP ban former members of the Far-Right post 2011, whilst no other parties do. In fact the Conservatives and Labour Party have welcomed BNP and Neo Nazis who obviously at some time had extreme views.
But hey... Mr Dathan won't ever raise those issues will he...
Because he just doesn't like UKIP. That is the reason his article was written and published.
UKIP aren't racist.
If they are on Mr Dathan's grounds, then every other party in the United Kingdom is as well.