Farage Defends Jokes About Foreigners at Ukip Conference

Steven Swinford and Claire Carter, Telegraph (London), March 2, 2014

Nigel Farage has defended a string of jokes about foreigners and Muslims made by a stand-up comedian at the Ukip party conference and warned against “censoring” humour.

Paul Eastwood, a comedian, appeared at the gala dinner to mark the end of the party’s spring conference and was greeted with rapturous applause.

According to The Sunday Mirror, Mr Eastwood started his set by saying that he had to be “politically correct” and watch his words. He then went on to make a series of quips about Polish people and a joke about a Muslim butcher.

* Referring to the Olympics, Eastwood said: “Poland did well. They took home bronze, silver, gold, lead, copper–anything they could get their hands on.”

* “Team Somalia–they did well, didn’t they? They had to apologise. Didn’t realise sailing and shooting were two different events.”

* Implying the Midlands was mostly populated by Asian people he said: “Any Midlands people here? Wonderful! My favourite accent is a Midlands accent.” The comedian then tried to do an Asian accent and branded the Islamic call to prayer a “traditional Midlands folk song”.

* Eastwood told three Asian women who appeared at the event in Torquay they “looked a little bit lost.”

Mr Farage said he did not hear the jokes and left the dinner shortly after the comedian started his set.

However, he warned against “killing” humour and said Mr Eastwood was telling jokes about “national” rather than “racial” sterotypes.

He said: “I’m not going to comment on individual jokes, but I think we’re in huge danger here. This was a guy telling jokes about national stereotypes, not racial stereotypes. We are heading down a road here where we would kill all humour in this country if we tear things to pieces.

“Enough is enough, let people tell their jokes. If what they say is inappropriate they won’t earn a living because they won’t get booked again.”

The £35 a head black tie dinner was held after the UKIP conference in Torquay in Devon. It was held as a chance for delegates and donors to mingle after the day-long event, and saw many drinking throughout the evening–with one person passing out at a table.

[Editor’s Note: Because of this performance, some are saying UKIP is now officially “racist.”]

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  • Spartacus

    There’s an old Romanian joke, think I wrote it here before :

    An old woman waits in line to buy bread. In front of her, a negro, and she yells:
    People around start admonishing her:
    -Shame on you, he’s a guest in our country, we should treat him with respect.
    The old lady, feeling embarassed, tells the negro :
    -I’m sorry.
    -That is ok, madam – the negro responds.
    Then the old lady goes:

    • sbuffalonative

      Too funny.

    • captainc

      a bit crude..

    • Norseman

      My paternal grandmother was not exactly PC. During the mid 70s blacks were still quite rare in large parts of Norway. Seeing an African walking down the street, she pointed at him and said to her companions: “Look how black he is!”

  • David Ashton

    Apparently someone asked if a Muslim could be an Englishman, and he was shouted down, with a UKIP spokesperson saying that UKIP supported a “multi-ethnic” society. Even so, a popular vote for this lot will “send a message” that will be seen as “racist” – and that’s something.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    It’s always racist when a white person does it. According to liberal extremists, non-whites can do no wrong. Even when non-whites tell racist jokes and discriminate against other ethnic minorities, they are still not racist. In the liberal mind, racism is the white man’s sickness, even though, objectively speaking, whites are the least racist group of people on earth.

  • So CAL Snowman

    ” Referring to the Olympics, Eastwood said: “Poland did well. They took
    home bronze, silver, gold, lead, copper–anything they could get their
    hands on.””

    Hilarious, I can’t stop laughing. It’s ok I’m White.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      And then there was the Polish athlete who was so proud of his gold medal that he had it bronzed.

      • gemjunior

        ROFLMAO! Now, that is a perfect Polish joke.

      • IstvanIN

        How mean! How do you drive a Polak crazy? Put him in a round room and tell him a quarter is in the corner.

        • frederickdixon

          I heard jokes about Poles in Russia, and the self-same jokes in England about the Irish. If jokes about Poles, rather than Irish, are now being told in England, that tells a story in itself.

  • Immigration is a legit political issue. Jokes that reveal the national character of immigrants are a threat to the multiculturalists, so they label them racist. The issue will blow over because they are more important issues ready to boil over, like immigrant crime.

  • 1stworlder

    Farage said that when he heard someone calling Cameron a douchebag he said “Hear Hear you take that back, douchebags do the job they are supposed to do”

  • Spartacus

    You know how the Somali government collapsed ? They chopped down the tree it was in.

  • sbuffalonative

    * Referring to the Olympics, Eastwood said: “Poland did well. They took
    home bronze, silver, gold, lead, copper–anything they could get their
    hands on.”

    As someone of Polish descent, I don’t know what to make of this.

    Is this true of Poles from Poland? It certainly isn’t true of Polish Americans. Polish neighborhoods in Buffalo were thriving areas before blacks moved in and stole the gold, silver, and now copper pipes from abandoned homes. Before blacks moved in, they weren’t the crime centers of Buffalo.

    I’m not taking offense at the statement; it may very well be true. I have had zero experience with first generation Poles. Sorry to hear they aren’t well behaved and represent their people poorly.

    • IstvanIN

      Unlike pre-WW1 America, where there were large arears of unhabiatated or lightly inhabiated areas of the nation, or industrial areas that needed labor, Europe has been inhabited for thousands of years. Each nation already has its own ethnic group or groups. There is little need or desire (by the people) for immigrants on the part of the receiving nation in Europe. Europe is settled. There should be few Poles, or any other group, immigrating to the UK, they are neither wanted nor needed. It is natural to poke fun at the outsider, which is why government makes it illegal, to tamp down our natural tribalism while they exterminate us.

      The US was unique is successfully integrating disparate European groups into one relatively united people. By not catering to the whims of European immigrants, by not using their languages in the commons, by expecting them to adopt our customs and traditions, and by virtue of the fact that even Eastern European and Italian immigrants had at least a generally common racial, cultural and religious background as the founding people (excepting them) we could, through immigration time outs, digest and absorb those people. Sure, tiny numbers of Poles could be absorbed by the UK, but large numbers would eventually turn Britain into an island version of Poland, just as “Asian” and black immigration is turning Britain into a smudge pot today.

      • sbuffalonative

        I’m a little surprised that Poles are seen as thieves but as I say, stereotypes persist because they’re largely true. It could be bad habits picked up during communism or surviving WWII.

        It’s something I haven’t experienced or seen in the Polish community in the US. As I said, before the blacks moved into Buffalo’s east side, the Polish east side was a thriving metropolis. Way before my time but that’s where all my relatives came from. The Polish east side wasn’t known for thieves and lawlessness.

        I can say the large number of Poles assimilated easily. They assimilated so well Polish culture in Buffalo has largely disappeared. There are small pockets here and there and cultural events are now being promoted to keep Polish heritage alive.

        • IstvanIN

          Eastern Europeans as a whole were completely digested, which is as it should be. When in Rome…….

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      In Germany, we have Sperr-müll-tag twice a year, when larger items are put on the curb to be collected by the trash disposal folks. Of course, any one is free to help themselves. You find quite a few useful items that someone else doesn’t need or want any more. In our neighborhood, ubiquitous white vans with Polish license plates drive though, with the drivers carrying away anything they can get their hands on, There is nothing wrong with that, by the way.

      Now, if he is talking about the Gypsies who come from Poland (and other eastern countries), to be sure, they are notorious thieves.

      • sbuffalonative

        Yes, it could be Romanian-Polish gypsies.

        On a side note, a community in a suburb of West Seneca just experienced two rare floods in 2 months. The last flooding in this area were twenty years ago.

        People piled their water soaked trash in in front of their houses. Seeing some of the stuff on the news I kept thinking a lot of this stuff only had minor water damage and was likely salvageable.

        People started showing up garbage picking salvageable material which I thought was a good idea. Why throw this stuff in the landfill when it’s likely reusable after being cleaned and dried?

        This upset the residents who had the police stop anyone from sorting through the trash.

        I can understand some residence being angry that their loss was someone’s gain but to me this was a double waste.

        Who knows, they could have been largely Poles.

        Thieves or thrifty?

    • Tromp

      From my experience, in the Netherlands, yes it is true. Since Polish people moved into my apartment block we’ve suffered from break ins in the basement storage rooms and theft of metal parts. Something I’ve never experienced before.

      Today I read an article about a Dutch city, removing every copper statue, because Eastern Europeans are stealing them all over the country for their metal.

    • saxonsun

      I grew up with Polish jokes as most of us did. As a college English teacher, however, I can tell you that I’ve had quite a few Polish students. Not one has been less than intellectually outstanding–a real pleasure.

  • WR_the_realist

    There is only one group of humans you can make jokes about as a class and not be called a racist:


    • Which is amusing, because some of the greatest minds in human history belonged to blonds.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Oh for gawd’s sake. I am blonde. Bring on the jokes. It helps to know I am not dumb.
      Two White people jokes.
      Shortest books ever written:
      1000 years of Irish Gourmet Cooking
      1000 years of German humor

    • sbuffalonative

      From reading some of the comments here, Poles seems to be an easy and acceptable target.

      I’m not making a stick about it but I have seen it everywhere I go.

      I used to live in NYC and I was listening to a radio call in where one day people were encouraged to tell jokes. Of course, certain jokes were verboten but Pollock jokes were definitely over represented.

    • Brian

      There’s also southern hillbillies.

  • Truth Teller

    I thought the joke about the Islamic call to prayer becoming a traditional midlands folksong very funny and not at all offensive. The midlands are becoming more and more Islamic so the joke tells the truth. Are Muslims offended because a comic observed that they live in the midlands and their customs and call to prayer have become common place in English society?
    I have heard horrible offensive jokes about the Irish when I was in England and no one objected.

  • Ellis Kurtz

    Stalin and Khrushchev are taking a tour of their Eastern European satellites in Stalin’s special train.
    Khrushchev: “I can’t keep track of these damn countries. Where are we now?”
    Stalin: “What time is it?”
    Khrushchev [looking at watch]: “Ten o’clock.”
    Stalin: “Well, then, this must be Czechoslovakia.”
    [Somewhat later]
    Khrushchev: “I’m lost again. What country are we in now?”
    Stalin: “What time is it?”
    Khrushchev [looking at watch]: “Two thirty.”
    Stalin: “Well, then, this must be Hungary.”
    [Somewhat later]
    Khrushchev: “Sorry, I’m lost yet again. What country are we in now?”
    Stalin: “What time is it?”
    Khrushchev [lifts wrist to look at watch]: “Hey! My watch! It’s gone!”
    Stalin: “Ah, this must be Romania.”

  • Brian

    What the difference between a black man and a large pizza?

    The pizza can feed a family of four.