Farage: Ukip Does Not Have Monopoly on Stupidity

Georgia Graham, Telegraph (London), May 4, 2014

The UK Independence Party does not have a “monopoly on unpleasantness and stupidity”, Nigel Farage has said, as he accused both Labour and the Conservatives of fielding “racist candidates”

Mr Farage insisted that Ukip is a “non-racist party” and said he would confront the allegations “head-on” this week by fielding “a lot of ethnic minority candidates” in the forthcoming local elections.

His comments come after a week of embarrassments for Ukip with several candidates for the forthcoming local elections suspended or disciplined by the party for their “crackpot views”.

Speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show, Mr Farage said that only “a handful” of the 37,000 strong membership of Ukip were say “batty, often idiotic and sometimes offensive things”.

He said it was “disproportionate” and “unfair” that these people are held up “as if they represent the views of Ukip as a party”.

Andre Lampitt, the star of Ukip’s latest political broadcast, was suspended for claiming Ed Miliband is “not British” Africans should “kill themselves off”, Islam is “evil” and Nigerians are “bad people”.

Other council candidates subject to disciplinary action by the party include a conspiracy theorist linking the Prime of Wales to allegations of paedophilia and another who called Islam “evil” and homosexuality an “abomination”

Last week a Ukip MEP, Roger Helmer, was also criticised after he suggested that people should be able to prefer heterosexuality or homosexuality like they do different types of tea.

He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “We have made mistakes of that there is no question, despite the membership form that we have which makes it absolutely clear we are a non-racist, nonsectarian party, despite the fact that to be a candidate you have to go to a much higher level of declaration.

“Some people have got through, we should have weeded more of them out however if you look at the fact we have nearly two and a half thousand people standing and a handful causes embarrassment

He added: “I am not saying we have been perfect, we have made mistakes but these people are not representative of Ukip at all.

“We haven’t got a monopoly on unpleasantness and stupidity, but I would say this: not only a I adamant that we are a non-racist party this week am going to fight back against it – you will see our election address for the local election this year and you will see a lot of black and ethnic minority candidates who are proudly standing for Ukip, I am going to approach this differently in future.”

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  • TruthBeTold

    Since I’m in the US and not the UK, from my perspective, Mr Farage appeared out of nowhere.

    I have had suspicious about this guy since I first read about him. He almost seemed like the perfect palatable answer to the BNP; appealing to white Brits concerns but not perceived as ‘racist’.

    I’m still not sure about this guy and as I said, I have my suspicions. I wouldn’t be surprised if years from now we find he out he was being supported by people who wanted to siphon supporters from the BNP.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I think you’re right to be suspicious. I think of him as Nigel Farrago, a mishmash of opinions appealing and offensive to pro-whites, someone trying to skirt PC damnation perhaps just a bit too much, so much so that he appears to be misleading white Brits, perhaps intentionally.

    • Steven Barr

      Nigel Farge is not racist but many racists support him. If UKIP is infiltrated enough it could be turned into the next Front National. It’s a long shot but our only hope. The BNP have zero chance of making it big because they’re just too incompetent.

  • Brady

    Let’s leave ideology aside for a bit:

    If you think you have to prove anything to the established parties, you’ve already thrown in the towel.

  • Looks like UKIP isn’t interested in candidates who tell the whole unvarnished truth. The Prince Charles link to pedophile allegations is all over the mainstream British press and Nigerians are bad people. What’s wrong with saying the obvious?

    • IstvanIN

      Prince Charles has “links” to most of the famous people in the UK. It does not make him a pedophile or even a supporter of one.

      • No, but the name Prince Charles means he will never be investigated seriously.

        • IstvanIN

          ..and the Queen is a shape shifter and Prince Philip rules the world from behind the throne…..

          • You changed the subject. I won’t. Two words: Operation Yewtree. What’s wrong with pointing out that Charles is associated with many of the figures under criminal investigation?

          • Kenner

            Sure, blame it on the Yews….

          • IstvanIN

            Like I said he is associated with most of the UK’s famous people, it comes with the job. Doesn’t make him a pedophile.

  • D.B. Cooper

    He’s a career politician, and kindly get him replaced by one of his precious ethnic candidates.

    • RisingReich

      He’s controlled opposition.

      • TruthBeTold

        That’s my opinion too.

      • SoulInvictus

        He’s 100 times better than any politician we have in the US, other than possibly Sessions.
        The guy’s not perfect, but I agree with him more often than not. And he speaks with some serious balls to the EU (watch some of his speeches).
        Frankness you’d never hear from an American politician.

        A lot of people here wouldn’t be happy unless he self-immolates on a race pyre. These guys do have to get elected in the real world, so they dance the little dance. Everybody wants a pony…

        I also think the plane crash that almost killed him mellowed his temperament a bit, which is understandable.

        • RisingReich

          I hear you. For a long time I believed that crash was to silence him. (Like McDonald and KAL Flight 007)

          My favorite speech of his is the one that sorta ends with “All people will be left with is Nationalism and violence” or something along those lines. A beautiful speech really.

          • SoulInvictus

            I wouldn’t be surprised, but I watched his first interview afterwards. If I remember correctly, supposedly the crash was because a banner the small plane was towing got tangled or something. Not exactly the engine or landing gear failure you’d expect from an assassination.

            That speech you mention is a good one. Almost all of his are. Impassioned, honest, and nation first. In this day and age, that’s the absolute best you could hope for. I’ve never heard him sound equivocating, never backpedaling. He has a spine.
            I don’t understand people on these forums that aren’t happy unless a candidate goes full on David Duke, which would mean instant un-electability. It’s just not realistic. It wasn’t even practical in the 50’s and 60’s. Would have been interesting to see a Wallace Presidency though…

  • “Crackpot views….batty, idiotic, offensive things.”

    Okay, let’s look at those examples listed in this story.

    1. Ed Miliband is not British

    (Well, his mother was Polish-Jewish and his father was Belgian-Jewish, so that’s definitely an open question)

    2. Africans should kill themselves off

    (No such luck)

    3. Islam is evil

    (You’d have to be a crackpot not to think that)

    4. Nigerians are bad people

    (How bad can they be? Every other one has some relative with a sequestered fortune, so it seems)

    5. Theory linking the Prime (Prince?) of Wales with pedophilia

    (Okay, you win that one. That’s definitely off the wall.)

    6. Homosexuality is an abomination

    (That was settled morality in the West not so long ago)

    7. People should be able to prefer heterosexuality or homosexuality like they do different types of tea

    (Isn’t that the attitude that we’re supposed to have?)

    8. You will see a lot of black and ethnic minority candidates who are proudly standing for Ukip

    (Now, whoever wrote or said that is absolutely nuts.)

  • JP Rushton

    When you are taking claims of racism seriously and putting in as many non whites into your party as possible, what is the point?

  • JP Rushton

    ” I have yet to see a UKIP bill board where I live that has not been vandalised.”

    What do they do to them?