Posted on February 24, 2015

Racist Rant That Got Ukip Councillor Sacked to Be Broadcast on Television

Ben Riley-Smith, Telegraph, February 22, 2015

The moment a UK Independence Party councillor ended her career with an extraordinary racist rant is to be broadcast nationwide on Sunday for the first time.

Footage of Rozanne Duncan saying she has “problem” with “Negroes” and admitting she would refuse to attend dinner if seated next to a black person will appear in a documentary about Ukip.

Ms Duncan was expelled from the party in December when it emerged she made the remarks to a film crew following activists in South Thanet, the seat Nigel Farage is fighting at the election.

While accounts of her expulsion were reported at the time the 10pm showing of Meet the Ukippers on BBC Two this Sunday will be the first time the full comments have been broadcast.

Ms Duncan, a councillor who represents the Cliftonville East ward of Thanet, is videoed discussing with other Ukip activists the need to watch what to say.

“I have to watch my tongue because I can be very outspoken,” Ms Duncan says before proceeding to espouse her views on multiculturalism in Britain.

She continues: “The only people I do have problems with are Negroes and I don’t know why. I don’t know whether there’s something in my psyche or whether it’s karma from a previous life or whether something happened to me as a very, very young person and I’ve drawn a vale over it, because that sometimes happens, doesn’t it?

“But I really do have a problem with people with Negroid features, I really do. A friend of mine said ‘what would you do if I invited you to dinner and I put you next to [one]’, and I said: ‘I wouldn’t be there, simple as that.’”

When challenged over the comments, Ms Duncan says: “I know, but I really do have a problem and I don’t know why. I wish I did. I would like to go to somebody who perhaps might give me a regression, perhaps I might be able to find out.”

She goes on to describe the people she means as those with “black skin, black curly hair, wide nostrils, shiny skin”.

The documentary–a behind-the-scene view of Ukip activists–also captures Ms Duncan’s reaction to her sacking from the party and subsequent media reports of her comments.

“I used the word Negroes as you would do Asians, Chinese, Muslims, Jews. It’s a description, it’s not an insult,” she tells the cameras.

“In the same way as you would say: ‘Well, what do you mean by Jewish?’ Well, they’ve been on to a community, they’ve got a certain faith, they’ve usually got noses that have got a bit of a curve to them, their married woman–if they’re orthodox jews–wear wigs. It’s description.”

She is also seen saying that there is “definitely a hidden agenda” against Ukip, adding: “I don’t regret saying it. I don’t regret anything that’s the truth.”

Full airing of the comments is likely to renew the controversy over the episode and trigger fresh questions about the party’s views on multiculturalism.

Earlier this week Mr Farage addressed the comments, saying: “As I understand it she made some deeply racist comments and we acted immediately.

“I haven’t seen the film but she is alleged, and she confirmed to us, that she had made a series of racist comments that is at odds with what we stand for.”

A Ukip spokesman said that the comments had “clearly brought the party into disrepute”.