Themselves as others see them: Comments like those made by Nigel Farage play right into the hands of those who portray UKIP as a racist organisation - and the justifications are not convincing.

Themselves as others see them: Comments like those made by Nigel Farage play right into the hands of those who portray UKIP as a racist organisation – and the justifications are not convincing.

In fact, this could be an awful day for UKIP’s chances. Here’s the BBC:

UKIP would scrap much of the legislation designed to prevent racial discrimination in work, party leader Nigel Farage has said.

He was speaking in a Channel 4 documentary to be shown next week.

Downing Street said his comments were “deeply concerning”, while Labour branded them “shocking”.

Mr Farage told the BBC his remarks, recorded last autumn, had been “wilfully misinterpreted”, saying he was talking about nationality not race.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme he said he was making the point that employers should be able to discriminate in favour of British workers.

Isn’t that giving employers the right to exercise racism, if they wish?

Perhaps Mr Farage has a short memory but it isn’t very long since Theresa May allowed government operatives onto the streets of London, accusing people of being illegal immigrants because they “didn’t sound British“.

Interviewed by Channel 4, Farage said UKIP as a party was “colour-blind”.

Perhaps he meant his party was blind to attacks on people of colour.

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