The BBC has reported that both have lost council candidates after they made anti-Islamic comments on the social media.
From UKIP, Harry Perry (candidate in the Offerton Ward, Stockport) was suspended after calling for Pakistan to be “nuked”, saying David Cameron was a “gay-loving nutcase”, Muslims were “devil’s kids” and homosexuality an “abomination before God”.
UKIP’s official line is that it has started disciplinary proceedings against this man and did not condone his “crackpot” views.
Nigel Farage has admitted his party contains “some idiots”, but added that the reporting of such problems within UKIP was “disproportionate”.
Then along came David Bishop (candidate in Brentwood South, Essex) to prove that the Tories have these problems too.
This man has resigned from the party after passing messages including one that said Islam was “the religion of… rape” and another that read “How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?”
In a statement, he said, “I recognise that someone standing for public office should show leadership and seek to unite communities, not divide them.”
Isn’t dividing communities what both the Conservatives and UKIP are best at?
The Conservatives want you to believe that “We are all in this together”, but it seems clear that some of us are more “in this” than others – are we all “in this” with the “scroungers”, or “skivers” (the Tory label for people their policies have forced out of work and onto the state benefits for which they have paid all their lives)? Are we all “in this” with our fellow citizens who were unfortunate enough not to “sound British” (like those who were stop-checked during Theresa May’s ‘Go Home’ van campaign last summer)? They were encouraging people to accuse their neighbours; how divisive can they get?
What about the changes to pensions? Are the MPs who have “transitional” protection that will allow them to draw their extremely large, taxpayer-funded pensions at the same time as they always expected “in this” with those of us who are now having to work six years longer than we planned?
Of course not.
As for UKIP, try this comment from a UKIP supporter on the Vox Political Facebook page: “Britain is now full of multiregional people from other countries, by winning their vote he can sort out the rubbish later & give Britain back to the English!”
(English? I wonder how the Welsh, Northern Irish, and particularly the referendum-bound Scottish react to that.)
This person continued: “Not racist, just plain common sense!!!! The British want their Britain back.”
I asked then – and I ask now: “Does that include the Afro-Caribbean British, the Indian-British, the Pakistani-British, the southeast-Asian-British, the Polish-British (including both recent arrivals and those who stayed after World War II), British people whose racial origins are from any other part of the former British Empire or current Commonwealth – or just white Anglo-Saxon Britons like you and me, who are in fact descended from people of French and German origin?”
(Even this omits another foreign-descended group – those with Viking blood.)
I could never use my vote to support anyone who put forward such vile opinions; they are not “common sense” and the people spouting them are those who have no place here.
It doesn’t matter where our ancestors were born – we are all One Nation now.
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