If we were to judge UKIP by what its members do, rather than what they say, we’d have little evidence of activity apart from apparent support for domestic violence, as shown by a 2006 European Parliament vote (they could have abstained; they didn’t – there was a mindset at work).
If we were to judge them by what they say, then off-colour comments about Lenny Henry going back to live in a “black country” (among others) may now be joined by South East MEP Janice Atkinson’s astonishingly ill-judged remark during a BBC interview that a UKIP supporter from Ramsgate – who she had met at rallies – was a “ting tong”, whatever that may be.
Mobile food seller Vincent Munday, husband of the lady concerned (who is originally from Thailand), provided valuable assistance in that department to the BBC. He said “ting tong”, in Thai, meant a person who was insane. He said the comment had come as “a bit of a shock”.
His wife Fa said: “I’m married to an Englishman and now I’m British. No-one has ever spoken about me like that before.”
What is most interesting about this is that Janice Atkinson is on record as having told anti-UKIP demonstrators to “f**k off” because they accused the party of racist policies.
In fairness to UKIP, the party released a statement as follows: “UKIP in no way condones the use of language that may reflect prejudice or cause offence.”
However, so many members (and now-former members) of the party have done so that we can only make one conclusion.
If it looks racist, and talks in racist ways, then it probably is racist.
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