Sunday, April 27, 2014

And the smears go on

I suppose it was a given that since Ukip surged in the poll's they would come under increasing scrutiny. And so it came to pass with other parties and the MSM trawling through Ukip candidate tweets to look for controversy, 'revealing' they used actors in their adverts (like the other parties do oddly enough) and wheeling out ex Ukip members to criticise them.
A UKIP candidate has defended tweets in which he said comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country" and compared Islam to the Third Reich.
William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, said he did not think the messages were offensive.
He tweeted after Henry said there should be more black and ethnic minority people in creative industries.
UKIP said it was a "non-racist, non-sectarian party whose members are expected to uphold these values".
Mr Henwood told BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins: "I think if black people come to this country and don't like mixing with white people why are they here? If he (Henry) wants a lot of blacks around go and live in a black country."
On another occasion Mr Henwood tweeted: "Islam reminds me of the 3rd Reich Strength through violence against the citizens."
Oddly enough a lot of ordinary people might just agree with what Mr Henwood said, believing that merit rather than the colour of your skin should be a factor as to whether you should be able to find employment in an industry. He's right about if you want to work with black people you should go where they are in a majority too. Personally I would have no problems with there being more black and ethnic minority people in the creative industries, but only if they got there by merit, not because of their colour or ancestry.
Ukip clearly have a lot of people worried if this is the sort of thing that is coming up in the MSM and I expect more of the same, probably each day as it gets closer to the EU elections.
Thing is though, I don't think these scandals are putting ordinary people off, if anything the accusations and the evidence produced seem to be pretty much in line with what ordinary people think, which is not what the political class do.
Ukip are of course required to remove their odd-balls, which is a pity, they seem to be people I meet in pubs and let off steam as the world is put to rights.
Still at least they remove their odd-balls.

2 annotations:

JD said...

>>(Henry) wants a lot of blacks around go and live in a black country."

Lenny Henry was *born* in the Black Country....

Dioclese said...

Yep, they're still kicking the man who's got the ball because they can't get the ball.

The BBC in particular seem to be leading the way on the smearing of UKIP. Watching them try to get the better of Farage and failing on the Breakfast sofa the other morning was most enjoyable...