I wrote earlier about Steve Barratt, UKIP’s racist fisherman who is a guest speaker at a UKIP meeting in Thanet, Kent tonight.
Following the exposure of his vile racism, Barratt has subsequently deleted his post and tried to make out to anyone who will listen his offensive post was just a one off angry response to the events in Paris yesterday
However, we can reveal this isn’t the case and in fact Barratt has lots of previous form when it comes to racism.
Check out the grabs below, all made before the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
UKIP and Janice Atkinson have still refused to take any action or make any comment regarding Steve Barratt.
A guest speaker lined up to speak at a Kent UKIP meeting tonight is at the centre of a race row today after launching into a racist tirade yesterday on Facebook.
Steve Barratt, who represents the Thanet Fisherman’s Association and is a ardent UKIP supporter posted the offensive messages yesterday in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings that killed 12 people.
Barratt has been invited to speak at the meeting organised by UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson.
Writing on his Facebook page he wrote: “Who cares about the prophet?” and referred to the suspects as “rag heads” telling them “if you don’t like our western culture to fuck off back to where you came from” and that because “you didn’t like living in a third world shit hole so you decided to be unhappy in the west”.
Janice Atkinson and UKIP has so far failed to withdraw the invite for Steve Barratt or condemn his behaviour.
Ukip councillor David Baker refuses to campaign in support of Janice Atkinson, the party’s general election candidate for Folkestone and HythePosted: December 31, 2014
A Ukip county councillor is refusing to back his party’s local general election candidate because of her notorious “ting tong” remark.
Cllr David Baker is also shunning Janice Atkinson because of her obscene hand gesture against protesters this year.
He said: “I do not want to be tarred with the same brush as Ms Atkinson.
“I have decided to make it absolutely clear that I cannot support her in her campaign.”
Cllr Baker, who represents the Romney Marsh ward, said he had refused to support her as a newly-selected PPC for Folkestone and Hythe following an increasing number of constituents raising concerns about her selection.
He said:“There are several reasons, two are because of her comments where she referred to a lady from Thailand as a ‘ting tong’ and of her finger gestures to protesters.
“I do not consider these actions to be representative of a PPC in Folkestone and Hythe.
“The people of Romney Marsh are intelligent and very caring people and I have built up a good friendship and understanding with my constituents.”
But Ms Atkinson said this week: “David chose to support another candidate who lost.
“I won with a big majority.
“This is a straightforward fight between Ukip and the Conservatives and infighting doesn’t help.”
Cllr Baker said he has already told Ms Atkinson of his snub and he will instead campaign for Ukip candidates fighting next May’s district elections, which are on the same day as the general election.
Ms Atkinson last November been selected by constituency branch members in a majority vote for the general election, taking on the Conservative incumbent Damian Collins.
She is currently MEP for the South East but caused outrage last August when she referred to a Thai constituent in Thanet as a “ting tong from somewhere” after a BBC interview.
The victim of the insult was Fa Munday, a mobile food trader from Ramsgate.
Both she and her husband Vince were found to be Ukip supporters and had agreed to be filmed while Ms Atkinson met members of the public in the district.
Ms Atkinson’s own party leader, Nigel Farage, had to apologise to the couple.
Ms Atkinson also said sorry after her comments had been recorded by BBC South East Today, saying her words were “poor judgement and naivety rather than malice.”
In May she had been caught on camera giving a one-fingered salute to protesters who had heckled her during a rally in Ashford.
Kent councillor is alleged to have brought the party into disrepute in yet-to-be-broadcast TV interview
A Ukip councillor in Kent has been expelled for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute with “jaw dropping” remarks in a yet-to-be-aired television interview, it has been reported.
Rozanne Duncan is a councillor in South Thanet, the Kent constituency where Nigel Farage intends to stand in next year’s general election and in August let slip the party leader’s plans, which had hitherto been kept secret.
The latest incident comes as a poll shows that support for Ukip, and the personal approval ratings of its leader, is slipping. The survey, by Opinium for the Observer, show Farage’s rating below that of David Cameron and support for the party falling three points to 16%.
Ukip confirmed that Duncan was being expelled from the party but a spokesman refused to comment on reports from Kent Online that she was being thrown out over comments made in a television interview, described to the site by a source as “jaw-dropping”.
“Ukip is expelling Cllr Rozanne Duncan under rule 15 of its constitution for bringing the party into disrepute. She has 28 days to appeal,” said the spokesman. Duncan could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
The party has had a testing week. On Friday, Farage defended a former party candidate who stood down after being recorded referring to “poofters” and calling a woman with a Chinese name a “Chinky bird”. He also spoke of shooting “peasants” in comments made during a phone call that was recorded. It was claimed in his defence that he was on sedatives at the time.
Farage claimed Kerry Smith, who had been selected to stand for what has been called a winnable seat in South Basildon and East Thurrock, was simply using language that was common in the working-class area of east London from which he comes.
Farage told LBC: “I’m a bit sad, because Kerry Smith is a rough diamond. He’s a council house boy from the East End of London, left school early and talks and speaks in a way that a lot of people from that background do.” But he acknowledged he was not suitable to be a general election candidate.
It was reported earlier on Sunday that Ukip has told its activists not to use social media following a series of high profile gaffes. The party has changed its constitution to ban the unauthorised use of its logo and, in new “rules for online communication”, Ukip’s chairman, Steve Crowther, has warned those tempted to join Twitter: “My advice: just don’t.”
On Thursday last week, it emerged in a Channel 4 news report that a Ukip MEP, Janice Atkinson, who has criticised “feckless families” was being pursued for more than £2,000 in unpaid child support.
Despite UKIP’s best attempts to dampen the fire that began following Janice Atkinson’s controversial comments that referred to a Thai UKIP member as a “Ting Tong” it appears that the controversy is far from disappearing.
Atkinson’s comments were recorded by the BBC. In the footage the MEP can be heard talking about a married couple who she had met earlier in the day saying: “…so that was good. We’ve got Fa who’s, I dunno, she’s a ting tong from somewhere.”
She attempted to claim that the comments were naive rather than malicious and said she was “incredibly sorry” for offending the couple.
She said: “I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry. It was poor judgment and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice.”
UKIP claimed that Atkinson had offered the couple, Mr & Mrs Munday from Ramsgate a full apology, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage also making a hastily arranged personal visit to the Munday’s.
However, it has become clear that the Ramsgate couple are still far from impressed with the behaviour of Janice Atkinson.
On a posting made on social media, Vincent Munday wrote:
“Let’s put a few myths to bed once and for all.
My wife and I did not go to the BBC, it was rather a case of us being tricked into listening to the video whilst on camera, hence the shock on our faces when we hear Janice Atkinson referring to my wife as a ting tong from somewhere.
I would like to say however that we are glad that we were told what she had said and I thank Elle from the BBC for playing it to us.
In my opinion, rather than naively saying what she said, Ms Atkinson used the term referring to the little Britain character, her subsequent “apology” means nothing, she said what she meant and meant what she said.
I can categorically state that my wife was never up for sale and that she was not a “Thai bride”. Ms Atkinson did phone me the next day, anyone with half an ounce of decency would have done their utmost to say sorry but as opposed to doing this her arrogance prevailed, she spent most of the time pointing what damage my wife and I would do to the party and Nigel, she didn’t seem to realise that it was her comments that were doing that.
The rest of the time was spent trying to point out what a lovely person she was because she had tried to help her husbands best friends wife, who also happens to be a Thai national, stay in the country.
Her written apology which was obviously written by a press team meant nothing, her silence since the incident has been deafening, she has done nothing to put the matter to bed. Yes Nigel has come to my house and apologised, whilst this is a lovely gesture, he did nothing wrong and the apology was unwarranted.
I would like to say at this point that my wife and I bear him and the party no malice whatsoever. The story has since been on Thai tv, this has hurt my wife badly and she has been very upset by this, it’s hard for us to understand this, Thai culture is quite complicated but she has shed a few tears which upsets me too.
Once again, in my opinion, Janice Atkinson has shown her true colours, I think she has her own interests at heart, she is an arrogant racist who has been caught out and I firmly believe deserves to be ejected from the party because it’s very unlikely her arrogance would allow her to leave of her own volition.
Anyone who knows my wife will know what a sweet and lovely person she is and that she certainly didn’t deserve Ms Atkinson’s horrible comment.”
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A Ukip MEP has apologised “profusely” after calling a Thai constituent, and member of the party, a “ting tong”.
Janice Atkinson, who represents the south east, was recorded making the comments after meeting Fa Munday, a mobile food seller in Ramsgate, Kent.
She said: “..so that was good. We’ve got Fa who’s, I dunno, she’s a ting tong from somewhere.”
Mrs Munday and her husband Vincent, both loyal Ukip supporters, handed back their membership of the party claiming they felt “betrayed”.
The caterer, 35, who has lived in England since she got married eight years ago, said: “I can’t understand why she said that.
“It left me feeling hurt and disgusted. Nobody has ever spoken to me in that way.”
Senior party member Ms Atkinson’s comments were captured by the BBC team while she spoke to local people and Ukip members in Ramsgate.
She insisted the comments were naive rather than malicious and said she was “incredibly sorry” for offending the couple.
She said: “I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry. It was poor judgment and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice. I am devastated that I have caused hurt and apologise profusely to both Mr and Mrs Munday.”
A Ukip spokesman said: “Janice has apologised for the words she used. Ukip in no way condones the use of language that may reflect prejudice or cause offence and we sincerely hope this matter can be resolved privately.”
Mr Munday, 54, who had previously campaigned for UKIP, vowed never to support the party again.
He said: “We both feel betrayed, and it’s absolutely outrageous what she said.
“Come rain or shine, I was out there leafleting for UKIP, and we get rewarded with this racist bigotry.”
“When we heard the comments, we were absolutely shell-shocked. Nobody should speak like that, not at all.”
Vincent and his wife had been members of the party for four years.
He added: “I firmly believe that Nigel Farage doesn’t have a racist bone in his body, but Janice Atkinson quite evidently does.
Why is Janice Atkinson, UKIP South East European candidate making offensive gestures to members of the public?
Is this really the sort of person we need representing us in the EU ?
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