The truth about UKIP: Racist jibes, anti-gay rants, derogatory remarks about women and anti-foreign propagandaPosted: December 21, 2014
Sunday Mirror investigators’ shocking findings come as a poll shows the anti-EU party even further ahead in Thursday’s vote for the European Parliament
Nigel Farage faces a new storm ahead of this week’s crunch elections as the Sunday Mirror reveals racist, sexist and anti-gay rants by many UKIP candidates.
Our investigators found references to “P**is” and “d*rkies”, menacing jibes at gays and swipes at women – branded “filthy old bitches” and “witches”.
The findings comes as a Sunday Mirror poll shows the anti-EU party even further ahead in Thursday’s vote for the European Parliament. UKIP is also mounting a major challenge in the local council votes the same day.
Our shock revelations follow the decision of a prominent Asian woman to quit the party saying it had “descended into a form of racist populism” and Farage losing his rag on radio when quizzed on German wife Kirsten.
Sanya-Jeet Thandi, who was chairwoman of UKIP’s London youth wing, said: “The direction the party is going is terrifying.”
Our investigators found one of the party’s would-be councillors saying that Islam should be wiped out.
UKIP member Ken Chapman, hoping to be elected in the Langley Mill and Aldercar ward on Amber Valley Borough Council in Derbyshire, posted a joke about a “P**i” last September 10 – and 13 days later said on Facebook “Islam is a blight on the world”.
Last May he wrote an illiterate post saying: “islam is a cancer that needs eradicating multiculturism does not work in this country clear them all off to the desert with their camals that’s their way of life.”
And a month later he posted a joke using the terms “d*rkie” and “Zulu” to refer to “a black guy”.
We also discovered the anti-semitic postings of Joseph Quirk, UKIP candidate for Boldon Colliery Ward on South Tyneside Council.
He shares material claiming Jewish bankers financed Hitler, Soviet Communism, 9/11 and Israel, and says: “This doesn’t even scratch the surface…”
Quirk warns UKIP’s critics: “Watch this space any of you brain deficient doubters out there. I would personally cull the lot of you. You are an absolute disgrace to democracy AND the human race!!!”
We also found Aiden Benoit, standing for UKIP in the Royston ward for Barnsley Council, taking to Facebook in a tirade against halal meat eaten by Muslims.
On February 3 last year he claimed: “Islam makes money on everything that is Halal certified which goes to their courses so everything you buy your giving money to Islam. so your paying for them and you don’t even no because they do not tell us!”
A year previously, he threatened: “i will make sure if i ever see halal products they get damaged or left out to go off i dont wont this c**p in my shops.”
Five weeks later, he joined a web discussion about migrant workers, claiming in an error-strewn tirade: “makes me sick the foreigners are lazy no every time how to get out of work cry rasits when it doesent go their way. they fill up houses, and the NHS and bring criminals here.
“We dont need them! theirs lots of Enlish people that wont a job… send them all back.
Robert Brown, a UKIP town councillor in Ramsey, Cambs, the only council where UKIP has a majority, labelled Islam and Muslims “evil” in his online rants where he also said they should convert to Christianity.
Of Muslims he writes: “They need to become christians and I will do all that I can to help them to do so.”
Austin Lucas, standing in Liverpool City Council’s Cressington ward, targets women in his postings.
On February 24 he uploaded a link to an article titled “The War On Men: 10 Ways Masculinity is Under Attack” and added: “It is also the reason for the rise of the ‘cougar’ aka the filthy old bitch.”
Days earlier Mr Lucas referred to a story about the Russian girl band Pussy Riot being whipped by Cossacks – and praised Russian president Vladimir Putin.
He wrote: “Can we PLEASE import some cossacks to clean up OUR city centres – Say what you will about Vlad Putin: At least HE loves his county.”
Mr Lucas also branded women who have abortions “those feminist witches who consider children to be nothing more than pets or fashion accessories!”.
We also discovered John Worsley, whose name will be on ballot papers to represent UKIP in the Royds ward on Bradford City Council. He takes a four-letter swipe at health tourists on Facebook.
He wrote on March 26: “You go abroad for a holiday first thing they say is have you sorted your insurance? Any other country oh your going to England dont worry its free!!!! What the F***? Freebie England and we are ALL paying for the rest of the world!”
Driving instructor Iain McLaughlan, a UKIP member of Orton Waterville Parish Council in Peterborough, Cambs, is shown wearing a party rosette on his page – where he calls for the reintroduction of a cruel anti-gay law forbidding teachers to suggest homosexuality is an acceptable family arrangement.
In posts in February, he said: “Children need to be protected from the promotion of homosexuality, Margaret Thatcher was right to enact Section 28 in 1988. A tragedy that it was repealed.”
He went on: “There are people who have sex so much with members of the opposite sex that they get burned out and try something else.”
He added: “I have nothing against homosexuals. I have been called one many a time.”
Mr McLaughlan, who is standing for Peterborough City Council, describes himself as “Follower of Christ, Zionist, Pro-Life, UKIP Parish Councillor, member of Friends of Israel in UKIP” on Twitter.
In a Facebook posting in March, he branded abortion a “Modern day holocaust” and in October compared anti-abortion campaigners to anti-slavery campaigners, writing: “In the future will they have museum’s for organisations that tried to protect pre-born babies from abortion?”
When asked about his postings Ken Chapman told the Sunday Mirror: “They were a long time ago, they were jokes I got off a joke wall. What’s your problem? I probably could retract them.
“I’m not embarrassed, no – why should I be? They’re racist are they? Oh, right.”
Mr Brown would “let God be the judge” of whether Islam was evil.
UKIP said candidates were expected to uphold the party’s non-racist and non-sectarian values. Evidence of a breach would be considered under disciplinary procedures.
On Friday Mr Farage’s spin doctor interrupted a radio show as the leader became rattled when asked why he objected to Romanian migrants, but not Germans like his wife. You can watch the video at the top of this article.
Nigel Farage faces embarrassment over his plans to radically curb migration from Europe after it emerged one of the actors in a Ukip billboard is an Irish immigrant.
The destitute builder in the party’s latest advert is believed by party officials to be a Dubliner named Dave O’Rourke, a Ukip spokesman confirmed.
Mr O’Rourke is seen sitting on a pavement with a beggar’s cup. The text carries the caption: “EU policy at work. British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour”.
The poster was launched by Mr Farage in Sheffield earlier this week, where he said he would like to see immigration cut to 30-50,000 people a year. Britain will no longer be subject to European “open-door” immigration but instead install a restrict work permit scheme, he said.
Mr O’Rourke is from Dublin and has lived in the UK for ten years, according to an online profile. He describes himself as “hard working”. Under Ukip proposals he would not be able to move to Britain unless he should show he was “highly skilled”.
Many British-born actors struggle to find well-paid work due to high levels of competition within the industry.
It is the second time this week Ukip have faced questions over whether they practice what they preach in calling for an immigration policy that would see far fewer foreigners working in Britain.
Immigration is “good for big business and rich people” because it creates plentiful cheap labour, at the expense of the native working class, Mr Farage claims.
On Tuesday Mr Farage defended his decision to employ his wife, Kirsten, as his £25,000 a year secretary who is paid through European Parliament expenses.
She is German, but Mr Farage denied she was “taking” a British worker’s job, saying he knows of no Briton who could work the late hours that she does.
That claim was undermined after a job advertisement, posted as a stunt by a recruitment firm, for the role of his PA attracted hundreds of applications from UK nationals within hours.
Mr Farage added: “That is a very different situation to the mass of hundreds of thousands of people coming in and flooding the lower ends of the labour market.”
Patrick O’Flynn, Ukip’s director of communications, said any criticism of the poster was “Tory party humbug”.
“The vast majority of people used in political poster campaigns are actors. It is totally standard practice. It is nonsense for the Conservative Party to try and depict this as anything out of the ordinary,” he said.
That position, however, appears to contradict comments by Nigel Farage after it emerged another person featured in a Ukip poster was a party employee.
Lizzy Vaid appears in the party’s manifesto as a voter from Devon, but she is in fact Ukip’s events manager and an assistant to Mr Farage, who lives with his press officer Alexandra Phillips.
Mr Farage defended her inclusion in the brochure because she is a “sincere” supporter of the party rather than an actor.
“What could be more sincere in literature than somebody who joined the party subsequently got a job in the party rather than an actress or a member of the public?” Mr Farage told the Telegraph. “It’s the most ridiculous argument I’ve ever heard in my life. Most broadcasts for most parties use actors. We use Ukippers.”
Separately, the party announced it would not be taking action against David Challice, the party’s Communications Manager, who has suggested that “cash-strapped Moslems” should have multiple wives in order to gain more benefits and described Greeks as “vile”.
The comments were a joke, a party spokesman said. “UKIP is not a party that believes in public debate and conversation being stifled by an obsession with political correctness. So the threshold for which the mere expression of opinion merits disciplinary action should be set high.”
He added: “There are quite legitimate public concerns about the interaction of the benefits system with men who have multiple wives.”
Almost a thousand people have applied for the role of Nigel Farage’s PA… even though the job doesn’t actually exist.
The joke job spec was posted on the website of a recruitment firm after the Ukip leader stated that only his German wife was capable of being his assistant.
Farage was obliged to defend his decision to employ his wife, having just launched a Ukip poster campaign claiming millions of unemployed Europeans were after British jobs.
He told the BBC ‘nobody else could do that job’ which paid ‘a very modest salary for working extremely unsociable hours for me and being available up to seven days a week’.
In response, Xpat Jobs published an ad with similar specifications, to see if anyone in Britain could actually do it – and they received 764 applications in just 12 hours. 649 were from UK nationals, while others came in from Poles, Romanians and Germans.
The job was titled ‘PA Wanted For Top European Politician’, and asked that the candidate ‘be able to work long and some unsociable hours up to seven days a week’.
It described the pay as ‘modest’.
It named the employer as Ukip, and called them ‘a Eurosceptic right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom’.
Rhys Maddock, director of Xpat Jobs, said: ‘With our knowledge of the UK and European employment market, we just knew that what Farage was saying was not true.
‘There are lots of highly-qualified PAs looking for work and many would jump at the chance to work for a politician such as Farage, perhaps seeing it as a stepping stone to a similar role with MPs or ministers.
‘They would definitely be willing to put the long hours in, although they may want to change the sleeping arrangements that go with the current post.’
The firm said it would pass on the best 25 CVs to Mr Farage.
The leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, was asked whether his wife, who is German, was taking a British person’s job by being employed as his secretary.
BBC political editor Nick Robinson put the question at the launch of UKIP’s European elections poster campaign warning about Europeans taking British jobs.
Mr Farage said “nobody else could do that job”, working unsociable hours seven days a week.
He said it was “very different” to the hundreds of thousands of people “flooding” the lower end of the labour market.
Nigel Farage is using a private company to reduce his tax bill on his media appearances, it has emerged.
The Ukip leader diverts money from appearances in the media and on the lecture circuit into a firm called Thorn In The Side Ltd.
It means that last year he paid only 20% corporation tax on profits of £45,000, instead of 40% income tax.
Farage has previously criticised people who try to avoid tax as the ‘common enemy’.
The details of his tax affairs emerged on Mail Online ahead of his live TV debate with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.
The use of personal service companies is not illegal, but has been criticised across the political spectrum as a way to reduce tax bills.
Companies House records show that in 2012-13 Thorn In The Side Limited made a profit of £45,488.
If this had been declared as income he would have paid £21,883.03 in 40% income tax and national insurance.
But by using Thorn In The Side as a personal service company, he will have only paid £9,097.60 in corporation tax, plus taxes on his dividend.
As an MEP, Farage also earns £78,000-a-year from Brussels and employs his wife Kirsten on the taxpayer, on a salary of up to £20,000.
Thorn In The Side Ltd was incorporated in 2011 and Farage is the only director, owning 100 per cent of shares.
Last year Farage was branded a ‘hypocrite’ after admitting he opened an offshore trust fund to slash his tax bill while campaigning against tax avoidance.
He set up a scheme on the Isle of Man for ‘”inheritance purposes” but later claimed he never used it, adding: “It was a mistake. I’m not rich enough.”
The BBC has faced criticism for allowing star presenters to have their wages paid into such companies, which means they end up paying less tax. Ukip did not respond to telephone calls asking for a response.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage was accused of employing an alleged former mistress on his staff today.
Former Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire, who left the party after a fall-out, made the allegation in the European Parliament at Strasbourg.
She asked him: “With unemployment still a problem across Europe and indeed across the UK, does Mr Farage thinks it is a fair use of taxpayers’ money, namely his secretarial allowance, not only to employ his wife Kirsten but his former mistress Annabelle Fuller?
“Is that a responsible use of taxpayers’ money, Mr Farage?”
Mr Farage — who has dismissed the claim as “nonsense” — ignored her and continued taking notes. Asked if he intended to reply, he said: “I don’t want to answer that at all.”
He later told the Standard that the claims were untrue.
He said: “It is complete nonsense and it is malicious. This has been going around since 2006 and it is rubbish. The only change is that it has been said under parliamentary privilege.”
In a statement, a Ukip spokesman added: “The comments by Sinclaire are beneath contempt, and that person has abused parliamentary privilege to do so.
“Sinclaire is on police bail for a serious fraud charge and I believe has no credibility. Sinclaire has been saying the same thing to anyone who would listen since 2006.
“Regarding Miss Fuller, Mr Farage has been asked about this before and the answer has always been No, it is absolute rubbish.”
Ms Sinclaire, elected as an MEP in June 2009, left Ukip after refusing to sit with Italian party Liga Nord, which she called homophobic. The gay MEP, who had a sex change at 23, later won a claim of sex discrimination against Ukip.
In February 2012 she was arrested as part of a probe into allowances and expenses by West Midlands police. She denies all the allegations. Ms Fuller, a former senior press officer, is listed in official European Parliament records as one of five members of staff working for Mr Farage, along with wife Kirsten Farage. MEPs can spend up to £205,000 on office salaries.
In 2008, Ms Fuller said that she was the victim of a smear campaign aimed at undermining Mr Farage.
In 2011 she accused a Tory MP of molesting her at his flat after a drink.
The party’s grasping MEPs billed taxpayers £370,000 for office costs and got nearly £420,000 subsistence allowances for meals and hotels.
And they boosted UKIP coffers with more than £400,000 donations of their own money ahead of May’s Euro elections.
MEP and deputy party leader Paul Nuttall employed 12 members of staff at public expense. Mr Farage and East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer even put their wives on the Brussels payroll. The UKIP leader’s German wife Kirsten earned up to £30,000 while Sara Helmer pocketed up to £20,000.
A source said: “Farage makes a big thing of pretending UKIP are different from other parties. But this shows they’re even worse.”
Papers seen by the Sunday Mirror show UKIP MEPs claimed an average of £35,635 each in “general expenditure allowances” in 2012.
Officials say the cash should cover “office management costs”.
The allowances came on top of their £79,000 salaries, first class travel expenses and “daily subsistence allowance”.
UKIP MEPs claimed the daily allowance for an average of 86 days each, in accordance with EU rules. Labour MEPs claimed around 128 days each, suggesting they were in Parliament more often.
Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, claimed the daily subsistence allowance just 30 times in 2012 and has donated £12,400 to UKIP since election in 2009, according to the Electoral Commission. His allowances claims last year ran to £40,436. He was among seven MEPs who gave UKIP a total of £425,978 in cash and other benefits after election.
The others are: Derek Clark, East Midlands, £56,822 general and subsistence allowances, £187,000 party donations since 2004; Stuart Agnew, East of England, £78,486 allowances, £31,000 donations since 2009; Mike Nattrass, West Midlands, £59,845 allowances, £96,000 donations since 2004, resigned in September; Godfrey Bloom, Yorkshire and Humber, £46,722 allowances, £72,000 donations since 2004. He quit the UKIP Euro MPs group after saying British aid went to “bongo bongo land”.
MEPs who made no donations but claimed allowances include: Gerard Batten, London, £51,977; John Bufton, Wales, £49,550; William Legge, South West, £53,813 and Roger Helmer, East Midlands, £67,410.
Mr Farage’s allowances of £61,065 only includes subsistence for the last six months. In 2009, he said his MEPs would “provide a quarterly expenses statement”. We found they have not published any for more than a year. Campaign group European Movement UK said: “UKIP’s position is hypocritical.”
UKIP said: “Our MEPs claim allowances like other MEPs. Mr Farage employs his wife because his office is in his home for which he doesn’t charge the taxpayer.”