Kent county councillor Trevor Shonk blames Labour and Tories for allowing in more immigrants than country can cope with
The Ukip leadership has moved to distance the party from remarks by one of its councillors claiming an “overload” of immigrants had turned Britain into a racist country.
Trevor Shonk, who represents Ukip on Kent county council and Ramsgate town council, blamed Labour and the Conservatives for allowing in more immigrants than the country could cope with.
“The two main parties that have been running this country have made the country racist because of the influx that we have had,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.
“When I’ve done leaflets every shopkeeper, whether they are Asian or English-born, they’re concerned about the influx.
“It hasn’t been staggered; it’s just overload. We haven’t got the care homes, we haven’t got the houses for our own.”
However, the Ukip deputy chairman, Suzanne Evans, rejected the suggestion that Britain was racist and said that Shonk “didn’t express it as well as he could”.
“I think Britain is actually a very accommodating country and I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination can be termed racist,” she told The World at One.
“I know what councillor Shonk meant. Perhaps he didn’t express it as well as he could. There has of course been a massive increase in immigration, which people find incredibly difficult to deal with.”
The latest comments come after Ukip parliamentary candidate Kerry Smith was forced to stand down over racist and homophobic comments he made.
Meanwhile, another Ukip councillor in Kent, Martyn Heale, was reported to have spoken of his regret at having been a member of the far right National Front in the 1970s.
Heale, who was a Conservative activist for 20 years before joining Ukip a decade ago, would not be interviewed for broadcast, but told the BBC that it was really depressing to be reminded of his past.
“I obviously regret what I did,” he told the BBC.
Evans complained that media reporting of Ukip was unfair, pointing out that Labour had councillors who had previously been in the National Front or the BNP while crimes involving councillors from other parties often went unreported in the national media.
“The media reporting of Ukip is not fair,” she said. “I think the establishment is very upset with Ukip and the fact that it is shaking the cosy status quo, the stitch-up the three old parties have had between them.
“Ukip is standing up for things that good, honest, decent people care about.”
Martyn Heale, party’s chairman in constituency where Nigel Farage is standing for election, says he ‘regrets what I did’
The Ukip chairman in the Thanet South constituency where Nigel Farage is the party’s candidate at the general election has admitted being a former member of the National Front.
Martyn Heale told the BBC it was “really depressing” to be reminded that he was a member of the racist and neo-fascist NF in the 1970s. “I obviously regret what I did,” he said.
Subsequently Heale spent 20 years as a Conservative party activist before joining Ukip about 10 years ago. He is now a Ukip county councillor in Kent.
After the BBC’s World at One broadcast a report highlighting Heale’s background, Suzanne Evans, Ukip’s deputy chair, told the programme that media coverage of Ukip was unfair, and that the BBC never covered former NF members in other parties.
She claimed that in one week in April, 17 Labour, Tory or Lib Dem councillors nationwide were arrested, charged or convicted and another 13 were accused of racism, sexism of homophobia, but only one of these cases was reported in the national media.
A Ukip parliamentary candidate who distributed a leaflet condemning diversity and the notion of a multicultural society is to be disciplined by the party.
But Martyn Ford has not been suspended as the candidate for Swansea West and his case is unlikely to be considered before late next month.
The leaflet states: “Islamic terror. Abuse of our children. The consequence of multiculturalism.” It goes on to quote critical remarks made by Mr Ford about Muslims, immigration and the “political elite”.
A Ukip spokesman said: “This flyer was submitted for approval by the party, but it was deemed inappropriate. It was distributed nonetheless. We will be taking the appropriate action.”
It is understood that Mr Ford will be reported to Ukip’s national executive under the party’s disciplinary process, but that is not likely to be until late November.
Anti-racism campaigner, former Cabinet member and Labour MP for Neath Peter Hain, said: “Condemning diversity and attacking multiculturalism shows just how dangerously out of touch Ukip are with modern Wales.
“The language used on Martyn Ford’s official Ukip leaflet is completely unacceptable. Rather than reasoned policies Ukip have opted for poisonous rhetoric aimed at immigrants.
“The content of Mr Ford’s leaflet would not look out of place on something produced by the BNP or National Front.
“That Ukip have refused to suspend Mr Ford for this offensive and inflammatory propaganda is truly shocking.
“It is clear that despite their attempts at spin, Ukip are a dangerous right-wing party that feeds on hatred and have nothing positive to offer the people and communities of Swansea or Wales.”
Swansea West Labour MP Geraint Davies, said: “This leaflet has caused enormous concerns and distress among our local communities – no one in Swansea wants the politics of division and hatred that this leaflet represents.“I have been approached by a large number of local residents who have been appalled and shocked by what they see as an expression of racism and prejudice by Ukip in Swansea.
“The people of Swansea expect parliamentary candidates to respect everyone in the community irrespective of their political views and represent all people in our community.”
Of all the people involved with UKIP, one person has constantly been at the front of the queue when it comes to scandal and controversy.
Godfrey Bloom, The Ex UKIP MEP became a household name after stories such as “Bongo Bongo Land” and “The Sluts Row” hit national headlines.
Some of the more gullible UKIP members would label Bloom as ” A loveable rogue”. It’s not a term I would use.
Now that Bloom is no longer on the UKIP gravy time, he has to find activities to fill his diary and it looks like he has found a suitable one for the middle of October.
Godfrey Bloom is to be a guest speaker at a Traditional Britain Group conference held in London on October 18th. The fact Bloom is speaking at the event is controversial enough, however Bloom will be sharing a platform with a collection of far right politicians.
Whilst Bloom name does not appear on the original TBG flyer, their website and Facebook page confirm Bloom is a late addition to the roster.
The Traditional Britain Group is a tiny right wing campaign group that has some links to the Ultra right wing of the Conservative Party.
The man who stands at the helm of the TBG is the controversial Gregory Lauder Frost.
Lauder-Frost is a former BNP member and was previously a member of the Conservative Party’s Monday Club as well as the Western Goals Institute. He believes that the UK was wrong when it declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 because the Nazis had no quarrel with our country.
He also believes that the Nuremburg trials where a “farce… without an ounce of legitimacy” and defended the Luftwaffe’s bombardment of Coventry, saying: “Britain had all its small arms and tanks manufactured at Coventry. If you did not want to be bombed you should not have declared war on a country who had no quarrel with you.”
Lauder-Frost was jailed for two years in 1992 for embezzling money from his employers, the Riverside health authority. The court heard he had channelled money into extreme right-wing political causes. It also emerged at the end of the trial that he was implicated in attempts to sell Russian arms to US based far right groups.
The Traditional Britain Group was criticized for overt and disgusting racism after they called for the Labour peer Doreen Lawrence and millions of ethnic-minority Britons to “return to their natural homelands”. Lauder-Frost said of Doreen Lawrence “: “We do not feel there is any merit in raising such a person to the peerage. She’s a complete nobody. She’s just a campaigner about her son’s murder. It’s ridiculous. She has made countless anti-English comments over the last 10 years. She’s no friend of the English people.”
He continued “This woman has done the British nation no favours whatsoever. If these people don’t like us and want to keep attacking us they should go back to their natural homelands.”
Sharing a platform alongside Bloom and Lauder-Frost is the former Croatian diplomat Dr Tomislav Sunic, who has regularly addressed racist gatherings in America and Europe.
In August 2003, Sunic gave a lecture alongside the far-rightist ex-lawyer Horst Mahler, currently serving a prison sentence in Germany for Holocaust denial, at a conference sponsored by Germany’s nationalist far-right party, the National Democratic Party.
Sunic spoke at the BNP conference in 2013 and has also addressed several meetings of the National Front including its 45th Anniversary meeting in 2012 and a meeting in Bradford in 2009.
The Croat sits on the board of the American white nationalist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) and is the author of the vile anti-Semitic book, Homo Americanus.
Also listed to speak is a name familiar to Hope not hate readers, Paul Weston, chairman of the miniscule Liberty GB party.
Weston was previously better known as the chairman of the now defunct British Freedom Party, the political wing of the thuggish English Defence League.
Paul Weston is a regular blogger for the “counter-jihadist” anti-Islamic website Gates of Vienna. Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik took inspiration from the website and Weston’s articles claiming that there is a “civil war” brewing in Europe with Islam. When questioned in 2012 Weston admitted that the articles may well have inspired Breivik.
The far right barrister Adrian Davies has spoken at TBG gatherings before and will be again later this month, indeed he spoke at their re-launch meeting in 2010, alongside controversial racist lecturer Dr Frank Ellis.
Davies unsuccessfully represented the Holocaust denier David Irving at the Court of Appeal in 2001 after Irving had failed in a libel action against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books.
Previously chairman of the now-defunct far right Freedom Party, Davies is also linked to the BNP and is a regular speaker at meetings of the far right “New Right”. He was one of the founders of the far right farce that was The British Democratic Party.
Godfrey Bloom is still very much a member of UKIP and is very popular in the party, particularly in his old European region of Yorkshire & Humber where he very close to newly elected MEP’s Jane Collins & Mike Hookem. In fact there are a large number of UKIP members in the region who would like to see him back in the forefront of the xenophobic party.
Only time will tell.
Ukip faced a new race row last night over a £28,000 gift from a pensioner branded ‘evil’ by a judge for giving a bomb-making recipe to a man who attacked immigrants’ homes, writes Simon Walters.
Allen Boyce received a two-year suspended jail sentence for handing bomb-making instructions to a British National Party activist who was jailed for a race-hate campaign against Asian families in Eastbourne.
Details of political donations published last week show that Boyce, a National Front parade bugler, who died recently aged 82, left £28,416 in his will to Ukip.
Boyce pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court in 2006 to incitement to possess explosives.
He told Terry Collins how to mix two chemicals needed to make a bomb, and gave him a note claiming he knew a hotel where immigrants lived.
Collins did not use the recipe, but carried out a 14-month race-hate campaign against three families. He was jailed for five years for pelting their homes with stones and a firework tied to a brick.
Judge Anthony Niblett suspended Boyce’s sentence for two years and placed him under a two-year supervision order.
He told him: ‘Your involvement in criminality stems from your extreme political views which are abhorrent to all right-minded people. On mature reflection, you will understand the wrong, indeed the evil, in which you have become involved.’
Last night, Mr Farage reacted quickly to defuse the row and announced the money would be given to charity.
In a statement issued shortly after The Mail on Sunday contacted Ukip over the donation, the party said it was ‘horrified at the provenance of this money’.
It said the cash would now be passed to a charity ‘helping Christians and Yazidis suffering in Kurdistan’.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Thursday evening (5 June) met outgoing independent MEP Godfrey Bloom, who still retains Ukip membership in Britain.
Officially, Ukip is not interested in an alliance with Le Pen, but Bloom is a long-time supporter of the French politician and has ignored Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s request not to contact her.
Bloom lost the Ukip whip and left the European Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group earlier this year after having jokingly called a female audience “sluts” and after having slapped a BBC journalist on the street.
He has retained party membership back home, but has not been re-elected to the new parliament.
According to sources close to the meeting, Bloom had a friendly conversation with Le Pen, who was interested in how her party might be perceived in Britain.
He told her that her worries the National Front may be seen as anti-Semitic are unfounded because in Britain “hardly anyone knows what anti-Semitic means”.
EFD spokesman Herman Kelly told this website the meeting does not mean the two parties will formally team up in the EP. “Nigel told him to desist from any interaction with her. What he’s doing is on his own,” Kelly said.
Le Pen is confident she can get enough MEPs (minimum 25) from enough countries (minimum seven) to form a group even without Ukip.
So is Farage, who last week had a lunch with Italian comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo in the Ravenstein, an Indian restaurant in the centre of Brussels.
Farage later posted on his Facebook page that he had “great fun” with the Italian leader of the Five Star Movement, who has a “huge personality”.
The lunch didn’t lead to a political alliance and has hampered efforts by Grillo to get his 17 deputies into the Green group.
Other talks are being held by the Greens with independent MEPs from Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands in an effort to get them to join their group.
More one-on-one meetings among MEPs are expected next week, as groups need to be formed by 24 June when the numbers in each faction are formally counted. After this committee chairmanship and membership will be decided – something that will be keenly watched by Brussels’ thousands of lobbyists.
An overview of parties switching groups and new MEPs joining new or old groups can be found here.
A number of violent,far right groups turned out last night to offer protection to a UKIP meeting that was to take place at The Winter Gardens in Margate last night.
The meeting,which was addressed by Nigel Farage along with several EU candidates including Janice Atkinson and Patrick O’Flynn was opposed by a small but peaceful counter protest outside the venue.
Britain First, Paul Golding’s wannabe paramilitary outfit wrote on their Facebook page: “Britain First activists today in Margate. They spent the afternoon guarding the venue where UKIP leader Nigel Farage was giving a speech. They stood guard against a horde of leftwing thugs. Well done.”
Members of Kent National Front also turned out to protect their new found friends in UKIP.