Ukip say ‘thugs’ who shouted abuse at locals who refused to take Ukip leaflets were imposters trying to damage the party’s reputation
A group of men shouted abuse at Thanet locals while handing out Ukip leaflets on Sunday – but the party say they were part of an organised campaign of imposters out to discredit them.
Witnesses called the police after the men shouted insults at shoppers on Broadstairs High Street who refused to take their leaflets.
One local, who reported the incident in a letter to local community newspaper Thanet Watch, said there were between five and seven men, who shouted “communist scum”, “left wing scum” and “paedophile protection party” at passers-by.
In the letter, the local said: “I said to the Ukip representatives that they shouldn’t talk to the electorate in that way and was promptly told to “go home and knit another scarf”. It was a very intimidating scene to witness, and two of the male supporters followed me down Charlotte Street. I reported the incident to the police.”
Police confirmed in a statement they had received a complaint relating to the incident.
A Police spokesman said: “Officers attended and spoke with the members of the group and gave words of advice. No further reports were received.”
According to Ukip, more than 500 activists descended on South Thanet on Sunday to campaign alongside leader Nigel Farage in the party’s first ‘Day of Action’ in the area, which Farage will contest at the general election.
But a Ukip spokesman said the gang couldn’t have been genuine activists, because “‘kippers just wouldn’t do that.”
He even suggested the incident was part of an organised campaign of imposters who pose as Ukip activists, steal leaflets and deliberately behave badly in order to damage the party’s reputation.
“You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve seen this,” he said. “I’ve seen them nicking our kit, handing it out to the Britain First crowd, and then claiming Britain First support Ukip.”
He continued: “I’m pretty sure we don’t have gangs of five to seven thugs. Most of our supporters are about 55 years old and probably work in a charity shop.”
No investigation has been undertaken by the party, he said, because there was no evidence to suggest the “thugs” were Ukip supporters, and because no photo or video evidence has come to light in order to identify them.
He said: “If there are party members behaving like that, they shouldn’t be. They shouldn’t be behaving like that, and they shouldn’t be party members.
“It just doesn’t ring true to me. If there’s a problem, we’ll deal with it.”
Every time I see, hear or read about Nigel Farage these days, he seems to be apologising for someone else.
UKIP now dismiss their members with such regularity that, in the run-up to this year’s general election, I decided to keep tabs on just who is being dumped this week for calling a guy a “fucking carpetbagger arsehole” or insisting that gays love sex with children and animals.
Who’s Been Dismissed: Rozanne Duncan.
UKIP rank: Independent councillor in the soon-to-be-contested-by-Nigel-Farage constituency of South Thanet, Kent.
What She Did That Was So Wrong That Even UKIP Had to Kick Her Out: She told a BBC film crew that she had a problem with “negroes” because “there’s something about their faces”.
Standard Back-peddling Quote About How Unracist She Is Because She Has Exactly One Black Friend: Duncan got a full house on her UKIP apology bingo card by claiming she is “not a racist” and that she had “many Asian shopkeeper and local business friends”. Because buying an emergency onion from a corner shop once a week gives you carte blanche to go in two-footed on non-white bone structure.
What Happened Next: Rozanne was actually booted from the party back in December, after party chiefs revealed she made “jaw-dropping remarks” in a BBC documentary about Nigel Farage’s attempts to secure the South Thanet seat in the upcoming election. The comments in question weren’t revealed, presumably because they’d be a right downer over Christmas, but today the Times reported them in full. And, predictably, they are the exact kind of bigoted shit your weird drunk aunty might come out with at the last family meal she is ever invited to.
What UKIP Said: At the time of her sacking, a UKIP spokesperson said of Duncan: “UKIP is expelling Cllr Rozanne Duncan under rule 15 of its constitution for bringing the party into disrepute. She has 28 days to appeal.” To say UKIP is headed up by a man who goes on talk radio to sincerely defend his god-given right to say “chinky”, you’ve got to work pretty hard to bring it into disrepute.
What She Said: At the time Duncan said: “I was not expelled for having an ‘association with or membership of an organisation incompatible with membership of the party’, nor have I links with a far-right or any other group. The only group I’ve ever belonged to is the Conservative party – unless you count Mensa, the Women’s Institute or the Order of Women Freemasons.” Once again proving that the only people who ever apply to be in Mensa are the worst smart people ever. The kind of people who think doing a riddle is better than watching TV. People who need a laminated card in their wallet to tell them they’re better than others.
I guess she’s got one less of those now.
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 fired after allegedly saying she has a problem with ‘negroes’ because there’s ‘something about their facesPosted: January 8, 2015
A Ukip councillor who was fired from the party allegedly said she had a problem with ‘negroes’ because there’s ‘something wrong with their faces’.
Thanet councillor Rozanne Duncan, 68, was expelled from the eurosceptic party last month for comments made in a TV interview that, despite Ukip declining to publish, were described by one source described as ‘jaw-dropping’.
And it has now been revealed that Ms Duncan lost her job because she allegedly said she had a problem with ‘negroes’, The Times reports.
Ukip is expelling Cllr Rozanne Duncan under rule 15 of its constitution for bringing the party into disrepute. She has 28 days to appeal,’ a party spokesman said at the time of the sacking.
The comments, which apparently included Ms Duncan saying there was ‘something about the faces’ of black people, were reportedly said during the filming of a television documentary about Ukip in South Thanet, the constituency where party leader Nigel Farage will stand for election in May.
The former Conservative allegedly went on to insist that she was ‘not a racist’ because she had ‘many Asian shopkeeper and local business friends’.
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.