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Monday, May 26, 2014

Ukip councillors start as they mean to go on

As we reflect on the European election results (and I will post in more detail on these later in the week) and begin to wonder whether any of the 20 plus Ukip MEPs will actually turn up for work, it is worth noting that another phenomena continues right beneath our noses. That phenomena is the Ukip foot in mouth brigade.

The Independent reports that a newly elected Ukip councillor has become the latest party member to face accusations of racism and homophobia, just days after Nigel Farage celebrated unprecedented gains in local elections in England:

Dave Small, who has just been selected as a councillor for the Redditch borough council in Worcestershire, already faces the prospect of being kicked out of the party after he reportedly described gay people as “perverts” and immigrants as “money-grabbing scum”.

In a series of comments on Facebook which came to light minutes after his successful election on Friday, Mr Small apparently claimed that “migration from Muslim countries” led to the spread of TB in Britain, the Redditch Standard reported.

That post was entitled “Muslims and the threat they pose to our way of life”, and in others people from Mali and Romania were called “scroungers” and Birmingham was described as full of “jabbering in an alien voice” and “men [who] wear their Pyjamas”.

In another post on Mr Small’s profile, under the headline “Britain used to be for the British”, he appeared to have written: “Our once great country has become the dust bin for all the world wide money grabbing scum.

“Why on earth is this useless Government[sic] pandering to Puffs?” he reportedly wrote. “I refuse to call them gays, as what has gay to do with Perverts like Elton John and Clair[sic] Balding who get their jollies in such disgusting ways. To sum up, they should not allowed to be married, they should go back to the closet.

So far so good for Nigel Farage and his party.
I foresee a large number of by-elections this autumn as UKIP councillors reveal themselves and have to resign.
Public Health England reported in 2013 as follows:

Similarly to 2011, 73% of TB cases were born outside the UK and mainly originated from South Asia (60%) and sub-Saharan Africa (22%). The rate of TB among the non UK-born population was almost 20 times the rate in the UK-born, at 80 per 100,000 but has continued to decline over the last seven years.

See http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1317139689732

David Evershed
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