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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

UKIP's leadership contest embraces the 'gay donkey' tendency

The UKIP leadership contest progressed from joke to farce yesterday with the announcement by South Wales based member, John Rees-Evans that he was throwing his hat in the ring.

The announcement came by way of a rather tedious five and a half minute video on YouTube which saw Mr. Rees-Evans wander around a South Wales Valley town in a leather jacket talking to camera about his desire to transfer power to the membership, rectify the party's financial crisis and prevent it being hijacked in the future by vested interests. It was Forest Gump at a walking pace.

There was not one mention in the video of course of Mr. Rees-Evans previous claim to fame, namely the assertion in December 2014, whilst he was a UKIP Parliamentary candidate that a “homosexual donkey” had raped his horse.

As the Independent reports, Mr. Rees-Evans made the comments to protesters outside a campaign office in Merthyr Tydfil when he was confronted over claims by fellow party members that “some homosexuals prefer sex with animals”:

Mr Rees-Evans responded at the time: “Actually, I’ve witnessed that. I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. And a donkey came up, which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse.”

The former soldier said his stallion had bitten the “homosexual donkey” in defence and that he himself had also intervened.

He later apologised for the donkey anecdote, telling the BBC’s Daily Politics programme: “It was a bit of playful banter with a mischievous activist, I’m sorry if I offended anyone in doing that.

“I concede it was a mistake to be playful with an activist in a street. The fact is I’m not a politician. The guy was just asking me questions in the street. It was an error of judgment.”

Mr Rees-Evans also told the same programme that reports he had carried a handgun around an IKEA in Bulgaria in case it was attacked by terrorists were “an embellishment”.

“That particular day I was doing some training, which is quite normal in Bulgaria. I do speed pistol shooting. I was trained by the British army to operate weapons, it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money if I don’t maintain those skills, of course,” he said.

“It simply wasn’t safe to hand [the gun] over to the security and I had some things that I had to get. That little story about laying siege to the building – quite simply, they said to me the reason they don’t allow weapons to go in there was in case there was an attack – and I said, surely you want law abiding people to be armed if people are going to come in here to attack you?”

He added that further claims he had set up a “secure compound” around his home were “entirely exaggerated”.

“A secure compound simply means a garden with a wall, which I’m sure you have if you have a garden,” he said.

Never let it be said that UKIP leadership contests are not entertaining, nor that we don't get enough of them.
This man, unfortunately, is typical of Ukip.

1. The leaders and activists all share a rather simplistic, black and white view of the world. Everything is either right or wrong ; good or bad - British Empire, Yorkshire Pudding and Winston Churchill are all good. Gay marriage, Windrush, Europeans, foreign footballers, climate change and refugees - bad.
2. They seem to be highly individualistic and opinionated. Compromise and seeing another point of view is just not an option. This even applies to their own Ukip colleagues.
3. That is why wherever we see Ukip councillors, MEPs and AMs they are constantly at each other's throats.

Animosity, egotism, indiscipline, infighting, strife, splits, disarray, dispute, factionalism, backstabbing and punch-ups. I could go on.....

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