Skip to comments.Nigel Farage: UKIP is not a racist party
Posted on 05/08/2014 4:03:25 AM PDT by UKrepublican
The UK Independence Party "is not racist", leader Nigel Farage has told activists in central London.
Mr Farage said a "handful" of its thousands of candidates had said "stupid or offensive" things, but "they never have, and they never will", represent the views of the party.
He was speaking at an event designed to highlight UKIP's female, black and ethnic-minority candidates.
The rally was disrupted several times by protesters accusing UKIP of racism.
One UKIP candidate was suspended from the party on Saturday after describing Islam as "evil", and another resigned last week after after tweeting that comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country".
But Mr Farage said the party had "professionalised" in recent years, and now had a membership form that urged people whose views were incompatible with UKIP's not to join the party.
Despite these measures, he continued: "There will always be in any system a few people that creep over the line and cause us embarrassment."
There were just 10 people out of the party's 2,234 candidates who had "said things that are either stupid, or offensive", he continued.
"I would rather that it hadn't happened."
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"I don't care what you call us. You can call us right-wing, left-wing, you can call us small minded - I don't care what you call us.
"But from this moment on please do not ever call us a racist party. We are not a racist party."
I put in my vote for UKIP today.
Farage is falling for that evil nonsense of “whites + racist”, is he dumber than a liberal, it seems he is.
Since when did being called racist become the worst thing on the planet?
> One UKIP candidate was suspended from the party on Saturday > after describing Islam as “evil”,
Oh, but it most certainly is!
He borrowed my tag line
Not really, there has been a huge media created storm over here, it would be suicide to not address it and he has done in the right way I think.
It is politically toxic to be affiliated with racism. That is just a fact of life.
Ya gotta go after the term “racism”—or LOSE.
ALWAYS when writing print the term in “quotes”.
Speaking, pronounce it ‘racy-izzem’ and always DEMAND to know EXACTLY what race is meant. Also demand a complete and sufficient LEGALLY ACCEPTED description of such ‘race’.
Eventually, you accuser will have to admit they really mean a certain ‘religion’ by the term.
RESPONSE: “yes—that’s the F#CKING POINT!!”
Mr Farage said a "handful" of its thousands of candidates had said "stupid or offensive" things, but "they never have, and they never will", represent the views of the party.Too bad the Demagogic Party isn't that way here in America. The Demwits are racist from top to bottom.
I agree; and I am eagerly awaiting the results of your election. Hope there is a good showing for people wanting an end to the domination of Belgium over the UK's prerogatives.
The Labour party let them become councillors.
You didnt sue him did you? :P