Don't call Ukip racist - Farage

Andover Advertiser: Nigel Farage speaks on stage during a Ukip rally held at the Emmanuel Centre, London Nigel Farage speaks on stage during a Ukip rally held at the Emmanuel Centre, London

Nigel Farage has sought to counter claims that his UK Independence Party is racist, accusing sections of the media of stirring up hatred against them.

At a rally in central London, the Ukip leader appeared on a platform alongside a number of the party's black and ethnic minority candidates - including former boxer Winston McKenzie - to reject accusations that it has become a home for racists.

"Let this be Ukip's Clause IV moment," he told cheering supporters, in a reference to Tony Blair's famous announcement that he was scrapping Labour's commitment to nationalisation.

"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."

Mr Farage acknowledged that comments by a number of the party's candidates had caused embarrassment, but said they had been wrongly held up by the media as representing the views of the party as a whole.

"There will always be in any system a few people who creep over the line and cause us embarrassment. I would rather the 10 people - out of 2,234 (candidates) - who said things that are either stupid or offensive in some case - I'd rather it hadn't happened," he said.

"The result of this has been huge sections of the British media defended their friends in the so-called main parties and the offensive, idiotic statements made by this handful of people have been lifted up and presented to the Great British public as if they represent the view of this party, which they do not. They never have and they never will."

There was a noisy demonstration by anti-racism protesters outside the rally venue in Westminster. A small number of hecklers managed to infiltrate the meeting but were swiftly ejected by stewards.

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11:43pm Wed 7 May 14

cosmick says...

People who came to this country years ago now see we are full. They also support UKIP as they too need to buy or rent homes, the only way to stop the list for homes getting worse is control the amount of people we allow in the country. This applys to all the sevices that the state provides.
People who came to this country years ago now see we are full. They also support UKIP as they too need to buy or rent homes, the only way to stop the list for homes getting worse is control the amount of people we allow in the country. This applys to all the sevices that the state provides. cosmick
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11:28am Thu 8 May 14

welshmen says...

Our Country should be kept open to the worlds population who can come here, come here with their family members, encourage many more of their Countrymen to follow them here for a better life, open their places of worship, demand we change to accommodate their wishes, decrease our expensive Armed Forces so we can build more places for the new arrivals.

If the natives don't accept their view or Religion pressure your MP's to change the Law to suite them and theirs', dress like it's the seventh century, bring their old ways with them, especially for killing animals to eat, slit heir throats and let them suffer the same as you do in your own Country, they don't stun it's not their way, it was ours once, we are to soft with Animals, we should ban dogs and cats because our guests are not allowed them as their holy book say's, can't have them as pets, unclean, where they come from they eat most things that walk or crawl.

We should embrace them as our Prim-minister and all MP's do, encouraging all our new arrivals to vote for more of the world's population to come here so they can also vote for them.

We shouldn't listen to the moaners, you know the first Immigrants that came here for a better life and established them selves in corner shops a taxi firms,the NHS, who after many years of more of their families coming here and enjoying all the benefits and we to accept their four wives (CHING),

"Shock", they now see that other Countries populations who came here are taking their jobs, and having housing they wanted for their families because as they keep saying we were here first and we deserve them first, we been here longer, What we will do is find a Political Party that will except us yet limit more immigrants from anywhere coming here and taking what we expect to have because we were the first immigrants to come here for a better life. I know we will all vote UKIP that will help us more to Colonise this (whoops) our Country....
Our Country should be kept open to the worlds population who can come here, come here with their family members, encourage many more of their Countrymen to follow them here for a better life, open their places of worship, demand we change to accommodate their wishes, decrease our expensive Armed Forces so we can build more places for the new arrivals. If the natives don't accept their view or Religion pressure your MP's to change the Law to suite them and theirs', dress like it's the seventh century, bring their old ways with them, especially for killing animals to eat, slit heir throats and let them suffer the same as you do in your own Country, they don't stun it's not their way, it was ours once, we are to soft with Animals, we should ban dogs and cats because our guests are not allowed them as their holy book say's, can't have them as pets, unclean, where they come from they eat most things that walk or crawl. We should embrace them as our Prim-minister and all MP's do, encouraging all our new arrivals to vote for more of the world's population to come here so they can also vote for them. We shouldn't listen to the moaners, you know the first Immigrants that came here for a better life and established them selves in corner shops a taxi firms,the NHS, who after many years of more of their families coming here and enjoying all the benefits and we to accept their four wives (CHING), "Shock", they now see that other Countries populations who came here are taking their jobs, and having housing they wanted for their families because as they keep saying we were here first and we deserve them first, we been here longer, What we will do is find a Political Party that will except us yet limit more immigrants from anywhere coming here and taking what we expect to have because we were the first immigrants to come here for a better life. I know we will all vote UKIP that will help us more to Colonise this (whoops) our Country.... welshmen
  • Score: 3

6:23pm Thu 8 May 14

Nationstate Democracy is best says...

Racists & xenophobes are people that are sick & tired of;
1] Cheap imported labour that drives wages down & take jobs from locals
2] Classes full of kids that need special lessons in speaking basic English
3] Being told it's just Daily Mail fiction when I see it with my own eyes
4] Higher house prices & rents due to increased demand
5] More crowded surgeries & longer NHS queues
6] Worst housing shortage since WWII
7] More & more houses on greenbelt
8] More & more road congestion
9] Child grooming gangs
10] People traffickers
11] FGM
I guess that makes me a racist xenophobe then!
Racists & xenophobes are people that are sick & tired of; 1] Cheap imported labour that drives wages down & take jobs from locals 2] Classes full of kids that need special lessons in speaking basic English 3] Being told it's just Daily Mail fiction when I see it with my own eyes 4] Higher house prices & rents due to increased demand 5] More crowded surgeries & longer NHS queues 6] Worst housing shortage since WWII 7] More & more houses on greenbelt 8] More & more road congestion 9] Child grooming gangs 10] People traffickers 11] FGM I guess that makes me a racist xenophobe then! Nationstate Democracy is best
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Thu 8 May 14

Nationstate Democracy is best says...

In 1973 British Prime Minister Edward Heath mis-sold the European Union to us as a 'Common Market'.
It's turned into the European Union & is now becoming a Federal Dictatorship.
Under mis-selling rules please can we have our country & democracy back & the money too.
40 years at todays prices about 40 x £11bn net = £440bn.
Taken by a bunch of crooks who can't get their accounts signed off >
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=YWSYMpuC
FaQ

VOTE UKIP on principle
In 1973 British Prime Minister Edward Heath mis-sold the European Union to us as a 'Common Market'. It's turned into the European Union & is now becoming a Federal Dictatorship. Under mis-selling rules please can we have our country & democracy back & the money too. 40 years at todays prices about 40 x £11bn net = £440bn. Taken by a bunch of crooks who can't get their accounts signed off > https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=YWSYMpuC FaQ VOTE UKIP on principle Nationstate Democracy is best
  • Score: 2

6:25pm Thu 8 May 14

Nationstate Democracy is best says...

FibDemLabCons scheme to reduce inequality is in progress.
It's called 'Open borders'
People from Eastern Europe will keep coming here until we're as poor as them.
EU dictat XYZ means retired ones are entitled to their £120 a month East European pension to be topped up by us to the UK level of aprox £500 a month when they've been here a year.
We pay NI for 40 years to get a UK pension.
They pay in for 0 years.
Every other name on Southampton maternity unit cots is East European.
Each child a ticket to social housing.
The Communisation of Europe without a shot being fired.
Rule of Europe from a centralised dictatorship.
Edward Heath, Manuel Barroso, Van Rompuy etc have succeeded where Hitler, Stalin & Napolean failed.
And most of the public sheep are too busy crying 'racist' & 'xenophobe' to see it!
The dictators & the MSM have got them right where they want them!
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=bJHETdxw
v8Y
FibDemLabCons scheme to reduce inequality is in progress. It's called 'Open borders' People from Eastern Europe will keep coming here until we're as poor as them. EU dictat XYZ means retired ones are entitled to their £120 a month East European pension to be topped up by us to the UK level of aprox £500 a month when they've been here a year. We pay NI for 40 years to get a UK pension. They pay in for 0 years. Every other name on Southampton maternity unit cots is East European. Each child a ticket to social housing. The Communisation of Europe without a shot being fired. Rule of Europe from a centralised dictatorship. Edward Heath, Manuel Barroso, Van Rompuy etc have succeeded where Hitler, Stalin & Napolean failed. And most of the public sheep are too busy crying 'racist' & 'xenophobe' to see it! The dictators & the MSM have got them right where they want them! https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=bJHETdxw v8Y Nationstate Democracy is best
  • Score: 1
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