Two days ago, all 16 Ukip councillors in Lincoln refused to reaffirm an anti-racism pledge, originally put forward by Labour six years ago, which asserts that Lincolnshire County Council will serve all people in the county equally.
Why wouldn’t they sign it?Â Â Because Chris Pain, the leader of the county council’s Ukip group says that leader of the county councilâ€™s Ukip group said he could not sign a document thatÂ ‘pushes forward the chance of multiculturalism, one of the fundamental things thatâ€™s wrong with our society’.
Pain insisted that this position is ‘not racist’ and that ‘ Our stance is on space and space alone.’Â Why, he’s also told the Huffington Post ‘ I have friends of all creeds and colours, there is no way you can describe this [abstention] as a racist.’
This is the same Chris Pain who,Â according to a Sunday Mirror investigation yesterday, left the following comment on his Facebook page:
‘Have you noticed that if you Ârearrange the letters in â€˜illegal Âimmigrantsâ€™, and add just a few more letters, it spells, â€˜Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those other hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-********, raghead ******** with you.â€™
Yes, we see.Â Â Â Pain says his account was hacked, to which one can only reply, well he would,Â wouldn’t he?Â But then the Huffington Post found this piece of ‘satire’, which Pain doesn’t deny, that went up on his Facebook page last year:
‘Today’s program features another chance to take part in our exciting competition: HIJACK AN AIRLINER and win A COUNCIL HOUSE!”
Anyone can play, provided they don’t already hold a valid British Passport, and you only need one word of English:
Prizes include all-expenses-paid accommodation, cash benefits starting at Â£180 a week and a chance to earn thousands more begging, mugging, burgling and accosting drivers at traffic lights.
This competition is open to everyone buying a ticket or stowing away on one of our partner airlines, ferry companies or Eurostar.’
Let no one say that Ukippers don’t have a sense of humour.Â These guys are a laugh a minute.Â Â Take the Ukip councillor from Manchester in the Mirror investigation who described Barack Obama as a Muslim and suggested he might be a potential suicide bomber.Â You don’t think that’s funny?Â Â Oh come on.
And the Mirror story also shows that they are posing important, penetrating questions that the ‘politically correct’ establishment doesn’t dare ask, such as the Ukip councillor who laments the fact that a mosque is being built in ‘quintessentially English’ Cambridge, and exclaims ‘Is nowhere sacred for the Brits in Britain any more?’
Probably not.Â Â I mean, just look around you almost anywhere and you’ll see that the 51,745,135 people defined as ‘white British’ (81.9% of the UK total population) are becoming an endangered minority in their native land.Â Â Â That might be why David Abbott, a member of Ukip’s national executive committee,Â once gave money to American Friends ofÂ BNP,Â Â and hung out with Nick Griffin at a conference of white supremacists in the States.
And as if it wasn’t bad enough that the immigrants are destroying our way of life, the politically correct multiculturalist scum in Brussels, Westminster, the BBC, etc.,etc. are promoting homosexuality, which according to prominent Ukippers in another Mirror investigation earlier this year,Â Â is closely linked to paedophilia and bestiality.
All this is worth remembering the next time you read some of the explanations for the rise of Ukip that have been floated in the media the last few weeks; how Ukip represents a general disenchantment with mainstream politics;Â how Nigel Farage is just a down-to-earth straight guy who likes a pint and, unusually for politicians,Â sounds like a human being rather than a robot; how Ukip appeals to ‘anxieties’ about national identity and multiculturalism and public ‘concerns’Â about immigration; how its pathological loathing for the European Union has gained ground because the British are worried about jobs, pensions etc and fear becoming like Spain or Greece.
Because the statements of Pain & Co suggest that behind the ‘anxieties’ and ‘concerns’ and ‘euroscepticism’ and Farage’s grin, lies a toxic cesspool of bigotry and racism that appeals to the most primitive xenophobic nationalistic instincts of the British people, while simultaneously seeking to give these sentiments a veneer of political iconoclasm and respectability.
Ukip’s leadership will continue to deny all this, of course, and it may occasionally be forced to sack members who voice such views too openly and too loudly ( something that has yet to happen with Pain, but we’ll see).
But these are the people who are flocking to join the party.
And the rest of us ought to wonder why that is, and consider the possibility that Nigel and his fun-loving crew may not be very funny – and not very nice – at all.