The Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, has blamed his late arrival at an event on immigration. He was due to appear at a “meet the leader” drinks reception as Ukip prepared to host its first Welsh conference. But he was running more than two hours late and failed to show.
“It took me six hours and 15 minutes in the car to get here. It should have taken three and a half to four,” he later said. “That has nothing to do with professionalism. What is does have to do with is a country in which the population is going through the roof, chiefly because of open-door immigration, and the fact the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be.
A Ukip candidate has resigned for describing gay people as “fucking disgusting old poofters” and referring to a woman with a Chinese name as a “chinky”, just hours after Ukip defended him saying he had been on sedatives at the time.
“This was a phone call some time ago while he was on sedatives by his own account, not really speaking [or] thinking rationally. He was on prescription sedatives after suffering an injury,” O’Flynn said.
In a separate controversy also reported by the Mail on Sunday, it emerged that Ukip has sent a survey to supporters asking how close they feel to different ethnic groups on a scale of one to 10, with categories including “blacks”, “Muslims” and “eastern Europeans”. Those completing the survey were eligible to win prizes including cash and a Ukip golf umbrella.
@petefrasermusic: The pretence is over; support for ukip is support for racism. There's no grey area any more. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nigel-farage/11303133/Nigel-Farage-defends-use-of-word-chinky.html
"I am a bit sad because Kerry Smith is a rough diamond, he's a council-house boy from the East End of London, left school early and talks and speaks in a way that a lot of people from that background do," Mr Farage said.
Challenged on Mr Smith's use of the word "Chinky", Mr Farage said: "If you and your mates were going out for a Chinese, what do you say you're going for?"
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