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A UKIP candidate compares Islam to Nazism, an off-repeated mantra that even Pat Robertson continues to say.

UKIP candidate compares Islam to Nazism

A UKIP candidate has defended tweets in which he said comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country” and compared Islam to the Third Reich.

William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, said he did not think the messages were offensive. He tweeted after Henry said there should be more black and ethnic minority people in creative industries.

UKIP said it was a “non-racist, non-sectarian party whose members are expected to uphold these values”.

Mr Henwood told BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins: “I think if black people come to this country and don’t like mixing with white people why are they here? If he (Henry) wants a lot of blacks around go and live in a black country.”

On another occasion Mr Henwood tweeted: “Islam reminds me of the 3rd Reich Strength through violence against the citizens.”

Mr Henwood, who is standing in next month’s local council elections in Enfield, north London, later declined to be interviewed on camera.

Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described Mr Henwood’s comments about Lenny Henry as “absolutely disgusting”.

“I think it is for Nigel Farage to make absolutely clear that that isn’t UKIP’s official view but also to explain why so many people with those kinds of views seem to be attracted to becoming candidates for UKIP,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics. Asked if he thought the comments were racist, he said: “Yes I do and that’s why I’d like to hear a very clear denunciation from Nigel Farage. I think it’s totally unacceptable, and he is as British as you or I are.”

UKIP’s deputy chairman Neil Hamilton, a former Conservative MP, said Mr Henwood’s comments were being investigated by the party but he claimed they were a “complete distraction” from the European election campaign and “every party” had “unknown” activists who “who may have said something unpleasant on social media”.

BNP leader Nick Griffin was also asked if he considered Mr Henwood’s comments about Lenny Henry to be racist. He said the “real racism” was the “bullying by the BBC and by the political elite of ordinary British people, of various parties, who stand up and say what most ordinary people think” that “we are going to be an abused minority in our own homeland”.

Roger Helmer, a UKIP MEP for the East Midlands who is standing for re-election, said Mr Henwood’s comments did not represent his party and were only being reported because of a campaign against it. Mr Helmer told the BBC:

“We have an individual who has made totally unacceptable comments but you will find individuals like that in all parties, and behaviour like that in all parties. I understand why the media and the other parties want to focus on those particular claims about UKIP. We will deal with this appropriately when the party has had time to look at the facts and in the meantime we are quite clear that we are not a racist party and we do not accept comments of that kind.”

A UKIP spokesman said: “Any breach of our rules will be duly investigated and action will be taken. However one has to question why the other parties are spending hours behaving like secret police and trawling through the social media of UKIP candidates who are everyday men and women, rather than actually doing politics.

“Perhaps if they did they would be better able to tackle us on policy, rather than having to rely on smear campaigns to try to undermine UKIP’s increasing popularity. Were we to return the favour we would find an even greater wealth of embarrassment and disgrace in the other three parties’ ranks to also spread across the media.”

In the past week UKIP has been attacked by its political opponents for featuring an Irish actor on an election poster about British workers losing out to foreign labour. And the party has also suspended a council candidate in south London for sharing “repellent” opinions on Twitter. Builder Andre Lampitt, who featured in a party election broadcast, reportedly tweeted criticism of Islam and Nigerians.

Despite the attacks, a poll for a Sunday paper suggested UKIP was in the lead in the European election contest despite a week of controversies, including criticism of its campaigning and comments by activists. The party recorded 31% support in the YouGov survey for the Sunday Times, three points ahead of Labour with the Conservatives third on 19%.

BBC News, 27 April 2014

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  • George Carty

    I remember an article on a German website about a speedo ban at Alton towers (a major English theme park) — many of the commenters were vilifying British “dhimmitude” even though the original article had not a single mention of Islam or Muslims…

  • Rizwan

    Creeping Sharia in Spain!

    ‘Bikini ban’ slated for Spanish island of Mallorca

    (CNN) — If you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it — at least not on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca, where citizens are so sick of under dressed tourists that fines could soon be issued for inappropriate attire.

    A proposed new law, reportedly close to being enacted, will ban the wearing of swimwear outside bathing areas in the island’s capital, Palma.

  • George Carty

    I have little respect for Mo Farah myself now, but that’s purely because he decided to become a tax exile:

    http://www.leftfootforward.org/2014/01/mo-farah-from-lefty-hero-to-tax-exile-in-10-short-months/

  • Tanveer Khan

    Yup, the Mo Farah thing too. Seriously, they embarrass themselves left, right and center.

  • LiesYouTell

    Yup.
    ‘Mo Farah isn’t British’ and ‘mosques should be knocked down’: The outspoken views of yet more Ukip candidates
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616698/Mo-Farah-isnt-British-mosques-knocked-The-outspoken-views-Ukip-candidates.html

  • Tanveer Khan

    Another UKIP member called for banning Islam and demolishing mosques I think.

  • sasboy

    Muslims should be flattered Pat Robertson thinks their religion is on the rise. But next time the US government sends one of its emissaries overseas to whine about anti Americanism in the global media, let people show videos like this one to expose how incitement runs amok in the US’s own media and press.

  • sasboy

    Wasn’t it the UK which participated in the illegal Iraq war in 2003 and colonized half of the known world at the barrel of a gun ? I wonder who the real Nazi wannabes were.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Pat Robertson.

    You are an embarrassment to Mankind, please go away.

    Signed, Humanity.

  • mindy1

    Pat shut up-you embarrass me. God

  • George Carty

    UKIP are more like Teabaggers than Nazis.

  • Anonymous

    I think they’re projecting

  • JD

    Pat Robertson Likens Islam To Nazism, Again

    Submitted
    by Brian Tashman on Monday, 4/28/2014 11:40 am – See more at:

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-robertson-likens-islam-nazism-again

    Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson once again compared Islam to Nazism, telling a viewer that he shouldn’t “turn the other cheek” when it comes to the “rise of Islam.”

    “What we’re looking at is a world system like the Nazis, and the
    Nazis thought of themselves as a religion, Communism thought of itself
    as a religion, but all have a concept of world domination that they’re
    going to put people in a bind and at the same time take them away from
    Jesus,” Robertson said, adding that “the greatest weapon against that kind of thing is the power of God and the spoken word.”

  • JD

    A UKIP candidate has defended tweets in which he said comedian Lenny
    Henry should emigrate to a “black country” and compared Islam to the
    Third Reich.

    All we need and will need to know

  • mindy1

    Takes a Nazi to know one 😛 but in all seriousness, what gives?

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