When Ukip candidate William Henwood suggested that Lenny Henry should emigrate to a black country he didn’t expect the huge backlash he is now facing from the media.
Mr Henwood, of Enfield, north London, had originally made the comment on his Twitter after hearing a speech by Henry in which he said that ethnic minorities were under-represented on British TV.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard something controversial from a UKip candidate, and if Henwood’s constant racist rantings are anything to go by it’s only a matter of time before we hear about his love affair with the booze bottle.
Some think that Henwood should be red carded from UKip’s political game altogether because he’s not representing the thoughts of the average British voter. Even though UKip told Henwood to leave the pitch and STFU he still had this to say to the first person he saw holding a microphone.
‘I think if black people come to this country and don’t like mixing with white people why are they here?
This prompted our hallowed health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt to tell Pienaar’s Politics (BBC Radio 5 Live) that in his opinion Henwood’s comments are totally racist:
‘I do think those comments about Lenny Henry were absolutely disgusting.
‘It’s for Nigel Farage to make absolutely clear that it’s not Ukip’s official view, but also to explain why so many people with those kinds of view seem to be attracted to becoming candidates for Ukip.’
(Via: Radio 5 Live/BBC)
However, Ukip deputy chairman Neil Hamilton is having none of it. He thinks that Jeremy Hunt’s comments are a ‘complete distraction’ from the European election campaign but did say that the Henwood situation would be investigated. He told Pienaar’s Politics:
‘This is a council candidate whom you would have never have heard but for all the social media archaeologists that are employed by Labour, the Liberal party and the Tories to try and track down any unknown Ukip member or activist who may have said something unpleasant on social media.
‘Every party has got them. We have strict rules on racism. We don’t allow it.
So there you have it.
Now, lets change the subject and watch a group of foreigners playing football. And remember, Nigel Farage would love to see them all playing Winner Stays On here in Britain.