Islam at the centre of fresh UKIP row
NIGEL Farage, head of the UK Independence party, has been forced to apologise – again – after another of his members got a big stupid on and posted racist and anti-Muslim comments on Twitter.
UKIP has suspended Andre Lampitt, one of five supporters chosen to appear on UKIP’s first European election broadcast.
Farage admitted a serious mistake, saying:
Something’s gone wrong with our systems, this guy should have been weeded out.
According to this report, Lampitt will be edited out of any future showings of the broadcast, and pending his suspension he is expected to be disowned if he continues to try to stand as a UKIP candidate in Merton, south London, in the London council elections next month. Nominations have closed, but there is a 48-hour period in which he can be asked to stand aside.
A UKIP spokesman said:
We are deeply shocked that Mr Lampitt has expressed such repellent views. His membership of the party has been suspended immediately pending a full disciplinary process.
Lampitt, who describes himself as “born British in Rhodesia” said in one tweet that Islam is not a religion and calls it an “evil organisation”. He also said he wants to start a website called Islamoutofuk.co.uk.
In another tweet he said:
All Muslims needs to leave Europe America and Oz,or denounce their pathetic Satanic religion.
On another occasion Lampitt asked in a tweet:
What have Muslims brought to the table of development? Car? Phone? Computer? TV? Train? Aeroplane? Please enlighten me.
In another tweet he wrote:
Most Nigerians are generally bad people … I grew up in Africa and dare anyone to prove me wrong.
The document, titled “Charter of Muslim Understanding” and commissioned in 2006, claims some parts of the Koran promote violence and must be discarded.
Batten, who leads the party’s list for European elections in May, also urged a ban on building new mosques across Europe.
The provocative remarks have sparked a wave of outcry and condemnation. Several British MPs have denounced them as shocking.
Labour’s shadow London minister Sadiq Khan said he was “appalled at the ignorance” shown by the lawmaker.
When speaking about the faith that I and hundreds of thousands of British Muslims practice.
Tory MP Rehman Chishti also urged UKIP to axe Batten, saying:
If Nigel Farage had any credibility, he would quite clearly not allow this individual to stand for office …