The latest revelations about UKIP must dispel any last lingering doubts you might have about the party
They are, at heart, a deeply racist organisation pretending not to be one.
One of their candidates, Robert Blay, has said in Ramsgate that he would “personally put a bullet between the eyes” of a rival Asian candidate if he won the election.
Blay made his comments outside a meeting where Nigel Farage was speaking.
He told undercover reporters that his rival Ranil Jayawardena’s family had only been in the country since the 1970s and that he wasn’t “British enough” to be in parliament.
UKIP has now suspended Blay from the party – though he’s still running.
But they’ve taken no action against one of their other candidates, John Leathley, who made some appalling racist comments on Facebook
Among other things, Leathley said, after seeing newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on TV, she “would love a big black thing up her a***”.”
Mr Leathey’s now apologised for his comments saying: “I read what I wrote now, I am shocked by them and am appalled and deeply ashamed of my words.”
But Ms Alibhai-Brown said: “I saw the apology and of course I’m not going to give any credence to it at all. You don’t apologise because you are found out…What he said was absolutely appalling. It’s sexist, it’s racist, it’s violent.”
So what about UKIP in Thanet?
Racist attitudes here are at the heart of their party and extend to links with violent far-right parties such as the National Front.
The evidence for this comes in the new documentary film UKIP UNCOVERED which is being screened tonight in Broadstairs and looks at the people behind the party’s bid to conquer Thanet.
“After watching this film,” says its maker Christine Tongue, “you have to conclude that a vote for UKIP tomorrow is not a protest vote, not a vote for something new or a vote for change.
“It is essentially a racist vote – racism of the most old-fashioned, vicious, irrational kind.”
UKIP UNCOVERED will be screened at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2BT at 7.30pm. It will be followed by a performance of a new comedy about election shenanigans in dark ages Britain called ARTHUR OF THE BRITONS. With a script by Thanet Watch’s Norman Thomas, this is the newest production of Robert Poulter’s New Model Theatre. Entry charge is £5, ring 07989 070843 or 01843 604633 to book a seat.