Seasoned nationalists will remember UKIP’s immigration hypocrisy being starkly revealed some years ago when its then chairman – an alleged opponent of immigration from eastern Europe – was exposed in the media as employing and housing a team of Polish workers who were engaged in renovating his rural West Country mansion.
Today we learn that a high-profile UKIP man in Bristol has been removed as a candidate in May’s local elections allegedly because of his reported comments on immigration – comments that most decent people would wholeheartedly endorse.
According to the local media Phillip Collins supports the concept of removal centres for immigrants and is reported as saying there should be “one or two in every city”.
Furthermore, according to the same article, he has also appeared to suggest that people entering the country illegally should be sent to prison; they are, after all, illegal immigrants.
Mr Collins is reported to have previously resigned as chairman of the party’s Bristol branch so he could concentrate on campaigning to become a City Councillor.
But UKIP has now issued a statement which claims that Mr. Collins has been dropped as a candidate because of what he is reported to have said.
According to the report in the Bristol Evening Post, UKIP’s new branch chairman said: “Phil Collins is no longer chairman of our Bristol branch, and following the comments reported in the press about immigration will not be standing for UKIP in the forthcoming council elections”.
“UKIP will be fighting on a whole range of local issues in May, but there is no place for someone representing the party holding views like those reported”.
To make matters worse, from the UKIP perspective, an unnamed party spokesman has reportedly added: “These are the very personal views of Mr Collins and in no way whatsoever reflect the views or position of the UK Independence Party.”
According to the Post Mr Collins gave an interview to VICE, an international website for young people, in which he is reported to have said: “The idea for UKIP is that, once we’ve stopped the EU, we’ll be very tight on other people as well.
“My personal opinion is that we should have ID cards.
“There are two million illegal people in this country.
“Britain gets them, takes them to the police station and, if they haven’t got a passport, they let them go.
“What they should do is build not prisons but holding centres and lock them up.”
He adds: “You’d need one or two in every city. Later in time, they could turn them in to prisons.”
However it is the following alleged remarks that, we suspect, really upset UKIP’s politically correct grandees.
Asked he if thinks Britain is still a Christian country, he allegedly replied: “Yes, I’m a Catholic and I go to church every Sunday.
“Of course it’s a Christian country but it works out that, even without these other countries joining (the EU), within 20 years, it’ll be a Muslim country.
“We have one or two kids on average and they have ten.
“So imagine that: every generation there’s a hundred of theirs to four of ours, a thousand to our eight.
“So, within three or four generations, this country will be a Muslim country. Unless we do something about it, we’ll be the ones on the street begging for change.”
As the anonymous UKIP spokesman so correctly stated these “in no way whatsoever reflect the views or position of the UK Independence Party.”
This confirms what we all should already know – that UKIP is merely a chip off the corrupt and deceitful Tory party – a party that says it “understands public concern over immigration” (usually just before a major election), whilst quietly acknowledging the fact that it hasn’t the slightest intention of actually doing anything to address it.