Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ukip AM racist comments revelations part of internal fighting?

So is there any connection between the news in April that UKIP AM Michelle Brown is to face a vote of no confidence among party members across north Wales. and the revelation that she has bee recorded calling Chuka Umunna a “f***ing coconut” in a rant in which she targets the Labour MP as well as Barack Obama.

Party activists met in Holywell, Flintshire, in April to discuss concerns about "serious misconduct".

In recent months, Ms Brown has denied a hotel's allegations of smoking recreational drugs, and of impropriety over changing the text of a job advert.

She declined an invitation to attend the meeting, and her spokesman described it as "petty infighting".

UKIP assembly leader Neil Hamilton said Ms Brown had his full support.

Members from six UKIP branches in north east Wales passed a vote of no confidence in Ms Brown but decided to hold a wider vote of members across north Wales .

Now In a telephone conversation with her senior advisor at the time, Nigel Williams, Ukip AM Michelle Brown said Mr Umunna was “black on the outside, white on the inside”.

She also described former Labour MP Tristram Hunt as a “t**t” before saying former US President Obama was “exactly the same” as Mr Umunna.

Ms Brown has apologised to anyone offended by her comments and said the language she used about Mr Umunna was “inappropriate”, the Daily Post reported .

During the conversation last year, the AM said:

“I don’t say this lightly...but Chuka Umunna is a f***ing coconut.“He’s got as much understanding of an ordinary black man’s experience as I have.“He may be black but his mother or his father was British from a very, very influential family.“He is a coconut - black on the outside, white on the inside, and Barack Obama’s exactly the same.”

Mr Williams worked for Ms Brown for just over a year before being sacked by her in May this year, and was previously a police detective of 14 years in North Wales and Merseyside.

He said he spoke out after recently discovering the conversation among his records.

Mr Williams said
“I was absolutely appalled,” “It’s bad enough coming from anybody, but to come from a newly appointed Assembly Member is absolutely appalling.“I’ve seen swearing and I’ve been called all sorts of names myself, but I’ve actually never seen it from somebody in such a position.“This wasn’t a meltdown. This was just a conversation that Michelle Brown was having, which she thought was OK. “There was no meltdown going on. She was talking ordinarily about something else and just decided to throw that into the conversation.“She was being appallingly badly behaved.

In a statement, Ms Brown said:

“The point I was making is that, because of his considerable wealth and privilege, Chukka Umunna cannot possibly understand the difficulties and issues that the average black person faces in this country any more than I can, and I stand by that assertion. “I do however accept that the language I used in the private conversation was inappropriate and I apologise to anyone that has been offended by it.“As far as the language I used about Mr Hunt is concerned, it was a private conversation and I was using language that friends and colleagues often do when chatting to each other.”

Don't get me wrong this is appalling racist language and the Assembly must tale action against Ms Beown for bringing  it to disrepute. and Ukip shoulfd remove the whip from her immediately. 

Bit I wonder how much her language is the norm amongst Ukip members , and thus revelation has come out because of an internal dispute and Ukip members plans to remove a AM they see as an embarrassment.  

I take any cries from Ukip that they are shocked with this racist language and believe that it is actually a example of their true nature.

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