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Godfrey Bloom hits Michael Crick
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:01:31 PM »
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Another day, another bizarre outburst by Godfrey Bloom, who reacted to Michael Crick's questions about Ukip's candidates' diversity by shoutuing racist at him and then hitting him in the face with a brochure.

And just in case that wasn't enough:


 If you want the audio on that last one HuffPo have it here.
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By Adam Bienkov and Ian Dunt

Ukip's annual conference was hit by chaos today, after one of its MEPs hit a journalist and called a room full of women "sluts".

In other developments, reports emerged of Nigel Farage allegedly holding fascist views and singing pro-Hitler songs at school while a former Ukip MEP said the candidate selection process was "gerrymandered".

But the focus this afternoon was on Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom, who was attending an event on the advancement of women in politics when two female party members joked that they did not clean behind the fridge – a reference to his comments about where women belong.

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Bloom responded by saying: "This place is full of sluts."

Outside the room he was confronted by journalists about the remark, but the MEP said it was a joke.

"I made a joke and said 'oh well you're all sluts' and everybody laughed and all the women laughed," he said.

"Was there a single women in there who didn't laugh at the joke?"

Bloom then branded Sky News journalist Dan Mccaffrey a "sad little man" before leaving onto the street.

He was asked by Channel 4 journalist Michael Crick why a brochure emblazoned with the phrase 'changing the face of politics' featured only images of white people.

Bloom, who writes a monthly column for Politics.co.uk, responded by branding Crick a racist.

"What a racist comment. How dare you, that's an appalling thing to say, you're picking people out for the colour of their skin? You disgust me," he said.

When Crick followed him down the street, Bloom hit him in the face with the brochure.

WATCH: Blooms hits journalist with brochure

Moments afterwards, Ukip member Diane James, who nearly won the Eastleigh by-election fight for the party, said Bloom should consider his position.

Crick then tweeted that Bloom had threatened to punch another report.

Crick reported that Bloom told the reporter: "You treat me badly, you'll get a lot worse than that [a slap]... That is a threat to any journalist."

Afterwards, Bloom tweeted in his own defence.
As Bloom gave a speech on defence issues to the conference, Farage started to suggest that he may withdraw the whip from the MEP, saying he has "gone beyond the pale".

He added: "Maybe he should be considering his position within the party.

"My recommendation is that we now today remove the whip."

Not long afterwards a Ukip official tweeted: "UKIP Chairman has removed the whip from Godfrey Bloom pending a formal disciplinary hearing."

Green party MP Caroline Lucas said: "Sadly, this immature, public schoolboy mentality is an unpleasant fact of politics - and Ukip seem to excel at it.

"Bloom may well be trying to dismiss this as a joke but there's nothing funny about sexism or about a party that tolerates it."

Bloom had been due to hold a book launch for his autobiography in Westminster this evening, but it was cancelled just before the start time.

The bizarre developments came amid reports of alleged fascist sympathies from Ukip leader Farage when he was in school.

A recently unearthed letter from former teacher Chloe Deakin suggests Farage expressed "racist and neo-fascist views" and was so offensive he had to be removed from lessons.

The letter claims that Farage and others had once "marched through a quiet Sussex village very late at night shouting Hitler-youth songs".

The Ukip leader yesterday admitted he had said a number of "ridiculous things" while at school but insisted they were "not necessarily racist".

"Yes of course I said some ridiculous things. Not necessarily racist things. Well it depends how you define it," he told Channel Four News.

He described claims he had once shouted Hitler Youth songs as "complete baloney" adding that he did not "even know the words".

His former deputy head at Dulwich College in South London, admitted Farage had expressed support for far right groups but insisted it had been "naughtiness" not racism.

"I think at times he adopted a sort of facade" Terry Walsh told the programme, adding that: "I don't think he ever believed it."

However, another one of Farage's teachers said some members of staff were offended by Farage's views

"The accusation from some staff was that Nigel had voiced views that were not simply right wing… but views which were quite clearly racist," former English teacher Bob Jope said.

Farage today dismissed the story, telling the BBC he had simply been trying to provoke left-wing teachers at the school.

He added that "frankly for this to appear on the eve of our conference is pretty desperate stuff."

The new allegations emerge as the Ukip leader told his party conference that the coming "Romanian crime wave" will be at the centre of their European election campaign.

"The campaign will be dominated by open door immigration to Eastern Europe," he said.

"There is an even darker side to the opening of the door in January. London is already experiencing a Romanian crime wave. There have been an astounding 27,500 arrests in the Metropolitan Police area in the last five years.

“Ninety-two per cent of ATM crime is committed by Romanians. This gets to the heart of the immigration policy that Ukip wants."

The Ukip leader mocked the three mainstream party leaders for stealing his rhetoric on immigration following the party's electoral success this year.

"Some of their right wing rhetoric really worries me," Farage joked.

"It's a charade."

Meanwhile, former Ukip MEP Mike Nattrass revealed that he left the party because the candidate selection process was "gerrymandered".

Nattrass said Farage was "a great front man" but that "you can't have a one-man party making all the rules".

Nattrass currently sits as an independent.

Ukip is holding its conference in Westminster over today and tomorrow.
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Bloom with a view: the many gaffes of Ukip's Godfrey

Godfrey Bloom hits Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick outside the Ukip party conference. Image: screengrab, Channel 4 News



Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has called a group of women "sluts" at his party's conference.

Mr Bloom also hit a reporter over the head after being asked why the conference brochure did not feature any black faces on its cover.

UKIP's Godfrey Bloom whacks reporter with party brochure

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Ukip chairman Steve Crowther said Mr Bloom has had the party whip withdrawn, pending a formal disciplinary hearing. Ukip leader Nigel Farage described Mr Bloom's comments as "beyond the pale".

It's the latest example of outspoken remarks and gestures from the member of the European parliament for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Here are some of his other outbursts:

Women are better in 'the pantry' than driving cars

In August 2013, Mr Bloom said that women are more suited to finding "mustard in the pantry" than driving cars. He insisted that while some women can perform tasks suited to men, "it is not the norm."

He made the comments in an article for the website politics.co.uk, in which he outlined his views on gender politics and the roles of men and women in society.

He described male supporters of feminism as "slightly effete politically correct chaps who get sand kicked in their face on the beach," while characterising himself as an alpha male who "would not be caught dead at a birth of a baby" and would be "happy to punch the first man who tries to steal my beer."

He did concede, however, that his wife can "reverse a horsebox through a narrow passageway better than most men."

'Bongo Bongo land'

Earlier that same month Mr Bloom was criticised for using the phrase "Bongo Bongo land".

In footage obtained by the Guardian, recorded at a meeting in Wordsley, West Midlands, Mr Bloom said: "How we can possibly be giving £1bn a month, when we're in this sort of debt, to Bongo Bongo Land is completely beyond me."

He later told the BBC it would be "absurd" and "ridiculous" to label his comments racist, and claimed Bongo Bongo Land was "a figment of people's imagination. It's like Ruritania or the Third World".

He added: "It's sad how anybody can be offended by a reference to a country that doesn't exist."

The comments later earned him a rebuke from his party. Chairman Steve Crowther said: "It's not in itself the right word to use and it could seem disparaging to people who come from foreign countries, and that's why I've asked him not to do it again."

'I just don't think they clean behind the fridge enough'

In 2010 Mr Bloom was ejected from the European parliament for directing a Nazi slogan at a German colleague.

He refused to apologise to Socialist leader Martin Schulz for calling him an "undemocratic fascist''.

The same year it emerged that lesbian Nikki Sinclaire, an independent MEP for the West Midlands, said Mr Bloom called her ''a queer'' as she passed him in the hallway of the parliament in Strasbourg.

The following year, he said small firms would have to be "stark staring mad" to hire young women because of the risk of them taking maternity leave at a later date.

Godfrey Bloom is currently a member of the European parliament's committee on women's rights and gender equality. Shortly after being appointed to the committee in 2004, Mr Bloom told an interviewer that: "no self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age."

He also told journalists he wanted to deal with women's issues because ''I just don't think they clean behind the fridge enough''.

'The sort of chap I used to beat up'

In 2008 he had to be carried out of the parliamentary chamber by an intern after making a speech while drunk.

And in 2009, he got into trouble for heckling a speech at London's Mansion House given by the head of the Financial Services Authority.

In response, the Lord Mayor's office sent Ukip a letter, which read: "Mr Bloom will not be receiving any further invitations to [the] Mansion House... As to future events we will be seeking a different MEP from Ukip as a potential guest."

Mr Bloom has described David Cameron, the UK prime minister, as "pigeon-chested; the sort of chap I used to beat up;" while Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, is a "vacuous young man with no experience of anything."

Godfrey Bloom has been an MEP since 2004, and will be up for re-election next year

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