Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Godfrey Bloom graduates to 'Character'

With his remarks about Bongo-Bongo land, UKIP's Godfrey Bloom has just made the transition from I'm -not-sure-about-that-bloke to 'Character', with a licence to voice the most outrageous truths to the apoplectic fury of the liberal left. You see, just about everyone in the UK knows the problem with foreign aid is that it's stolen by foreign politicians; Bloom's image of a grinning African minister in Ray Bans and and an ill-fitting Armani suit with a wife as fat as butter spending Guardian-readers donations with a Platinum card in Antibes' chic Street of Bling is as familiar to us as, well, a dishrag foreign aid minister pretending that aid is for humanitarian purposes. 

Likewise, to a nation seeing its Afghanistan veterans now getting redundancy notices Bloom's comment "F18s for Pakistan. We need a new squadron of F18s. Who's got the squadrons? Pakistan, where we send the money." strikes a common-sense chord.

Ministers and shadow ministers should be wary of labelling Bloom a bigot; as Brown found, to do so when the 'bigoted' views are nothing but the widely recognised truth can be dangerously self-destructive.


BrianSJ said...

General Mparrbe has views on this

DeeDee99 said...

I expect it would increase his votes anywhere in the country - except amongst the metrosexuals of north London, The Guardian and the BBC.

corncrake said...

If it strikes a big enough chord with the electorate this could be the moment the Guardian lost it for Cameroon.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

I suspect that the bbc has enough influence left that this will just be another reinforcement of the "swivel-eyed loons" meme.

UKIP needs to grow up fast and start looking like a serious party, otherwise their best result is already behind them and they will simply fade into history.

Farage is not the man to do this imho.

Demetrius said...

Perhaps he was simply referring to a significant proportion of the residents of the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Anonymous said...

Bongo Bongo land? Hasn't that term been used before by Prince Philip and Boris Johnson? Anyway, I like it; lets have some more corkers from HRH:

10. In 1994 he asked someone from the Cayman Islands whether he was ‘descended from pirates’.

9. Four years later, he asked a student who had been backpacking in Papua New Guinea: ‘You managed not to get eaten then?’

8. In 2002, the 91-year-old famed for his non-PC comments asked a group of Australian aborigines: ‘Do you still throw spears at each other?’

7. After being told that Madonna was singing the Die Another Day theme tune in 2002, he replied: ‘Are we going to need ear plugs?’

6. In 2003 he told a robed president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo: ‘You look like you’re ready for bed.’

5. Last year, on a Diamond Jubilee tour outing he told a council worker in a red dress that he’d ‘get arrested’ if he tried to unzip it.

4. After striking up a conversation with a Scottish driving instructor, he famously remarked: ‘How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?’

3. Two years ago, when a female Sea Cadet told him she worked in a nightclub, he famously replied: ‘Is it a strip club?’

2. He also reportedly reduced a 13-year-old boy to tears when he told him he would have to lose weight to fulfil his ambition of becoming an astronaut.

1. He notoriously told a group of British students during a 1986 state visit to China that they would become ‘slitty-eyed’ if they remained in the country any longer.

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff from Coney Island...

Is Phil the Greek in the UKIP too I wonder...?

I must say that reading that stuff about Godders this morning made me start the day with a smile.

One of the best things about UKIP is that its people don't cow-tow to the other lot.

I hope that they can keep it up in the face of the incompetents that are more bothered about whether a spade is a spade, than whether the taxpayer is being treated with respeck. :)

Elby the Beserk said...

Bloom has said he will apologise.

To Bongo Bongo Land ;->>

Elby the Beserk said...

Originally used by Alan Clarke!

Anonymous said...

Weekend Yachtsman nailed it.

UKIP, under the present management has sadly peaked too soon.

The BBC/Guardian axis will toy with them before the next election and have them for breakfast.

Therefore, the status quo will continue.

The reality is that success in politics requires control over who says what and when. UKIP cannot manage that.

Weekend Yachtsman = smart man.

Budgie said...

Weekend Yachtsman and Anon 21:01 - sorry you have fallen for the politically correct meme. The tide is turning.

The "swivel-eyed loons" jibe has already backfired: whilst the BBC and the Guardian take it seriously, no one else does. It is even a joke that the BBC and the Guardian do take it seriously.

Autonomous Mind said...

The tide is indeed turning. Just as UKIP thought it was making a breakthrough, its polling numbers have started to turn south.

This is what happens when the right cause is 'led' by people who put their own ambition and self interest before principle. People who turn to UKIP generally turn away from it over time.

Farage simply refuses to take on the lies and distortions of Cameron, Open Europe, the CBI and other Tory front organisations. He would rather do a photocall in a pub with 30 people. All he's ever wanted is to be a Tory MP.

And he surrounds himself with drunken idiots like Bloom who think childish comments about women and foreigners are clever.

If UKIP was led by someone whose primary focus was getting us out of the EU, by having a plan for doing so (Farage doesn't) and taking on the establishment, it could be great. But it isn't.

cuffleyburgers said...

AM is right, unfortunately.

Time for a change at the top.

Anonymous said...

I think bunga bunga would have been more appropriate, or
maybe,oh dear, is that racist.
What Bloom has done is to bring overseas aid into the limelight,
I read in some blog that he has put this subject back years,
but how, it has never been a great topic of debate, our overlords
preferring to call us all racist if we spoke out.
So, as far as I'm concerned, well done that man.


Carnwennan said...

I'm surprised by the psephological illiteracy people are demonstrating here.

The idea that UKIP have peaked too soon is just wishful thinking. Never has a minor party had a better springboard into a general election than UKIP have with the Euro elections in May 2014. Only after that will they need to assiduously maintain their position in the polls.

Equally the idea that UKIP need a step by step plan for EU withdrawal is bunk. UKIP will not get a majority at the general election and no other party wants to have that discussion on UKIP's home turf. Besides when push comes to shove sovereignty is sovereignty and the EU has no battalions.

G. Tingey said...

Most foreign aid is needed (not to Pakistan or India, though) ... but, it should NOT be paid to governments (who will spend it on corruption.
It should be given to people like this Nobel Prize-winner:

Look her up - she & people like her, need all the help they can get ....

ombzhch said...

Having now read a second set of comments here, I am even more impressed, this blog community has what EUR and AM do not, a sound grip on reality. And that is very important when it comes to major change which needs a simple basis.

In my view it is vital that UKIP do not fall for the Party Management line, one really hopeful thing is that people, at last, seem to remember and are fed up with being lied to. That the MSM control the debate is a meme that is on par with their circulation, falling rapidly.

The panoply of focus groups, polls, strategists, in the model of Rove & Axelrod and message is and should be passed. The notion, enamored by EUR and AM of detailed planning, say about Brexit, is also nonsense. A short note, to Barroso "No more money, thanks for all the fish" is all that is really needed. But if it is really believed in Brussels, and more importantly in Berlin, that the UK is likely out, expect huge EU change to try to pacify the UK.

The reality is that the problem is in Whitehall, not Brussels.

MFG, omb