Fury over 'bongo land' comment

UKIP politician, Godfrey Bloom MEP, has criticised aid given to 'bongo bongo land', claiming the recipients simply spend the money on luxuries. His comments were caught on camera while meeting supporters in the West Midlands.


Ukip: Party reps banned from saying 'bongo bongo'

Ukip chairman Steve Crowther has said that no party representative would ever use the phrase "bongo bongo land" again.

He said the phrase was not racist but could be seen as disparaging, adding that Godfrey Bloom used it as shorthand for "foreign parts" in receipt of British aid.

Asked why it was not racist since it seemed to imply natives banging drums, Mr Crowther told Sky News:

It's very odd to be asked why something isn't racist. In my opinion it is a rather outdated description of foreign parts.

To me it doesn't sound like anybody banging drums. It sounds like a shorthand way of saying places around the world which are in receipt of foreign aid.

– steve crowther, chairman, ukip

Watch: Ukip MEP refuses to apologise for 'bongo bongo' remark


Ukip MEP 'sincerely regrets' offence at bongo remark

The Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has said he "sincerely regrets any genuine offence" caused by his "bongo bongo land" remark. A statement on his website reads:

At a public speech in the West Midlands in early July I used a term which I subsequently gather under certain circumstances could be interpreted as pejorative to individuals and possibly cause offence. Although quite clearly no such personal usage was intended, I understand from UKIP Party Chairman Steve Crowther and leader Nigel Farage that I must not use the terminology in the future, nor will I and sincerely regret any genuine offence which might have been caused or embarrassment to my colleagues.

My aim, successful as it appears, was to demonstrate the immorality of sending £1 billion per month abroad when we are desperately short of money here. Ring fenced overseas aid at nearly 70% of estimated GDP growth next year, some to buy arms - Mirage fighters in Argentina is just one example.

My constituents come first and always will, they put me here to speak for them.

– godfrey bloom MEP

Watch: Ukip MEP refuses to apologise for 'bongo bongo comment



Ukip MEP defends 'bongo bongo comments'

Godfrey Bloom MEP has defended his controversial comments on the UK's aid policy, saying:

If I've offended anybody in Bongo Bongo land, I will write to their ambassador at the Court of St James.

Read: Ukip MEP: Stop sending aid 'to bongo bongo land'

The senior Ukip politician said it should be up to the individual to decide whether they want to give their money to charity:

It is not for the likes of David Cameron to pick our pockets and send money to charities of his choice.


MEP Godfrey Bloom: I don't do political correctness

A Ukip spokesman has told The Guardian Godfrey Bloom's comments referring to "bongo bongo land" are being "discussed right at the very highest level of the party".

UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom. Credit: Press Assocation

Mr Bloom told the newspaper that his comments were not racist.

He said: "What's wrong with that? I'm not a wishy-washy Tory. I don't do political correctness. The fact that the Guardian is reporting this will probably double my vote in the north of England."


Ukip MEP: Stop sending aid 'to bongo bongo land'

Godfrey Bloom pictured at a Ukip press conference in 2012. Credit: PA

A senior Ukip politician has been caught on camera saying Britain should not send aid to "bongo bongo land", claiming the recipients lavishly spend the money on luxuries.

Godfrey Bloom, a Ukip MEP, was filmed at a meeting of supporters in the West Midlands saying those who received aid spent the money on "Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it".

The video, obtained by the Guardian, also shows Mr Bloom railing against the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for ruling that full life sentences could not be handed down.