The media are at it again. The Daily Fail reported yesterday that a ‘former UKIP candidate’ described Leicester as a ‘shithole full of Pakis’. Note the word ‘former’…
Apparently, Richard Crouch posted several messages which appeared on his Facebook account. The messages describe his hometown of Leicester as a ‘shithole full of Pakis’. It also refers to Asians in Leicester as ‘The Taliban’ and Romanians as ‘pick pocketing criminals’.
Now firstly this seems a little naive if true. Secondly, he denies posting the comments and maintains that his account was hacked. Facebook? Hacked? Impossible – it’s totally secure isn’t it? He’s referred the matter to the police to investigate and naturally they will do their best to get to the root of the matter, being totally unbiased and all that. UKIP have also said they will investigate the situation.
And although the Daily Fail describes him as a ‘candidate’, Mr Crouch added: ‘I must’ve upset someone, but I don’t know why – I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve this. I’m just an activist – I’m not a candidate.’
Now, my family comes from Leicester. I don’t, but I still have lots of relatives there. There is a strong resentment amongst them that the city was overrun by Ugandan Asians who settled there after Idi Amin expelled them. I’ve not been there for a few years now and I gather there is a major regeneration project under way in the City Centre, but the last time I was there I was appalled at the Asianisation of the city – street signs in foreign languages, a vast number of Asian shops, Asian cinemas and more. The natives Brits were foreigners in their own land as far as I could see.
As far as I could tell – although I wouldn’t condone the racist language – Leicester really is a shit hole and it really is full of Asians.
Now, I’m not a racist. I might be accused of xenophobia, but I’m not a racist. Immigrants who settle in this country should fit in to the British way of life not overrun huge swathes, creating ghettos in our towns and imposing their culture on us. Leicester last time I saw it was an Asian city not a British one. I understand why my family would feel that their home town has been destroyed by immigration.
But all of that is incidental to the media blowing up this story into another opportunity to indulge in gutter politics and slag off UKIP. Yet again, they can’t debate the issues so they discredit the individuals.
Shame on you!