From bunga bunga to bongo bongo
What is it with UKIP politicians? The party can’t seem to go long without one of them putting their foot in their mouth. Just over a year ago, the late David Potts decided to invite one of his ward constituents to a ‘bunga bunga’ party through Twitter. After the story hit the local press, UKIP councillor Potts dishonestly claimed he thought a bunga bunga party was just a social gathering, rather than the more erotic gathering favoured by Silvio Berlusconi.
This week, we’ve learned that UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom continued his own string of PR cock ups by referring to developing countries as ‘Bongo Bongo land’. Initially unrepentant, Bloom defended his use of the racist stereotype with sheer sarcastic bravado:
It’s sad how anybody can be offended by a reference to a country that doesn’t exist.
If I’ve offended anybody in Bongo Bongo Land I will write to their ambassador at the Court of St James.
Later, Bloom offered a not-apology, the kind where you don’t apologise for the comment, but ‘regret’ if anyone was upset by the comment, followed by an unrepentant claim that people may interpret the term ‘bongo bongo’ as pejorative:
I subsequently gather under certain circumstances could be interpreted as pejorative to individuals and possibly cause offence.
You see, it’s not his comments that were bigoted, it’s the people who heard the comments who were at fault for interpreting them so. I suppose that displays of arrogant narcissism shouldn’t be a surprise from a politician.
The Bunga Bunga Bongo Bongo Party. This is the political company that South Tyneside councillors Elsom, Harrison and Hemmer chose when they jumped to UKIP.