Bongo bongo MP makes Richard Prosser look like a big girl’s blouse

Richard Prosser talks the big game, but when confronted after his “wogistan” he promptly caved and apologised.

Not so Godfrey Bloom, who went on and caused more outrage and has now shared he used to beat up blouses like David Cameron when at school.

Godfrey Bloom, the outspoken Ukip MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, reckons he’s the most misunderstood man in Britain. “It’s all vilification,” he says, thumping the table, his blue eyes bulging out of their sockets.

“Nobody looks at the context of what I say. Most of the people who are shocked by it are the metropolitan elite; people up here, in the old Boot and Shoe or the Barnes Wallis pub, ask me how I get in the newspaper for stating the blinding obvious.”

The “blinding obvious” this week came in the form of a comment piece for Politics.co.uk, in which Bloom, 63, made his case against enforced quotas for women in boardrooms. Having been involved in some controversy over gender equality in the past (in 2004, he was accused of encouraging employers to sack pregnant women), he thought he was setting the record straight. But it backfired. Bloom argued that women are more suited to finding “mustard in the pantry” than reversing cars, more interested in making beds and tidying bathrooms than business and said feminism was the domain of “shrill, bored middle-class women of a certain physical genre”. 

Heh, better even than Alasdair Thompson.

It was the second time in a matter of weeks that Bloom, whose public profile among Ukip members is now second only to that of its leader, Nigel Farage, has generated inflammatory headlines. Earlier this month he earned the nickname “Mr Bongo Bongo” after a video emerged of him making an apparently racist speech about the UK’s foreign aid budget being spent abroad on Ray-Ban sunglasses and Ferraris. Bloom initially refused to apologise for his remarks, but said he would stop using the phrase after a ticking off from his party.

Still didn’t apologise. Tough nut.

Forthright, stubborn, with trenchant views on everything from global warming (a fallacy) to fixed speed cameras (should be abolished), Bloom sees himself as a man of the people.

In “his world” (the rugby club, the cricket club, the pub), he claims, people still can’t see what the problem was. “We’ve had 4,000 emails in support of what I said,” he insists, shuffling through letters on his cluttered desk. He has a printout from a newspaper article, stating all the meanings of “bongo bongo”, on which he has written “Which is racist?” If he feels so strongly about it, why did he back down?

“I have not apologised,” he blusters, with another thump of the table. “And I will never apologise. What I did, and I was very careful, was to say that if I have caused any genuine offence, I regret that. It’s a derogatory phrase, yes, but I meant it to be derogatory — I didn’t mean it to be racist. The boss man said, ‘Don’t use it again’, and I won’t, because I’m a disciplined individual and he’s the boss.”

Never apologise…see that Richard Prosser.

Bloom is proud of the recent surge in support for Ukip, taking total numbers to over 30,000. He recognises that Ukip can attract extremists but insists they’re far from the group of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” that David Cameron has described. “I don’t consider myself to be a particularly impressive individual, but if you look at my CV compared with Cameron’s, mine is awesome,” he booms. He describes the Prime Minister as “pigeon-chested; the sort of chap I used to beat up” and says Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister — “the other guy”— is a “vacuous young man with no experience of anything”.

Heh.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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