Is Bongo Bongo-Land next to Wogistan?

Perhaps Richard Prosser and Godfrey Bloom might like to check each other’s atlas in order to see if Bongo Bongo Land is near to Wogistan.

Godfrey Bloom, a UK Independence Party MEP who referred to “bongo bongo land”, has responded to claims that his comments were offensive by repeating his original remarks and claiming that he is prepared to apologise to the ambassador of the fictional country.

Mr Bloom 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.

A Ukip spokesman has said they have asked Mr Bloom not to use that sort of language again. 

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Bloom was unrepentant.

Asked what he would do if he was criticised by the Ukip leadership Mr Bloom said: “I’d say righto, sorry, sorry everybody. If I’ve offended anybody in bongo bongo land I shall write to the ambassador at the Court of St James and apologise to him personally.”

After laughing Mr Bloom added: “My job is to upset the Guardian and the BBC. I love it. I love it.”

Yes but where is it?

Mr Bloom, who pointed out he has a Polish wife and Kashmiri staff, said that his comments were not racist.

Asked by the BBC where “bongo bongo” land is, Mr Bloom referred to “Ruritania” – a fictional country in Europe that formed the setting for three novels by Anthony Hope.

“Well I don’t know,” Mr Bloom said. “The BBC and the Guardian have got themselves in quite a state about it. I don’t know where Ruritania is either – there is no such place of course is there? Like the third world. Where is the third world?”

Totally unrepentant, and very difficult to argue with logic like this.

“When a country has a trillion pounds of debt and we’re cutting our hospitals, our police force and we’re destroying our defence services, that the money should stay at home and people who want to give money to worthwhile charities…what I would argue is that is for the individual citizens. It’s not for the likes of David Cameron to pick our pockets and send money to charities of his choice.”

This great politics. I love politicians who stand by what they say.


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