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First things first: I know what you’re thinking.  Why pick on UKIP Bristol again?  Well dear reader, we have tried to let them breathe since the last time, but boy have they made it difficult for us.

So let us begin.  Many of you may have heard of Joshua Bonehill, the convicted internet felon with anti-Semitic views.  Such is his lack of credibility that even far-right groups want nothing to do with him or his social media postings.

Joshua Bonehill, who has been convicted of malicious communications recently.

Joshua Bonehill, who has been recently convicted of malicious communications.

Except for UKIP’s Bristol branch, who tweeted a false article of his about Diane Abbott.  The article included an image of a fake Labour poster.

Bristol UKIP reTweeting (left) an article by Bonehill, which includes a fake Labour poster (right)

Bristol UKIP tweeting (left) an article by Bonehill, which includes a fake Labour poster (right)

The content of the article is typically Bonehill, with controversial race-baiting rhetoric.  Hence it is not that surprising that a white supremacist and a BNP supporter were two of those who favourited UKIP Bristol’s link to it.

Racist profiles attracted to the link posted by UKIP Bristol.

Racist Twitter users attracted to the link posted by UKIP Bristol.

The Twittersphere responded by letting UKIP Bristol know, in no uncertain terms,  who wrote the article.

Twitter users making it clear to UKIP Bristol that Bonehill wrote the article.

Twitter users making it clear to UKIP Bristol that Bonehill wrote the article.

Now for the incredulous part.  Despite being told that it was written by and anti-Semite and convicted liar, UKIP Bristol shared the article again, two days later.  Eventually the Tweet was deleted but only after about two days.

SLATUKIP sharing the second time that @BristolUKIP shared Bonehill's article (deleted).

SLATUKIP sharing the second time that @BristolUKIP linked to Bonehill’s article (Apr 13).

So the question is: how gormless do you have to be to post an article that you’ve been repeatedly told has no credibility?  These users (below) probably wondered the same thing, and they did not hold back!

Twitter users react to the SECOND posting of Bonehill's article by Bristol UKIP.

Twitter users react to the SECOND posting of Bonehill’s article by Bristol UKIP.

Update: UKIP Bristol’s Twitter account has apologised and admitted the poster was a fake.  Better late than never, folks.

Apology by UKIP Bristol.

Apology by UKIP Bristol.

For more on UKIP’s sharing of material written by Bonehill and views held by white supremacists, see LiberalIsland‘s latest blog entry here.

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