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Which is the most feckless UKIP branch in the country?
Is it the UKIP Lambeth and North Croydon branch, which was suspended (yes, the entire branch) last December?
Let’s find out more about three of them: Steve Wood (chairman), John Langley (vice chairman) and Michael Frost, the party’s only councillor in Bristol City Council.
Steve Wood (Chairman)
Chairman Steve Wood has ‘liked’ a few far-right pages on Facebook, including a page called ‘The Templars. 2012’, which uses imagery and words similar to that found in Anders Breivik’s manifesto. Here is an example of their posts (caution: contains a racial slur). And with other, raunchy ‘likes’ such as ‘Magaluf Exposed’, it’s a wonder how Wood gets any of his chairman duties done!
John Langley (Vice Chairman)
Michael Frost (Councillor)
Frost is the only elected UKIP representative in Bristol and is known for his outbursts. Last August, he made lavish security demands. He seemingly called the electorate ‘wimps, whingers and apologists’. He also angered residents at a council meeting. But it was on Twitter that Frost surpassed himself, retweeting the anti-Muslim group Bluehand and writing that Israelis and Palestinians should kill each other. Read LiberalIsland’s take on the Tweets here.
And despite all of the above, Frost had the temerity to call the Bridge Learning Campus school ‘totally outrageous’!
Conclusion: what stands out about UKIP Bristol, above other branches, is their utter hypocrisy. The three most high profile members of UKIP Bristol were very vocal in refuting UKIP being listed as a racist group during a presentation in a local school. Yet those three same men are quite happy to sympathise with far-right groups on social media. One even appears to be on speaking terms with them.