Kerry Smith (and Neil Hamilton)

Rather shocked to read that UKIP high command are supporting this plonker. The choice is not ideal – on the one hand there is a man given to homophobic, racist and disloyal remarks and on the other, a man accused of asking questions for cash in Parliament and making a nazi salute which he eventually admitted was “a small one” in the Reichstag. It is disappointing.

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Here is the report from Rowena Mason in the Guardian just now:

“Ukip is backing one of its parliamentary candidates who described gay people as “fucking disgusting old poofters” and referred to a woman with a Chinese name as a “chinky”, saying he was on sedatives for pain relief at the time.

Kerry Smith, who was recently reinstated as the party’s candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has apologised unreservedly for his remarks.

On Sunday Ukip stood by Smith, with the party’s economic spokesman, Patrick O’Flynn, telling the BBC’s Sunday Politics that the remarks had been made while Smith was not thinking rationally.

“This was a phone call some time ago while he was on sedatives by his own account, not really speaking, thinking rationally. He was on prescription sedatives after suffering an injury,” O’Flynn said.”

What was the injury that required sedatives: an contagious rash of rank stupidityor maybe the fellow just knocked his knee up a bit?

UPDATE: from the BBC-

“Kerry Smith has resigned as a UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate after apologising for offensive remarks he made in a phone call.

He was selected to fight the South Basildon and East Thurrock seat after ex-Tory MP Neil Hamilton pulled out.

In a recording obtained by the Mail On Sunday, Mr Smith made offensive remarks about gay people, other UKIP members and Chigwell in Essex.

He later issued a “wholehearted and unreserved apology”.

Following his resignation on Sunday, Mr Smith said in a statement: “I want the best for South Basildon and Thurrock and I want to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people.

“Therefore I have chosen to resign so that UKIP can win this seat next May.”

UKIP hopes to make a serious challenge for the South Basildon and East Thurrock seat in the forthcoming general election.”

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