The image above shows the state of a Labour-run NHS street stall in Corringham, run today by Labour candidate for South Basildon & East Thurrock Mike Le Surf, after a group of thugs identifying themselves as from UKIP attacked it.
The group apparently came out of nowhere, shouted insults, trashed the stall, and disgracefully kicked an elderly woman on a mobility scooter. Interestingly, they were reportedly recording the whole thing; a classic BNP tactic from their heyday.
I have always thought that the Kippers who claim that they exclude far-right BNP/National Front/etc elements protest too much. Certainly there should be no place in modern politics for this sort of base, violent intimidation and thuggery.
Today South Basildon & East Thurrock UKIP have utterly disgraced themselves, and given voters another reason to steer well clear.
UPDATE: The chairman of Eastern Region UKIP has apparently disavowed this, and claimed that he:
“…cannot believe they were representing UKIP, we do not promote this kind of attitude.
“I am 100 per cent sure it has nothing to do with our party members – who have had very good discipline through very tough circumstances themselves.“
100% sure is a bold claim. For myself, I can’t see how anyone can be certain of this. It seems unlikely that it’s a frame job, as some kippers seem to want it to be, and I struggle with the idea that this is not connected to UKIP in some way. I just don’t see who would try to frame UKIP, and why.