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After Godfrey Bloom, Another Crazed UKIP Loony – Patrick O’Flynn

September 21, 2013

Just after the media reported the misognynist comments by UKIP’s Godrey Bloom yesterday about women being ‘sluts’ comes this report in Pride’s Purge of the intention of Patrick O’Flynn of the Daily Express to stand for them for parliament. The internet political purgative notes that Flynn also seems to have some of Godfrey’s own views regarding Non-Whites. Pride’s Purge states that he ‘is after all the person who once called for the Notting Hill Carnival to be banned.

On the grounds that the cost of policing the event is too high you understand – nothing at all to do with the fact that Notting Hill is a celebration of afro-caribbean culture.’

Bloom, you may remember, was the UKIP politician, who criticised Britain sending aid to the developing world, calling it ‘Bongo-Bongo land’. He also seems to share Bloom’s contempt for women. Pride’s Purge states that ‘in a 2008 Express article criticising maternity rights, Mr O’Flynn also once described women in employment who get pregnant as a ‘disaster’.

Pride’s article attacking O’Flynn can be read here: http://tompride.co.uk/ukip-candidate-notting-hill-carnival-should-be-banned-and-pregnancy-at-work-a-disaster.

Now O’Flynn’s comments aren’t about pregnant female employees putting extra expense on their employees aren’t by any means confined to him. The Daily Mail has been running stories like this since, well, as far as I can remember, as did the Express itself long before O’Flynn came on board. You can find the same attitude amongst certain members of the American Libertarian Right. Reactionaries like O’Flynn would like to return us to the traditional gender roles in which women stayed at home and men went out to work. I’ve no doubt that on this, as on their views about the Notting Hill Carnival and Africa being ‘Bongo-Bongo land’, Bloom and O’Flynn don’t see themselves as being racist or misogynist. They probably see themselves as simply solid Brits standing for traditional values against the encroachments of ‘political correctness’. This is, however, what they are. Unfortunately, I can see UKIP gaining even more popularity because of their comments, for the same reason that a lot of people would vote for Jeremy Clarkson. In the meantime, these two remind me of nothing more than Alas Smith and Jones’ ‘Just a Bigot’ sketch. This was a spoof panel game in which four swivel-eyed loons competed to have the most outrageously offensive bigoted views. Questions included ‘they’re sick, evil, I hate them and they ought to be banned’. That, however, was simply a bit of satirical TV. UKIP unfortunately are the living reality.