Mike Read’s racist UKIP calypso should be banned!

It shouldn’t be banned. That’s just me indulging in some shameless clickbait headline writing, as well referencing Mike Read banning Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax.

For those who haven’t heard it, here’s former DJ Mike Read’s UKIP campaign song titled UKIP Calypso by his ‘band’ The Independents. If you’re of a nervous disposition I suggest looking away now…

Did you notice such Wildean lines of wit such as Leaders committed a cardinal sin, opened the borders let them all come in, which is well, racist when sung in a cod-Jamaican accent, or in fact any accent you can imagine.But perhaps it’s just the one line that’s racist and the rest is just a jolly ditty about Nigel Farage and UKIP?

Nope, Read ‘sings’ about Illegal immigrants in every town which isn’t just obviously a coded racist line, it’s also something which leads into the astonishing line Oh yes, when we take charge, and the new prime minister is Farage, we can trade with the world again – when Nigel is at No 10 which shows just how far removed from reality UKIP are as we do trade with the world but UKIP’s idea of cutting off the EU and dragging the UK back to 1950 is fucking insane.

The fact Farage has supported a song with obviously racist undertones and writes it off as satire (something he wouldn’t know if it bit him on the arse) but Farage and his supporters clearly do live in an era which most of us thought was over long, long ago. You do have to pinch yourself to remind yourself that it is 2014 and not 1972.You do have to be aghast that although the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems are pointless neoliberal parties intent on wrecking the country, they’re not actually certifiably insane as UKIP are.

So what’s the conclusion in all this?

Well, if you live in England you should look at the policies of the Green’s, see how much you agree with them and vote for them. In Scotland, look at Green and SNP polices, and in Wales look at Green and Plaid Cymru polices. The idea that there are ‘no alternatives’ bar UKIP is nonsense. Most of all though don’t bloody buy Mike Read’s appallingly racist song!


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