Nigel Farage has backed a new Ukip calypso theme tune sung in a fake-Caribbean accent that criticises political leaders for allowing “illegal immigrants in every town”.
The Ukip leader endorsed the song on Twitter and called on his party’s supporters to help get the song to number one in the UK charts.
The song was recorded by the former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, a prominent supporter of the party who has appeared as a special guest at its autumn conference.
Its second line addresses the issue of immigration, saying: “Leaders committed a cardinal sin, open the borders let them all come in; illegal immigrants in every town, stand up and be counted Blair and Brown.
It continues: “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.”
The song is being sold for 79p on Amazon by a group called the Independents, released by a record label called Angel Air.
The Caribbean-themed tune has been released just months after Ukip held a “carnival of colour” in Croydon, complete with steel band, to demonstrate that the party welcomed members from all ethnic minorities. The event, organised by Ukip’s Commonwealth spokesman, Winston McKenzie, descended into farce as members of the band said they would not have accepted the gig if they had known it would be for Farage’s party.
The Ukip leader abandoned his plans to attend the carnival as rows broke out between supporters, protesters and members of the public in the street over whether the party was racist.
Farage has repeatedly stressed that Ukip is a patriotic, non-racist party that welcomes everyone. However, its position has been undermined by controversial comments made by some of its members and candidates, such as one who was expelled for saying comedian Lenny Henry should move to a “black country”.
Just before the local elections, Farage held an event in central London highlighting many of Ukip’s ethnic minority backers. He told the gathering that a “handful” of its thousands of candidates had made “stupid or offensive” comments, but that this in no way represented the views of the party.
Speaking to Sky News, Read defended his song against accusations on Twitter that it was inappropriate to sing it in a mock-Caribbean accent, saying it was “not remotely racist”.
“It’s a satire and a bit of fun. It’s not terribly serious. It wouldn’t have sounded very good sung in a Surrey accent,” he said.
It is not the first time Read has performed a political song. He rapped for 10 minutes during a dinner at a Conservative conference and expressed a desire to stand as the party’s candidate for London mayor in 2006.
He was also at the centre of a controversy in 1984 when he refused to play Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood on Radio 1, because of its sexually suggestive lyrics.
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