Farage defends Ukip candidate's Chinese slur

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19th December 2014

Nigel Farage has defended a former Ukip parliamentary candidate who described a Chinese woman as a "chinky woman".

The Ukip leader said a lot of people from the same "background" as Kerry Smith, who stepped down as candidate in Basildon South this week, would use the slur.

“Kerry Smith is a rough diamond, he is a council house boy from the east end of London, left school early. He talks and speaks in a way that a lot of people from that background do,” Mr Farage told an LBC radio phone-in.

"If you and your mates are going out for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?

 

“A lot of people would use that word. I feel a bit sorry for Kerry Smith because he is a genuine fella. I think he’s had a tough time, but he’s not suitable to be a parliamentary candidate.”

 

Mr Smith was secretly recorded making the racist and homophobic rant, where he also described gay people as "disgusting" and "poofters".