Racism is “just ethnic banter”, paedophiles should be killed by vigilantes and Londoners should wear face masks to protect themselves from eastern Europeans, some of the UK Independence Party’s local election candidates have suggested.
Ukip is facing questions over its vetting after campaigners criticised the “far-Right connections” and “cuckoo conspiracy theories” of some of its potential councillors. The party has been surging in polls ahead of local elections on May 2, with the latest survey suggesting it could win 100 seats.
Nigel Farage, its leader, admitted the party had not checked the backgrounds of all its 1,700 candidates.
One candidate, Richard Wilkins, standing in the Isle of Wight, wrote on Twitter that Mick Philpott, who killed six of his children in a house fire, should have faced “chemical castration” to stop him claiming benefits for more than two children. He suggested Philpott should be “hung or burned at the stake” and objected to police charges against “three blokes [who] kill a pedo”, adding “if they can’t do it we will”.