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UKIP ‘bongo bongo land’ politician ‘regrets’ remark

DINOSAUR: Godfrey Bloom has shown a surprising lack of geographical knowledge

UK INDEPENDENCE Party MEP Godfrey Bloom has sought to defuse the furore created by his comments that claimed Britain’s overseas aid is going to “bongo bongo land”.

Bloom, who was kicked out of the European Parliament in 2010 for making a Nazi gesture, said he “sincerely regrets” any offence caused by his remarks.

He stopped short of making an apology.

Earlier today, he appeared on BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme and said he stood by comments he made last month at a UKIP party meeting that was filmed.

The footage obtained by the Guardian showed Bloom saying: “How we can possibly be giving £1bn a month, when we're in this sort of debt, to bongo bongo land is completely beyond me.”

When questioned on BBC News, he defended his choice of words and said it would be “absurd” and “ridiculous” to interpret them as racist.

He added on air: “It's sad how anybody can be offended by a reference to a country that doesn't exist.

“If I've offended anybody in bongo bongo land I will write to their ambassador at the Court of St James.”

His party leader Nigel Farage said he was “pleased” Bloom had “apologised”, despite the MEP expressing regret and not uttering one sorry.

Farage said on Twitter: “Godfrey 100% right over foreign aid budget but pleased he's apologised over the wrong language he used.”

The remarks and expression of regret from Bloom will not do much to change perceptions of UKIP having core xenophobic and outright racist elements within.

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