Bongo Bongo Land: ‘It Doesn’t Exist So How Does Talking About It Offend?’ Asks UKIP Rep [Video]
Godfrey Bloom is in hot water with his UKIP party bosses for his use of the phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” at political meeting.
He used this as a general term to describe countries receiving overseas aid from the British Government.
He was also scathing in his comments about how the funds were actually used. He accused the recipient countries of wasting the money on Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, and Ferrari cars.
He further alleged that aid money was being used to buy warplanes in Pakistan.
Mr Bloom was recorded as 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.
Questioned by BBC News, Mr Bloom, MEP for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, said it would be “absurd” and “ridiculous” to label his comments racist.
He said Bongo Bongo Land was “a figment of people’s imagination. It’s like Ruritania or the Third World” He added: “It’s sad how anybody can be offended by a reference to a country that doesn’t exist.”