Leader of Ukip, Britain’s anti immigration party, Nigel Farage, has said the reason he was unable to attend a meet-the-leader event in Wales on Friday was because immigrants made him late.
The party leader, who was due to attend the Ukip convention in Port Talbot, blamed Britain’s high levels of immigration for causing a backlog on the M4 motorway.
Around 100 Ukip supporters had paid £25 each to attend the event, however Farage was unable to arrive in time, telling BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales, “It took me six hours and 15 minutes to get here – it should have taken three-and-a-half to four.
“That is nothing to do with professionalism, what it does have to do with is a population that is going through the roof chiefly because of open-door immigration and the fact that the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be.”
Labour was first to criticise Farage’s audacious excuse, calling it “absurd”. “Remarks like these are what makes Farage so dangerous,” said Shadow Welsh secretary Owen Smith.
“It is clearly absurd to suggest heavy traffic on the M4 is caused by immigration, but through the laughter at his silly comments you can hear Ukip’s dog-whistle politics of division.”