A British Member of European Parliament, Godfrey Bloom, sponsored by the United Kingdom Independent Party (Ukip), a far right political party in Britain, is currently under fire for referring to countries receiving financial aid from the United Kingdom as ‘bongo bongo land’.
The coalition government of the United Kingdom is committed to giving a certain percentage of UK’s GDP as foreign aid to less developed countries. Somalia, Nigeria and Pakistan are the biggest recipient of British aid.
Mr. Bloom, who represents the English constituency of Yorkshire and Humberside at the European Parliament, was caught on tape at a public meeting last month saying: “How we can possibly be giving a billion pounds a month when we’re in this sort of debt to bongo bongo land is completely beyond me”.
The phrase ‘Bongo Bongo Land’ has been notorious since Alan Clarke, then a conservative party minister, used it to refer to Africa in 1985 in an official meeting.
After giving a reluctant apology, which he said was only given after his party’s senior figures insisted on an apology he went on to boast that that he has succeeded in drawing public attention to what he called the “immorality” of spending “£1bn per month” on overseas aid during an economic crisis.
He went on to claim that he was standing up for “ordinary people at the pub, the cricket club, the rugby club, the sort of people who remain completely unrepresented under the political system that we have.”
This is not the first time the 63-yr-old politician would be courting controversy with his discriminatory comments about other people. This was what he said to journalists shortly after being appointed to the European Parliament’s women’s rights committee: “No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age.”