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I want a dyke for prime minister

WHO SAYS SHE’D BE UNELECTABLE, ASKS JAY BERNARD

When I heard that Winston McKenzie – the former boxer who ran a shady pub in Thornton Heath, near where I grew up, and self-proclaimed “black voice for Great Britain” – was leaving UKIP on account of racism, I waited for quite a long time to be struck by the irony. It didn’t happen. Somehow the irony gave way to a grim set of anticipations, like when you watch the mentally ill being goaded on The X Factor. Oh, they didn’t win? Quelle surprise. Mr McKenzie was never going to be embraced by the moist conservative fold he’d latterly chosen to follow, which seemed to be more a search for belonging than a serious political endeavour. It’s a shame that search concluded on the end of a string pulled by a group of people who have openly aired their disgust, or at best indifference, towards people like him.

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