This afternoon UKIP tried to organise a carnival in Croydon to celebrate diversity which went disastrously wrong for the party.
The only carnival-goers to attend appeared to be UKIP members, anti-racism protesters and gleeful journalists, with the situation made 100 times worse after the steel band packed up before starting to play when they realised what the event was.
Nigel Farage refused to show his face, with UKIP saying he “wouldn’t feel safe” – in fact, rumour has it he arrived in a car and left again.
As you can imagine, the internet went to town on the farce. Here’s the best:
http://t.co/AWFRpT7TwDdefines ‘carnival’ as “a travelling amusement show”, so at least the #ukipcarnivalis a thoroughly accurate title.
— Harry Cockburn (@Harry_Cockburn) May 20, 2014
UKIP carnival to play only music that could exist without immigration. The very best of the Stereophonics’ on a loop
— Tweed Elemental (@wariotifo) May 20, 2014
I mean, for a proper carnival in Croydon, you’d need to get the trams’ electric wires turned off. At short notice. TfL. Paperwork. BRUSSELS.
— Political Animal (@politic_animal) May 20, 2014
No sign so far of Godfrey Bloom in a grass skirt handing out Um Bongo, but I’ll let you know if that changes #ukipcarnival
— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) May 20, 2014
#UKIPcarnivalsounds like an episode of the Thick of It that was rejected for being too stupid to be believable
— Harry Tipper (@WeAreTheClash) May 20, 2014
What I don’t understand is, why didn’t they just book one of the many UKIP-supporting steel bands? #ukipcarnival
— Tom Hamilton (@thhamilton) May 20, 2014
I did not, in all my wildest dreams, foresee a ‘carnival’ organised by a tinpot far-right pressure group going tits up.
— hrtbps (@hrtbps) May 20, 2014
I wonder how many steel drum bands said no to #UKIPbefore they decided to stop telling them what they were booking them for.
— Matt Cooper (@mattbcooper) May 20, 2014
Let’s catch up with how that UKIP carnival is going: pic.twitter.com/mIlH064vXJ
— Conor Pope (@Conorpope) May 20, 2014
Couldn’t organise a steel band at a carnival. #ukipcarnival#ukipsayings
— James Willby (@JamesWillby) May 20, 2014
Where’s Nigel? #Ukipcarnival#ChickenRunpic.twitter.com/yIe14jrIqO
— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) May 20, 2014
This week hasn’t started well for UKIP, first a drop in the polls, now the #ukipcarnivalshambles. Could get a lot worse too… hopefully!
— Adam Watson (@Green_Adz87) May 20, 2014
Spotted any other good ones? Tweet me @robynvinter
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