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Yet more strange and unwelcome behaviour from UKIP members

The bizarre candidate description was funny and probably a mistake, but this is rather strange:

A UKIP parliamentary candidate and his branch chairman have resigned after claiming the local party is being infiltrated by what they see as “occultists”. Jake Baynes, who was to run in the Somerset cathedral city of Wells at next year’s general election, said he felt he was being driven out by local members, including a couple based in nearby Glastonbury who practise alternative healing inspired and guided by angels.

And this is downright unpleasant and ill-informed:

A UKIP councillor who wrongly branded a religious Islamic procession in Ilford a “call to war” on Twitter has been blasted.

Cllr Rod Butler tweeted a link to a video of the annual Jaloos through Ilford town centre, branding it a “nice call to war” and claiming police did not intervene because they “didn’t understand language”.

Following his tweet last Monday, Ale Natiq, who lives in Ilford, accused the Epping Forest district councillor of “scaring people using made up information”.

The 30-year-old said the annual event had been organised by the Shia community to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali, the first Shia Imam, and was an important date marked across the world with similar processions…

“The tradition of Azadari is a highly inclusive cultural tradition which assimilates local cultures and welcomes people of all faith or no faith,” he added.

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