Wednesday, August 20, 2014

UK: Slang causes offence

A Ukip MEP has apologised "profusely" after calling a Thai constituent, and member of the party, a "ting tong".

Janice Atkinson, who represents the south east, was recorded making the comments after meeting Fa Munday, a mobile food seller in Ramsgate, Kent.  She said: " that was good. We've got Fa who's, I dunno, she's a ting tong from somewhere."

Mrs Munday and her husband Vincent, both loyal Ukip supporters, handed back their membership of the party claiming they felt “betrayed”.

The caterer, 35, who has lived in England since she got married eight years ago, said: "I can't understand why she said that.

"It left me feeling hurt and disgusted. Nobody has ever spoken to me in that way."

Senior party member Ms Atkinson's comments were captured by the BBC team while she spoke to local people and Ukip members in Ramsgate.

She insisted the comments were naive rather than malicious and said she was "incredibly sorry" for offending the couple.

She said: "I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry. It was poor judgment and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice. I am devastated that I have caused hurt and apologise profusely to both Mr and Mrs Munday."

A Ukip spokesman said: "Janice has apologised for the words she used. Ukip in no way condones the use of language that may reflect prejudice or cause offence and we sincerely hope this matter can be resolved privately."



Anonymous said...

"It left me feeling hurt and disgusted. Nobody has ever spoken to me in that way."

Then boy did you lead a sheltered life and are you in for some really sad time ahead!

Would I have said that? No. but people need to get over this hyper sensitiveness. Seem everyone is offended by something these days.

The only group you can still insult and nobody cares are whites, christians and conservatives.

Bird of Paradise said...

Open mouth insert foot the way of all liberals

Stan B said...

Two hundred years ago, if someone said something you found offensive, you told them it was offensive, gave them the opportunity to amend their statements and, if it was really offensive, met them on the "field of honor."

One hundred years ago, if a man said something a lady found offensive, she gave him a quick slap across the face and everyone else gave him disparaging looks to reinforce the message he was a cad.

Now we all whine and expect redress....but never address the problem....

Go Away Bird said...

In the past 200 years they have gone from real men to whinny little pansietards