Pearson: “Immigration is probably the biggest issue outside the south east of England, and the people have been treated incredibly badly by their political class.”
Interviewer: “So is there a danger that you could be confused – UKIP and the BNP?”
Pearson: “We’ve got to be very careful, erm, especially in this area of immigration, erm, that we cannot be confused with the.. the BNP – I… I accept that. There’s a fine line to be drawn here, erm… But I would also want to bring up…”
Interviewer: “I’m sorry, but are you saying that there’s a fine line between UKIP and the BNP?”
Pearson: “Well, I don’t actually know, erm, the intimate detail of… of the BNP policy. What we would be aiming for is zero net increase, erm, in immigration. So obviously we’re… we welcom asylum seekers, we welcome people of all colours and everything, and in that we’re completely different, erm… t-to the BNP. But we think the prospect of the population moving towards 70 million, erm… you know, within 20 years or so is very worrying. Sharia Law, erm… Islamic law is running in this country in fact, erm, in many areas, which is completely unacceptable if it becomes superior to British law.”
The Lord Pearson is not exactly well known for his tolerance and understanding of other cultures, he was after all responsible for inviting the ultra right wing anti Islamic Dutch politician Geert Wilders into the UK to show his racist film in the House Lords. It was so controversial that even the Uk Government refused to allow Wilders entry into the country.
It very much looks like Lord Pearson's election is likely to split UKIP as these comments from Councillor Alan Wood, a leadership challenger testify:
Interviewer: “Do you respect Lord Pearson?”
Wood: “No I don’t. I think he’s totally off the wall with his remarks about Muslims and Sharia Law, and for that I can’t respect him”
Inteviewer: “Are you saying that if he’s elected people will think that you’re too close to the BNP?”
Wood: “Yes, yes. People already think we are the BNP. Erm… It’s tragic. It’s tragic that we’ve been painted into this corner.”
Interviewer: “And so if he’s elected, you’re leaving, you’re off?”
Wood: “I cannot stay with Lord Pearson, with those views, and I don’t think he’s the right man.”
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