UKIP leader Nigel Farage in car-crash interview as he faces racism claims

Ukip leader Nigel Farage ended up in knots in a car-crash interview as he suggested there was no problem with his wife’s first language being German because she did not speak it on British trains.

During a bruising interview on LBC radio that was eventually interrupted by his spin doctor, Farage was repeatedly challenged over recent comments that he felt “uncomfortable” hearing so many foreign languages spoken on trains in London.

Asked whether he was uncomfortable when his wife Kirsten and their daughters spoke German, Farage replied: “No, because they can speak English.”

Pressed on the issue, he said: “I don’t suppose she speaks it on the train.”

In tetchy exchanges with presenter James O’Brien, Farage complained the media was using inappropriate remarks by a “handful” of activists to portray his party as racist.

In the latest incident, one is alleged to have posted a message on Facebook suggesting that “poofters” might reconsider their sexual orientation if one was shot. Another Ukip councillor was caught employing illegal immigrants.

Ukip said it was looking into the matters.

“All anyone wants to talk about is the idiots in Ukip,” Farage said. “Wherever we have found people who have had extreme, racist, unpleasant views, we have unceremoniously got rid of them...

“To hold out the views of handful of people as being representative of Ukip frankly is not the truth.”

He defended Ukip’s membership of a group including right-wingers in the European Parliament, saying the party had to make “compromises”.

Political discourse in countries such as Italy, Poland, and Slovakia was “incredibly different to what we would consider to be acceptable in this country”.

Farage was then pressed on his suggestion he would feel uncomfortable if Romanians moved in next door. “If you lived in London I think you would be,” he said.

O’Brien asked: “What about if a group of German children did? What’s the difference?

“You know what the difference is,” Farage replied.

“We want an immigration policy that can control not just quantity, but quality as well.”

As the live interview moved on to examine Farage’s expenses, Ukip communications director Patrick O’Flynn stepped in to complain that it was running over time.

“Sorry, we had an agreement about timing... you’ve massively...” O’Flynn began.

But Farage told him to “hang on” and finished his answer.

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