Gareth Bennett, the prospective UKIP candidate for the South Wales Central constituency – which includes Penarth – may be de-selected by his party after some uncompromising comments he’s made about the hygiene and bin-bag practices of “Eastern Europeans” who’ve settled in Cardiff’s City Road area.
Discussing immigration in Wales on Line , Bennett said “I think in Cardiff, the starkest area which has changed completely is City Road” .
He said “That’s probably where we have a multiplicity, a melting pot of different races all getting on each other’s nerves, I think, and certainly causing lots of problems because of different cultural attitudes, very visible problems of rubbish which is being left on the street uncollected all the time.”
Two senior UKIP figures moved quickly to quell the controversy. Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said there was no room in the party for racist or xenophobic comments and said that UKIP was “not anti-immigration” but was “anti uncontrolled immigration only”. UKIP leader in Wales Nathan Gill has also dissociated the party from Bennett’s comments .
Bennett though, isn’t backing down – and is refusing to withdraw anything he said .
On the BBC2 Daily Politics programme Bennett produced a cutting from the South Wales Echo which – before he got involved – had also highlighted the black bag mess in the City Road area and the concerns of local residents about the way some immigrants are – allegedly – handling household rubbish .
Bennett – now being dubbed “the Donald Trump of Wales” – has also laid into the Labour Leader of Cardiff Council Phil Bale calling him “brain dead” and adding “That view is widely held in Cardiff even within the Labour party .”