UKIP Calypso withdrawn by DJ Mike Read following racism complaints

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested that UKIP Calypso, a song he recorded and also performed at the UKIP party conference, be withdrawn from sale following complaints that it was racist.

The toe-curling calypso song eulogising UKIP’s policies and leader, Nigel Farage, raised hackles for being sung in a mock Caribbean accent.

“I am so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence. It was never meant to, and I apologise unreservedly,” Read said.

“I have told the record company to withdraw the single immediately,” he added.

Speaking on Monday to Radio Berkshire, Read had initially defended the song.

“It’s an old-fashioned political satire… you can’t sing a calypso with a Surrey accent,” he said.

UKIP calypso frankenstein

Withdrawn: Nigel Farage and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell both feature prominently in the song

The song takes aim at the government, the previous Labour administration’s immigration plans, and also includes a verse about jam.

It includes the lines:

The British People have been let down

That’s why UKIP is making ground

From Crewe to Cleethorpes to Outer Hendon

They don’t believe Cameron’s referendum

Rhyming “Hendon” with “referendum” is pretty good, but overall it’s a gruelling tract and repeats the chorus an absurd six times. So it’s probably for the best that Read’s decided to pull the plug.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • What a shame Mike Read has done that. Anyone who has listened to the BBC so called comedy shows such as The News Quiz or the Now Show will know that you can be as ofensive and downright abusive as you like in political satire so long as its not anti EU or anti left wing. As usual the left wing media have no sense of humour when the joke is not in sympathy with their own views.

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