UKIP must be getting some desperately bad feedback from their canvassing in the Stoke Central by-election.
UKIP’s daily newsletter, otherwise known as the Daily Express, has claimed that ‘left-wing protesters’ screamed abuse at a Jewish man outside UKIP’s ‘rally’ in Stoke:
A UKIP spokesman claimed this was ‘Labour antisemitism’ and UKIP MEPs were quick to try to capitalise:
The snag is that the article contains no evidence whatever that the events it describes took place at all, let alone that those screaming were ‘left-wing’ – or that if the events did take place, they had anything to do with his religion.
Except for the word of the man in question: Schneur Odze.
Who is Schneur Odze?
Well, the first three-quarters of the article give no indication that the man had anything to do with UKIP, though eventually it reveals that Mr Odze is not just a Jewish passer-by or curious…
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