A top Brexiter channelled his inner Enoch Powell against a Remain campaigner
Andy Wigmore was one of the main architects of the campaign to leave the EU in the run-up to the referendum in 2016 and has failed to cover himself in glory at any time since then. He was arrested with diplomatic licence plates that had expired, tried to shame David Lammy for his work record – which backfired spectacularly – and jumped in to try and help his friend Arron Banks to bully Martina Navratilova, which also backfired.
His most recent infraction involved prominent Remain campaigner, Femi Oluwole, after he tweeted this.
If anyone wants to explain to me how No-Deal parties getting 44.5% of the vote and 2nd Referendum parties getting 54.5% of the vote somehow translates to a mandate for leaving the EU on No-Deal, I'd really appreciate it.
My head hurts.
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) May 29, 2019
Wigmore jumped in with both feet:
Have you eaten @HackneyAbbott Femi? @Femi_Sorry You sound like her, you have a grasp of numbers second only to her AND you even look like her😳, although you have much more of glowing complexion 😉 https://t.co/3uCa6Jq0Wm
— Andy Wigmore (@andywigmore) May 30, 2019
There’s so much to unpick there.
Femi posted his own screenshot.
I'll just leave this here shall I… pic.twitter.com/tZcS6ALmlK
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) May 30, 2019
He followed it up with these reactions.
It's ridiculous that Nigel Farage can unleash the racism of @LeaveEUOfficial & UKIP, then just leave both, form a new party and we've just swallowed it like he's no longer racist.
His strategy has all the sophistication of a child thinking he's invisible by covering his own eyes!
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) May 30, 2019
A man who basically just told me all black people look alike is about to go meet with his good pal who happens to be the guy setting the UK's political agenda. What a time to be alive!https://t.co/Ol79ACDMIY
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) May 31, 2019
Other people’s outraged and disgusted comments came flooding in.
He looks like Diane like I look like you. In so far as we are both white. The Spandau Ballet reject look is all you, though, you humourless racist https://t.co/qQlIhobVAB
— SheRa Marley-Threepwood (@SheRa_Marley) May 31, 2019
Andy. Explain to me why this isn't just horrible racist tripe. https://t.co/R67A2zKcO6
— Peter Jukes (@peterjukes) May 30, 2019
Solidarity with my friend @Femi_Sorry No one should have to put up with this revolting racist abuse. Wigmore, his mate Farage et al do not represent the majority of British people & it’s time we stood up to them beginning with reporting this to Twitter & the police #notinmyname https://t.co/xFcZVVvD27
— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) May 30, 2019
Jesus Christ that idiot is awful.
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 31, 2019
Modern politics … isolationism, ethnophobia, boy's club, open racism. #lsadtimes
— Mr Froggy (@MrFroggy) May 30, 2019
In a shocking development, a friend of Nigel Farage turns out to be a huge racist prick with the mathematical insights of a labotimised chimp. https://t.co/nYSixbok2O
— Richard (@Richardmassey82) May 31, 2019
Look at the racism in this tweet. This is one of the architects of brexit. Says it all. https://t.co/zMGfbNvFPi
— Simon Roffe 💚 (@SimonRoffe) May 31, 2019
Inexplicably, Twitter disagreed with the assessment, enabling Wigmore to post this.
— Andy Wigmore (@andywigmore) May 31, 2019