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Farage accused of ‘hate preaching’ by regional daily editor

Nigel farageNigel Farage has been accused of “hate preaching” by a regional daily editor after warning that women could be at risk of sex attacks from migrants if the UK stays in the European Union.

James Mitchinson, editor of the Yorkshire Post, criticised the UKIP leader, pictured left, for what he called “racist xenophobic scaremongering of the highest order” after his newspaper reported Mr¬†Farage’s comments in the run-up to the 23 June referendum.

Mr Farage told the Sunday Telegraph the possibility of attacks like those seen in Cologne in Germany will be “the nuclear bomb” of the referendum campaign, adding women were at particular risk from “cultural” differences if Britain votes to remain.

James posted a link to the Post’s coverage of the story on Twitter on Sunday, describing the comments as “sinister”.

He added: “Farage plumbs new depths claiming EU remain = more ‘foreigners’ raping our women.”

James was taken to task on the social networking site by a reader called Rosy Knight, who said: “Judging by the amount of trouble they’ve had in Europe, you can’t exactly say he’s wrong.”

However James responded: “What he’s saying is disgusting, Rosy. Prehistoric racist xenophobic scaremongering of the highest order. It’s hate preaching.”

Another Twitter user, posting under the name ‘@lstwhl’, accused James of advertising Farage’s views by covering the story at all.

James then responded: “I’m happy to confront this nonsense in public, yes. I’m not the kind of editor to allow BS to exist unchallenged.”

HTFP has approached both James and UKIP for further comment on the issue.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 9:15 am
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    First we learn that there will be no more photos of Peter Sutcliffe and now this.

    Am I alone in really not giving a fig what the editor of the Yorkshire Post thinks of anything other than his newspaper?

    Instead of these pronouncements why doesn’t he tell us how he is going to turn around the Post’s readership figures? Or perhaps enlighten us with how he plans to improve advertising? How about revealing his moves to making the website pay?

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  • June 7, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    So German women suffer mass sex attacks from migrants and James Mitchinson shoots the messenger who warns it could happen here. Cue another sales drop for the once great Yorkshire Post while Mr Mitchinson smugly pats himself on the back for his abject naivety.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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    Well done James for revealing another of Farage’s racist and inaccurate comments. The men who committed the attacks in Cologne were described at the time as being of North African or Arab appearance. Last time I looked there wasn’t a North African or Arab country in the EU so Farage’s comments are totally misleading.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm
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    Every time I see or hear the name James Mitchinson I rejoice that I’m a Lancastrian.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    Percy, you’re certainly not alone.

    Goodness knows how self-important one might become on a larger newspaper – the Hull Daily Mail, Shropshire Star or Dundee Courier, for instance.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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    HTFP – must you keep reporting these Twitter views from local paper editors as ‘news’?

    It’s a little bit #cringe

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  • June 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm
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    There is no harm in putting politicians straight when they are downright wrong. Members of all sides of the political spectrum have an increasing tendency to make unproven statements, which get taken as gospel truth if they go unchallenged. Indeed, large more partizan sections of the national press see it as their solemn duty to nurture them.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    But Call Me Cynical, the offending sex pests which groped their way way around Cologne and elsewhere on New Year’s Eve were recent migrants into Germany. They were not native indigenous Germans.
    Farage’s point is that Angela Merkel has invited in more than 1 million migrants, many of them, ‘fit young men’, whose views on women’s rights aren’t in tune with liberal Western thinking.
    While Britain remains in the European Union, when Merkel’s guests gain their EU passports, they will have every right to come to the UK, which many might because many will speak some English, rather than German, and some may already have relatives in the UK. Thus, these migrants and EU membership, present a risk to UK women.
    Might I also point out that UKIP has the most non-racist of all the parties with regards to immigration policy.
    The points-based system applies to all countries, though the ability to speak English will be an advantage.
    At present we see skilled workers discriminated against , with currently policy favouring unskilled from other parts of the EU.
    Finally, it is sad and tragic that the editor of a Yorkshire newspaper will too easily scream racism, when it is such a fear of racism from various authorities that led to the mass grooming of young girls in Rotherham and other parts of Yorkshire and the UK.

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  • June 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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    I think Farage is referring to what most intelligent people call cultural pollution – that is, the importation of behavioural attitudes incompatible with those of the host culture.
    We’ve already witnessed examples of this in Rochdale and, of course, Cologne and any number of other places where Third World molesters have shown utter disregard for the fair sex.
    The YP editor is not prepared to allow alleged BS to go unchallenged, but he seems perfectly comfortable with PC BS, which is far more sinister and ten times more dangerous.
    Intelligent Brits have already decided to opt out of the EU. Slow thinkers will, I hope, catch up before referendum day.

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