The Ukip calypso may be withdrawn now that its maker has apologised. Photo: YouTube screengrab
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"I am so sorry": DJ Mike Read withdraws the Ukip calypso

A Radio 1 DJ behind the mock-Carribean anthem championing Ukip sees the error of his ways. Though any offence was obviously "unintentional".

Mike Read, the Radio 1 DJ who thought it was a good idea to record a calypso championing Nigel Farage in a mock Jamaican accent has decided that actually, on balance, his actions probably were quite offensive. He has today apologised and called for the song to be withdrawn.

The BBC reports his "unreserved" apology, in which he makes the reservation that any offence caused was "unintentional". He commented, presumably without the racist Carribean lilt this time:

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

I have told the record company to withdraw the single immediately.

And does Ukip - whose leader called on supporters to get the track to number one - now support the withdrawal of its new-found unofficial anthem? Of course not!

The Mail's John Stevens reports a party spokesperson saying: "It's a pity those so concerned with political correctness have trodden all over this."

This mole considers the most offensive lyric of all to be the chorus, which conjures up the idea of the Ukip leader as Prime Minister. An assault on the nation's imagination:

When we take charge/And the new prime minister is Farage/We can trade with the world again/When Nigel is at Number 10.

And here's the song, in case you're one of the lucky souls who was able to avoid it this week:


Update: 16.52

It was decided that the proceeds from the withdrawn Ukip calypso song would go to charity. But in a twist that makes this story increasingly awkward for Ukip, the Red Cross has just turned the money down:

I'm a mole, innit.

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To stop Jeremy Corbyn, I am giving my second preference to Andy Burnham

The big question is whether Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper will face Jeremy in the final round of this election.

Voting is now underway in the Labour leadership election. There can be no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn is the frontrunner, but the race isn't over yet.

I know from conversations across the country that many voters still haven't made up their mind.

Some are drawn to Jeremy's promises of a new Jerusalem and endless spending, but worried that these endless promises, with no credibility, will only serve to lose us the next general election.

Others are certain that a Jeremy victory is really a win for Cameron and Osborne, but don't know who is the best alternative to vote for.

I am supporting Liz Kendall and will give her my first preference. But polling data is brutally clear: the big question is whether Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper will face Jeremy in the final round of this election.

Andy can win. He can draw together support from across the party, motivated by his history of loyalty to the Labour movement, his passionate appeal for unity in fighting the Tories, and the findings of every poll of the general public in this campaign that he is best placed candidate to win the next general election.

Yvette, in contrast, would lose to Jeremy Corbyn and lose heavily. Evidence from data collected by all the campaigns – except (apparently) Yvette's own – shows this. All publicly available polling shows the same. If Andy drops out of the race, a large part of the broad coalition he attracts will vote for Jeremy. If Yvette is knocked out, her support firmly swings behind Andy.

We will all have our views about the different candidates, but the real choice for our country is between a Labour government and the ongoing rightwing agenda of the Tories.

I am in politics to make a real difference to the lives of my constituents. We are all in the Labour movement to get behind the beliefs that unite all in our party.

In the crucial choice we are making right now, I have no doubt that a vote for Jeremy would be the wrong choice – throwing away the next election, and with it hope for the next decade.

A vote for Yvette gets the same result – her defeat by Jeremy, and Jeremy's defeat to Cameron and Osborne.

In the crucial choice between Yvette and Andy, Andy will get my second preference so we can have the best hope of keeping the fight for our party alive, and the best hope for the future of our country too.

Tom Blenkinsop is the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland