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"Bongo Land" politician confuses Channel 4's Faisal Islam for s9knan Guru-Murthy

Godfrey Bloom, the UK Independence Party member who once claimed that foreign aid should not be sent to countries in "Bongo-Bongo Land", caused a Twitter stir on Monday after confusing Channel 4 News Economics Editor Faisal Islam with s9knan Guru-Murthy, one of the channel's news anchors.

Replying to a post on Twitter by Islam, Mr Bloom posted: “Perhaps you will let him [George Osborne] answer a question, unlike your one-sided rant at me?”

Mr Bloom was referring to his interview with Mr Guru-Murthy on Channel 4 News during which the UKIP Member of the European Parliament was grilled about his comments of "President Bongo of Gabon".

The controversial politician was notified of his case of mistaken identity by Mr Islam shortly after: “Are you perhaps mistaken me for @s9kgm? [s9knan Guru-Murthy] He is a different person.”

Mr Bloom was reprimanded by his party for his comments about Britain's foreign aid contributions in August.

The Ukip MEP was caught on camera demanding the UK stop sending money to ‘Bongo Bongo’.

Mr Bloom has since insisted that his comments were not racist and was instead referring to a "land of the antelopes".  He told ITV's Daybreak programme: “If anybody would care to take a look at the Oxford dictionary this morning, they would find 'bongo' is a white antelope that lives in the forest.  There is no connotation of racism about whatsoever. 'Bongo Land' is the land of the antelope.”

The phrase has been notorious since former Tory minister Alan used it to refer to Africa in 1985 in an official meeting.
Ukip has now banned its members from using the phrase.



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