VIDEO: UKIP leader Nigel Farage denies 'bottling' appearance at Croydon carnival outside Whitgift Centre

Nigel Farage said anti-Ukip campaigners did not stop him from coming to Croydon

The steel band stopped playing after discovering what they had been booked for

Angry protesters shouted 'racists' at the Ukip candidates

South Norwood candidate Winston McKenzie told the crowd Croydon is a dump

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Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage has denied that he ‘bottled’ turning up at a political rally in Croydon yesterday afternoon.

He was expected to turn up for the town centre event, which was billed as having a carnival atmosphere.

Video: Winston McKenzie explains how Nigel Farage "needs to feel safe" and how "the other week someone was chopped up and thrown in a bin" in Croydon.

Croydon Guardian: Angry protesters shouted 'racists' at the Ukip candidates

But anti-Ukip campaigners holding up signs with slogans including “Nigel Farage – Racist Scum” and “UKIP ‘modern’ Nazi Party” shouted ‘racists’ at the borough’s Ukip candidates.

And the steel band booked to play refused to perform after discovering why they were there.

About an hour after the party leader was supposed to be at the ‘carnival’ it was announced he was not going to come.

Croydon Guardian: The steel band stopped playing after discovering what they had been booked for

Winston McKenzie surveys the steel band - who would later quit for poltical reasons

Croydon Guardian: South Norwood candidate Winston McKenzie told the crowd Croydon is a dump

Mr McKenzie, a Croydon Council candidate, rolled up his sleeves and tried to explain why Nigel Farage never turned up

Yesterday South Norwood Ukip candidate Winston McKenzie (pictured below) told the crowd: “Croydon which used to be the place to shop has now become a dump.

"How can an international leader turn up somewhere he feels unsafe?”

But speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning Mr Farage said: “I was never more than 50 per cent.

“I said I may go and the Croydon branch wanted me to go but, you know what, I have been quite busy.

“I have bottled everything according to my opponents.

“I have had a month, helter skelter, all over the United Kingdom, I should not think anybody has done more public appearances than I have.

“I was busy and I was on my way to Eastleigh last night for our last public meeting so I did not go to Croydon and looking at the scenes it is probably a good job I didn’t.

“There are people out there who are determined to stop Ukip and that’s because we have had a two party system for 100 years in this country, or a two-and-a-half party system, and we are posing a threat to the establishment and people are fighting back.”

Why do you think Nigel Farage did not come to Croydon? Have your say below or tweet your thoughts to @croydonguardian

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2:40pm Wed 21 May 14

Mr Strings says...

There weren't many people there to be honest. All the broadsheets tried to turn it into a huge deal, but it wasn't. Half the attendees were reporters!

The aggression mentioned in all the reports was just a bit of shouting, like at any event like this. The most offensive of which came from white pension-age UKIP supporters shouting "f*ck off back home" to the apparent (2?) Romanians protesting.

There was NO safety reason for Farage not to attend. He'd probably just hoped for a larger crowd!

I didn't see any of the (10-12?) Police officers have words or intervene with anyone in the hour or so I was there.

Oh, and Winston McKenzie, you are a moron for calling Croydon a dump. You don't win people over by ridiculing where they live...
There weren't many people there to be honest. All the broadsheets tried to turn it into a huge deal, but it wasn't. Half the attendees were reporters! The aggression mentioned in all the reports was just a bit of shouting, like at any event like this. The most offensive of which came from white pension-age UKIP supporters shouting "f*ck off back home" to the apparent (2?) Romanians protesting. There was NO safety reason for Farage not to attend. He'd probably just hoped for a larger crowd! I didn't see any of the (10-12?) Police officers have words or intervene with anyone in the hour or so I was there. Oh, and Winston McKenzie, you are a moron for calling Croydon a dump. You don't win people over by ridiculing where they live... Mr Strings
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10:09am Thu 22 May 14

ANNE MILES says...

What on earth is this term, "bottling it" is is some kind of Croydon gang slang term? awful journalism.
What on earth is this term, "bottling it" is is some kind of Croydon gang slang term? awful journalism. ANNE MILES
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10:50am Thu 22 May 14

Mr Strings says...

ANNE MILES wrote:
What on earth is this term, "bottling it" is is some kind of Croydon gang slang term? awful journalism.
Erm, it was Farage who said it. The paper reported it.

It's an old English term first documented in 1846.
[quote][p][bold]ANNE MILES[/bold] wrote: What on earth is this term, "bottling it" is is some kind of Croydon gang slang term? awful journalism.[/p][/quote]Erm, it was Farage who said it. The paper reported it. It's an old English term first documented in 1846. Mr Strings
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