About an hour after the party leader was supposed to be at the ‘carnival’ it was announced he was not going to come.
Winston McKenzie surveys the steel band - who would later quit for poltical reasons
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.”
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