Socialist Worker activists deliver curry takeaway to controversial landlord Fergus Wilson - watch what happens here
PUBLISHED: 17:19 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 07 April 2017
The property tycoon admitted last week he had banned “coloured” tenants, fearing they would make his homes “stink of curry”
Anti-racist activists have delivered Indian food to the home of a controversial Kent landlord who admitted last week he had banned “coloured” tenants, fearing they would make his homes “stink of curry”.
Fergus Wilson received the delivery of two curries from Socialist Worker campaigners at both his business address and home address in the village of Boughton Monchelsea, near Maidstone.
The property tycoon, who last year failed in a bid to run for the role of Kent’s police and crime commissioner, said the controversy started when he bought a house in Ashford at a discounted price because of a strong smell of curry.
Mr Wilson, 69, then bought another house nearby but said a mixed-race family left the house smelling of curry at the end of their tenancy, so imposed the ban “because I did not care to repeat the experiences of before”.
In a video posted on YouTube, the activists said: “While some want to take us back to the days when landlords hung signs on their windows saying ‘no blacks, no dogs, no Irish’ we’re here at his business address to deliver Britain’s favourite dish - curry.
“Let’s hope the smell sticks but it’s unlikely to mask over the smell of bigotry.”
Along with the meals, the campaigners left a note reading: “Dear Fergus, we’re sorry we missed you, we hope you enjoy these curries.”
Speaking exclusively to Kent News, Mr Wilson confirmed he had received the curries, but as he told us last week, would not be eating them because “it gives me a tummy ache”.
Instead, they are currently sitting in his fridge, though the millionaire insists he will find someone to eat his gifts.
The video also shows two guard dogs barking as the campaigners approached the landlord’s property.
“It was a silly thing to do because my dogs can easily scale the fence,” joked Mr Wilson, who has emphatically denied accusations of racism.
“I don’t train them to attack coloured people, but I don’t think there’s been a coloured person walk down here in 30 years.
“It’s a very predominently white part of Kent.
“They should have made an appointment rather than cold-calling, because I would have been happy to talk to them.”