Ukip councillor: ‘Time to start killing’ Remain voters
PUBLISHED: 17:24 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 July 2016
Terence Nathan has subsequently said his comments “were meant to be taken with a pinch of salt”
A Ukip councillor who said it was “time to kill” voters who opted to remain in last month’s EU referendum on Facebook says his comments were meant to be “taken with a pinch of salt”.
The comments were made by Terence Nathan, Ukip councillor for Cray Valley West, who seconded his party’s motion back in February to leave the EU.
They read: “Time to start killing these people till article 50 is invoked, perhaps remainers will get the message then.”
Replying to someone who took exception to the post, further comments were made, reading: “Not threatening anyone, no need for threats just a bullet.”
Cllr Nathan has since deleted the comments and told us: “My comments were meant to be taken with a pinch of salt.
“I did not think anyone would take it seriously but some obviously have and I greatly regret this.
“It was honestly intended as a ridiculous over statement.
“Anyone would tell you that I hold dear both respect and democracy.
“I would never seriously have advocated such violence.”
A spokesperson for Ukip said: “Cllr Nathan was obviously joking. He has apologised.
“We don’t see the need for a show trial. His joke was in very poor taste, but we have spoken to him and he is mortified. There seems no advantage to anyone to take it further.”
Leader of the party on Bromley Council, David Livett added: “The remarks were an error of judgement that allowed offence, they were not sinister.”
Ukip’s 2015 candidate for the Bromley and Chislehurst constituency, Emmett Jenner, also spoke to Cllr Nathan about the comments and told us: “Terry said it was meant in jest and he realises with hindsight that it was sarcastic and didn’t translate well to social media.”
Asked about potential calls for his resignation, Mr Jenner said: “I certainly would not advocate disciplining someone for that. It was in poor taste, but no.”Julie Ireland of the Bromley Liberal Democrats described the comments as “outrageous” and said the party expects Ukip to condemn Cllr Nathan’s comments immediately.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “Police in Bromley are aware of comments apparently posted online by a Bromley councillor. Enquiries into this matter are ongoing.”
A Bromley Council spokesperson added: “The council has launched an investigation into the alleged comments made but it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”