MEP: 'Aid goes to Bongo Bongo land'

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Godfrey BloomUKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom has claimed billions of UK aid cash is used to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, and Ferraris by corrupt officials in "Bongo Bongo" land.

He slated Aid money to Pakistan being used to buy fighter aircraft when the UK cannot upgrade its own. He said: "We need a new squadron of F18s. Who's got the squadrons? Pakistan, where we send the money."

Torture

Bloom also criticised the fact that aid goes to countries that commit torture, while the UK was restricted by human rights laws. He said: "You can torture people to death but you jolly well can't give them a full life sentence because that's against their human rights.

"We can't hang them because we're now a member of the European Union and it's embedded in the treaty of Rome.

"It's a personal thing but I'd hang the bastards myself ... Especially for some of these, especially for the guy who hacked the soldier to death. I do hope they would ask me to throw the rope over the beam because I'd be delighted to do so."

In full Bloom

The Guardian newspaper has a film of the MEP speaking to a meeting of supporters in Wordsley, near Stourbridge, in the West Midlands.

He is quoted as responding: "What's wrong with that? I'm not a wishy-washy Tory. I don't do political correctness ... The fact that the Guardian is reporting this will probably double my vote in the north of England."