ANTI-Brexit campaigner Femi Oluwole has accused Andy Wigmore, the communications director at Leave.EU, of being “like a racist Russian doll” after Wigmore said that Oluwole looked like Labour politician Diane Abbott.
Wigmore made the comment on Twitter, asking, “Have you eaten Diane Abbott, Femi?” and added, “You sound like her, you have a grasp of numbers second only to her and you even look like her, although you have much more of a glowing complexion.”
Oluwole told The Londoner he felt “frustrated” when he first saw Wigmore’s tweet, but said, “It’s just something I have to deal with. It’s motivation to keep fighting because this is what we’re dealing with.”
Wigmore, who styles himself as a “Bad Boy of Brexit”, is an ally of Arron Banks, the multimillionaire Brexit donor, and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
“It’s rude what I said, but it’s not racist,” Wigmore said this morning, adding that widespread anger online was “complete fake outrage as usual”.
When challenged over the comparison between Oluwole and Abbott, Wigmore replied:“I look like that guy out of Spandau Ballet, am I offended? The comparison had nothing to do with colour.”
This morning Twitter investigated Wigmore’s tweet, but found it did not violate any rules.
Oluwole said he wasn’t expecting an apology from Wigmore as “that sort of person isn’t the sort of person I expect to reason with. I can reach most Brexit voters but [not] your straight-up racists… so I’m not even going to try.”
Instead, the Our Future Our Choice campaigner said what irked him was “the fact that [Wigmore] is a close associate of Nigel Farage” and that Farage had walked away from organisations such as Leave.EU and Ukip and “pretended he’s not racist”.
This is not the first time Oluwole has been targeted. Earlier this month he had a Union flag poked in his face and was called a “f***ing traitor” outside a Brexit Party rally in west London.
“It’s been getting steadily worse,” Oluwole said this morning of the abuse he faces, adding, “the more I’m seen as a threat to Brexit the harsher it gets.”
Latest political poll takes the biscuit
Labour’s Lisa Nandy despairs of the nation’s polarised state of debate. “Just when you thought the UK couldn’t be more divided and YouGov go and do this,” she tweeted, alongside a YouGov poll revealing the UK’s top five biscuits.
Nandy wasn’t the only one dismayed. “My mum worked for 30 years on the biscuit counter at BHS,” replied shadow chancellor John McDonnell. “She will be spinning in her grave. I can’t believe that Rich Tea and Jammie Dodgers didn’t come top. Moral of this story: never trust opinion polls.”