No venue, no mates: attempted far-right event collapses into chaos in Sheffield

The saga of the young UKIP members who tried to ship in an EU racist to take a speaking slot that could’ve been filled by a hard-working British racist has taken a fair few twists and turns over the last 24 hours or so. Yesterday, they announced that the event was cancelled, in a post that also complained that “only three of Leadership candidates and / or UKIP speakers confirmed their attendance (two confirmed they would not attend, and one confirmed they would only attend under certain conditions, objecting to us inviting Mr Martin Sellner)”, and, hilariously, added that “Mysteriously, many phones went unanswered simultaneously. The council believes this is disappointing and contradicts our party’s message of freedom of speech.”

Last night it was reported that they’d unofficially rearranged the event to happen in the Bessemer pub, but as of this morning, the Bessemer are saying that “There is bad press regarding a booking we took, we have no involvement we were not told who and what it was for.. We have cancelled all bookings for today.”

If there are any further developments, I’m sure Sheffield AFN will be covering them as they arise, but for now it’s looking like the young UKIPpers’ attempt to play with the big boys and girls of Defend Europe and Pegida has collapsed into a shambles so embarrassing that the rest of UKIP don’t even want to have anything to do with them. Here’s a nice Saturday morning tune, for the Young Independence organisers who’ve been left hanging on the telephone:

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