UKIP candidate, Peter Bucklitsch, apologises for offensive Tweet

Peter Bucklitsch, who stood for UKIP at the Wimbledon constituency at the 2015 General Election, has apologised and withdrawn a comment on Twitter he had made in response to a photo of a child lying dead on beach.

Bucklitsch had said:

“The little Syrian boy was well clothed & well fed. He died because his parents were greedy for the good life in Europe. Queue jumping costs”.

UKIP distanced himself from the comments and Bucklitsch apologised saying:

“It was an inelegant way of agreeing that the problems lie in the regions where conditions precipitate such a strong desire to reach a place where life can begin again.”

He added:

“Forcing migrants of all descriptions to pay people smugglers to get them into the EU illegally will continue to be the problem, and will inevitably cause death and misery on a large scale”.