Peter Bucklitsch, who stood for UKIP at the Wimbledon constituency at the 2015 General Election, has apologised and withdrawn a comment on Twitter he had made in response to a photo of a child lying dead on beach.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