‘Black Death’ comment plagues UKIP
Mr Oakley was speaking to Nick Robinson on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 on Friday morning after disastrous local election results for UKIP, which has been all but wiped out.UKIP was established with one key policy – to leave the European Union. In 2015, the party won 12.6% of the vote at the general election. But since the 2016 referendum in which Britain elected to leave the EU, it has seen its support collapse.
“Think of the Black Death in the Middle Ages,” Mr Oakley said. “It comes along, it causes disruption then it goes dormant. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”The unlikely analogy has captured the imagination of social media users, with the term ‘Black Death’ trending in the UK in the hours after Mr Oakley’s surprise comparison.