Godfrey Bloom calls disabled student 'Richard III' - video

Jan 27, 2014

Controversial MEP interrupts speech at Oxford Union to make 'gruesome' remark to David Browne

GODFREY BLOOM, the gaffe-prone MEP and Ukip member, interrupted a speech by a disabled student at the Oxford Union to inquire if he was "Richard III".

Video emerged today of the incident, which took place at the university on Thursday last week.

As student David Browne began a speech against the motion that "post-war Britain has seen too much immigration", Bloom rose to his feet. "Point of order, are you Richard III or not?" he asked, referring to the disabled king, whose remains were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester last year.

"It was gruesome," the writer Douglas Murray, who later spoke on the same side as Bloom, told Channel 4's Michael Crick. "The heart sank.  It was the cruellest thing."

Browne responds to the comment by saying: "I always cheer up immensely if someone attacks one personally, as it means they have run out of arguments."

Bloom told Crick that he had a drink with Browne after the incident and his remark was taken "in good spirit". Browne agreed with Bloom's account, but added: "I didn't think it was a very nice thing to say. I wasn't happy with the remark." 

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Bloom sounds totally out of touch and made an irrelevant comment for no good reason. As did Bloome when he commented on 'bongo bongo land'. But the reference to Richard Third could just as easily be interpreted as flattering.