A former Ukip Member of the European Parliament has been accused of making an antisemitic comment after referring to an “international Jewish bank” recommending a second vote on Brexit.
Mr Bloom tweeted this morning in response to Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
Mr Blankfein had tweeted yesterday, saying that the “#Brexit decision belongs to UK citizens, and I'm not one. But GS [Goldman Sachs] built its Euro biz in the UK on certain assumptions, pays taxes and employs thousands of UK citizens concerned about the economy and their futures. On their behalf, at least, I have to be interested in the outcome.”
In response, Mr Bloom quoted the tweet this morning, saying that “International Jewish bank recommends second vote & we should vote Remain. mmmmmmmmmmmm.”
Mr Bloom was heavily criticised for his comment, with one tweeter saying “that’s just full antisemitic, isn’t it”, and another saying “Godfrey, do you have the balls to explain why you think the fact the bank is (supposedly) "Jewish" is relevant?”
This is not the first time Mr Bloom has been caught up in controversy over his comments. In July 2013, he made a speech about Britain's foreign aid, during which he referred to countries as "Bongo Bongo land". He also described feminism as something created by "shrill, bored, middle class women of a certain physical genre." He had the UKIP whip withdrawn later the same year after hitting Michael Crick, the Channel 4 journalist, on the head with a pamphlet while at the party's conference.
Just a couple of days ago, Mr Bloom responded to another of Mr Blankfein's tweets by saying "We know it doesn't suit the Vampire Squid, or any other international Jewish banks, but the British people have voted. BE GONE!"