BBC radio presenter Mike Read has defended his bizarre anti-immigration 'UKIP Calypso', claiming it is "old-fashioned political satire".
He's half right.
It's certainly old-fashioned. So are the black and white minstrels and comedians blacking up. Perhaps in UKIP, where party members have talked about people from "Bongo-Bongo land", there persists some misplaced nostalgia for such anachronisms. But Read is being foolish if he thinks he can just pass this off as satire.
In order for it to be satire he'd have to be outside the party looking in, pointedly highlighting UKIP's shortcomings on issues such as race. He certainly achieves that but he is doing it from within the party with a song which seems intended to be a celebration of UKIP.
Many people online have suggested Read's song is racist. That is a charge he has strongly denied.
But adopting a mock Jamaican accent and making sweeping generalisations about "illegal immigrants in every town" certainly doesn't aid the BBC presenter in the defence of his song. At one point Read sings: "Leaders committed a cardinal sin / Open the borders and let them all come in."
If Read is still confused about the difference between his song and satire, he should watch this response from Jake Yapp: