Mike Read withdraws ‘UKIP Calypso’ song following racism complaints

Political song involved Read singing about Nigel Farage's party in a mock Caribbean accent

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested that his ‘UKIP Calypso’, a song he wrote in support of the political party led by Nigel Farage, is withdrawn from sale follow racism complaints.

Read previously defended the song, which sees him criticise the current government and illegal immigrants while singing in a mock Caribbean accent. However, he has now apologised and says he has requested that his label, Angel Air, withdraw the song.

“I am so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence. It was never meant to, and I apologise unreservedly,” BBC News reports that Read said. “I have told the record company to withdraw the single immediately.”

The song was endorsed by Nigel Farage and given 50/1 odds of reaching Number One this weekend prior to Read’s withdrawl. The track was available for 79p via Amazon, with 20p going directly to UKIP.