In an entirely characteristic series of offensive tweets, Katie Hopkins has declared to her followers that she is “not a racist”.
The only problem is she did so after being so racist even Nigel Farage would have denied all knowledge of her, had she in fact have been a Ukip councillor and not just a former Apprentice contestant who occasionally gets wheeled out on debate shows to shout down benefits claimants.
Today’s targeted cultural groups were “travellers” and “gypsies”, whom Hopkins declared were “ferrel humans[sic]” (yes, she spelt feral wrong) that “we have no duty to”.
She went on to lambast schools for introducing cultural assemblies to educate children about the traveller lifestyle and threw in a few sourceless figures about taxpayers' money and how much of it we’re probably not hemorrhaging over their existence.
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
1/16 Katie Hopkins on 'plus size'
'To call yourself 'plus-size' is just a euphemism for being fat. Life is much easier when you're thinner. Big is not beautiful, of course a job comes down to how you look.'
2/16 Katie Hopkins on naming children
‘I think you can tell a great deal from a name. For me, there are certain names that I hear and I think ‘Urgh’. For me, a name is a shortcut of finding out what class that child comes from and makes me ask, ‘Do I want my children to play with them?’ There’s a whole set of things that go with children like that and that’s why I don’t like those sorts of children. ‘Hi, this is my daughter Charmaine’. I hear: ‘Hi, I am thick and ignorant.’’
3/16 Katie Hopkins on gender equality
'Women don't want equal treatment, they couldn't handle it if they got it. It's a tough world out there. What a lot of women are actually looking for is special treatment. What women need to realise is that they have to toughen up.'
4/16 Katie Hopkins on immigration
'I've always said if you go into a school playground and shout Mohammad, you'll probably get 100 children running towards you!"
5/16 Katie Hopkins to Benefits Street's White Dee
'Do you not feel like the patron saint of druggies and dropouts?'
6/16 Katie Hopkins on tattoos
'Are tattoos just a badge for the stupid? For me, and for lots of people like me, when you see tatoos you think of someone who is just looking for attention, who hasn't managed to find a way in their life through conventional means and who is just shouting 'I want attention! I want to be looked at!'
7/16 Katie Hopkins on addiction
‘I don’t believe what Russell Brand says about addiction. I just don’t buy it. Gazza likes drinking, let him crack on. He is enjoying himself.’
8/16 Katie Hopkins on The X Factor
'The X Factor 2013 has ended in a painful showdown between a fat mum in a jumpsuit (Sam Bailey) and a small boy in whatever his mum laid out for him on his bed (Nicholas McDonald)'
9/16 Katie Hopkins on the Egyptian uprising
'The difference between most mothers and me is that I didn’t sit around drinking coffee at baby group for 12 months after the birth of my baby. No, in three weeks I was back in my suit, back at my desk earning profit for my business and I don’t see why other women shouldn’t do the same.'
10/16 Katie Hopkins on maternity leave
'Egyptian uprising continues to look like Bonfire Night. Protest fireworks. Right up there with angry cup cakes.'
11/16 Katie Hopkins on 'gingerism'
'Ginger babies. Like a baby. Just so much harder to love. A ginger person with tattoos called Jayden? The triumvirate of horror!'
12/16 Katie Hopkins on affairs
'I lied to get someone else's husband because I wanted him. I give myself 8 out of 10 for ruthlessness for that one.'
13/16 Katie Hopkins on the elderly
‘Personally I hate mobility scooters. I find their owners intolerable. Ran past a mobility scooter going up hill. Made me giggle. I need to grow up and stop being an arse.’
14/16 Katie Hopkins after the Glasgow helicopter crash
'Life expectancy in Scotland is 59.5. Goodness me. That lot will do anything to avoid working until retirement.'
15/16 Katie Hopkins on Ramadan
'Channel 4 broadcasts Islamic calls to prayer for Ramadan. A 30 day reminder that minority rules in the UK. Any more PC, it'd be a bloody laptop.'
16/16 Katie Hopkins on self-harming
'I am advised by the Twitterati to 'cut myself'. I grazed myself on my house gate yesterday. Will that suffice?'
And then she tossed in some equally crass comments over the sentencing of Islamic cleric Abu Hamza – the notorious London ‘hate preacher’ who was found guilty of a number of terrorism charges in the US on Monday (19 May):
Gypsies are not travellers. Travellers are people that commute to work or go on holiday. Gypsies are ferrel humans - we have no duty to themKatie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
Schools having 'traveller assemblies to break down stereotypes'. Sod that. Lets have a Council Tax Bill - what we pay for gypsies to enjoyKatie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
Farmers "Welcome" mat for gypsies is a 20 tonnes slab of granite you can't get caravans over. They have the right idea.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
All the big love for gypsies! I would enjoy seeing how fast that love disappears when they rock up near your house. 'Janner-Rose' 'Brandon'Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
The Caravanning Club would like to make it clear that they are not travellers. Travellers don't pay for their sites. Key differentiator.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
Brit justice - provide Hamza with house, home and lifestyle. American justice - slam him in a cell, hope he rots before dinner. Splendid.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
Dear Mrs Hamza - take your terrorist kids, your thieving sons and your revolting daughters and GET OUT. You are not welcome in our country.Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
I will defend the rights of tax payers, hard workers and those trying to contribute to this Great Nation. That is not racist. That is rightKatie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 21, 2014
One can only assume she sat back in her pyjamas, patted herself on the back for another successfully attention-grabbing diatribe, and watched in eager anticipation for her phone to ring.
Sadly, we doubt Good Morning Britain actually called.