The claim by (now suspended) Ukip councillor David Silvester that the recent flooding in Britain was caused by gay marriage was met confusion and a touch of anger. But the most common reaction was subject Nigel Farage's party to severe mockery.

The best example of this was Nicholas Pegg's spoof BBC Radio 4 Ukip shipping forecast. Which warns of "rain, moderate, or gay" and "homophobic outburst, back-peddling westerly and becoming untenable".

The forecast informs sailors making their way around the British coast: "There are warnings of gays in Viking, Forties, southeast Iceland and Bongo Bongo land."


The story has also spawned a spoof @UkipWeather Twitter account, which unlike many fake accounts inspired by news, is actually pretty funny.



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    DORKING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: A vehicle is abandoned in rising floodwater from the River Mole at the Burford Bridge Hotel on December 24, 2013 near Dorking, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten The Festive Getaway

    DORKING, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: A man wades through rising floodwater from the River Mole outside the Burford Bridge Hotel on December 24, 2013 near Dorking, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: A man standing on a boat lifted high by floodwater gestures on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: An abandoned vehicle lies in floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: People look at a road submerged under floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: An abandoned vehicle lies in floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Floods And Weather Disruption Continue Into Christmas

    TOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: An abandoned vehicle lies in floodwater on December 25, 2013 in Tovil, United Kingdom. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • A plane sits in flood water by submerged warning signs following heavy rain, at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

  • Christmas Eve after heavy storms hit the UK. In the Wiltshire hillside town of Malmesbury, the river Avon bursts it's banks, and a torrent of floodwater races across the already saturated floodplain. This time last year Malmesbury endured severe flooding making the national news. © Terry Mathews/Alamy Live News

  • Supermarket car park in Hookwood, Surrey. 24 Dec 2013 after the floods. This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

  • The giant snowglobe in Picadilly Circus popped in last night's storm. The wind was so strong it burst the snowglobe, sending fake snow all over the place.

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    Pictures show a van trapped under a fallen tree in East Sussex. One driver had a very luck escape as the Christmas Eve winds battered the British countryside.

  • Pictures show a van trapped under a fallen tree in East Sussex. One driver had a very luck escape as the Christmas Eve winds battered the British countryside.

  • Pictures show storm damage at the Kingsway Hotel in Worthing, West Sussex, England

  • Reigate, Surrey, UK. 24th December 2013. UK Weather Tuesday 24 December 2013. Flooding in Reigate Surrey © Photo by Lindsay Constable/Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten The Festive Getaway

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: Passengers' hold luggage is stacked in the departure hall of Gatwick airport's North Terminal as severe weather has caused delays and cancellations to numerous flights from the airport on December 24, 2013 in London, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Reigate, Surrey, UK. 24th December 2013. UK Weather Tuesday 24 December 2013. Flooding in Reigate Surrey © Photo by Lindsay Constable/Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Luggage belonging to passengers piles up following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten The Festive Getaway

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 24: A woman sits on her bag as she waits for a train in Waterloo Station as severe weather has caused delays and cancellations to numerous UK rail services on December 24, 2013 in London, England. Christmas plans have been badly affected for thousands of people after storms across the UK have resulted in flooding, power cuts and significant problems with transport infrastructure. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Luggage belonging to passengers piles up following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Passengers wait underneath blank departure screens following a power outage at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport in Horley, England, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain, leading to substantial delays Tuesday at London Gatwick Airport and on roads and rail lines at the height of the Christmas travel period. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A car sits abandon on a flooded road in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A severe winter storm has caused major travel problems in Britain. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Storms battering the seafront at Brighton

  • Giant waves hit the Lighthouse in Porthcawl

  • Security staff stand in the "snow" from the globe whilst protecting the Eros statue snow globe in Piccadilly Circus, after it was damaged by high winds and heavy rain.

  • Bad Weather in Yealmpton, Plymouth, Britain The river Yealm starts to over flow and floods into Ford Road from heavy rain fall

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    High winds in London today resulted in the bubble placed around the Statue of Eros in London's Piccadilly Circus to collapse EDITORS NOTE: This picture was taken on an iPhone

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    Shoppers brave the wet and windy weather on London's Oxford Street this afternoon to grab some last minute Christmas bargains.

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    High winds in London today resulted in the bubble placed around the Statue of Eros in London's Piccadilly Circus to collapse EDITORS NOTE: This picture was taken on an iPhone

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    High winds in London today resulted in the bubble placed around the Statue of Eros in London's Piccadilly Circus to collapse EDITORS NOTE: This picture was taken on an iPhone

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    A plane takes off at Heathrow Airport as wind and rain hits UK.

  • Winter weather Dec 23

    A plane takes off at Heathrow Airport as wind and rain hits UK.

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Office workers, in fancy dress celebrating Christmas, battle against the rain and gale force winds on Blackpool promenade on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Office workers, in fancy dress celebrating Christmas, battle against the rain and gale force winds on Blackpool promenade on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Shoppers dash for sheler in a bus stop as they brave gale force winds on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Office workers, in fancy dress celebrating Christmas, battle against the rain and gale force winds on Blackpool promenade on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Shoppers brave gale force winds as they do last minute shopping on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Shoppers brave gale force winds as they do last minute shopping on December 23, 2013 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Passengers wait for trains in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of Southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Members of the public use the London Underground in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: A station employee stands with a drink and a hawk to deter pigeons in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Storm waves break on the sea wall behind buildings on the Cobb as people walk on the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: A man struggles with an umbrella in strong winds on a footbridge crossing the River Thames on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threatens Festive Getaway

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: The Arrivals board displays train cancellations in Kings Cross Station on December 23, 2013 in London, England. With two days until Christmas day, heavy rain and strong winds are affecting much of southern England with numerous Met office weather warnings in place. Road, rail and ferry routes have been affected by the weather with gusts of wind and flooding anticipated in some areas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: A man braves the stormy weather and walks besides beach huts overlooking the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Storm waves break on the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: People brave the stormy weather as they walk besides beach huts overlooking the sea on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Gales and Heavy Rain Threaten Festive Getaway

    LYME REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: A couple braves the stormy weather and walk on the beach on December 23, 2013 in Lyme Regis, England. The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds and is warning that it may lead to some travel disruption as people make their journeys for Christmas. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)