Farage defends Ukip poster campaign

Blackpool Citizen: Leader Nigel Farage has defended a new Ukip poster campaign as after it was attacked by political opponents Leader Nigel Farage has defended a new Ukip poster campaign as after it was attacked by political opponents

Nigel Farage has defended a new immigration-centred Ukip poster campaign as "a hard-hitting reflection of reality" after it was attacked as "racist" by political opponents.

The anti-European Union (EU) party is using £1.5 million of funding from millionaire ex-Tory donor Paul Sykes to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of European Parliament elections on May 22.

To be displayed at hundreds of billboard sites across the country, they carry stark warnings that "British workers are hit hard by unlimited foreign labour" and that 26 million unemployed people across Europe are "after" UK jobs.

Under the slogan "take back control of our country", others complain that 75% of British laws are made in Brussels and that UK taxpayers fund the "celebrity lifestyle" of EU bureaucrats.

Critics compared the immigration posters with those used in the past by the far-right British National Party.

Labour MP Mike Gapes said they were "racist" and appealed to "all decent British Commonwealth and EU citizens" to register to vote in May's polls.

But Mr Farage, whose party is tipped to push the Conservatives into third place and perhaps win the election outright, dismissed the concerns of the "chattering classes".

"These posters are a hard-hitting reflection of reality as it is experienced by millions of British people struggling to earn a living outside the Westminster bubble," he said.

"Are we going to ruffle a few feathers among the chattering classes? Yes. Are we bothered about that? Not in the slightest.

"Ukip is hugely grateful to Paul Sykes for his magnificent contribution to the great cause of restoring Britain's ability to be a self-governing nation. The political earthquake I have spoken of is on its way."

Mr Sykes said: "I am supporting the biggest advertising campaign in Ukip's history to bring home to the British people what is at stake.

"The European elections are the most important for many years.

"We have the chance to support a party that represents a complete break with the past. The other parties, whatever their merits, are content to work within the existing Brussels straitjacket.

"They cannot do anything about immigration or British workers being undercut by cheap foreign labour and they are prisoners of the European Court of Justice and the closely-related European Court of Human Rights, which stops us deporting foreign criminals and terrorists.

"They are about to embrace new European controls over our policing and justice systems - including the European arrest warrant, they allow interference in our tax system and they subcontract more and more of our foreign and defence policies to unelected EU bureaucrats.

"An overwhelming victory for Ukip will break the political mould in the UK, forcing Labour and the Lib Dems to back a full-scale referendum and intensifying the popular pressure for that to be staged as early as general election day 2015."

The posters will be displayed in two waves over the next four weeks and be accompanied by adverts in digital media.

Ukip said today that its fast-rising membership had now passed 36,000 - only around 8,000 behind the Liberal Democrats and on course to overtake Nick Clegg's junior coalition party by the time of the 2015 general election.

Mr Clegg appealed for help from Labour and pro-EU Tories to counter the eurosceptic party's arguments in the run-up to May 22 and dismissed Mr Farage's claims to be an insurgent.

He wrote in The Guardian that Ukip is part of the anti-Brussels "establishment" and its leader is the sort of professional politician he accused others of being,

"Of all Nigel Farage's far-fetched claims - and there are many - the most outlandish is the idea that Ukip's call for an exit is the insurgents' battle cry," he said.

"European withdrawal is presented as a great revolutionary promise, held in stark contrast to the status quo upheld by a homogeneous political elite.

"What poppycock. For a start, Farage is every bit the professional politician he enthusiastically reviles. He and I were elected to the European Parliament on the same day in 1999. I left after five years. The Ukip leader is still there.

"More important, there is nothing remotely new about his party's ambitions. Ukip is simply the fresh face of a long-standing Eurosceptic establishment, supported by many in the Tory party and significant parts of the press."

Mr Clegg acknowledged that a British exit from the EU was now "plausible" but insisted he would happily take on Mr Farage in more televised debates - despite being widely seen as having lost support to him after the two already broadcast.

"I would meet the Ukip leader in front of the cameras every day between now and polling day if I could," he said.

"Prior to these debates, the case for in was largely absent from the public debate. Twenty years of deliberate inaccuracies and entrenched mistruths are not going to be reversed in two hours."

Admitting the pro-EU case lacked "volume", he said: " The Lib Dems have started this debate - but we cannot win it alone.

"We want to work with others to deliver the firepower needed to challenge the Eurosceptic establishment.

"If Labour is still a pro-European party, it needs to come off the fence. Tory modernisers must risk the wrath of their backbenchers and speak out."

He added: "If you are holding back, ask yourself: what are you waiting for? The fight is on. The threat is real. It's time to pick a side."

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3:44pm Mon 21 Apr 14

cosmick says...

Well why would CLEGG debate every day with NIGEL ? Just to prove he is a looser.
Well why would CLEGG debate every day with NIGEL ? Just to prove he is a looser. cosmick
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Mon 21 Apr 14

mighty mac says...

ukip all the way, lets get our country back
ukip all the way, lets get our country back mighty mac
  • Score: 9

7:02pm Mon 21 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Out comes their Race card and it's not even May yet, they must be getting very worried, stand by for more of the same in days to come, Clegy you got owned by Nigel you loser....
Out comes their Race card and it's not even May yet, they must be getting very worried, stand by for more of the same in days to come, Clegy you got owned by Nigel you loser.... welshmen
  • Score: 7

8:16am Tue 22 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Hmmm...I'm certainly no supporter of Ukip but I can't exactly see what's "racist" about the above poster? It might be seen as inferring that there's some secret plot by Belgians to control Britain, but surely since Belgians are a nationality and not one specific race a more appropriate criticism could be xenophobic?
Hmmm...I'm certainly no supporter of Ukip but I can't exactly see what's "racist" about the above poster? It might be seen as inferring that there's some secret plot by Belgians to control Britain, but surely since Belgians are a nationality and not one specific race a more appropriate criticism could be xenophobic? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

8:17am Tue 22 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

...or even Belgophobic? Do believe I've coined a new word there;)
...or even Belgophobic? Do believe I've coined a new word there;) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Pobinr says...

Racists & xenophobes are people that are sick & tired of;
1] Cheap imported labour that drives wages down & take jobs from locals
2] Classes full of kids that need special lessons in speaking basic English
3] Being told it's just Daily Mail fiction when I see it with my own eyes
4] Higher house prices & rents due to increased demand
5] More crowded surgeries & longer NHS queues
6] Worst housing shortage since WWII
7] More & more houses on greenbelt
8] More & more road congestion
9] Child grooming gangs
10] People traffickers
11] FGM
I guess that makes me a racist xenophobe then!
Racists & xenophobes are people that are sick & tired of; 1] Cheap imported labour that drives wages down & take jobs from locals 2] Classes full of kids that need special lessons in speaking basic English 3] Being told it's just Daily Mail fiction when I see it with my own eyes 4] Higher house prices & rents due to increased demand 5] More crowded surgeries & longer NHS queues 6] Worst housing shortage since WWII 7] More & more houses on greenbelt 8] More & more road congestion 9] Child grooming gangs 10] People traffickers 11] FGM I guess that makes me a racist xenophobe then! Pobinr
  • Score: 1

1:30am Sun 27 Apr 14

Pobinr says...

My great uncle was Irish & another was Scottish. I'm also 1/16th German Jew.
Also eleven sixteenths of my genetic make up comes from Bongo Bongo land when my ancestors left there 100,000 years ago.

Frankly I'm shocked that the only reason you xenophobes & racists accept me is because I was born in England.

I believe the EU should expand to include all nations & the population of the entire world should be allowed to come here to either operate car washes or serve coffee on min wage so that Starbucks can avoid even more corporation tax.

Think of it. No more wars because we will be ruled from one centralised point. You see you can only have wars if there’s two or more points trying to rule you.

If we concrete over our land to build homes for the entire world it will be a
tremendous boost to our building industry & our concrete industry. Yours & mine.

It will boost our economy & we'll all be richer. It will also protect our
jobs. Yours & mine.

Think of the boost in demand for car washes the coffee they serve thanks to population increase. Yes more & more wealth. More & more boost to our economy. We’ll all be richer. You and me.

We could boost our employment, create jobs by having factories making replicas of all the trees that we cut down to clear for land for building homes for all these new people that speak exiting different languages to us that enrich our culture & quality of life.

Then sell those fake trees to the ever increasing population of immigrants. Yes incredible isn’t it. You guessed it. Yet more wealth from making replicas of what we cut down. You & me.

CO2 emissions & transport costs from China would reduce because all the Chinese sweat shops will be here helping to make you & me richer.

But don’t be too downbeat. It needn’t stop there. There are 100 billion galaxies, with a 100 billion stars in each. There must be 100 billion planets. Perhaps a billion with intelligent life.

If we have a bold vision for the future for you & me. For us. We can build 3D cities 10,000 miles high to accommodate the beings from all those planets.

The more aliens that come here the richer we become. You & I.
We will welcome all of them. Even the ones like Daleks that want to kill us. In the end our compassion will win them over. They will learn to love us whether they want to or not.

It’s a bold vision I know. But it’s the only way we can compete in a universe market place.

But trust me. Follow me. Vote for me & I will bring you wealth & a beautiful
harmonious world where we all love any living creature whatever it is & whatever it thinks.

We benefit them & they benefit us. We will put their young into care in nurseries as soon as they exit their mothers wombs and they will learn how to love our playstations.

Yes you guessed. I am Nick Clegg.
The biggest con man & talker of bolox on the planet!
My great uncle was Irish & another was Scottish. I'm also 1/16th German Jew. Also eleven sixteenths of my genetic make up comes from Bongo Bongo land when my ancestors left there 100,000 years ago. Frankly I'm shocked that the only reason you xenophobes & racists accept me is because I was born in England. I believe the EU should expand to include all nations & the population of the entire world should be allowed to come here to either operate car washes or serve coffee on min wage so that Starbucks can avoid even more corporation tax. Think of it. No more wars because we will be ruled from one centralised point. You see you can only have wars if there’s two or more points trying to rule you. If we concrete over our land to build homes for the entire world it will be a tremendous boost to our building industry & our concrete industry. Yours & mine. It will boost our economy & we'll all be richer. It will also protect our jobs. Yours & mine. Think of the boost in demand for car washes the coffee they serve thanks to population increase. Yes more & more wealth. More & more boost to our economy. We’ll all be richer. You and me. We could boost our employment, create jobs by having factories making replicas of all the trees that we cut down to clear for land for building homes for all these new people that speak exiting different languages to us that enrich our culture & quality of life. Then sell those fake trees to the ever increasing population of immigrants. Yes incredible isn’t it. You guessed it. Yet more wealth from making replicas of what we cut down. You & me. CO2 emissions & transport costs from China would reduce because all the Chinese sweat shops will be here helping to make you & me richer. But don’t be too downbeat. It needn’t stop there. There are 100 billion galaxies, with a 100 billion stars in each. There must be 100 billion planets. Perhaps a billion with intelligent life. If we have a bold vision for the future for you & me. For us. We can build 3D cities 10,000 miles high to accommodate the beings from all those planets. The more aliens that come here the richer we become. You & I. We will welcome all of them. Even the ones like Daleks that want to kill us. In the end our compassion will win them over. They will learn to love us whether they want to or not. It’s a bold vision I know. But it’s the only way we can compete in a universe market place. But trust me. Follow me. Vote for me & I will bring you wealth & a beautiful harmonious world where we all love any living creature whatever it is & whatever it thinks. We benefit them & they benefit us. We will put their young into care in nurseries as soon as they exit their mothers wombs and they will learn how to love our playstations. Yes you guessed. I am Nick Clegg. The biggest con man & talker of bolox on the planet! Pobinr
  • Score: 1

1:56am Sun 27 Apr 14

Pobinr says...

Why are we even debating this subject?
28,000 Romanians are held for crimes in London. Romanians
come second on the list of foreign nationals arrested by police for serious crimes.
This includes 142 rapes, 10 murders, 666 sex crimes, 303
robberies, 1370 burglaries, 2902 acts of violence.

Close the borders. Only let in people that pass criminal record checks & that have a skill we are in short supply of on condition that if their employmernt comes to an end & they can't pay their way then they are not entitled to any benefits unless they've paid into the system for 5 years.

PS people with the skill to serve Costas on min wage & operate wash cars do not have skills we really need!
Why are we even debating this subject? 28,000 Romanians are held for crimes in London. Romanians come second on the list of foreign nationals arrested by police for serious crimes. This includes 142 rapes, 10 murders, 666 sex crimes, 303 robberies, 1370 burglaries, 2902 acts of violence. Close the borders. Only let in people that pass criminal record checks & that have a skill we are in short supply of on condition that if their employmernt comes to an end & they can't pay their way then they are not entitled to any benefits unless they've paid into the system for 5 years. PS people with the skill to serve Costas on min wage & operate wash cars do not have skills we really need! Pobinr
  • Score: 1
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