Ukip posters are ‘hard-hitting reflection of reality’, says Nigel Farage, as party pledges to spend £3m on Euro elections
Nigel Farage has defended a new immigration-centred poster UK Independence Party campaign as ‘a hard-hitting reflection of reality’ after it was attacked as ‘racist’ by some of his Labour opponents
Nigel Farage has defended a new immigration-centred poster UK Independence Party campaign as “a hard-hitting reflection of reality” after it was attacked as “racist” by some of his Labour opponents.
The anti-European Union party is using a £1.5 million donation from millionaire businessman Paul Sykes to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive on Tuesday ahead of next month’s European Parliament elections.
The party said that it hoped to more than double its spending to £3million on the Euro elections, compared to £1.3million in the last Euro elections in 2009 according to Electoral Commission records.
The sums set to be spent by Ukip dwarf the £2.5 million and £2.3 million spent by the Conservatives and Labour respectively on the same elections in 2009, as the archly Euro-sceptic party tries to win its ever national election.
The posters – which will be displayed at hundreds of billboard sites – carry stark warnings that “British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour” and that 26 million unemployed people across Europe are “after” British jobs.
Under the slogan “take back control of our country”, others complain that 75 per cent of British laws are made in Brussels and that UK taxpayers fund the “celebrity lifestyle” of EU bureaucrats.
Ukip’s opponents 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, the leader of the party which 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.”