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UKIP: Racist Party Hates Foreigners and Unemployed.

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UKIP: Hatred of Foreigners and…Unemployed. 

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has defended his party’s controversial election campaign ahead of the May European elections, after its posters were called “racist”.

The party’s economic spokesman, Steven Woolfe, announced the campaign on Twitter on Sunday, and said the giant posters would be “coming to you soon”.

One billboard depicts a man dressed as a builder begging for spare change next to the words: “EU policy at work. British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour.”

Another poster reads: “26 million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?” alongside a giant hand pointing at the viewer.

Others complain that 75 per cent of British laws are made in Brussels, and that UK taxpayers fund the “celebrity lifestyle” of EU bureaucrats.

Figures across the political spectrum soon posted tweets opposing the campaign, and accused the party of scare-mongering.

There were also comparisons to posters released by the far-right British National Party which carried the slogan: “British Jobs for British Workers” next to men dressed in high-vis jackets.

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.

Independent.

For a party so concerned about jobs and unemployment in the UK this is the attitude of their party towards  the out-of-work – April  2014. (link).

After Scrapbook exposed sick comments from a UKIP councillor on banning unemployed people from voting, the party’s most high-profile new recruit has rushed to his defence, claiming Cllr Tom Bursnall “has a point”, going on to say it is “dangerous” to let unemployed people vote.

Having defected from the Tories, 23 year-old Alexandra Swann was the star turn at UKIP’s recent conference in Skegness — with party leader Nigel Farage proudly declaring that “the Swann has migrated”.

But appearing to agree with Cllr Bursnall, who as the former chair of Conservative Future is also a defector from the Tories to UKIP, she continued:

“allowing people to vote on how other people’s money is spent — if they dont contribute — is dangerous”

With these views, Scrapbook was unsurprised to learn that Swann idolises anarcho-Libertarian philosophers and is completing a PhD in social Darwinism.

And this Guardian (March 2013)

Some long-term benefit claimants would be banned from using their benefit cash to buy cigarettes, alcohol or satellite TV subscriptions under proposals due to be presented at the UK Independence party’s spring conference on Saturday.

In the same year UKIP described the unemployed as a ” “a parasitic underclass of scroungers”.

UKIP’s welfare policies include forced unpaid work for all Housing and Council Tax Benefit claimants, Incapacity Benefit (now ESA) slashed to Job Seeker’s Allowance rates and childcare support for working parents demolished.

To add to this UKIP Welfare Policy is also 

• Non means-tested “basic cash benefit” for low earners and unemployed. Jobseekers allowance and incapacity benefit is scrapped.

• Child benefit for the first three children only.

• No benefits for anyone who has not lived in the UK for five years.

For the  2014 elections (UKIP site) these policies stand unchanged :

• Enrol unemployed welfare claimants onto community schemes or retraining workfare programmes.

That is, unpaid workfare.

• Make welfare a safety net for the needy, not a bed for the lazy. Benefits only available to those who have lived here for over 5 years. 

That is, yet more scapegoating of the out-of-work – and ‘foreigners’.

It’s not surprising that the  lunatic fringe of the Tory Party – in East Anglia and elsewhere – is attracted to this far-right anti-welfare, anti- foreigner party.

working parents demolished.

Written by Andrew Coates

April 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

17 Responses

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  1. I feel at the moment we are going back to the 1970’s and the rise of the National Front. Unfortunately this party has aped the Liberal Democrats with its grassroots campaigning at the local level and poses a tremendous threat not seen in decades, even the rise of the BNP a few years ago cannot compare to this threat. The appeal to race and nation is fundamentally no different to the BNP/NF, even if outwardly it cannot be considered a classic fascist party, it certainly has some of the ingredients. Europe and in particular the EU, is the main bogeyman rather than the inherent contradictions and weaknesses of capitalism. No surprise too that Farage is a privately educated ex-stockbroker and their billboard poster campaign is financed by a muilti- millionaire ex Tory. There is a real danger that racism becomes respectable again with their emphasis on ‘speaking their mind’ and their campaign against so called ‘political correctness’. They completely refute climate change without offering one single scrap of evidence to the contrary. Outwardly they totally outflank the Tory right wing, but this poster appeal is targeted at the working class. We live in dangerous times.

    Chris.

    April 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

  2. I see the left has a major problem, some are still following the Gillian Duffy policy, stick your head in the ground over immigration and call anybody who mentions it a bigot.

    Alas this policy will never work, when the public is left with the choice between something that would make a fascist dictator happy and nothing people are going to vote UKIP It won’t do a thing by trailing them and shouting abuse, those sort of people are just seen as the loony left.

    What really needs to be done is to produce a sensible immigration policy that will deal with the rouge employers that abuse immigrants and don’t provide them with the same rights as UK workers.

    Chris W

    April 22, 2014 at 11:53 am

  3. Actually this post was about the unemployed.

    Do you have anything to say about workfare, removing the right to vote for the out-of-work, and cutting benefits to the bone?

    Andrew Coates

    April 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

  4. Chris, I agree on many points, but in fact in many places UKIP are a ‘virtual’ party who have to pay to get their material delivered.

    Andrew Coates

    April 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

  5. The ‘Little England’ bit is just part of the Kippers’ programme, which is in all respects a right-wing Tory one. The Kippers have to be fought on all their programme points; I don’t see Labour actually doing that.

    Dr Paul

    April 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

  6. A builder I know was paying Labourers £50 a day over twenty years ago. That is the going rate in some areas of the south of England today. The reason is because Eastern Europeans have driven down wage rates. No discussion, no argument. It’ not racist it’s a fact.

    themadmullahofbricklane

    April 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  7. When workers take action to defend jobs and conditions, even when (as at Grangemouth) using reactionary slogans like “British jobs for British workers”, they should be supported. That’s quite different from giving an inch to the reactionary, racist nationalism of Ukip – and dressing their filth up with slightly more “left wing” language a la ‘No2UEU’ is a shameful disgrace for those “leftists” playing that particular lethal game.

    Jim Denham

    April 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

  8. Sorry Jim Denham, can you elaborate on that.

    themadmullahofbricklane

    April 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  9. Denham doesn’t do elaboration, he simply trots out triteness.

    Anti immigrant and anti welfare policies score high beyond the lunatic fringe, unfortunately. This may come as a shock to those who have spent their days debating in leftist sects. But open those sect doors, open your ears (and in Denhams case put down the bottle) and you will soon see sober reality skipping merrily into view.

    I nearly agree that UKIP are a virtual party at the moment, but as the proportion of votes going to the main parties sinks lower, despite our corrupt first past the post system, and year after year highlights the poverty of the main parties, add into the mix the anti Muslim (among others) hysteria (which this site indulges in) and all the ingredients are there for a far right resurgence.

    On the notion of supporting workers with reactionary slogans, this smacks of treating the workers like the ruling class treat them, as useful idiots. Working people can take an argument, bickering is something the British are gold medalists at! So if you disagree with their slogans tell them and tell them why. If they don’t accept your opinion then take it on the chin. But don’t get too worked up about slogans! Like when some protesters held signs saying “We are all Hezbollah now!”. Sure, go ahead and say why you don’t like the slogan but don’t make it the end of the world.

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    April 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  10. Incidentally, re Denhams ‘filthy nationalism’. Funny how he supports ‘filthy nationalism’ in Ukraine but denounces it here!

    The Ukrainians in the East should be supported and we should argue that they should split from Kiev. It is clear that the Eastern Ukrainians will not have any form of suffrage in Ukraine, that the Oligarchs and imperialist will disenfranchise them. How any leftist can take up support of the Kiev Oligarchs in this situation is beyond belief.

    But beyond belief is the normal state of drone supporting leftism!

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    April 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  11. madmullah: I’m not sure which aspect of my comment you want me to “elaborate” upon, but does this help::
    http://shirazsocialist.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/the-anti-eu-cause-is-inevitably-racist/
    ?

    Jim Denham

    April 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm

  12. Well looking at their policies from an unemployment issue none of them, with the except of with holding the vote for the unemployed, are new. Some of them could be seen as tinkering at the seams of existing legislation. In general not a single policy that the Tories haven’t already tried or suggested already.

    They could have introduced the living wage, banned tied visas, banned zero hours contracts and made it illegal to advertise and/or interview for a job only in a foreign language. Something the could have improved immigration but alas their just the same as the Tories looking out for big business.

    Unfortunately the average voter isn’t going to take notice of these policies, like gays cause floods, these policies will just be taken as the crackpot ideas of the fringe and not the main party. A UKIP election pamphlet has just dropped through my door and there’s a lot more weirder claims (like being able to clear the budget deficit just by not paying the EU ‘membership fee’) which I feel will appeal to voters.

    Chris W

    April 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  13. It is employers who have used migrant labour to drive wages down. Not migrant workers. Fact.

    Andrew Coates

    April 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  14. Do most migrants seee themselves as part of the working class (British or international)?

    sue r

    April 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm

  15. I don’t suppose they all go around wearing badges saying ‘I’m a proud member of the working class’.

    I imagine most are just trying to make a reasonable living, like most of the indigenous population. I don’t really see a great deal of class-consciousness among people that I work with.

    Igor Belanov

    April 24, 2014 at 8:51 am

  16. Well I’m not surprised ukip is the Thatcherite wing that gave us the poll Tax they wanted a flat rate income tax as well to benifit there rich tory donors. I voted ukip last year but realise now a vote for ukip would let in the tories again and we may have a worse right wing coalition than we have now. If you want rid of the tories vote Labour. The tories are using a european referendum for a possible coalition with UKIP dont be fooled.

    Craig Tomkinson

    April 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm

  17. You Brits are just lazy poms.

    Clint H eine

    July 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm


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