UK independence party starts its anti immigration electoral campaign
The UK Independence Party has started its campaign for the European elections in May 2014. The party has launched a poster campaign which is funded by the UK businessman Paul Sykes which is an open opponent of the European Union. One of the posters features a finger pointing out from the poster at the viewer below which is printed ’26million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?’ Another poster shows a construction who is begging with a polystyrene cup on a pavement. To his left is the text ‘EU policy at work. British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour.’ The main goal of the campaign is to attract those people, who are disappointed by the European Union. According to UKIP, EU immigration is detrimental to many local workers, because it takes jobs from them. In addition to that immigrant workers drive the average wages down, because they are ready to work for less money than the British citizens. Many political opponents to UKIP have however attacked the posters, by describing them as absurd or even racist. According to Mike Gapes, who is a Labour Party MP, the campaign is done in a way that sows fear, envy and hatred towards foreign workers, despite the fact that many immigrants are doing vital jobs for the UK economy. The veteran Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill, said ‘The UKIP advertising campaign is deeply divisive, offensive and ignorant’. Nigel Farage, who is a leader of UKIP was unrepentant, despite the criticism. He said that the posters reflect the real situation with the immigration in UK and that they might ruffle a few feathers among the chattering classes’. Nevertheless he is not bothered by that at all.