New British poll gives UKIP lead in EU election

Nigel Farage. European Parliament, 2011, [EP/Flickr]

A new poll suggests that the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) will beat mainstream parties in the upcoming European elections, despite leading a ‘racist’ campaign.

 The YouGov poll showed the party has overtaken Labour on voting intentions, with 31% up from 23% in March. Labour have consistently polled first. However, they now move into second position on 28%, down from 32% over the same period.

The Conservatives trail behind with 19%, down from 24%, according to the poll.

Last week, UKIP launched its campaign for the EU elections with posters slammed by opponents as “racist”, fear-mongering and inaccurate.

One of the four posters depicts a construction worker sitting on a sidewalk and begging for money, accompanied by the text "EU policy at work - British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour."

Another poster states that "26 million people in Europe are looking for work - and whose job are they after?"

A third poster,  depicting a torn UK flag with an EU flag underneath, says “Who really runs this country? 76% of our laws are now made in Brussels.”

The fourth poster depicts passengers sitting inside a London bus, with the text “Your daily grind…”, continued onto another photo, on the right, with a gentleman sitting in the back seat of a limousine, with an EU flag, stating “…funds his celebrity lifestyle”. “The UK pays £55 million a day to the EU and its Eurocrats,” the message concludes.

Over the weekend, William Henwood, a local election candidate for the party in Enfield, north London, had said Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country" after the comedian and actor suggested ethnic minorities were poorly represented on British television.

Despite all this, UKIP seems immune to criticism, and mainstream politicians are finding it difficult to acknowledge the gains being made by the extremist party in the polls.

Peter Hain, the former Labour cabinet minister, said UKIP seemed to be resistant to attacks, and that he expected the party to beat Labour, the Guardian reported.

Lord Tebbit, the former Tory chairman, also said he expected UKIP to make history, by becoming the first party other than Labour or the Conservatives to win a UK-wide election since the First World War.

Tebbit said his party was still paying the price for David Cameron's decision to brand UKIP supporters "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists" eight years ago.

Hain said the mainstream political parties had to recognise that UKIP's success was symptomatic of a wider loss of trust in politics. "The political class needs to wake up, because UKIP are capitalising on the big anti-politics sentiment that is out there," he told the Guardian.

"Despite the fact that their candidates have blamed flooding on gay marriage, called women sluts, and expressed openly racist and Islamophobic prejudice – some really nasty stuff – and Nigel Farage has been accused of all sorts of allegations, all of it just seems to wash off, just like water off a duck's back, because they are the expression of a deep antagonism to the political class.

"It is really disturbing that they seem to have developed an immunity to the truth. It's for that reason that I expect them to be in the lead on 22 May."

His analysis was backed by Matthew Goodwin, an associate professor of politics at Nottingham University and co-author of a new book about UKIP, Revolt on the Right. He said that, until recently, he had expected UKIP to come second in the European elections, but that he had changed his mind.

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an european's picture

despite leading a racist's campagne `...
Well i can't understand what a such without dignity racists party is still able to be allowed on the sense of the Unity because basicaly it's the same as to give the power to destroy whatever on a unit you can.
But i wish an immediate referendum to brexit now¨.
It's the time for Farage to take consequences about HIS economy '
Can't wait ... Wish it's now.
What i will laugh.
The more people believes on his lies the better because we finished earlier with such a racist liar flair gentleman..about gentleman....
Plain and simple.

an european's picture


It's simply that humans is going beyond to be a racist to defend whatever disregarding the ethic and respect of a human dignity !
So British already killed a lot of Americans and massacring Scots on their proudness with their unlawful parliament Kings etc...!
They were/are uncapable to recognize the hegemony of the of the Unity over the territory bounded wherever area.
Thanks to what today United States of America shows that Britain has no more influence over their slavage influence of american people !

The best is to reverse Europe back to a new holy Roman Empire !

The Unity IS and always WAS what makes strong!

El Pluribus Unum

evad666's picture

"despite leading a ‘racist’ campaign."
Well currently the EU is racist the EU Courts are racist and the Brits have had enough of being the target of that racism.

Wolfread's picture

I know real racists who support the two main parties in the UK. Calling a party that wishes to have controlled immigration racist and far-right is childish and bigoted in it self. I do not believe representing the wishes of those who would rather leave the EU is extreme either. Remember no party in Westminster supports this. I respect the wishes of our Scottish brethren to have a say in possibly leaving an older and more successful union, we live in a democracy and that is a cause that many in our islands gave their lives for, including some in my family. I respect the views of those who would wish to remain in the EU even if I do not. The use of smear and abuse to close down debate is however the tactic of extremists.

A Londoner's picture

As a UKIP spokesman pointed out there is an irony to accusations of UKIP racism. The Treaties of Rome and Maastrict allows freedom of movement in the EU to European Citizens (more likely to be white and Christian heritage ) but denies it to non-EU citizens (more likely to be non-white and non-Christian heritage). UKIP argues that it wants to treat all would be migrants to the UK who are non-British on the same basis. They argue that to keep out an Indian doctor whilst allowing in a Romanian labourer is clearly racist.

I am not likely to vote for UKIP but I thought it a fair point.

GeorgeMc's picture

It is good to see sensible and balanced posts from 'Wolfread' and 'A Londoner'. They have pointed out the blatantly obvious, which does not need a degree in politics to recognise. The outright panic from the mainstream parties has manifested itself in smear tactics, which appears to be counterproductive.
If the mainstream political parties had recognised and addressed the concerns of the electorate and had not treated them with contempt, then there would have been no need for a UKIP pressure group and they would not have developed into a political party.
If the polls are correct and UKIP success is close to what is forecast it will give Mr Cameron a huge problem at the next general election. In my view the Conservatives need to find a new leader as Cameron's judgement has been found to be seriously lacking.