UKIP launches election campaign with controversial posters

  
UKIP poster
UKIP poster

The anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has started 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.

 

 

 

According to the BBC, the poster campaign, which will be backed up by newspaper and online adverts, is the party's biggest publicity drive to date. The campaign is reportedly funded directly by former Tory donor Paul Sykes.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage defended the posters, saying that they were "a hard-hitting reflection of reality as it is experienced by millions of British people struggling to earn a living outside the Westminster bubble". According to opinion polls, UKIP may be the first force at the European elections, leaving Labour second and the Tories third.

Labour MP Mike Gapes tweeted that he hoped the "racist posters" would encourage "decent" people to vote.

Richard Corbett, a candidate for Labour MEP,  and former counsellor to Council President Herman van Rompuy, wrote in his blog that “not a single element” the UKIP narrative was true, “but it’s repeated ad nauseam in the eurosceptic parts of our media and by so many Conservative and UKIP  politicians that it’s almost taken as read”.

Line by line, Corbett refutes UKIP messaging. Regarding the claim that 75% of UK laws were made in Brussels, he quotes from The House of Commons library, which is independent of political influence, and which published a detailed analysis. The library concluded that the real figure was just 6.8% of laws and 14.1% of statutory instruments. These figures include everything that even mentions the EU, “from passing reference to explicit implementation”.

Regarding the claim that Britain was paying the EU millions, Corbett quotes the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), stating that UK membership in the EU benefits every family in the country to the tune of £3000 per year.

“Eurosceptics quote only what we pay into the EU’s own budget, most of which we get back anyway, and keep quiet about the far greater economic benefits, not to mention the intangible ones,” the Labour politician writes.

The UKIP posters were derided in social media for their incitement. The total number of unemployed people in the EU should not be assimilated to the number of potential immigrants to the UK, many argued.

A similar fear-mongering campaign recently proved to be unfounded. Prime Minister David Cameron has advocated slashing immigration, against the background of a campaign in the tabloid press warning that hordes of Bulgarians and Romanians would flock to the UK when Labour restrictions were lifted on 1 January 2014. Recent statistics show that very few Bulgarians and Romanians moved to the UK after 1 January .

The UKIP poster campaign was noticed also by the press in eastern Europe. Readers commenting on an article published by Dnevnik, the EurActiv partner in Bulgaria, wonder why the anti-immigration campaign targets mainly eastern Europeans, and not immigrants from distant corners of the British Empire. 

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an european's picture

ha ha ha by
"unlimited cheap labour"
Amazing ....

Such a IQ less .Uckip evidence ...however if cheap or not ! however the minimum wage is a national law !
Do workers have one ? Englandese lke to work where there is Mone anyway ..in Banks of London City ..
They have no force to work even for thinking .....

Ha ha ha .. This is Typical UKIP's Bullshit evidence !

Barry's picture

As ever aneuropean shows his ignorance, wages are lead by supply and demand with a huge amount of unskilled labour coming from the continent the unemployment goes through the roof and holds wages down, but then he is ignorant of reality and just wants to flood the UK with foreigners.

an european's picture

Crazy That UKIP lett'ts it's own Brittons belieying that the minimum wage is an E.U. one !

THEN THE U.K. should implement an min wag law Instead again attacking the European Union!
Angela has already implement a min wage law!
Have i to write this here???!!!!

Barry's picture

As ever aneuropean shows his ignorance, wages are lead by supply and demand with a huge amount of unskilled labour coming from the continent the unemployment goes through the roof and holds wages down, but then he is ignorant of reality and just wants to flood the UK with foreigners

Charles_m's picture

An eEuropean - there has been a minimum wage in the UK for many years, and it is set at the higher end of typical EU min wages. Or maybe I just didn't understand your English as usual.

evad666's picture

The EU Commission uses its puppets to attempt to refute the claims of UKIP, Corbett refutes UKIP messaging. Richard Corbett, a candidate for Labour MEP, and former counsellor to Council President Herman van Rompuy, wrote in his blog that “not a single element” the UKIP narrative was true,
Well guess what we no longer believe you, Vote UKIP for a return to sanity.

Barry's picture

Well it was the unelected commissioner Redding who gleefully claimed the 76% of laws coming from the eussr and when you look at all the regulations and laws that are simply rubber stamped by Westminster they do indeed reach the 76% level. This is just anotherr europhile labour member lying again.

Barry's picture

Richard Corbett, a candidate for Labour MEP, and former counsellor to Council President Herman van Rompuy, wrote in his blog that “not a single element” the UKIP narrative was true, “but it’s repeated ad nauseam in the eurosceptic parts of our media and by so many Conservative and UKIP politicians that it’s almost taken as read”.

No one has heard of this person who is probably the author of this piece as it is unsigned and only refers to him, typical europhile propaganda.

NiCk_Z's picture

So if you havent heard of him he cant put forward a factual opinion? Great to see how open you are, mate. Also what part of the UKIP narrative is true? Any actual facts you would like to put forward ie not backed up by trumped up UKIP facts? Typical UKIP trolling.

an european's picture

Oh barry (UKIP supporter)
tries to give me some lesson .....
ha ha ha ha
However for me , Ukip can continue it's Sh*it of Bullsh*t betraying it's own british people !
It's me as long as wide !

Mike Parr's picture

“Who really runs this country? 76% of our laws are now made in Brussels”.

The two statements are mutually exclusive. The USA runs the UK (amongst other things it funds to the tune of £100m/yr the UK spy system GCHQ) and controls the UK nuclear "deterrent" (hell it supplies it). With respect to "laws made in Bruxelles" it was mad-cow Thatcher who opened the gates (back in the days when Farage was a fully paid up member of...... the Tory-vermin party).

Gosh what an interesting bunch of hypocrites - still that is what lubricates the machinations of the body politic.

Otto's picture

Racist. Fear-mongering. Inaccurate.

The UKIP should use it as the official motto.

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