Stupidest "racism" smear yet against UKIP
UKIP's poster campaign is much less inflammatory than Gordon Brown's 2007 speech in which he referred to "British jobs for British workers". Oh, we forgot. References to immigration are only racist if UKIP makes them
We're not saying this was predictable, but boy was this predictable! You get an erstwhile supporter of UKIP from an ethnic minority, get them to quit in (manufactured) disgust at the party's "racism", and then -- stand at a safe distance now -- get them to write it all up in the Guardian. Predictable? Nah....
Sanya-Jeet Thandi claims to have been offended by the "the direction in which the party is going", which she describes as "terrifying".
"Ukip", she says, "has descended into a form of racist populism that I cannot bring myself to vote for."
The primary piece of evidence for this is the UKIP poster campaign which reminds voters in the UK of the huge unemployment problem across the EU and then points out that unlimited immigration can mean that there could be a threat to UK jobs.
You can argue about the economics, but it's much less inflammatory than Gordon Brown's 2007 speech in which he referred to "British jobs for British workers". That was a line taken directly from the old National Front. If you're not going to vote UKIP because of its posters, you definitely shouldn't have been voting Labour the past few years.
Oh, that's right. References to immigration are only racist if UKIP makes them. Sorry, we forgot.
Thandi seeks to juxtapose the issue of immigration from Europe with that of her own immigrant parents.
"I am the daughter of Indian nationals and strongly support immigration... Yet if I voted Ukip, how many of those voting with me would privately prefer that my parents and I were not citizens of this country?"
Well probably no more or less than those who vote Conservative or Labour. But the bigger point is that her complaint doesn't even make sense in its own terms. UKIP's gripe is with unlimited immigration from Europe where almost all of the immigrants are of the same race as almost all Britons. Racism doesn't, and logically can't, come into it.
As far as Thandi's parents are concerned, like all other non-EU immigrants they would be subject to immigration controls anyway, immigration controls supported by all the main political parties.
The only thing you could criticise UKIP for over its posters is that they're possibly a bit on the crass side. But more crass than "British jobs for British workers"? No, not at all. Not even for one second.
And once you internalise that point, the Guardian's dishonest little ruse is revealed for precisely what it is.
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