This is the first of 2 posts on UKIP. The second post, which is about the future of the party post-EU referendum, will be on the blog in the next few days.
‘Islam is a cancer that needs eradicating’ – 2015
‘Most Nigerians are generally bad people’ – 2014
‘Dogs are more intelligent than most Muslims’ – 2015
These three comments were all made by UKIP members, councillors or MEPs in the last few years. They are just a tiny number of the comments made by various other UKIP personnel that have been universally condemned for being racist. It’s clear that the party has some racist people affiliated with it but is UKIP actually racist?
Outgoing leader Nigel Farage unsurprisingly denies this vehemently. Here, here and here he has constantly said that the party is ‘just saying what people are thinking’. OK, he has also tried to distance himself and the party from anyone who has made such comments but a quick Google search will prove that he hasn’t always come down on all racism in UKIP.
For example, in 2013 UKIP it took councillor Chris Pain several months to be even suspended from the party after posting on Facebook that ‘If you rearrange the letters in ‘illegal immigrants’, and add just a few more letters, it spells, ‘Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those other hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-********, raghead ******** with you.’’. Although he was later suspended down his role as a regional chairman of the party and a few months after expelled from UKIP the party was slow to react and is clearly attracting the wrong sort of people.
UKIP policy is also questionable in places. Farage has previously said that he would allow people to hire employees based on their ethnicity, i.e. it would be legal to hire an English man over an Irish man because he is English. This is currently illegal under discrimination laws. Also, under a UKIP government immigrants would not be entitled to any public services for 5 years (i.e. they would have to pay for private education, private healthcare etc.).
At times the party’s propaganda has been criticised as well. Most recently, during UKIP’s EU referendum campaign, the party came under fire for a poster (see below) that appeared to show queues of ‘migrants’ entering the UK when it was really a poster of Syrian refugees who had fled their country to escape ISIS.
So although at first it may seem like UKIP are ‘just saying what people are thinking’, the party attracts some disgustingly racist people, has bordering-on-racist policies and misleads people by taking advantage of their lack of knowledge on a subject. It is not racist to worry about immigration and maybe it is right to speak up about this but for me UKIP goes too far. It is my opinion that they are racist and this is something that is very unlikely to change under whoever replaces Farage in the next few months.
This post was updated on 15/8/16.