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Farage admits labelling Ukip racist could 'bury' their support

Ukip’s fear of being called racist shows that there’s a solid base to build a fightback against the hard right party, writes Sadie Robinson

Issue No. 2435

Ukip leader Nigel Farage fears being branded racist

Ukip leader Nigel Farage fears being branded racist (Pic: Graphic by Socialist Worker, Photo by Chatham House)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is terrified of his party being labelled racist as he thinks it would smash its support.

He made the admission at a meeting of the party’s national executive committee in June 2013. 

Minutes of the meeting were leaked to the Daily Telegraph newspaper last month.

Farage said that linking Ukip to a “racist age” was “the one thing that is able to bury the party”.

The warning shows that—for all the rhetoric—Ukip leaders know that many people in Britain abhor racism.

They also know that ordinary people want policies that will benefit them rather than the rich.

That’s why Ukip “sources” claim the party has developed left wing policies such as opposing the bedroom tax and ring fencing NHS spending.

But Ukip is not a party for working class people. It is a party of the establishment backed by rich bosses.

Farage has admitted that “the key money for us will be the hedge fund industry” in the run-up to this year’s general election.

Ukip unveiled vague policy ideas at its conference in Doncaster last year. They would benefit the rich at the expense of ordinary people.

So Ukip would scrap laws that harm bosses’ “competitiveness”—in other words, laws that protect workers’ rights.

It would also abolish inheritance tax—a measure that will disproportionately benefit the rich.

It would support free schools and allow state schools to apply to become grammar schools—measures that entrench class division.

Ukip would also limit child benefit and bring in a raft of anti-immigrant measures.

The party is posing as anti-establishment in a bid to win workers’ votes. But that won’t wash with the many trade unionists planning to protest against the racist party. 

Activist diary

Key events for anti-racist campaigners include:

  • Saturday 21 February
    Unite Against Fascism national conference, London

  • Friday 28 February
    Protest at Ukip’s conference in Margate

  • Saturday 21 March
    Stand Up to Racism and Fascism demonstrations in Cardiff, Glasgow and London #m21

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