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Farage plans misery for migrants if Ukip elected

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2445

Ukip would limit migrant children’s access to state education, according to party leader Nigel Farage.

Farage said he thought migrants should pay for private education for their children until they had lived in Britain for five years. 

It’s the latest nasty move from the racist party to try and paint migrants as a drain on services.

He claimed that this wasn’t a Ukip manifesto pledge. Yet Ukip’s website states, “Immigrants must financially support themselves and their dependants for five years. 

This means private health insurance (except emergency medical care), education and housing.”

Farage has also said Ukip would scrap “much of” the laws against racial discrimination at work.

Some of Ukip’s leadership are more forthright with their racism. David Coburn, leader of Ukip in Scotland, last week compared Britain’s only Muslim minister to a convicted terrorist. Coburn referred to “Humza Yousaf, or as I call him, Abu Hamza.”

Anti-racists are organising against Ukip. In Thanet, where Farage hopes to be elected MP in May, filmmaker Christine Tongue has made a documentary about Ukip.  She said it gives “a useful insight into the reality of Ukip and its leader Nigel Farage”.

The Stand Up to Ukip group has called a weekend of action on 11 and 12 April. 

Activists also plan to target commuters at London stations on 26 March and 16 April.

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