Socialist Worker

Anti-racists spend a day exposing Ukip

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2449

Stand Up to Ukip protesters out to challenge Nigel Farage on Canvey Island last Saturday

Stand Up to Ukip protesters out to challenge Nigel Farage on Canvey Island last Saturday (Pic: Adam Cochrane)

Activists called a protest in Canvey Island, Essex, after discovering that Ukip leader Nigel Farage was due to speak at a rally. Canvey Island is in Castle Point, a Ukip target seat. 

Tim Sneller told Socialist Worker, “Despite short notice, 30 activists from around south Essex picketed the meeting.

“The Ukip leader was greeted with chants of ‘Immigrants are welcome here’ and ‘Nigel Farage we know you—you’re a racist Tory too’.”

Farage had already faced Stand Up to Ukip activists earlier in the day in Thanet, Kent. Farage is campaigning to be elected MP in South Thanet.

Protester Jon Flaig told Socialist Worker, “Stand Up to Ukip supporters gathered outside Farage’s Ramsgate HQ to offer him a ‘continental breakfast’.

“Farage kept well away from the dozens of Stand Up to Ukip supporters, hiding in a pub a mile away. That didn’t stop an official Ukip car driving into, and injuring, three protesters when they offered the driver a croissant.”

A local activist explained how anti-Ukip campaigners are winning support in the area. “Our street stalls are mobbed as soon as we set up,” they said. “People are coming to us for posters to put in their windows and boxes of flyers to deliver to their neighbours.

“Some 30,000 flyers have been delivered already. And one local workplace has a group campaigning against Ukip.”


In Bromley, south east London, Stand Up to Ukip activists gathered at a Ukip shop. They included activists from Bromley Disabled People Against Cuts and Bromley Trades Council.

Activists also ran stalls in Leeds, Scarborough and Cambridge.

Some 25 people, including Labour and Green party members, handed out 1,500 Stand Up to Ukip leaflets in Scarborough’s main shopping street.

Leafleter Yusef said, “It brought awareness of Ukip’s obnoxious politics to the town and showed people they aren’t alone in opposing bigotry and racism.”

Kim Hunter said, “The activity wasn’t always easy. Seaside towns with shrunken tourist economies can be fertile ground for racism.

“But many shoppers were angry about Ukip and some took extra leaflets to put in their windows.

“One shopper ripped up a leaflet, demanding to know what was wrong with her Downs Syndrome child, before realising we were against Ukip, not for it.”

Stand Up to Ukip called last Saturday’s national day of action. It planned to leaflet against Ukip at train stations on Thursday of this week. This will target stations that service commuters travelling to some of Ukip’s target areas.

Stand Up to Ukip has called two more days of action on 2 and 3 May—the weekend before the general election. Local groups should organise leafleting, meetings or other events.

Leaflet London commuter stations against Ukip 

Thursday 16 April, 5.30pm-7pm. Meet at London Bridge (Tooley St entrance), King’s Cross (Battle Bridge Place) and Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate entrance).

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