Well, this comes as a complete (but welcome) surprise.
Even Nigel Farage dislikes the Home Office van going around urging immigrants who don’t have a legal right to stay here to ‘GO HOME’.
He told ITV this morning (via Daily Mail):
What the billboards should say is please don’t vote UKIP, we’re doing something.
That’s what it’s all about, of course it is I think the actual tone of the billboards is nasty, unpleasant, Big Brother.
It’ll make no difference. I don’t think using messages like this will make any difference, what will make a difference is enforcing out borders properly.
It’s always worrying when you find yourself on the same side as Nigel Farage, but credit to him here for calling it what it is.
You may argue that his concern is not genuine and he’s only worried about Tories taking back UKIP support of course. Perhaps, but he isn’t the only UKIP member who has condemned this in strong terms.
As I said earlier, the van is an ineffective stunt. Its sole aim is to generate publicity for the government rather than get outcomes.
Secondly, while supporters of the van claim it is only aimed at ‘illegal immigrants’, they miss the point that this was a highly racist neo-Nazi slogan. To bring it into government use legitimises it, regardless of whom it is aimed at.
For almost every ethnic minority person in the UK, Go Home has strong racist connotations. There’s no argument over this at all. It is irrelevant who the Home Office say it is aimed at, this is very much a re-run of ‘Are you thinking what we’re thinking?‘
via Sunny Hundal Liberal Conspiracy http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/07/25/even-nigel-farage-thinks-the-go-home-vans-are-nasty/