a right wing, racist,populist party which won over 27% of the vote; a
staggering 4,352,051 people voted for them and they beat the three
UKIP presents itself as an anti establishment party and its leader, Nigel
Farage, claims to be ‘a man of the people’. This is a lie. UKIP wants to
introduce a flat rate of income tax of 31 per cent that means those on
the starting and basic rate, will face huge tax increases. UKIP’s deputy
leader called for the privatisation of the NHS.
It has built up its electoral base by both presenting itself as a party
opposed to the European Union, but more importantly by spreading poisonous
lies and hatred towards migrants and Muslims.
We believe UKIP is a racist party. This may be something Farage and the
party’s leadership is quick to deny. But in the run up to the European
elections UKIP’s mask slipped. UKIP presents the anti-racist movement
with a major problem – dragging British politics to the right.
UKIP is also a party of bigots, sexists, Islamophobes and homophobes.
The rise of UKIP has parallels with other far right and fascist parties,
which are growing across Europe. In France the fascist Front National
gained the biggest overall vote in the French European Elections. The PVV
in the Netherlands, another racist populist party, came third and in
Hungary the fascist Jobbik party came second.
UKIP received disproportionate media coverage prior to the elections and
any party that received this level of coverage would have benefited at the
polls. Although UKIP received a high vote, 65 per cent of the
population did not vote. The mainstream political parties must do more to
engage these people and not chase the UKIP vote to avoid the danger of
racism being normalised in British society.
Now is the time to make a stand against UKIP.
The lesson of history is that we need unity against the far right and
racism. Stand up to UKIP is an umbrella organization which believes women,
trade unions, anti-racists, black, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu,
Sikh, other faith communities, LBGT, young people, students and all good people,
must unite and stand up to UKIP, racism and bigotry.
Please join us.
Diane Abbott MP
Len McCluskey – Unite the Union General Secretary
Ken Livingstone – Mayor of London – 2000 – 2008
Owen Jones – Writer and Journalist
Sally Hunt UCU Union General Secretary
Manuel Cortes TSSA Union General Secretary
Ava Vidal Comedian
Gerry Gable – Editor/ Publisher Searchlight Magazine
Hugh Lanning Vice chair, Unite Against Fascism
Lynsey German. Convenor Stop the war coalition
Leon Silver – President of the East London Central synagogue and steering group member, Tower hamlets interfaith forum
Jo Cardwell We Are Waltham Forest
Denis Fernando – Rainbow Coalition Against Racism
Sean Hoyle – President – Wessex Region of RMT Union
Lisa Fletcher – Branch Chair – Unite Community – Portsmouth and District
Jon Woods- President Portsmouth TUC – Chair -Unison Portsmouth City Branch
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