Introduction — July 25, 2013
Actually Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independent Party is probably right when he says that the latest government campaign to encourage illegal immigrants to leave the UK is just a vote catching ploy.
The campaign has been promoted by posters which announce: “Go home or face arrest”.
According to Farage, if the government was really serious about curbing illegal immigration they would simply enforce tighter border controls. The fact that they haven’t and have resorted to this advertising campaign simply indicates a growing desperation in the ruling Conservative Party, he says.
The real problem says Farage isn’t the estimated 1 million illegal immigrants already in Britain, but the fact that as of January 1, 2014 changes in EU legislation will open the doors to many millions more from Bulgaria and Romania.
Nigel Farage attacks ‘Big Brother’ Government immigration campaign
Peter Dominiczak — telegraph.co.uk July 25, 2013
Advertising vans are currently being driven around parts of London which say, “Go home or face arrest”.
The Government has said the campaign is designed to help illegal immigrants to leave the UK.
However, Mr Farage the real message of the posters is: “Please don’t vote Ukip”.
“What the billboards should say is please don’t vote Ukip, we’re doing something,” Mr Farage told ITV’s Daybrak programme. “That’s what it’s all about, of course it is.”
He added: “I think the actual tone of the billboards is nasty, unpleasant, Big Brother. I don’t think using messages like this will make any difference. What will make a difference is enforcing our borders properly.”
According to a YouGov poll, Ukip will beat the Conservatives for the first time in nationwide European Parliament elections, with Labour on 30 per cent, Ukip on 25 per cent and the Tories on 23 per cent.
Mr Farage said the immigration posters are the Tory response to his party’s success in the local elections in May.
Mark Harper, the Immigration Minister, denied Mr Farage’s claim, telling the Evening Standard: “This pilot is about targeting those individuals who have no right to be in the country. We are giving them the opportunity and assistance to leave the country voluntarily.”
The full message on the advertising vans reads: “In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest. Text HOME to 78070 for free advice, and help with travel documents. We can help you return home voluntarily without fear of arrest or detention.”
“It’s also a diversion,” Mr Farage added. “The real problem isn’t illegal immigration, there are perhaps 1million illegal immigrants in the country.
“The real problem is that on January 1 next year we’re opening up our borders to 28million people from Bulgaria and Romania.”