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UKIP election poster near Liberty Stadium is vandalised ahead of visit by leader Nigel Farage

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

By Paul Turner / paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk / @readmybook

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A UKIP poster close to the Liberty Stadium where the party will be holding a rally this evening has been vandalised.

The poster is one of a series which have attracted controversy, with some claiming they carry a racist message.

The poster normally depicts a construction worker sat on a pavement begging, with the words: “EU policy at work. British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour.”

The poster urges people to ‘take back control of our country’ by voting for UKIP in the European elections on May 22.

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But now it carries a different message.

Alongside the begging construction worker is the message: “Blaming immigrants just lets your boss off the hook”.

And to the right are the words: “Demand better pay and conditions. Look after each other, join a trade union.”

The poster was tweeted by Rebecca Evans, Labour AM for Mid and West Wales.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is due to do a walkabout in Swansea’s Oxford Street this afternoon ahead of a speech at the Liberty Stadium this evening.

It had been suggested he might announce in Swansea whether he was standing in the Newark by-election, triggered following the resignation of former Tory MP Patrick Mercer over a cash-for-questions scandal.

But he told Radio Four today he was not planning to stand for UKIP.

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  • Neathboy234  |  May 03 2014, 5:32PM

    I see that yet another nutter has been expelled from UKIP. I don't think UKIP is racist/homophobic. They just seem to attract these type of people, from their supporters who post on here we can see this is true. http://tinyurl.com/mtfbxwl

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  • 163ct034  |  May 02 2014, 10:24PM

    Meet the 'oddball' members of UKIP Robert Kilroy-Silk The poor man's Ronald Reagan, and former UKIP candidate, if Robert Kilroy-Silk is any sort of bell-weather then perhaps the Tories are on to something. A politician turned daytime television presenter (imagine an unintelligible, unsettling and more orange version of Jeremy Kyle) turned politician, Kilroy-Silk is a name associated with a number of comical ga*** that dogged the party's image until his resignation in 2006. Geoffrey Clark You may have also seen Geoffrey Clark in the press recently. The former UKIP man came second ahead of Labour and Lib-Dem candidates in the Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council by-elections held over Christmas. Not bad you say. Sadly, UKIP leader Nigel Farage believes that silver would have been gold, had the candidate not called for an NHS review into the implementation of compulsory abortions of foetuses with Down's syndrome or spina bifida, one week before the election. Speaking on the subject, Clark said: "If it is born, [Down's Syndrome] could render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family". It's hard to say what's more noteworthy here: Clarks' views themselves, or the fact that Kent voters are so disillusioned they'd rather choose a man doing his best Adolf Hitler impersonation than vote Labour or Lib Dem. And on the subject of bigotry, meet UKIP Croydon North candidate and all round cheeky chappy… Winston Mckenzie In an interview with the Croydon Advertiser late last year, former boxer Mckenzie likened gay couples adopting children to "child abuse". He also reportedly went on what was described by the paper as a "bizarre rant" about people pretending to be gay, saying: "Some people take on being gay as a sort of fashion. Celebrities come out to become more well known." Despite this, Winston managed to finish third in the Croydon North by-election with 5.7% of the vote. Steve Moxon Finally we have Steve Moxon, the former UKIP candidate in Sheffield local elections, who was dropped by UKIP after he saluted Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik for the "accuracy of Breivik's research and analysis in his 'manifesto'" in a sympathetic blog post. He did however concede that his actions were "counter productive".Yes Moxon feels that though Breivik had the right sentiment, he probably didn't go about it the right way.More recently Moxon, author of The Woman Racket, has suggested that females are held back in the work place by their own biological limitations, as well as describing the recent allegations levelled at Jimmy Savile as "hysteria".The list of controversies feels endless. And what's amusing is that these are the candidates who have been selected as the face of the party, the most likely to succeed electorally. Who knows what characters they have lurking beneath the surface, desperately suppressed by UKIP leader Nigel Farage, sitting atop a party saturated with political outliers queuing up to provide one PR disaster after another.

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  • 163ct034  |  May 02 2014, 10:16PM

    Hadoken754333 having a go at the left again. what a sad little right winger you are. lets have a look at people who are affiliated with UKIP. lets take A ex- UKIP councillor Eric Kitson who won a seat in Stourport, Worcestershire in 2013. he was a UKIP councillor for just 12 days who said 'Islam is a cancer which needs to be cured with radiation' on his racist Facebook page he admitted 'I don't see how I can possibly carry on' after sharing racist cartoons and messages on Facebook. One included a picture of a nuclear weapon exploding emblazoned with the message: 'Some cancers need to be treated with radiation, Islam is one of them'. He also shared an image of a Muslim being roasted over a pile of burning Korans, as well as several anti-Semitic outbursts linking the Rothschild banking dynasty to Adolf Hitler. In one comment he said in reference to Muslim women: 'Hang um all first then ask questions later.'he is one of many and i mean many.And lets not forget that UKIP had to suspend Andre Lampitt, one of five supporters chosen to appear on UKIP's first European election broadcast over his racist tweets. Lampitt, who describes himself as "born British in Rhodesia" said in one tweet that Islam is not a religion and calls it an "evil organisation". He also said he wants to start a website called Islamoutofuk.co.uk.In another tweet he said: All Muslims needs to leave Europe America and Oz,or denounce their pathetic Satanic religion. In another tweet he wrote: Most Nigerians are generally bad people … I grew up in Africa and dare anyone to prove me wrong.The Lampitt row follows remarks earlier this year by Gerard Batten, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for London and UKIP's immigration spokesman, who demanded that Muslims sign a document denouncing certain parts of the Koran.Batten, who leads the party's list for European elections in May, also urged a ban on building new mosques across Europe. I think all UKIP members consider themselves colourblind, thus they couldn't possibly be racist. It's just bad luck they have a habit of saying things that sound awfully intolerant, ignorant and insulting towards people who aren't just like them. what kind of moron thinks it a good idea to declare entire nationalities 'bad people' on Twitter while hoping to stand for election? What sort of manchild thinks calling Islam a 'pathetic Satanic religion' makes sense or causes him to look anything but an intellectual infant having a spat in the playground? Who could possibly consider it anything but sinister to demand entire populations denounce tenets of their own faith? This is the calibre of candidates UKIP has managed to attract, and it's far too late for them to pretend this isn't what they wanted.… and without wishing to invoke Godwin's Law, this is exactly the ticket which Hitler rose to power in in 1933. His rants were worse than anything UKIP came up with. Trouble is, with the right sort of charismatic speaker, and a sufficiently disgruntled audience, this could equally well happen here or there or anywhere.

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  • Hadoken754333  |  May 02 2014, 7:39PM

    Its quite funny the left call anyone affiliated with UKIP a racist and a fascist, yet they demonstrate their racist behaviour by labelling everyone who doesn't condem them as a racist which is ironically racist. And last time I checked, there wasn't a clearer definition of a fascist than a bunch of people with a similar political agenda shouting and screaming at people and trying to intimidate them in a democratic process. These people are the most ironic, self deluded demographic of people you could ever hope to run into. I went along to the UKIP meet in swansea as a neutral, and it wasn't farage that convinced me to vote for him, it was the sheer bias and misrepresentation of those opposing him and trying to manipulate and scare others. I saw it with my own eyes. So when you see farage get called a racist, you shouldn't even batter an eye lid any more, because the people calling him a racist were calling and implying everyone else was. Funny broken people.

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  • swanseagraham  |  May 01 2014, 3:10PM

    Politics aside the original poster although exaggerated is fact. Construction workers are not earning as much as they used to because of the mass of cheaper workers. The new poster is a waste of time because the majority of construction workers are self employed sub contractors so they cannot join a union or see their boss. If they want the work then they have no choice but to take what the contractors are offering

  • PJL1967  |  April 30 2014, 11:16PM

    icarusty, I was being sceptical because only a few weeks ago I remember you said the white pride rally "caused me to arrive at work late". Anyway, as I've said on a similar thread here, assuming your story is true, I would of thought the ability to be able to read Polish would be really quite handy working in a shop selling Polish things.

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  • icarusty  |  April 30 2014, 9:48PM

    I also notice that your comments had way more recommendations that other posts here - are people purposely visiting this article and upvoting that comment specifically (and negging mine at the same time)? Of a certain group, maybe? It's not unheard of.

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  • icarusty  |  April 30 2014, 9:46PM

    @Kaiser_Macsen Twice you have said that now - twice I will say again - read my original post.

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  • icarusty  |  April 30 2014, 9:44PM

    @PJL1967 It's it a bit odd how sceptical you are when I've given you the facts. No, I was - still am - on benefits. And the Polish shop is real - it's open now - and yup, is employing Polish shop attendants.

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  • PJL1967  |  April 30 2014, 7:52PM

    'They' don't need encouragement Gwyddno, and there's no point trying to reason with most of them either. But there are people out there with concerns about the EU who may otherwise vote for UKIP without realising what UKIP actually are.

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