UKIP has always had some lousy racist policies and politicians. But now Brexit is happening, it’s had the rug pulled from under its main campaigning platform. And its campaign strategy now appears to be full-on Islamophobia.
The new platform…
Alongside plans to ban face coverings, UKIP’s “Integration Agenda” includes annual genital checks for female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls from at-risk communities. But quite how subjecting girls to a yearly humiliating procedure is the answer to a barbaric practice is anyone’s guess.
One FGM survivor tweeted:
— Nimko Ali (@NimkoAli) April 24, 2017
And as Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas stated:
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) April 24, 2017
Could you do better?
So with UKIP’s election policy looking increasingly like full-on Islamophobia, people started tweeting ideas for #SuggestAPolicyForUKIP. And it quickly started trending.
Many highlighted UKIP’s racism:
Anyone returning from abroad with a suntan will be held in custody until faded and they can rejoin white society. #SuggestapolicyforUKIP
— Gerry Shields (@RedGerry) April 24, 2017
Others centered around their immigration policy:
— NickTaleTeller (@Hippomember) April 24, 2017
Deport all German Shepherds! #SuggestAPolicyForUKIP
— Andrew Icke (@littleIckey) April 24, 2017
There were also suggestions for renaming British things:
Replace zebra, pelican and toucan crossings with British animal names. #SuggestAPolicyForUKIP
— ☠Rayray ☠ (@rach__hell) April 24, 2017
For redesigning aircraft:
All passenger airplanes to have two right wings #SuggestAPolicyForUKIP
— Chris (@AndrewsC1973) April 24, 2017
For changing TV-watching habits:
— Surrounded by Idiots (@dect69) April 24, 2017
For adding a touch of environmentalism into the party’s manifesto:
Manifesto to be printed on soft paper, to be recycled as toilet paper#SuggestapolicyforUKIP
— Graham Haller (@GrahamHaller) April 24, 2017
And even for fulfilling previous promises:
Give the NHS an extra £350m a week #SuggestAPolicyForUKIP
— Huw Lloyd Collins (@HuwCollins1996) April 24, 2017
But ultimately, the best policy was:
Oh that's easy. Disband. At best, they have served their purpose and are currently outliving their usefulness.
— Robert Carey (@Robjection) April 24, 2017
Just go away now, please
UKIP has served whatever purpose it had. It wanted a referendum on leaving Europe. It campaigned to leave. And we’re now leaving the EU.
UKIP should be shamed and despised for what it does. But the best way to truly get rid of it is to send a strong message in the upcoming elections. The era of fear and hatred is over. Now’s the time for a hopeful and positive politics.
– Register to vote in the 8 June general election. If you don’t have a national insurance number, a 5 minute phone call on 0300 200 3500 will get it sent to you in ten days.
– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.
– Also read more Canary articles on the 2017 general election.
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