Nigel Farage Accused Of Being 'Racist' And 'Divisive' Ahead Of ITV's EU Special

As new study shows his own camp fear he's too 'divisive'

07/06/2016 09:54
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Nigel Farage has come under fire for alleged racism as a new research shows his own supporters worry about his “divisive” tone on immigration.

Ahead of his live ITV appearance tonight, a fresh attack video has clipped together the UKIP leader’s comments about ‘fags’, ‘going for a Chinky’ and why he wouldn’t want to live next door to Romanian migrants.

In a clear bid to warn off any floating voters tempted by the Brexit campaign, the 80-second video compilation depicts Farage saying that he has said “not necessarily racist things” over the years.

The video, made by the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, shows LBC host pointing out to Farage that he had used the words “nig-nog” and “the N-word” in the past.

It also shows him saying breastfeeding women should be put ‘in a corner’, and him warning that migrants with HIV should be kept out of Britain.

The attack ad claims that Farage is ‘a spokesman for the Leave campaign’, even though the official Vote Leave camp is led by Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Labour’s Gisela Stuart.

The UKIP leader and David Cameron will both face an audience at the live TV event broadcast from London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Tuesday night.

The Vote Leave campaign have complained that it is “an outrage” that Farage was chosen to make the Brexit case on the ITV1 EU special because he is not their official spokesman.

The video was published as a new Freedom of Information release showed that even Farage’s own supporters questioned how helpful he was to their cause.

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A strategic analysis commissioned by the Leave.EU movement said Farage should only be used "sparingly" to target blue-collar workers, because of his potential to alienate voters with "a divisive or reactionary tone on issues like immigration”.

It adds that campaign themes "should be delivered by someone other than Nigel Farage” and that some voters view Mr Farage negatively, which "hurts the message"

However, the analysis - obtained by the BBC- argues that Farage could be deployed to "keep the pot boiling" and "at times of a specific crisis in migration, for example, to underline the negative effects of immigration on working households”.

The report was produced by Ian Warren, an elections analyst who has advised both Labour and UKIP, and was part of the failed Grassroots Out bid for official designation from the Electoral Commission for the Leave campaign.

A Grassroots Out spokesman said: "The fact that Nigel Farage isn't the best person to get across to Labour voters isn't exactly shocking news. The reason why it was included in our submission is neither here nor there."

Sayeeda Warsi, Doreen Lawrence and Shami Chakrabarti today wrote a letter to the Guardian condemning Farage’s decision at the weekend to repeat his warning that an influx of migrants would lead to more Cologne-style sex attacks on women.

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