NIGEL Farage will look to bring attention back to the UK Independence Party’s European election campaign with the unveiling of another controversial poster after he was hit by an egg thrown by a protestor yesterday.
The poster, part of a series backed by a £1.5m donation from Yorkshire businessman Paul Sykes, features an escalator superimposed on The White Cliffs of Dover and claims the European Union has “opened our borders to 4,000 people every week”.
On a campaign trip to Nottingham yesterday, Mr Farage was hit by an egg thrown by a man who identified himself only as Fred.
A 33-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of assault.
Mr Farage said: “I’ve done a lot of active street campaigning, going around markets, things like that.
“We’ve had a storm whipped up by the media over the injudicious, or in a couple of cases, offensive comments from a handful of people out of a membership of 37,000 and it’s whipped up this kind of storm of hatred among some on the left.
“They’re organised, they’re taxpayer funded and they’re going around the country chasing me around trying to stop us from getting our message out. That is a fundamentally anti-democratic thing to do. It’s not good and it’s not healthy.”
The poster unveiled today is the latest in a series that has seen accusations of racism and inaccuracy levelled at the party which is leading the polls.
Mr Sykes said: “The British people have never been consulted about opening up our borders to all-comers. Mass immigration from the EU has happened by stealth.
“No referendum has ever been held. And even now, our political leaders have the brass neck to accuse UKIP, the party exposing this deceit, of racism.
“The political establishment has been trying to bully the British public into silence over levels of immigration that are clearly unsustainable.”