Of course UKIP’s party political broadcast was scaremongering about Turkey – look at that party’s record.
Remember the campaign before Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU, at the beginning of 2014? UKIP said we should expect at least 130,000 immigrants by June.
That false prediction was no less than 20 times greater than the end result. Over the turn of the year, immigration from those countries dipped by 4,000 – more were going out than coming in.
Now UKIP is trying the same trick with Turkey, claiming we’ll see around 15 million Turkish immigrants if that country is allowed to join.
On UKIP’s past record, you’d be a fool to believe that. And why not check Turkey’s economic track record? If it is better than those of Romania and Bulgaria, why would Turks want to leave any more than the people of those countries?
UKIP could have used the airtime to discuss some of the real issues of the UK’s EU membership. Instead we were fed this nonsense.
It seems the broadcast wasn’t so much about Turkey as it was a turkey in its own right.
Ukip has been accused of “baseless scaremongering” after it used a party political broadcast on the BBC to warn of the dangers of Turkey joining the EU, highlighting its Muslim population and claiming 15 million of its citizens could migrate to the UK.
The advert provoked a backlash from pro-EU campaigners and MPs, as well as claims of Islamophobia from Twitter users, some of whom said they were planning to report the party to Ofcom.
The four-minute Ukip advertisement warned about the number of “Islamic imam schools” in Turkey, highlighted the shrinking number of Christians, and showed a succession of images of minarets and women wearing headscarves.
It also reeled off a list of statistics about women suffering physical violence and a quarter marrying before the age of 18 as apparent justifications for why the country should not be allowed to join the EU.
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