UKIP leader Nigel Farage launched a £1.5m anti-immigration poster campaign yesterday yet he employs his German wife as secretary.
One of the billboards of the UKIP campaign carries a warning that 26 million are unemployed across Europe, and asks: “Whose job are they after?”
At the launch of the campaign, BBC political editor Nick Robinson asked Farage whether his wife was “taking someone else’s job”.
“You’ve warned about Europeans taking British jobs. Your wife is German, she’s your secretary. She’s paid for by the British tax payer. Is your wife taking someone else’s job, then?” Robinson asked.
Farage said: “No, because I don’t think anybody else would want to be in my house at midnight, going through emails, getting me briefed for the next day.
“Nobody else could do that job. I don’t know anybody who would work those kinds of hours.
“She earns a very a modest salary for working extremely unsociable hours for me, being available up to seven days a week. That is a very different situation to the mass of hundreds of thousands of people coming in and flooding the lower ends of the labour market.”
@Nigel_Faragetotal hypocrite. Suggests British are work shy because only his german wife would work long hours!
— Michael Cashman (@mcashmanMEP) April 23, 2014
Nigel Farage defends employing German wife as secretary
UKIP’s new ad campaign has been branded “awful” and “racist” by various MPs.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Mike Gapes, the MP for Ilford South, said: “This is a campaign designed to sow fear, animosity and hatred towards immigrants. It is a pattern similar to what has happened in the Netherlands by Geert Wilders, in France by Marine Le Pen. There is a long history of far-right parties trying to scape-goat migrants and immigrants in order to win voters.”