UKIP leader causes a stir (again)
This week’s UKIP controversy has arrived fresh into our inboxes on Monday morning, which means we’re hopefully done with it for the week
Nigel Farage has said children of immigrants shouldn’t be allowed to go to school for five years, unless their parents pay for it privately.
This was his personal view and not a manifesto pledge, he added, but it is something that could hook voters who think immigrants are unfairly being educated and treated by healthcare workers with British tax funds.
Farage also said people shouldn’t be able to bring their children to the UK with them when they arrive.
He said: “Basically, people would bring dependants, not immediately. They would bring them after a period of time.
“I think the most important thing is that those that come do have healthcare. That’s really, really important, and on the life-threatening disease stuff, that’s perfectly clear … The dependants thing is much more difficult. But I wouldn’t foresee people coming into Britain immediately being allowed to bring children to go through the state system. Except for very high earners, it wouldn’t be very relevant.”