Wednesday 22 November 2017

UKIP accuses media of 'fear-mongering' ahead of Channel 4 drama to be screened tonight

A Ukip government would lead to riots in the streets and the loss of millions of jobs after the UK leaves the EU, according to the programme.
A Ukip government would lead to riots in the streets and the loss of millions of jobs after the UK leaves the EU, according to the programme.
The drama imagines the first weeks in power of a Ukip government led by Nigel Farage
Ukip leader Nigel Farage lost weight after cutting out booze

Andrew Osborn

Britain's anti-EU UKIP party is accusing the media of fear-mongering and bias after a TV drama imagined it winning a national election on May 7 and ushering in a period of racial unrest and economic pain.

Nigel Farage, UKIP's leader, called the programme "a biased, partisan depiction" and a UKIP member of the European Parliament said it should be investigated by Ofcom, the British broadcast regulator. Ofcom said it would assess any complaints before deciding whether to investigate.

A Ukip government would lead to riots in the streets and the loss of millions of jobs after the UK leaves the EU, according to the programme.
A Ukip government would lead to riots in the streets and the loss of millions of jobs after the UK leaves the EU, according to the programme.
The drama imagines the first weeks in power of a Ukip government led by Nigel Farage

UKIP -- the UK Independence Party -- wants Britain to leave the European Union and to curb immigration. It regularly gets 15 percent in opinion polls as a May 7 election approaches, but Britain's winner-takes-all electoral system means it has no realistic chance of forming the next government.

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Instead, UKIP says it might prop up a minority government which delivered a referendum on Britain's EU membership. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, level in many opinion polls with the opposition Labour Party, is the only party offering such a referendum.

But in Channel 4's "UKIP: The First 100 Days", the party is imagined as winning outright power in May and Farage succeeding Cameron to become Britain's next prime minister.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage eats popcorn at the Movie Starr Cinema, on Canvey Island, Essex
Ukip leader Nigel Farage eats popcorn at the Movie Starr Cinema, on Canvey Island, Essex
Ukip leader Nigel Farage, has received a huge boost after a British government regulator said the UK Independence Party would be ranked as a "major party" at May's election (Steve Parsons/PA Wire)
Nigel Farage has often been pictured with a pint in his hand

The programme, broadcast on Monday night, spliced real archive footage with a storyline played out by actors. It had a fictional UKIP parliamentarian of Asian heritage as the protagonist. She is shown becoming increasingly disillusioned.

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Billed as "a provocative fictional documentary," it imagines what it would be like if Britain left the EU and the police launched a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The result, as shown in the docu-drama, is big European companies leaving Britain, unemployment rising, the pound falling, racial tensions spiking, and far-right protesters and pro-immigrant campaigners taking to the streets.

Channel 4 said it had ordered the programme to stimulate interest in politics. UKIP said it was being unfairly targeted.

"Media getting increasingly hysterical. The British people will see through such fear-mongering and vote UKIP in large numbers," Michael Heaver, a party spokesman, said on Twitter.

Reuters

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