In keeping with the far-right tradition of fearmongering about “no-go zones” in London, Ukip has published a truly horrific racially-charged leaflet.
Ahead of the Lewisham East by-election, its candidate David Kurten is distributing this leaflet – with the words “STOP THE KARNAGE” written in block capitals on an image of a knife.
UKIP’s latest leaflet in Lewisham East. Awful. pic.twitter.com/Tf0tJ8Lm41
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Its overtones are deafening. “KHANAGE” – using the London mayor’s second name in such a stark and aggressive way – sends a wider message about how Ukip types feel about having a Muslim mayor.
Add to that the knife outline for extreme scaremongering, and the fascist chic red-and-black colour scheme with military stamp-style lettering, and the imagery becomes even more violent.
Ukip’s message? That a Muslim mayor has made the capital’s streets a bloodbath, and voters need to fight back. Luckily, it appears the people of Lewisham will see right through it.