UKIP are exploiting the trauma felt by victims of the Rotherham child sex abuse in a poster for the police commissioner election in South Yorkshire taking place in 2 days time.
The election was called following the resignation of the incumbent who has been held partially culpable (by some) for the failure to prevent 1,400 cases of sex abuse in Rotherham..
The posters, which will be displayed across South Yorkshire up until polling day, states that there are “1,400 reasons why you should not trust Labour again”.
As far as accusations in political posters go, this is as aggressive and uncompromising as they come.
As regular readers know, attack ads only work when the target audience ALREADY hold a point of view; if you’re trying to use an attack ad to seed an idea, it will backfire 99% of the time.
So, the UKIP campaign must be fairly confident that prospective supporters and undecided voters hold the Labour Party – not just the previous holder of the office – responsible for the crimes committed in Rotherham.
I would be incredibly surprised if that were the case and I suspect that this will be a classic case of an attack ad that misjudges the mood of the floating voter.
The Green Party released this video last week to coincide with EU debates between UKIP’s Nigel Farage (pronounced like ‘garage’ with an f) and the Lib Dem’s Nick Clegg MP.
It’s very long. So, so long.
Something’s got to be intensely interesting to keep your attention on YouTube for over 3 minutes and I’m afraid this doesn’t quite cut it. There’s some funny moments, but I bet any vaguely normal person would have closed the window before the Green Party spokesman appeared.
The party win points for timeliness, but get a slapped wrist for overindulging themselves.
The new UKIP poster about immigration has come under some fairly severe criticism. Many online commentators have labelled it racist, whilst others have taken more direct action (above).
UKIP have used the Swedish ‘make me a hero’ website to create a thank you card for their former leader Nigel Farage. Whilst it was no techincal feat to create the video (simply uploading a photo), the idea of using Farage’s image in this piece of majestic European cinematography is inspired.
I just saw this UKIP poster featuring Winston Churchill on a site on the M1 motorway. Churchill was a member of both The Liberal Party and The Conservative Party, when exactly did he sign on the UKIP dotted line? This poster makes UKIP look more ridiculous than Robert Kilroy Silk on I’m a celebrity… get me out of here!