Prominent British Asian Ukip supporter quits over ‘racist populism’
Sanya-Jeet Thandi, who defended Ukip on Channel 4 News, urges other supporters to abstain from voting in EU elections.
A prominent British Asian supporter of Ukip has announced that she is leaving the party on the grounds that it has descended into a terrifying “form of racist populism”.
Sanya-Jeet Thandi, a member of the party’s youth wing who recently mounted a strong defence of Ukip on Channel 4 News, is leaving the party after the launch of a recent hard-hitting poster which warned voters that 26 million EU citizens are seeking to take their jobs.
The timing of Thandi’s departure will come as a particular blow to the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, who moved last week to counter criticisms that Ukip is playing the race card by holding a rally featuring black and minority ethnic council candidates.
In a Guardian article Thandi writes: “In reality, however, the direction in which the party is going is terrifying: Ukip has descended into a form of racist populism that I cannot bring myself to vote for. This week I decided to leave the party and I will abstain from voting in the upcomingEuropean elections. I urge other Ukip supporters to do the same.”
The former Ukip supporter said she had been alarmed by a recent party poster which featured a large finger pointing at the camera next to the words: “26m people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?”