In a recent flagship speech on immigration, UKIP’s Nigel Farage has thrown the party’s policies into disarray by uprooting and contradicting his party’s own policies. The party had reinforced the assertion only a week earlier that they would place a 50,000 person cap on annual immigration levels, with regulations planning to restrict people including unskilled workers from being permitted into the country.
However, in his most recent speech Farage has claimed that he does not intend to be as narrow-minded as to believe something as rigid as a cap would be relevant to such a policy, though also predicted that with the plan to stick to the ban on unskilled workers that number would logically fall to around 27,000. With the current level of immigrants resting at over 100,000, the claim is a steep one. He also claimed that anybody suffering from a terminal illness would be refused entry at the Nation’s boarder.
The Tories bit back
Current Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne commented on the UKIP leader’s undermining of his own policies by musing that he seems to be “making it up as he goes along”. Farage has tried defending his actions by claiming that “the numbers I have only ever talked about are work and the highly skilled migrant numbers” contradicting his party’s ongoing promise to cap immigration at less than half of the current level.
The splinter in the party
Another fracture appeared between the party’s solidarity when Steven Woolfe, UKIP’s immigration spokesman refuted Farage’s claim against the terminally ill, stating that whilst the party would insist on all immigrants having health insurance so as to alleviate the strain on the NHS, they would not dream of turning somebody away because they have a incurable illness exclaiming “what sort of nation are we to do that?”