Thu Apr 1st, 2010 at 09:48:52 AM EST
I live in Peterborough, England, though officially a city, effectively a medium sized provincial town.
An urban centre surrounded by agricultural land, we've seen a sufficiently large influx of immigration from central Europe to have become the national shorthand for the issue.
Inevitably, anti-immigration campaigners are trying to capitalise on this. But somebody is fighting back.
UKIP has been running a local poster campaign.
I posted here my disgust the first time I saw the posters, and the fact that a non-white colleague was racially abused the same day.
Here's the poster in its original form:
On a different site, somebody has some blunt words:
Around the corner:
I wasn't quite sure why the overwriting was in different colours, but a local asked me why I was taking photographs, and then told me the whole story. The poster was first overwritten with "hysteria", but that part of the poster was then torn down, presumably by a UKIP supporter. Then the original?? overwriter returned to repair it. Just not in the same colour paint ;).
It's all rather entertaining, but the back and forth of the defacement speaks of real tensions in the community-tensions UKIP is willing to create in order to exploit.