It is reported that Home Secretary for the UK, Theresa May has today axed the controversial ‘go home or face arrest’ poster vans targeted at illegal immigrants as they have become ineffective. After reviewing the campaign, she has admitted to close sources that the campaign which was piloted in six London Boroughs, only resulted in the voluntary repatriation of just one person.
Immigration Policy: ‘Go Home’ Vans Branded ‘Cheap Political Stunt’ & ‘Beneath This Government’
The Home Office recently stepped into some controversy for displaying ads on billboards, which read “In the UK illegally? Go Home or face arrest” carried by vans in six London boroughs. A number of people have expressed their distaste for the adverts including Liberal Democratic Business Secretary Vince Cable who could not hide his feelings describing the campaign as “stupid”.
Liberal Democrat party President Tim Farron credited the reaction of the British public that the “cheap political stunt” was scrapped. Even Home Secretary Theresa May said the ad vans were “too much of a blunt instrument” after it was confirmed that the campaign would not go ahead.
Yvette Cooper Brands Go Home Vans Campaign a “Divisive Gimmick”?
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper believes that Labour’s plans, including increasing the fine for employing illegal workers to £30,000, are in difference to the Government’s “gimmicks” such as text messages and “offensive” advertising vans.
“The Government is failing to address the exploitation of low-skilled immigration in the labour market. Nor do they have any serious strategy for tackling illegal immigration.
“That’s why we are setting out sensible and practical policies, instead of the Tory-led Government approach of resorting to ineffective and offensive ad vans, gimmicks or incorrect text messages to people who have lived here for 30 years.”
Ms Cooper branded the “go home” vans a divisive gimmick and a complete failure that was beneath Mrs May and “ought to be beneath this Government”.
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