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Old 23-01-2017, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Hpalace View Post
Not sure if I agree on this though. UKIP had circa 106,000 votes in the UK in 1997, 603,000 in 2005, and just shy of 3,900,000 in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015 they increased their vote by over 300%. I think it was a growing issue still. In 1997 they had 0.3% of the vote. Then the accession... In 2005 they had 2.2%, rising to 3.1% in 2010. By 2015 they had 12.6% of the overall vote in the UK. Over the space of 20 years the wage disparity would have become less of an issue but alas i think the powers that be opened the doors too fast and too quickly. Chuck a massive global crash into the middle of those years where people had less, wages stagnated and austerity began and you have the result of 2016.

The UK went from being totally not bothered about it - to it being a huge % of the population that voted, at national elections, for one issue and one issue only.
I'm not saying it was no issue at all, but 12.6% is still not that significant and I think the issue would have become less and less over time. But we will never know now, and xenophobia is on the rise.
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