Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'

The 'urgent message' is on a home in Hedge End

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One Ukip member got into the festive spirit this year by erecting a huge flag emblazoned with an “urgent” plea for Santa to “give us our country back” across his home.

Timothy Miller, 65, hung the back-to-front Union Flag across his home in Hedge End, Hampshire, which also carried the words: “An urgent message for Father Christmas: All we wish for is our country back.”

A picture of the flag’s pleading message to Santa quickly sparked controversy – with many pointing out that Mr Claus himself is not British.  

This is not the first time Mr Miller has hung up signs bearing political slogans in the past, according to The Daily Echo.

Mr Miller defended the flag’s presence and claimed he intentionally hung the flag the wrong way round to indicate his view that the “UK is in distress”.

He said: “How farcical is it that we are going to have a general election and still we have a government going down the road of making people think this is a democracy.

“It's not a democracy and everything is being done for us. I have sat for 40 years driving taxis listening and hearing people - they all feel helpless and they are not ready to say anything they believe because they feel they will pay somehow.”

Ukip were recently behind another confusing Christmas message that saw the anti-EU party urge voters to 'say no to the UK' in an advert after what it said was a printer's error.

Hedge End is in the Eastleigh parliamentary constituency.

In the 2013 by-election triggered by Chris Huhne standing down, Ukip enjoyed a swing of 24.2 per cent and narrowly missed out on securing a seat by fewer than 2,000 votes.