It’s business as usual this week with a Labour politician provoking the annoyance of Ukip supporters, as its youth wing fights back against suggestions by Chuka Umunna that some of the party’s voters are computer illiterate.
Shadow Business Secretary Mr Umunna yesterday said that disconnected voters who are also unable to perform basic IT tasks are some of those who feel marginalised in society - many of whom, he says, voted Ukip.
Young Independence, the arm of the party that represents those under 30, responded with a rallying cry to all of its members to “help [Chuka] understand why people vote Ukip.”
In a blog appeal entitled “’UKIP voters can’t send emails’, really?” the group entreats its supporters to prove their IT credentials to the Steatham MP directly… via email.
They also took to Twitter to sardonically ask “the rare Ukip members with an email address,” to inundate Mr Umunna with messages, while also launching an #EmailChuka Twitter hashtag to promote the campaign.
Speaking on BBC's The Andrew Marr Show, the Labour politician referenced recent research and said: “One in five people in our economy cannot do the four basics online of sending and receiving an email, browsing the internet, filling in an online form.”
“Now there’s been a lot of talk about communities who’ve been disconnected from our global economy and those of course were a lot of those who were voting for UKIP in the local and European elections,” he said.
Ukip gaffes and controversies
Ukip gaffes and controversies
1/18 European elections poster
Party's latest EU election posters branded 'racist' and compared to BNP campaigns
2/18 Farage 'car-crash' interview
Ukip spin doctor forced to intervene as Farage falters in disastrous radio interview
3/18 Neil Hamilton
Picture Exclusive: The year is 1998. The venue is a Springbok Club meeting. The flag is a symbol for white supremacists in South Africa. And the speaker is Ukip’s deputy chairman, Neil Hamilton
4/18 Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith resigned as would-be MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock after it emerged he had mocked gay party members as “disgusting poofters”, joked about shooting people from Chigwell in a “peasant hunt” and referred to someone with a Chinese name as a “Chinky bird”
5/18 Natasha Bolter
Former Ukip member Natasha Bolter was suspected of not having the teaching qualifications she professed to, only days after it was revealed that claims of her having attended Oxford University were also false
6/18 Ukip Calypso song
Mike Reid released a single in praise of UKIP trying to control the UK's borders, only to withdraw the single after being accused of racism for singing in a Jamaican accent
7/18 Janice Atkinson
Janice Atkinson, Ukip's South East chair, pictured by protesters while campaigning in Ashford, Kent with local party chair Norman Taylor
8/18 Ukip cancels Freephone
Ukip cancels Freephone number after protesters repeatedly called to push up costs
9/18 Farage 'car-crash' interview
Mr Farage appeared to be caught out on a number of issues, from Romanian neighbours to people speaking foreign languages on the train
10/18 Ukip employs illegal immigrants
Ukip criticised after European election candidate found employing illegal immigrants
11/18 Magnus Nielsen
Ukip candidate: 'Take away the right to vote to improve election turnout'
12/18 Poster model
A “British builder” portrayed in a Ukip poster accusing EU workers of taking UK jobs turns out to be an Irish actor - aka a migrant worker
13/18 'Arrest protesters'
Ukip called for police to arrest protesters ‘who call us fascists’ ahead of showdown with anti-fascist groups in Brighton
14/18 London Live make-up
Ukip's Nigel Farage reportedly refused to go on London Live 'without professional make up-artist'
15/18 Andre Lampitt
Ukip forced to suspend the "poster boy" of its European election broadcast, after it was revealed he had posted a series of vile racist comments on Twitter
Nigel Farage says he is taking taking legal advice over “outrageous” allegations that he is responsible for more than £50,000 of “missing” EU funding that was paid directly into his personal bank account
17/18 Have I Got News For You
Nigel Farage appears in Have I Got News For You, spends the entire episode being ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
18/18 Anti-gay comments
Local branch chairman for Ukip defends a party's councillor candidate Douglas Denny who called gay people “abnormal” and said he wished “they stop trying to ram it down my throat”, all while discussing whether the word “sodomite” should be used
One irate and “offended” young Ukip supporter, Dan Jukes, posted his email to Mr Umunna in full on Twitter.
He said in the message that he has “Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts plus most importantly of course to you, [is] the user of 3 active email addresses.”
He added: “I think it is important for you to know that Nigel Farage has more than 70,000 Twitter followers than yourself, the Ukip’s Facebook page has more likes than Labour (approaching 250,000) and we have the fasted growing Youth Wing in the country.”
Another, Dan Paddock, said that the politician's comments were “disrespectful and distasteful” in an attempt to brand them “as an unintellectual party.”Reuse content