Nick Griffin's 'racist' black men in kilts anti-SNP advert has the opposite of the desired effect on Scottish followers
Nick Griffin used to be a member of the British National Party, before he was expelled in October accused of “harassing” members and attempting to destabilise the organisation.
Now, he posts Twitter updates like this anti-Scottish National Party advert, in a vain attempt to persuade followers not to vote for the party’s leader Nicola Sturgeon in the General Election in May and ignite a reaction ahead of her inclusion in the seven-way leaders’ debate that evening.
“Keep Scotland Scottish,” he captioned it. “Say No to the SNP.”
The trouble is, it didn’t have quite the desired effect.
Most of those who did react were encourage – not dissuaded – by the kilted men adorning the bar in the photograph. Rather, they felt it idealised the SNP’s policies on immigration:
@NickGriffinBU They look suave as fk. If they'd released that picture before the referendum I'd have voted yes.SD Ritchie (@sdritchie) April 2, 2015
@NickGriffinBU Those gentlemen look striking in their kilts. Thanks for sharing you ignorant racist irrelevant cock!Gordon (@Gri64) April 2, 2015
@NickGriffinBU Those lads look cool as fk. You shooglie eyed bigot.Garry Stitchell (@GarryStitchell) April 2, 2015
.@NickGriffinBU I'd much rather the future of Scotland look like this than full of racists, bigots and fascists.Lauren Gugucachoo (@gugucachoo) April 2, 2015
@NickGriffinBU That looks bloody cool, you flounder-faced numpty.Paul Moloney (@oceanclub) April 2, 2015
Of course, it did little harm to Sturgeon’s performance on the evening. Before the leaders’ debate, a panel of voters could not identify Nicola Sturgeon from her picture. On Friday morning, her name was the most googled term in the whole of the UK.
One poll crowned her the clear winner of the debate with 28 per cent of the vote. Google data showed that the sixth most searched question was “can I vote for the SNP?” , while the Guardian reported, and if you put “Nicola Sturgeon” into a Twitter search bar, the words “Prime Minister” will automatically predict.
Unsurprisingly, there was only one leader on the night Griffin appeared to be rooting for.