BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Nigel Farage, the previous chief of Britain’s UK Independence Celebration, has lengthy had a knack for producing publicity for his eurosceptic trigger, however campaigners say he had nothing to do with the most recent stunt: branded condoms bearing his picture.
Nigel Farage condoms are offered on a stall throughout the UKIP social gathering convention in Birmingham, Britain September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Among the many most attention-grabbing gadgets on sale at this yr’s UKIP convention in Birmingham on Friday had been condoms in packets printed with a picture of Farage, eyebrow raised, and the phrase “For when you will have a tough Brexit” beneath.
“They’re one pound every, or two kilos for 4 – at UKIP we like making deal, as long as it’s a superb deal,” mentioned Sebastian Cheek, the 20 year-old pupil who designed the packet and was promoting 200 condoms to boost funds for the social gathering’s youth wing.
UKIP is in search of to revive its dwindling political affect on the annual social gathering get-together. Its recognition collapsed following the 2016 vote to go away the European Union and several other botched makes an attempt to switch the talismanic Farage as chief.
Farage stays a UKIP member however has tried to keep away from the limelight to permit the social gathering to develop a brand new id – though nobody seems to have instructed the social gathering trustworthy snapping up the condoms and serving to themselves to free framed photographs of a grinning Farage standing with U.S. President Donald Trump.
The array of convention stalls pitches a neighborhood department promoting “I like UKIP” underwear thongs reverse the social gathering’s Christian members’ wing providing earnest leaflets on leaving the EU. The official UKIP stall sells luggage of Brexit fudge – a sarcastic tackle Prime Minister Theresa Might’s method to leaving the bloc.
By lunchtime on the primary day of the two-day convention, virtually half the inventory of the Farage condoms had been snapped up: “It’s a respected condom … they’re going in a short time,” mentioned Cheek.
Reporting by William James; modifying by Stephen Addison