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Mural comparing Nigel Farage to Adolf Hitler will ‘backfire’, says UKIP

Mural comparing Nigel Farage to Adolf Hitler will ‘backfire’, says UKIP

A church mural depicting Nigel Farage next to fascist leaders Adolf Hitler and Oswald Mosley has been shrugged off by UKIP.

The large artwork, which features Adolf Hitler, Oswald Mosley, Nick Griffin and Nigel Farage with the question ‘Evolution?’ in the top left hand corner, has been erected outside St John's church in Edinburgh.

David Coburn, UKIP MEP for Scotland, was unfazed by the controversial mural and even went as far as saying it could help gain votes in Scotland.

“I am sure all it will do is make UKIP-leaning Scots more determined to vote for UKIP. I think it will backfire on them,” he said.

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“When they have tried that sort of thing in England, it has failed miserably because all it does it make people say, 'wow, so you think I am some kind of primitive, do you? Oh well, up yours, I am going to vote UKIP'.”

The mural was put up outside St John’s Church on Princes Street in the last few days.

The murals have been a feature at the prominent corner church for over 30 years and according to St John’s website are “intended to provoke discussion and a response from passers-by on Princes Street”.

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The mural has been painted by the Artists for Justice and Peace. The church website says the murals are planned by a small group including the Rector and Associate Rector of St John's.

Mr Coburn went on to dismiss the mural, adding: “If it was more original, I might be tempted to laugh my socks off.”

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“I think all it is going to do is reflect badly because it is suggesting that anyone who is thinking of voting for UKIP is some sort of primitive,” he said.

“We are a party of free speech, we are libertarians, you can't get more broad-minded than us.

“Obviously, it is the usual silly thing that they assume that anybody who is not a socialist is some sort of cro-magnon man.”

It is not the first time the church mural has courted controversy. In 2002, a mural depicting the “crucified Christ flanked by Israeli troops” received complaints from across the world arguing that it was 'anti-Semitic'.

The Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh says "the public art in the form of the murals has been part of St John's church for 30 years. The aim of the murals has always been to raise questions and get people thinking and at times challenge that thinking."

More of the St John's murals can be viewed on their Facebook page.

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