Ukip Chairman Sparks Backlash After Comparing SNP to Nazis

Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), arrives for the by-election ballot count at Medway Park in Gillingham, southeast England, November 21, 2014. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Ukip's chairman for Scotland Arthur Misty Thackeray accused Scotland's ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) of implementing Nazi-style propaganda on Sunday.

"The Scottish Nationalist movement is in danger of returning to its 1930s fascist roots," Thackeray said.

According to the Scotland Herald newspaper, Thackeray accused SNP leader and first minister Nicola Sturgeon of holding "Nuremburg-style rallies" during the independence referendum in September, while also taking a swipe at Yes campaigners and comparing pro-independence paper, The National to the Soviet propaganda title Pravda.

"First we had cybernats and street thugs trying to intimidate their way to independence, then Sturgeon at Nuremburg-style rallies and now this McPravda propaganda sheet.

"Scotland doesn't need Neverendum politics, just everyone to accept that the majority of Scots voted to remain forever in the Union, and said No means No," Thackeray urged.

The SNP has responded strongly against Thackeray's comments.

"These ludicrous and offensive claims have absolutely no place in our politics and won't disguise the fact that the people of Scotland completely reject Ukip's intolerant, xenophobic agenda – which is why the party has next to no support in Scotland while support for the SNP is reaching record highs," a spokesperson for the SNP told Newsweek.

Richard Walker, editor of The National also spoke in defence of his publication saying Thackeray's comments show "the intolerance at the heart of [Ukip]".

"This is the real face of Ukip. They can't stand anything that opposes their view, and so denounce it as fascism," Walker added.

Thackeray, who represents Nigel Farage's Ukip in Scotland, has become well-known for his controversial remarks after arguing Glasgow City Council stood for "gays, catholics and communists" in January.

A Mirror investigation on social media last year also found Thackeray 'liked' a group which claimed "paedophilia is a part of Islamic tradition" and praised far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders as a self confessed "hater of Islam".

Since September's independence referendum, SNP membership has surged to over 80,000, making the party the third biggest in the UK by membership figures.

Meanwhile the newly launched pro-independence newspaper The National has also experienced a boom with editors reporting that all 60,000 copies were sold during the title's first run last week.

Ukip have also experienced a surge in popularity recently having won the last two UK by-elections in Clacton-upon-sea and Rochester, respectively.

While the party now holds two seats in parliament with predictions of more gains in the upcoming general election in 2015, they have no representatives in Scottish parliament and their eurosceptic policies have put them at odds with the pro-EU SNP.