I agree with Vince Cable that the “go home” poster vans are “stupid and offensive”.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy put it very well on Channel Four News when he said that every non-white person growing up in this country in the last thirty or forty years has, at some time or the other, had the abuse “Go home!” thrown at them. And therefore the vans are incredibly clumsy and insensitive.
One extraordinary detail is that the vans scheme has cost £10,000. In government terms that is a molecule in the ocean. Minute. And yet the vans have caused an enormous ruckus which would have otherwise taken an advertising budget of millions of pounds to generate.