Published on December 14th, 2014 | by Flipside0
Poundshop withdraws Enoch Powell dolls over Farage confusion
Budget shop chain Poundshop have today announced that they will be withdrawing their popular Enoch Powell dolls from sale, with immediate effect. The dolls are part of a range of cheaply made political mannequins, based mainly on dead or retired politicians whose images can be bought at minimum cost.
Enoch Powell was dismissed from the Conservative Shadow Cabinet in 1968, following his controversial “Rivers of Blood” speech on the economic dangers of immigration. Farage has previously cited Powell as a political hero, and UKIP twice asked him to stand for the party before his death in 1998.
Problems arose when a child began playing with one of the dolls, happily making it tell another group of dolls to bugger off back where they came from. When his grandfather asked how the child knew who Enoch Powell was, the boy replied, “It’s Nigel Farage, you old fart, don’t you know anything?”
Following a heated family row, the boy’s furious parents took to twitter to vent their frustration:
UKIPrick @UKIPrick . Dec 11 : Bought #Farage doll from #Poundshop turns out its badly painted Enoch Powell #gimmemymoneyback.
News about the dolls rapidly spread, and soon legions of angry customers were bringing the dolls back to the shops, demanding their money back. “We had wondered why Enoch was suddenly so popular,” admitted one shop manager. “Now that I look, I can see that they do look a bit like Nigel.”
The news is also acutely embarrassing for UKIP, who had one of the dolls deliver a keynote speech as a party gathering in Wales, after Mr Farage had been delayed by too many immigrants on the roads. “We thought the doll did a good job,” said one party member. “Better than Nigel, in fact! But now we learn we were spoken to by a dead Tory!”
This is not the first problem Poundshop have had with its doll range. The Boris Johnson dolls have often been mistaken for miniature mops, while George Osborne dolls are frequently used to clean toilets, though it’s unclear if there’s any confusion involved there.