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The Farage’s UKIP, A Party of Bigots?

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 11/02/2013

The Farage’s UKIP, A Party of Bigots?
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Alex Andreou ask the question ‘Is Nigel Farage’s UKIP, A Party of Bigots?’ & goes on to prove it is – All Too Convincingly!!

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Hi,
as a long term supporter of UKIP, rather than the debased and befouled EUkip it has become, I find it sad that the main stream media are all now showing signs of seeing through the populist sham that UKIP has become.

It is all very well for Farage’s Party to boast of increased membership but just for a moment consider the calliber of much of that membership – I well remember the days when one could be proud to be associated with UKIP and most members were thinking, active individuals it was a pleasure to mix with but just look at the low grade dross they have as MEPs and the bullying abusive ingrates that seem to be their supporters (all too often too ashamed to be identified and sheltering their vile behaviour behind anonymity).

The political class are far from exemplary and MPs these days seem to set a very low example, with a poor cgrasp of ethics or integrity, probity or even how the system they feed on even works – particularly when it comes to The EU where they seem to understand little of its workings!

However for consistency of self serving, self enriching, squabbling low lifes there is little to rival UKIP!

Not one individual comes across as of gravitas, competence or potential leadership – ALL are entrammelled with the vilest of vile associates in the gutters of EU politics and seem to be kept in place by a claque of bribed praise singers who come across as little more than the scum of the earth – it is unsurprising who floats to the top in UKIP’s on unsavoury septic tank and nnot one of them would I wish to see in any position of authority!

U*KIP in their present form are undeniably unfit for purpose and make one fleetingly wonder if remaining governed by The EU is a better option than that UKIP might gain any real power, they have done such great damage to the patriotic cause of EUroScepticism and seem all too likely to be the main cause of rational and respectable EUroSceptics being likely to loose any IN / OUT Referendum as it now stands.

UKIP have clearly failed to grasp the arguments and with their consistent spiv image have failed to get the message out of the facts of how The EU functions – They have alienated almost every intelligent thinker of competence who once was an activist in UKIP merely so that the remaining dross would shine like cut glass in a dung heap.

Boasting of size of membership is no criterion when over the last dozen by elections UKIP has achieved a meager 3% of the electorate that turned out to vote – Nor are numbers of any real consequence when you consider that the most visited sites on the internet are pornography! Quality of membership is far more important than gathering dross by childish pranks and populism!

Is Ukip a party of bigots? Let’s look at the evidence

Their manifesto might just look like a list of things that annoy people, but party members hold some views that should concern us, says Alex Andreou.

By Alex Andreou Published 11 February 2013 16:36

Nigel Farage. Photograph: Getty Images
Nigel Farage. Photograph: Getty Images

The danger with extremism is that, when filtered through eyes and minds of reasonable people, it appears ridiculous. The reasonable assumption is that others will view it through the same filter and find it equally ridiculous. But, while The Reasonable laugh, support for extremist views creeps up. Because what The Reasonable failed to notice is that fear and insecurity have a way of robbing others of reason.

Ukip’s manifesto is a collection of promises selected, seemingly, on the basis of “twenty things that really annoy people”, with no inkling of implementation method or any costings; a wish list for The Annoyed.

Scared of immigrants? Vote Ukip.

Insecure about the financial crisis? Vote Ukip.

Hate the smoking ban, HS2, Brussels, travellers, burqas, regulation, tax, Boris, debt, wind farms, quangos, foreign aid, crime, Abu Qatada, tuition fees, lazy people, Muslims, foreigners, the hunting ban? Vote Ukip.

The real danger of Ukip becoming a serious contender for coalition partnership in 2015 is gleefully ignored by the centre-left (because, after all, they are damaging the Tories) and dealt with by the centre-right by shifting closer to their extremes; by copying their policies and rhetoric. Everything from the EU referendum and citizenship tests (pdf) to Theresa May’s – and I’m not making this up – imbecilic tales of cat loving, illegal immigrants.

In other words, not only is nobody challenging their vitriol, but they are being allowed to set the political agenda.

Meanwhile their oleaginous leader, whom the British media have taken to calling “charismatic”, is invited to appear on every news programme. This is, apparently, in order to provide balance on European matters – which is like inviting a creationist to give their view every time a story breaks about dinosaur fossils.

This man, who claims he stands alone in wanting to fight for Britain’s interests in the Evil EU, and who bemoans the amount of taxpayers’ money going to the aforementioned Evil EU, boasts about having claimed up to £2m in expenses out of said taxpayers’ money and presides over a party three of whose representatives have the worst attendance record of any British MEPs (who together already have the lowest attendance record of any national delegation). Presumably they are all fighting for Britain’s interests remotely from a BBC studio, somewhere.

Most important of all, we are asked to believe – and this is essential in making Ukip palatable to The Annoyed – that Ukip is not a party of bigots. That, it may walk like a duck and quack like a duck and be affiliated to other ducks all over Europe, but it is, in fact, a platypus. “I’d rather have a party of eccentrics than bland, ghastly people”, says Nigel Farage. Let us examine those eccentrics.

Links with European far-right parties

Ukip is part of the group Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD). The group includes representatives of the Danish People’s Party, the True Finns Party, the Dutch SGP and the infamous Italian Lega Nord – all of them far-right. Nigel Farage is co-President of the group along with Lega Nord’s Francesco Speroni, who described multiple murderer Anders Breivik as someone whose “ideas are in defence of western civilisation.”

Mario Borghezio, another member of the group, declared in a radio interview that Breivik had some “excellent” ideas. Farage’s reaction was to write a strongly-worded letter to Borghezio, asking him to withdraw his comments or Ukip would pull out of the EFD. Borghezio not only did not apologise, but responded with an extraordinary speech in which he raged: “Long live the Whites of Europe, long live our identity, our ethnicity, our race… our blue sky, like the eyes of our women. Blue, in a people who want to stay white.”

Nigel Farage did not withdraw from the EFD. He continues to co-preside over it, along with the leader of the Lega Nord. MEP Nikki Sinclaire, however, was expelled from Ukip for refusing to take part in the EFD because of their “extreme views”.

Links with domestic far-right parties

“Ukip has no links to the BNP,” explained Farage in 2007. The first line of any description of Ukip calls it “a libertarian, non-racist party”. What party, other than one skating close to the lines of taste and decency, needs to describe itself as “non-racist”? Farage boasted on The Andrew Marr Show (20 January 2013) that “Ukip is the only UK party to explicitly ban BNP members from joining”. What party, other than a party whose policies are attractive to such organisations, would need to do that?

Christopher Monckton, their Scotland Leader and Head of Policy Unit invited the now-defunct British Freedom Party – an amalgamation of mostly breakaway BNP members led by a former Ukip candidate until January 2013 – to join Ukip: “I would very much like them to come back and join us and we stand together.” Ukip’s excuse for this lapse? Monckton had been away on a tour of the US and was not up to speed with current policy. More recently, however, Farage refused to vote to oppose moves for the European Union to fund the BNP.

The founder of the party, Alan Sked, says it has become “extraordinarily right-wing” and is now devoted to “creating a fuss, via Islam and immigrants”.

Xenophobia

“Our traditional values have been undermined. Children are taught to be ashamed of our past. Multiculturalism has split our society. Political correctness is stifling free speech”, states the Ukip manifesto. Their “Pocket Guide to Immigration” promises to “end support for multiculturalism and promote one, common British culture”. After attracting some negative publicity, it has disappeared from here, but an archived version can be seen here (pdf).

One of their prospective MP candidates recently wrote: “A removal of multi-culturalism and assimilation of these people needs to be done to save them from the abyss of exclusion and welfare. Above all, one should not shy away of contemplating forced repatriation, or threatening it to further assimilation, as a result of their lack of economic contribution to the UK.” In fact their position on “forced repatriation” and “assimilation” is indistinguishable from the BNP’s. Except, perhaps, that Ukip’s 2005 manifesto advocates that all incoming immigrants should be “subject to health checks” for “communicable diseases”.

More recently, during BBC’s Question Time, Farage caused upset with some gross generalisations he made about Bulgarian people. He sent his trusted lieutenant and deputy chairman of the party Paul Nuttall to Bulgaria to diffuse the situation. Nuttall explained that he had nothing to apologise for, since he never bashed Bulgarians, but was just noting facts. He stressed that “Brits fear all immigrants, regardless of where they would come from.”

Islamophobia

“On the question of Islamification,” said Farage during a well-received speech, “we have to do a bit more to teach our children of the values of our Judeo-Christian society.” He proceeded to note that at least 20 police forces are turning a blind eye to the operation of Sharia Law and expressed admiration for countries which say: “You’re welcome to come here and to have your children here… but if you’re coming here to take us over, you’re not welcome.”

A recent manifesto commitment to “tackle extremist Islam by banning the burqa or veiled niqab in public buildings and certain private buildings” was further explained by Farage: “I can’t go into a bank with a motorcycle helmet on. I can’t wear a balaclava going round the District and Circle line.”

Finally, Ukip peer Lord Pearson put it unequivocally. “The Muslims are breeding ten times faster than us,” he said. “I don’t know at what point they reach such a number we are no longer able to resist the rest of their demands.”

Misogyny

Ukip’s only female MEP (after the expulsion of Nikki Sinclaire) Marta Andreasen, recently left the party, labelling Farage as an “anti-women Stalinist dictator” whose view is that “women should be in the kitchen or in the bedroom”.

This came as no surprise. His grasp of sexual politics has always been tenuous at best. As he explained in a Telegraph interview: “Lap dancing? Don’t have the time these days, but I used to go to them. Like it or not, they are a fact of life. You are talking about normal behaviour there. Everyone does it.” Then, asked about extra-marital affairs, he conceded: “Well, we’re all human. There is a big difference between that sort of thing and being really bad.”

When Godfrey Bloom MEP, infamous for making a speech in the European Parliament – one of his better ones – while heavily intoxicated, said that “no employer with a brain in the right place would employ a young, single, free woman”, Farage’s reaction was “Dear old Godders! Godfrey’s comment [as above] has been proved so right.”

Views on the less able

In 2007, Jack Biggs alleged that he had been banned from running as a candidate because of his disability and presented significant evidence in support. Later, high-ranking member Alexandra Swann sided with a Ukip councillor who said it was dangerous to allow those who do not work to vote. Political Scrapbook reported her as saying that “allowing people to vote on how other people’s money is spent — if they don’t contribute — is dangerous”. This, presumably, would include those unable to contribute because of disability.

Finally, the apotheosis (and demise of Godwin’s law, forever hence) came when a UKIP candidate aired his repugnant views about compulsory abortion of all disabled babies.

Homophobia

Ousted MEP Nikki Sinclaire, who came out as a lesbian, won a sexual discrimination case against UKIP after refusing to sit with its homophobic allies in the European parliament. 

On a private members’ forum, senior UKIP member and former parliamentary candidate Dr Julia Gasper claimed some homosexuals prefer sex with animals. The Mirror reported her as saying: “As for the links between homosexuality and paedophilia, there is so much evidence that even a full-length book could hardly do justice to the ­subject.” (Ironically, UKIP General Secretary Jonathan Arnott had banned a discussion on the site on gay issues, because he feared that someone “is going to screenshoot comments and send them to a newspaper”.) She was sacked.

More recently a UKIP Croydon North candidate tweeted: “A caring loving home is a heterosexual or single family. I don’t believe (a gay couple) is healthy for a child.” He did so, after retweeting an article written by a National Front supporter who claimed there was “no such thing as homophobia”. He was sacked.

However, Olly Neville, the former UKIP Youth Chairman, was also sacked for supporting same-sex marriage. Sack them all, as long as we don’t have to talk about it, seems to be the policy.

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These are the facts and they speak for themselves. This is a barrel in which you would be lucky to find one good apple, misplaced amongst the rotten ones. Like UKIP activist Maggie Chapman, who works in care, but thinks elderly people should be euthanised when they become a burden, cracks jokes about Muslims having sex with camels and “paki” families going home and spreads Christmas cheer with her “eggnog for nig-nogs”. Farage can distance himself from all of them; sack all of them; disinherit all of them. The inescapable truth is that it is his policies which attract them and will keep doing so; they remain his “eccentrics”.

Paul Nuttall once wrote: “We in Ukip know: if you champion British interest and culture then you are labelled a nationalist with all the connotations that goes [sic] with it.” I would remind Nuttall of the distinction drawn by Charles De Gaulle: “Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” I look at the policies, the rhetoric and the candidates, and I see nothing about love of one’s own people. I see only hate for others.

Instead, if you find yourself nodding in agreement with a couple of items on Ukip’s long list of empty promises, remember all the other things you will also be signing up for. They represent a particularly insidious brand of extremist; Bigotry Light, if you will – all the hatred of normal bigotry, but none of the calories.

And rejoin The Reasonable, so we may continue to be the majority and laugh at things. Like this election leaflet.

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8 Responses to “The Farage’s UKIP, A Party of Bigots?”

  1. Hi,

    Maggie Chapman has ‘e’Mailed me from her mobile claiming I had got my facts wrong in this posting regarding her.

    The facts I have published were, as was made very clear, that I was republishing facts as presented and published by ‘The Spectator’ and to ensure clarity I provided the links to the original article AND posted it in ‘blue’ which is the format colour for my posting of other people’s material if I do NOT know them or believe them to be in UKIP, in which case I try to post their comments in UKIP colours – purple.

    I trust this clarifies the situation and will obviously republish any correction made by ‘The Independent’ if it is apposite and brought to my attention.

    I presume her claims pertain equally to the other publications that have carried various stories about Maggie Chapman and extremist comments and associations.

    At this stage based upon the weight of evidence this does sound like a Mandy Rice Davis moment ‘She would say that wouldn’t she …’ In the light of the dishonesty, corruption and untrustworthy nature of UKIP leadership it would be hard to find any statement from them, endorsing Maggie Chapman’s claims to be acceptable!

    Regards,
    Greg_L-W.

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  2. M c said

    Your article is inaccurate as I have never worked in care nor have I said to euthanise the elderly.Im presuming you have the links for that

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    • Hi,
      Hi,

      I presume it is some of the facts led by The Spectator in this paragraph:
      These are the facts and they speak for themselves. This is a barrel in which you would be lucky to find one good apple, misplaced amongst the rotten ones. Like UKIP activist Maggie Chapman, who works in care, but thinks elderly people should be euthanised when they become a burden, cracks jokes about Muslims having sex with camels and “paki” families going home and spreads Christmas cheer with her “eggnog for nig-nogs”. Farage can distance himself from all of them; sack all of them; disinherit all of them. The inescapable truth is that it is his policies which attract them and will keep doing so; they remain his “eccentrics”.

      That Ms. Chapman seeks to refute – I look forward to her sending me a copy of The Spectator apology and will publish accordingly!

      Regards,
      Greg_L-W.

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      • M c said

        As soon as I hear back from then,I shall forward it to you.The New Statesman has already published an apology saying they got me mixed up with someone else 🙂

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        • Hi,

          I look forward to taking ANY relevant action to ensure the accuracy of my blogs and look forward to publishing any correction The Spectator of their article that they may find apposite to publish.

          Regards,
          Greg_L-W.

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