The European parliamentary elections are not far away, and the United Kingdom Independence Party is looking to make big gains and continue to exert its increasingly malevolent influence over British politics.
On its website, UKIP describes itself as a ‘patriotic party putting Britain first’ standing up against the ‘political class’ as ‘ violent crime erupts in our cities. Jobs are lost and our vital NHS and state school places are straining â€¨under a tide of immigration. Another tide of migration comes from the EU as controls on Bulgaria and Romania expire. ‘
UKIP often presents itself as the bold, straight-talking party expressing ‘concerns’ that are concealed by a ‘ politically correct’ establishment. Here is a brief selection of opinions from UKIP members which have not made it into the party manifesto, and will probably not form part of its coming campaign: .
1. ‘What irritates me is they (sic) way they and their leftie, neo-Commie followers seem to want to force the rest of us to consider them as normal. I just wish they would keep their homosexual nature and practices to themselves and stop trying to ram it down my throat telling me they are “normal” when they are not.’
Douglas Denny, Bognor Regis branch, West Sussex. Members Forum 2013
2. “I”m sure his mother still grieves for him, but it is time she did it privately without setting him up as some kind of media icon. She risks .â€‰â€‰.â€‰â€‰. boring us all to tears.’
Pamela Preedy, secretary UKIP Redcar Branch, on Doreen Lawrence, criticizing Cameron for ‘worshipping at the shrine of Saint Stephen. UKIP Members Forum, 2013
3. ‘Have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in “illegal immigrants”, and add just a few more letters, it spells, “Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those other hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-********, raghead ******** with you.â€
Chris Pain, former Lincolnshire UKIP councillor and East Midlands campaign chairman, Facebook, May 2013 (Pain claimed his account was hacked but nevertheless stepped down from the party in September to ‘clear his name’)
4. ‘I just want to send the lot back but I can’t say that.’
Victoria Ayling, UKIP councillor in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire and former Conservative MEP candidate, on UK immigration, December 2013
5. ‘If you haven”t done a hand”s turn and neither have your parents or your parents” parents then I can”t actually understand why you should be able to vote on the administration.’
Godfrey Bloom, on curtailing voting rights for the unemployed. LBC radio interview, Nov 2013
6. “Compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Down”s, spina bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, could render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.’
Geoffrey Clark, UKIP council candidate, December 2012
7. ‘ The Muslims are breeding ten times faster than us. I don’t know at what point they reach such a number we are no longer able to resist the rest of their demands. We must be looking at somewhere between 10 or 20 years. If we don’t do something in the next year or two we have in effect lost.’
UKIP peer Lord Pearson, Youtube video, November 2009
8. ‘ That pretty well everyone myself not excluded recoiled at his actions, does not belie the accuracy of Breivik’s research and analysis in his ‘manifesto’, which is in line with most scholarship in respect of both Political Correctness and Islam.’
9. “Holocaust means a sacrifice by fire. Only the Zionists could sacrifice their own in the gas chambers. The Second World Wide War was engineered by the Zionist Jews and financed by the banksters to make the general public all over the world feel so guilty and outraged by the Holocaust that a treaty would be signed to create the State of Israel as we know it today.”
Anna-Marie Crampton, UKIP council candidate for Crowborough, East Sussex, comments posted on Secrets of the Fed Website, 2013.
10. ‘You left-wing scum are all the same, wanting to hand our birthright to Romanian gypsies who beat their wives and children into begging and stealing money they can gamble with, Muslim nutters who want to kill us and put us under medieval Sharia law, the same Africans who sold their Afro-Caribbean brothers into a slavery that Britain was first to abolish (but you still want to apologize for!)’
There’s a lot more where this came from. Some of the above have been suspended from the party as a result of these remarks. Others claim to have been trolled. But the question remains, why are so many people with views like this drawn to a party like Ukip in the first place?
I’m going to venture a guess and suggest that behind Farage’s cheekie chappie ordinary bloke lurks something much nastier. After all we are talking about a man who, as a schoolboy, marched through a Sussex village with his Dulwich cadet force mates singing Hitler Youth songs, and whose teacher described him as fascist and a racist.
In a letter written in 1981 and published by Channel 4 News last year Farage’s former English teacher wrote that ‘Another colleague, who teaches the boy, described his publicly professed racist and neo-fascist views; and he cited a particular incident in which Farage was so offensive to a boy in his set, that he had to be removed from the lesson.’
Another teacher called Farage ‘a fascist, but that was no reason why he would not make a good prefect.’
Indeed not, and these accusations didn’t stop Dulwich from making Farage a prefect. So no one can be surprised that such a man would consider that the ‘basic principle’ of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech was ‘right’, or that he once told an interviewer in 2008 ‘ I would never say that Powell was racist in any way at all. Had we listened to him, we would have much better race relations now than we have got. ‘
And whether or not Farage really told Ukip’s disenchanted founder Alan Sked, ‘ We will never win the nigger vote. The nig-nogs will never vote for us’, no one can be surprised that his party appeals to so many racists, xenophobes and bigots who are thinking the unsayable, and occasionally saying it too.