Sunday, March 10, 2013

In Britain the UKIP Party is Like a Nightmare Version of Republicans

And That Will Keep Everyone Awake

Lurking in the background in Britain is a political party that lurks in all nations where the governing forces create fear, hostility and austerity on the population.  The rise of intolerant totalitarianism occurs in particular when economic conditions deteriorate for the working families.  In Britain this is what is happening now.

A recent special election for a seat in Parliament produced a second place finish for the heretofore little regarded UKIP Party.  Here is a description of what those people are all about.

If Ukip had a name that truly reflected its priorities, it might be called the UK Immigrationphobe Party. Ostensibly the anti-EU party, an obsession with immigration and exit from Europe as a means to close Britain's doors is its prevailing motive. The word immigration runs through its policy statements like red lettering in seaside rock, and its proposed five-year ban on entries to the UK is the message it rams home on every doorstep.

That is far from all. It is deeply sceptical of global warming, wants to abolish inheritance tax, employers' National Insurance contributions, aims to partially reverse the recent hunting and smoking bans, and would increase defence spending by some 40 per cent. It is, in thought if not yet in personnel, the extreme right-wing of the Conservative Party in exile; a party run in the main by self-made businessmen with an agenda to match. And it has a record of defections, internecine squabbles and acrimony, plus scandals that have led two of its former MEPs to jail.

And of course we have the traditional ultra conservative homophobia and bigotry in full force.

Ukip's deputy leader, Paul Nuttall, uses his blog to vent his spleen against political correctness. In one post, he supported the Bristol hoteliers who faced court action after refusing to let a gay couple sleep in the same bed, and the football pundits Andy Gray and Richard Keys, sacked by Sky over their "sexist" remarks about a female referee's assistant. He wrote: "Firstly, Christian hoteliers Peter and Rosemary Bull lost a court case in Bristol, which was brought by two homosexual men who took exception because the couple refused to allow them to sleep in the same bed. What a complete joke. Aren't people allowed to live by their religious beliefs in the country any more? … Gray was partaking in something we call 'banter' in football circles … It's not as if he said it live on air, but, then again, so what if he had?"

To his great credit Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister David Cameron has (so far) rejected moving his party in the direction of UKIP, but his base is not quite as firm.  But if the current Conservative dominated government continues its program of injecting misery on the populace in the name of economic progress then the politics of hatred and bigotry may yet takes its place in Britain.  Thank you Conservative economic policy, if it happens they could not have done it without you.

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