Here’s a thought for you. Or perhaps all of us. UKIP Daily threads lately increasingly refer to the current UKIP mess in terms of a Tory/Labour divide – but I don’t think it is. And I think it’ll hurt the party more if this is not challenged and better understood because the UKIP I know currently reaches across the political divide. And we don’t want to loose that in a kind of latter-day rerun of the 1960s and 70s, or the re-emergence of clowns supporting the likes of red-Len McCluskey and co.
We don’t have a name for the political force driving that “Political Rape” agenda: George Soros, the manipulation of the MSM, rampant and very anti western, aggressive islamic immigration on a scale that sweeps away all before it, and the destruction of Trump’s chances at all costs – but, I think, in the UK and UKIP in particular, we are in danger of missing the point. We’ve all seen (or known) enough of the kind of post-war rejection of all that went before, that filled universities with angry young men, spawned the likes of David Frost, dragged down voices like Enoch Powell, united Heath and Wilson in their desire to join the EEC and loudly condemned all sensible discussions about immigration for the next 40 years as racism, and which has indoctrinated the Education system to this day, in the process.
But in the process of what? Globalisation? Clinton taking the Arab money and running, and WW 3 for the rest of us?
I think the real enemy here (and all the apologists that let it happen) is masquarading as what we still describe as Liberalism. Not the LibDem version. The generic, deeply entrenched, BBC/Westminster kind that has taken over here in these last 25 years or so, and took a significant chunk of the Tory party with it, as did Blair before to his Labour party. The kind that allowed the likes of Hamza and Chowdery to do their worst unchallenged, and their followers even more so, as in Rotherham etc.
It’s not liberalism in the sense of freeing things up. It’s the opposite of what the name suggests, an exremely intolerant political force that has gained considerable ground, here and in Europe, and apparently in the US as well. Liberalism, like multiculturalism: it’s another word that somehow suggests the opposite of what it means.
I speak as an old fashioned Conservative who was brought up in Birkenhead in the 60’s and saw first hand the chaos that was then described as socialism, which it isn’t any more. For me, moving to Essex in 75 was a huge shock, no chips on both shoulders, where they embraced Thatcher like the 2nd coming as she dragged parts of the UK out of what I much later recognised then as a directionless post-war basket cases. But she – and her huge scepticism of the EEC – was dragged down by what the Conservative party was becoming, with modernisers like Cameron – an arrogant, patrician, ignorant stooge, utterly contemptuous of the conservative mainstream when he became leader, and not the kind of Conservative that I recognised. Hence I joined UKIP in 2009. But cameron’s apparently convictionless presentation skills took in a lot of people, as did Blair before him, on whom Cameron and co modelled themselves and described as the Master!
I suggest that what we in UKIP are looking at now is less about Tory and Old Labour, and more about a political brand which offers hope against the political tide described as Liberalism – a kind that has gone way beyond its original ex labour roots to something truly dangerous; a kind that stoops at nothing to drive an agenda of ‘Equality at all Costs’, that has infiltrated both major Parties, and to which Brexit has almost become a side-show next to what Merkel unleashed following the collapse of the North of the Sahara Arabian states which have unleashed ISIS and God knows what else, and behind which the US has been, for about the last 80 years, but that’s a thread for another day.
Currently, the May bug has a problem with her Westminster Party which is largely full of Remainers. Real labour people have a problem with a Party that doesn’t represent working people any more. I (and about 5m other SME’s) have a problem trying to keep my small business running against a background of rising costs and my employees have a problem with a benefit system that they mostly refuse to engage with – because they prefer to work and will not be driven out of work by an overgenerous welfare system – as they and I see it.
The hustings start on Monday, and we were thinking about questions to ask the candidates. We know some of these questions: leadership structure, style, accountability, transparency …
Perhaps a few questions about the candidates’ interpretation of post war political history and what UKIP stands for might add some depth?