UKIP clowns are no laughing matter

April 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm (anti-semitism, Daily Mail, elections, Europe, fascism, homophobia, Jim D, misogyny, populism, Racism, reaction, sexism, stalinism, UKIP, wankers)

“It is very tempting to vote for a collection of clowns or indignant, angry people who promise that somehow they will allow us to take your revenge…

“[UKIP is] against the political class, it is against foreigners, it is against immigrants. But it does not have any very positive policies. They do not know what they are for”

Kenneth Clarke nailed UKIP good and proper when he said that a few days ago. It was refreshing, as well, to hear him endorse Cameron’s 2006 description (now quietly buried by Tory HQ) of them “fruit cakes and loonies and closet racists.”

Farage and his shower, unused to scrutiny and criticism, have been complaining about “a morally reprehensible” “smear campaign” against its candidates in the run-up to this week’s council elections. It’s unfair, and unsporting, they bleat, to pick up on comments their candidates have made on Twitter and Facebook. Well, welcome to the rough-and-tumble world of serious bourgeois politics, Mr Farage: after all you’ve always wanted to be a part of it, haven’t you?

Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip

Alex Wood is standing as the UKIP candidate in Blackmore Vale for Somerset County Council.

Today’s Daily Mirror carries an excellent exposé of UKIP candidate Alex Wood giving a Nazi salute and with a knife between his teeth (above).  His Facebook page contains these comments about Africans:

“If I’m completely honest mate, they disgust me. I mean just look at the mud huts they live in and how they kill each other. It’s quite barbaric.

” This is what UKIP wants to prevent – our country ending up like Africa or some other third world country.”

The Shiraz legal team tell me that I have to point out that Mr Wood denies making those comments: ha ha ha.

Wood has now been suspended from the party and removed as a candidate: but how the hell did he get accepted as a member and selected as a candidate in the first place?

Even before the Wood exposé, UKIP had been forced to suspend another candidate, Anna-Marie Crampton, following these comments on the site Secrets of the Fed in which she claimed that the second world war was “engineered by the Zionists” in order to bring about the creation of the state of Israel. She also claimed that Zionists caused the Holocaust:

“Only the Zionists could sacrifice their own in the gas chambers…It was thanks to them that six million Jews were murdered in the war.”

Again, our legal eagles insist that I inform you that Ms Crampton denies that she made the comments, claiming the site was…ha ha ha…hacked…

What else have we got? Oh yes, there’s retired sheep farmer Susan Bowen, selected to stand in Tintagel, but now removed following the discovery that she used to be in the BNP.

Then there’s Chris Scotton, suspended from membership and as candidate in Leicester, following exposure of his Facebook “liking” for the English Defence League.

Well, at least Farage and his cronies did something about a few of the Nazis in their ranks: but what about Caven Vines, UKIP candidate in Rotherham, with close links to the BNP, who thinks there are too many Muslims in Britain? UKIP have refused to condemn him or, indeed, do anything at all about him.

Nor has they acted against the vice-chairman of Yeovil UKIP, Godfrey Davey, another candidate on Thurday, who tweeted:

“At the rate this government is going we will end up with civil war it will be us or the imegrants [sic]“.

Mr Davey also has views on other issues:

“Every time you give sodomites an inch they want a mile, no pun, pedeophilia here we come [sic].”

I suppose that in comparison with that sort of fascistic filth, UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom’s comments on Radio Five (John Piennar, Monday April 29) that women of child-bearing age shouldn’t be employed because maternity laws are “too draconian” were relatively inoffensive – even if they did amount to encouraging employers to break the law.

This shower of racists and ultra-reactionaries has been given an easy ride until now, mainly because a large section of the print media (the Mail, Express, Sun and Telegraph in particular) sympathise with them.

But why hasn’t most of the left been more outspokenly hostile to this bunch of racists, homophobes and all-purpose reactionaries? Today’s Morning Star, for instance, carries an extraordinary editorial headedUkip’s just a distraction“, some of which could have come straight from a UKIP press release:

“Farage denies that his party is xenophobic or racist, insisting that opposition to immigration is based on sound economic fears that huge numbers of Bulgarians and Romanians are poised to enter Britain, putting pressure on welfare benefits, state education, the NHS, housing and other social provisions.

“In truth there is no major political party in Britain that hasn’t spouted something similar in recent times to justify tough rhetoric about clamping down on immigration.

“So the jibe of racism could equally be pointed at the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.”

Surely it couldn’t be that the Morning Star, like the Daily Mail and the Tory ultra-right, rather agrees with UKIP on at least one or two matters?

10 Comments

  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    The only reason you bothered with this post was so as you could have a poke at the Morning Stir, wasn’t it?

    Farage has admitted he hasn’t the resources to vet his candidates properly. And, yes, all parties expel members from time to time for one sort of misbehaviour or another.

    A more useful article might have looked at how each of the parties uses or abuses race as a source of political cleavage: you can say as often as you like that class is more fundamental than race, but it doesn’t make it so.

    And yes, whatever names you choose to throw at me will be small beer compared to what I’ve been through in real life, where both black and white people of various races have convinced themselves that their personal safety depended on attacking me, only verbally so far. But who knows what’s round the corner?

  2. Jim Denham said,

    The Morning Star comment was an afterthought, having read their editorial today, I can assure you, Mike.

  3. Modernity's Ghost said,

    Good post.

    “Farage has admitted he hasn’t the resources to vet his candidates properly. And, yes, all parties expel members from time to time for one sort of misbehaviour or another.”

    Pathetic quibbling from Killingworth.

    But he doesn’t get to the nub of the questions, why is UKIP stuff full of racists, wannabe neo-Nazis, etc? And what type of politics draws them there?

    Also the type of language used by some UKIPPers, like Anna-Marie Crampton, may be familiar to those on the Left? Ring any bells?

  4. Mike Killingworth said,

    MG – I am not quibbling. I genuinely don’t know what anti-racism is: I’ve known black activists who will be satisfied only when all us whiteys are six feet under. And whites for whom the reverse is true, so to speak. I don’t presume to a particular definition of “anti-racism” – indeed one reason why I’m no longer active in politics is because I don’t feel able to sign up for one rather than another. I do however think, as I have said here before, that most people consider race to be more fundamental to their identity than class.

    Marxism has had 150 years to work out how to overcome this “false consciousness” and has utterly failed to do so.

  5. Modernity's Ghost said,

    So what Killingworth? Your comments here display unnecessary pessimism and gullibility, surprisingly combined with corpulent amounts of cynicism.

    No one is interested in your defence of Farage.

    Simply because Farage says something that does not mean you have to repeat it, as if it is the unvarnished truth.

    The fact that you don’t know anything about politics or life, is unimportant to the rest of us.

    You have sought to foist your views on us without any regard to reason or principle and now you expect us to sympathise with your political incoherence?

    Doesn’t work that way.

    • Mike Killingworth said,

      I hold no brief for Farage whatsoever. He strikes me as a typical saloon bar bore & I shouldn’t think the Priory want him any more than I do. But when he effectively admits that some of his candidates are fascists or neo-fascists I’m minded to believe him – if he wants a cabinet seat in the next Tory-led co-alition government (and I think he does) he needs to say it.

      Actually, when I got up this morning I was expecting rather more abuse than this. The old saying applies, MG: “no case? Abuse plaintiff’s attorney.”

  6. Jim Denham said,

  7. Babz said,

    Our local Ukip representative is a typical reactionary racist who I’ve known since we were kids. All one has to do is read their Facebook comments to expose them for who they really are. Not a very clever lot these Ukip types.

  8. Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    It goes way deeper than the relative handful of UKIP candidates that industrious trawling through social media by Tory researchers have exposed so far,

    In a local hustings last Saturday I saw even the Tory candidates jaws visibly drop at the string of racist non-sequiturs casually dropped by one of the UKIP candidates.

    And yet this man may actually win a seat on the county council tomorrow (as indeed might Ms Crampton in my own division as she is still on the ballot and many postal votes will have been cast before she was exposed and many local voters will not even know of her unusual alleged views).

  9. http://alternativepress.soup.io/ said,

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