Farage is the true and only face of anti-EU’ism

April 2, 2014 at 10:07 pm (Europe, Jim D, populism, Racism, reaction, stalinism)

Opinion poll result

Once again, the opinion polls suggest that Farage won the debate with Clegg by a considerable margin. Anyone who watched tonight will have been struck by Farage’s saloon-bar demagogic skill, in contrast to Clegg’s stilted and humourless performance.

But most obvious was that the ultra-reactionary populist used arguments that in almost every case, the Morning Star and No2EU use as a matter of course. As The Guardian comments, “Ukip’s blend of “Stop the War” insurgent anti-Europeanism looks more powerful than ever. Farage won, not just because of his skill (although he’s a good debater), but because his arguments genuinely resonated. And siding with Russia did not really damage him at all.”

The anti-EU “left” like to claim that, somehow Farage is not really a true representative of their cause: yet what did he say tonight (with the single exception of opposition to wind-power) that they would not agree with, and have not said themselves? That even applies to his opposition to so-called “open door” immigration from the EU, which is a theme that has been used by No2EU’s Alex Gordon – who, as it happens has an article in today’s Morning Star that despite claiming that “neither of these characters offer the slightest hope to workers”, in fact goes on to make a series of assertions on jobs, Ukraine, “democratic legitimacy” and wages, all of which Farage made tonight.

One has to ask why the anti-EU idiot-left as epitomised by Gordon and No2EU cannot see themselves for what they are – a tiny and irrelevant “left” UKIP – and recoil in horror. All they have that UKIP hasn’t is the ability to use the word “socialist” when talking about Britian’s exit from the EU, and to invoke the memory of Bob Crow. But it’s probably only a matter of time before Putin-admirer Farage does that as well.


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  2. Mike Killingworth said,

    The problem, of course, is that whichever way I vote in a Euro-referendum I’ll be keeping company I’d rather not keep, thank you very much.

    The truth, as both Farage and Lutfur Rahman in their different ways, understand – actually, I think all Party leaders understand it, it’s just that the others find it unspeakable – is that we are now in a period of transition from class to race politics.

    We have had a transition of this kind before: industrialization led to the replacement of religiously based political cleavage by that of class. It took a long time, and wasn’t even fully completed by 1945. But of the three “sources of political cleavage” as the academics call them, race will always trump class, whether in the Ukraine or London’s Brick Lane.

    Eventually even the CPSU ideologists were able to bring themselves to admit this. And then they could no longer do their job. It was no longer there to be done. I suspect you could change the subject of the previous sentence to “Labour Party leadership in the 21st century” and it would be just as true.

    For a “left-wing” blog like this to be proposing support for a capitalist mega-ramp is the clearest possible proof that the egalitarian project is exhausted.

    • Jim Denham said,

      It’s not a matter, Mike, of this blog “proposing support” for the EU: rather us pointing out the thoroughly reactionary nature of a specific campaign against it, as though, somehow, national capitalism is preferable.

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        Well, Jim, I notice that you don’t quarrel with my main line of argument. The “left wing” position (whatever that means to-day – see John Harris in the Grauniad) will surely have to be abstention and humble meditation on how we have – all of us – failed to address reality.

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