UKIP and their idea of culture

I’ve just returned home to find this UKIP election leaflet on my door mat.

Policies for Brain-dead People

Policies for Brain-dead People. But a UKIP government? Isn’t that wishful thinking?

My eyes were drawn to the section marked “culture” and nowhere does it mention the word ‘art’. Instead, we are treated to a list of things, which have little or no relevance to culture.

At the top of the list is this predictable pronouncement:

UKIP recognises and values an overarching, unifying British culture, which is open and inclusive to anyone who wishes to identify with Britain and British values, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

Two questions – and these are questions that I’ve posed to white nationalists when they bleat about “British culture”: what is British culture and what are British values? Readers, I have to tell you that I have yet to receive an answer. All I get for my trouble is personal abuse and paranoid assertions about how this country is being “contaminated” with “foreign cultures”. There is no such thing as “British culture”and  as for “British values” one could argue that this includes bullying, an obsession with property ownership and institutionalized child sexual abuse. But we don’t like talking about those things, do we?

One proposal states:

UKIP opposes ‘plain paper packaging’ for tobacco products and minimum pricing of alcohol.

Well, they would oppose these things because their glorious leader is a chain-smoker, who’s rarely seen without a pint of beer in his hand. But I can’t see the connection with culture here. Can you?

Like the Tories and other right-wingers, UKIP hasn’t got a clue when it comes to culture. In fact, I would go as far as saying they don’t understand culture. When the Department of National Heritage was created under John Major in the 1990s, the word ‘culture’ was distinctly absent. “Heritage” is about paintings of dead people, statues, stately homes; in other words, it’s alien to most people’s everyday lives. Culture is a living thing and UKIP and the Tories, who are forever looking backwards, will never grasp this.

The rest of the Kippers’ election leaflet ploughs a tediously predictable furrow: shrink the state, reintroduce grammar schools, big up the military, spend more money on arms; abolish green taxes; frack everywhere; retain the benefit cap; keep bashing ‘migrants’ and so on and so forth. Their section on housing is especially woeful. There is no mention of the housing shortage nor is there any mention of possible solutions to the crisis. UKIP if you want to, the gentleman isn’t for kipping.

Just think: there are just under four more months left of this tedious bullshit.

 

UPDATE @ 2115 9/1/15

You know the image being used for the UKIP leaflet? Well, I’ve just spotted a similar image on Facebook being used for a YouGov advertisement.

Here it is.

The Kippers can’t even use an original image. How sad and pathetic is that?

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16 Comments

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16 responses to “UKIP and their idea of culture

  1. greggwh

    Remember what Goering said about culture? That might be apropo for UKIP. Meanwhile, I can’t figure after your pamphlet citations why any voters who supported Labour in the past would support them. I remember a Political Compass chart which actually put the British National Party to the left of Labour on economic issues. As twisted as their views are they at least appreciated and supported the material needs of their actual and potential supporters.

    • UKIP present two different faces to two different groups of people. However, at their core, they are a Thatcherite party with some of their members holding views that are further to the right. Unfortunately a lot of people in this country are ignorant of ideologies and will claim support for a party like UKIP because they appear to ‘shaking up the establishment’. They don’t bother to look beneath the façade.

      • greggwh

        Sounds a lot like what’s been going on in the US with the Republicans for some time, and as the presidency of Obama shows, even if you think you’re voting for a progressive you may not actually get one, and in the plutocracy that the US has become the likelihood is that you won’t.

  2. Each ethnic identity has a culture everywhere in the world.

    Read the book ‘Watching the English” by Kate Fox, a leading social anthropologist.

    The emotional response to colour is different between cultures.

    For example:
    Red
    Celtic: Death, afterlife
    China: Good luck, celebration, summoning

    Yellow

    China: Nourishing, royalty
    Egypt: Mourning

    Blue

    Eastern: Wealth, self-cultivation
    Western: Depression, sadness, conservative, corporate, “something blue” bridal tradition

    Purple

    Thailand: Mourning, widows
    Eastern: Wealth
    Western: Royalty

    White

    China: Death, mourning
    India: unhappiness
    Japan: White carnation symbolizes death
    Western: Brides, angels, good guys, hospitals, doctors, peace (white dove)

    And from cultural awareness companies offering training to businessmen going abroad for sales:
    Why is cultural awareness so important?

    A person’s cultural background can have an impact on how they behave around others, …

    The English, for example, are an arms length people, whereas other cultures have body language that is more in your face, without all the hand gestures of other cultures, and reserved and privacy in English culture.

    The English do not go in for prolonged eye contact.

    The English expect you to stay standing until invited to sit down.

    The English do not like being asked personal questions, which is part of their reserved, privacy of their culture.

    Americans mix up the British and call them all English, when this is offensive, of course, to the Celt nationals.

    In social get togethers, talking about work is not done by the English.

    The British sense of humour is irony, when other cultures are not.

    And the English go in a lot for – please, thank you, excuse me, pardon me, and sorry.

    In German etiquette, wait til your host at a social gathering introduces you to the other guests.

    For Germans giving a carnation only means mourning or lilies only for funerals.

    Meeting etiquette in India, includes having to bid farewell individually to everyone in the group.

    Men and women do not shake hands in India and you are expected to take off your shoes before going into a home invited for dinner. And you are expected to turn down the first offer of tea, coffee or snacks, out of politeness and then say yes after a few other times of asking and asked to wash your hands before and after sitting down to a meal. And leave food on the plate, otherwise it will just be added to by the host.

    And in India frangpani or white flowers are only used at funerals.

    And lots more between all the cultures of the world.

    In days of British Empire, the men going to the colonies had 3 months full time training in language and culture before going to do the admin there.

    Business is lost today because cultural awareness courses are not done before going to do the sales negotiations, shown by this blurb from one, taken at random, but common with them all:

    Why attend this cultural awareness training?

    In an increasingly global marketplace, organisations can’t afford to neglect the importance of good communication. Companies that invest in cultural awareness training undoubtedly reap rewards through effective working relationships, better communication, employee
    retention and productive staff. The aim of this training is to increase cross-cultural awareness and improve relationships between managers and staff based in different countries.

    And there is the stress injury called Culture Shock that has been published science since the 1950s, that is prevented by being aware of different cultures to where you intend to live and work.

    • “Each ethnic identity has a culture everywhere in the world”

      A couple of things: identity is socially constructed and “culture:” as Raymond Williams once wrote “is one or two of the most complicated words in the English language”. Culture is often organically created by people themselves (though they may not be aware of this). However. neither the Tories nor UKIP understand culture in its broadest sense and would rather construct some kind of national or ‘leitkultur’. Sorry, this is rushed as I’m really busy. More later.

  3. Pingback: UKIP and their idea of culture – Guy Debord’s Cat | Vox Political

  4. A wonderfully caustic post – have just shared with all my twitter followers.

  5. Reblogged this on UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR and commented:
    I could envisage a scenario where, should UKIP actually start to look like a real power in the land, dirty deals would be done in the background, Farrage would be deposed and a far more extreme right wing and even nastier party would emerge.

  6. aturtle05

    The picture is a Shutterstock image with the title “Group Of Multi-Ethnic Arms Outstretched With British Flag As A Background.” I wonder if UKIP realise the picture is against their beliefs?

  7. “There is no such thing as “British culture””

    Do my old poems count?
    http://www.pearshapedcomedy.com/A_E_Miller_Poetry.html

    There’s nothing wrong with drinking lots of beer or chainsmoking either. These are not vices the right wing has a monopoly on. That said I see Farage has given up drinking this month. Which of course saves on the awkwardness of being continually no platformed by pub landlords who don’t want to be associated with his toxic brand
    http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Ukip-leader-Nigel-Farage-told-stop-campaigning/story-21028932-detail/story.html

    • “Do my old poems count”?

      If you insist. I’m suddenly reminded of the Vogon’s poem in ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’.

      “There’s nothing wrong with drinking lots of beer or chainsmoking either. These are not vices the right wing has a monopoly on”

      No, but such habits are fundamentally unhealthy.

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