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The Fraudulent Anti-Elitism Of The Right

Nigel Farage and UKIP have, for the past 10 years or more, cast themselves as anti-elite and anti-establishment. The mass media, for the most part, has accepted this without question and have even referred to UKIP and the politics they represent as “anti-politics”. This is a curious formulation that has been coined by the mass media to describe a form of political expression that supposedly opposes mainstream politics. Yet it overlooks the fact that politics is more than stuffed shirts speaking in soundbites and platitudes in the Daily Politics studio. It takes place in everyday life and can be encapsulated in the maxim “The personal is political”.

Guy Debord (1957) observed that the mass media refuses to allow any space to contradictory or marginalized ideas. This almost always means that left-wing ideas are effectively excluded or are otherwise ridiculed. The mass media has thus constructed a simulation of anti-establishment politics in place of genuine anti-establishment politics. The anti-EU ranting of Farage, Evans, Nuttall, et al is seen somehow as having greater legitimacy than the Nordic-style social democracy that is proposed by the Corbynite faction of the Labour Party, which is characterized by the media, The Tories, UKIP and the Labour Right as “dangerous”. The only danger posed by Corbyn’s Labour is to the establishment that has shoved neoliberalism down our throats for the last 35 years.

As I pointed out in this blog from 2014, UKIP’s anti-elite and anti-establishment credentials are entirely bogus. This is a party that is led by former Tories, billionaires, City traders and other bourgeois types.

UKIP and parties like it provide a receptacle for voters’ grievances against the establishment. They divert their energies to the dead-ends of xenophobia, bigotry and hatred of the Other, rather than towards the structural problems that have been created by the establishment that keep people in their place or otherwise divide them. At the risk of contravening Godwin’s Law, even Hitler and his Nazi Party cast themselves as anti-establishment and anti-elite by appearing to oppose moneyed interests. We know how that ended.

Reference

Debord, G. (1957). Report on the Construction of Situations. Available at: http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/report.htm accessed 7 March 2010

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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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You’re Only Allowed To Be Anti-Establishment If You’re Part Of The Establishment. It’s The British Way

He drinks beer and smokes tabs. So what?

UKIP is an anti-establishment party, or at least this is what our beloved media and the party itself tells us. Its leader, the beer-swilling, chain-smoking Nigel Farage, even goes so far as to claim that his party is a “People’s Army”. Laughable. This is a party that is bankrolled by former Tory funders and whose top table is replete with ex-Tories, the latest being Dizzy Doug Carswell, the self-styled libertarian who has decidedly conservative impulses. Confused? Well, so are they. Hell, they don’t even have any policies of note, other than leaving the European Union and “pulling up the drawbridge”. Even when Farage is questioned about his party’s policies, he disavows them. Being a ‘libertarian’, he suggested that the army should be deployed to deal with disorder.  He also tells Andrew Neil that the party’s 2015 manifesto will be similar to the 2010 manifesto. Really? He also admits to wanting flat taxes. I wonder how many of his working class supporters realise how much it will cripple them to pay the same rate of tax as a billionaire?

Watching the reports from last week’s by-elections, I couldn’t help thinking that the people who were being interviewed on camera, who told us they were voting UKIP, weren’t in full possession of their faculties. “UKIP represents change” one opined, while another claimed that UKIP would “shake up the establishment”. Yes, of course they will. It’s like the political satire we get on television: it’s so anti-establishment that it’s produced by scions of the establishment who gently mock their own kind and receive OBEs for their “contribution to British comedy”. It reminds me of Henry Ford’s famous dictum: “you can have any car you like as long as it’s black”. For our media, it’s a case of “You can have any anti-establishment party you like, as long as it’s led by a former commodity trading ex-public school boy and former Tory, and his ex-Tory chums and financial backers”.

Yes, people are turned off by the main political parties but voting UKIP won’t change a thing. If anything, successes for UKIP make it more likely that this country will be pushed further to the right as the three main parties compete with each other to out-UKIP UKIP. British politics has traditionally been seen as the province of the aristocracy and the wealthy. To change British politics for the better, we need to abolish the monarchy and the institutions that stem from it (the House of Lords) and create new transparent democratic institutions in their place. This means greater public involvement with politics. The people of Scotland are already engaging in this process. Isn’t it time the rest of HMP United Kingdom did the same?

A better world is possible.

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The truth about Nigel Farage’s clash with protesters in Margate.

I keep saying how Media Studies is important and this is why. The British, well, English media continue to fawn over Farage and his party and present UKIP as the only alternative to the three main parties. Whatever you’ve seen reported about this incident is only one side of the story. Read on…

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There has been a lot in the news yesterday about UKIP leader Nigel Farage being hit on the head by a protester, with the real facts of the incident not being reported. This is due to lies being spread in the media by UKIP about what happened. The idea for the protesters attendance was largely for those people to show their dissatisfaction with the comments and policies of UKIP. None of the protesters were looking to hurt Nigel Farage.

When I heard he was going to attend I went with my camera to film the events. It was my goal to hopefully gain his reaction to some questions and use the footage on my youtube channel. It is important to the freedom of speech in this country that people report the news themselves via the internet to stop this type of lying being done by politicians. The crowd were not one…

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Newly elected UKIP councillor in court accused of being a benefit cheat (not satire!)

I just had to reblog this  from Pride’s Purge. It would seem that UKIP’s MEPs aren’t the only members of the party to have a taste for crooked behaviour. Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Peter Lagoda, has been up before the beak for benefit fraud. Now what is it UKIP says about social security benefit claimants? Oh yeah, they’re “parasites” (their words, not mine).

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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Newly elected UKIP Cambridgeshire County Council Councillor Peter Lagoda has appeared in court charged with benefit fraud.

Lagoda pleaded not guilty to dishonestly failing to tell Fenland District Council about income changes that could affect his benefits.

Here’s the full story from the local newspaper:

Newly elected Cambridgeshire UKIP county councillor in court accused of benefits fraud

Bloody feckless, scrounging, lazy UKIP councillors – coming over here taking advantage of hard-working UK taxpayers and abusing our benefits system.

I say send them back to their Tory shires where they belong.

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Related articles by Tom Pride:

The UKIP – under us thousands will lose their jobs and most will pay more tax (not satire)

UKIP candidate – physical exercise prevents homosexuality (no – not satire)

Nigel Farage, the Tea Party Godfather and the man who tried to trash the pound. Twice.

UKIP chairman – every UK city should have 1…

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Edinburgh sends Farage packing

UKIP aren’t popular in Scotland and they may as well not bother visiting. Their performance in recent elections there has been woeful. In the last Holyrood elections, UKIP polled less than 1%. Clearly the Scottish people can see through UKIP… unlike those English people who turned out to put an “X” next to the name of some local crypto-Falangist in Rotherham. Shame on you, England! Shame on you, Rotherham!

Yesterday, the party leader, Nigel ‘The Spiv’ Farage, was campaigning on behalf of his candidate in the Aberdeen Donside by-election, when he was forced to seek shelter in the Canon Gait pub. Here’s the video.

This video clip is better.

Naturally, it fell to UKIP’s media spin artists to talk down the Scots’ distaste for far-right politics by turning this into a story about “nasty Lefties” versus “Our Nige”. Michael Heaver, writing for the Daily Telegraph tells us,

The far Left sank to new depths today by hounding Nigel Farage in Edinburgh today as he attended the launch of Ukip’s by-election campaign for Aberdeen Donside.

The “far Left”? Laughable  The Scots don’t have time for UKIP, Farage and their shenanigans. The far-right have always done badly in Scotland; have a look at the BNP’s polling figures if you don’t believe me. This is a country where even the Tories are thin on the ground. That should tell Heaver something, but he isn’t having it.

After all, this is a rare politician who is all too happy to welcome even those hostile towards him into public meetings, so they can make their points in a controlled manner that allows room for sensible democratic debate. Those who hate Farage can say why – and he will give them the courtesy of a response. Not all politicians do that; he should be respected for it.

Heaver is delusional. He thinks Farage’s ‘bloke down the pub” schtick is a vote winner north of the border. The Scots aren’t fooled by it.  In in the following paragraph he heaps delusion upon delusion. It’s bloody embarrassing.

None of this would have happened if the far Left wasn’t so rattled. Their candidates usually finish nowhere – while Ukip are on the march in working-class areas, as we saw in South Shields. Why? Because Farage actually addresses the hopes and aspirations of working people who are feeling the economic squeeze harder than ever, thanks partly to open-door immigration. The far Left prefer to scream about their latest model for economic suicide.

Heaver tries to comfort himself with his party’s second place showing in South Shields but he still can’t explain why UKIP does so badly in Scotland. Notice how he says, “Farage actually addresses the hopes and aspirations of working people”. Hilarious. Furthemore, it isn’t the “Left” who are rattled, it’s their ideological brethren, the Tories, who are rattled.

It should surprise no one that Heaver describes himself as a “political commentator who campaigns for UKIP”.

After cowering in the Canon Gait, Farage was whisked off in a police van. I would have preferred to have seen him packed off in a prison van and sent to HMP Shotts quite frankly.

One Kipper who ought to be in Shotts is someone who calls himself “BHAFC Patriot” (@lawrenceV) who tweeted this. Hat tip, Still Laughing at UKIP (SLATUKIP) on Facebook for this.

This is a worrying sign: a Kipper calling for some form of paramilitary protection for Farage and his gang. It sort of reminds me of the Brownshirts. The account has been mysteriously suspended.

On the BBC’s  Good Morning Scotland, Farage tried to spin this incident as “anti-Englishness” but comes unstuck when the interviewer drills into his feeble argument. He refers to the protesters as “fascists”. That’s rich coming from a Falangist. No? You can listen to the interview here. Farage hangs up when the questions get too uncomfortable.

Finally, here’s why UKIP will never do well in Scotland. Again, hat-tip to the SLATUKIP Facebook page. These are tweets from Ron Northcott, a UKIP candidate.

Nice people, eh?  By a strange coincidence, Northcott’s tweets have also disappeared. He claims that he’s been “hacked”. Yeah, sure you were [rolls eyes].

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Eastleigh, UKIP and the Tories

The Eastleigh by-election has been and gone. The Lib Dems won, UKIP came second and the Tories were pushed into third place. Labour came a distant fourth.

As is the case with by-elections, the nation’s leading psephologists and political cognoscenti will attempt to divine meaning from the election result.

Naturally, Dan Hannan paints this as a straightforward contest between Europhobes and Europhiles.   The blog title says it all.

The Eurosceptic Right wins more than half the vote, the Europhile Left gets in with less than a third

Sophistry. That’s understandable.  But remember that Hannan  sits in the Euro Parliament as an MEP for the Conservative Party but who often makes noises that wouldn’t be out of place in UKIP. He’s previously spoken of how the Tories should make some kind of accommodation with this far-right party. He tells us,

It was precisely because I was worried about such an outcome that I suggested a Conservative/Ukip accomodation a year ago. I had hoped that my party might settle then from a position of relative strength, but the idea didn’t take off. All those clever chaps who do polls for the Tories said that I was being absurd, that UKIP wouldn’t get into double figures, that it was best ignored. Now, the problem is on the other side: for many Ukip supporters, the party has become an end in itself rather than a vehicle to deliver policies, and there is a possibility that, in a paradox of cosmic proportions, Ukip might be the reason that there is no parliamentary majority to deliver an In/Out referendum.

The thought of a Labour politician proposing an alliance with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1983 would have been considered heresy. Nonetheless, Nu Labour did a pretty good impression of the SDP for the better part of 13 years. For example, Adair Turner, a former SDP bod, slotted in quite comfortably with Tony Blair’s new model regime.The SDP, in effect, dragged the Labour Party to the Right. UKIP will drag the Conservative Party even further to the Right than it is already. The Tories are clearly nervous.

But that’s another matter…

What matters is that the results weren’t good for the Tories and the Lib Dems can breathe slightly easier. Their share of the vote was down 14.44%, the Tories’ share dropped by 13.99%, while Labour’s share went up by 0.22%. Wow. But it was UKIP who scored big even though they came second.

But Hannan’s point that the Eurosceptic Right has “triumphed” is based on the presumption that the party, to which he professes to be a member, is united over the issue of the EU. We know that isn’t true. It is entirely possible that, in time, some Tories may flake off and join the Kippers because of their disgust over the vote on equal marriage and what they perceive as Cameron’s ‘leftism’.

One question though…

Where’s the left revival?

TUSC did shamefully again. A pity. But this is Eastleigh, a conurbation in the South of England. Hampshire, to be precise. It used to vote Tory in General Elections, then it swung to the Lib Dems in… would you believe it? A by-election? Eastleigh, we can safely say, is somewhat middle class and conservative in its electoral habits.  But Eastleigh is also a railway town, so what happened to the working class vote? Did it shift en masse to UKIP? If so, why? UKIP offers nothing to working class voters. They use dog whistle words to coax out the reactionary feelings among voters. “Do you hate immigrants? So do we”!

Perhaps a look at the composition of the borough council will help us. There are 40 Lib Dem councillors to the Tories 4. Labour doesn’t have a single seat on the council. Since 2004, the Labour Party has gone from having 4 councillors to none. Was it ever possible for Labour or, indeed, a left-wing party to do well here? Probably not. That said, my borough council is under the control of the Tories but the local MP is Labour, so perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into that.

There’s no doubt that UKIP’s increased share of the vote has emboldened them. It now allows them to spuriously claim that the “majority” of British voters support their xenophobic, hate-filled, anti-intellectual agenda. Some have said that UKIP is the BNP in suits. There is some truth in this.  Many of the party’s leading figures have been members of the BNP, the National Front and the New Britain Party. But I would also suggest that there’s a closer connection between UKIP and the Conservative Monday Club. Indeed in 2009, Farage addressed a Monday Club meeting. At one time there were even serious suggestions of a merger between UKIP and the  Monday Club.

UKIP describe themselves as a mainstream political party, but they are only mainstream in the sense that they’re attempting to legitimize far-right political discourses and insert them into mainstream discourse. You will often see their members leaving comments on articles and blogs that contain phrases like “racism doesn’t exist” and “racism is a left-wing invention”.

UKIP, like Hannan, their Tory party champion, finds it difficult to be honest and will rewrite definitions to suit their narratives. For example, they share with Hannan the belief that the BNP has “socialist policies”. But they go further: they claim that members of the BNP have joined Labour as this commenter on Alex Andreou’s New Statesman blog claims,

HJ777  Buzz Bumble • 19 days ago

There has been a surprising amount of to-ing and fro-ing between the Labour Party and the BNP. Many of the BNP’s policies are distinctly socialist, which may explain it.

Perhaps it would be better if Labour did have a ban on ex-BNP members joining?

I don’t accuse the Labour party of being racist because of this. It isn’t. That doesn’t mean that a quite a few of its members aren’t. Unfortunately, this is true of all parties.

It’s an attempt to smear the Labour Party and also claim some distance between themselves and their ideological relatives.

Today, Cameron claimed that the Tories would not lurch further to the Right because of UKIP’s good-ish fortune. In a moment reminiscent of Tony Blair, he told the Sunday Telegraph,

“It’s not about being Left-wing or Right-wing – it’s about being where the British people are.

The Tories are already further to the Right than they like to tell us. Their policies on welfare, disability and housing marks them out as a far-right party and as if to prove this is the case, Chris Grayling repeated the call to repeal the Human Rights Act. Remember, like UKIP, the Tories also like to claim that they’re ‘libertarian’.

Dan Hannan may be in denial about where his allegiances lie but according to this article from “London Loves Business”, former Tory, Roger Helmer urged Hannan to join UKIP.

Presented with the example of renowned maverick Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, Helmer responded: “The big question is to ask Dan Hannan what he’s doing because he’s completely out of sympathy with Conservative policy, but he must speak for himself.”

The article also says,

A UKIP spokesman told LondonlovesBusiness.com that Hannan was “definitely an able and bright MEP who is clearly sympathetic to our views”.

“If he did come along and want to talk to us, what’s wrong with that?” she added.

LondonlovesBusiness.com contacted Hannan’s office but no-one was available for comment.

Hannan would deny it, but he is on the far-right and like many of his fellow travellers, he deflects attention from his position by regularly asserting that the BNP is not a far-right party but a “far-left party”. This assertion is not supported by evidence but then, those on the Right don’t like evidence much because it exposes their arguments for what they are: narratives.

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