Thursday, June 17, 2004
Ukip - some serious points
Josh rightly points out that Ukip's philosophy is underpinned by some fairly unsavoury principles, namely racism, anti-semitism and homophobia. There have been a number of similar accounts since the elections of the less palatable side of Ukip, of which this article by Aidan Rankin is one of the most revealing, but none brought it home to me until now.
I'd like to add a few points of my own. Firstly, while I cannot argue with the need for a reasoned debate on Britain's relationship with Europe, Ukip's platform has nothing to do with Euroscepticism and everything to do with xenophobia, appealing to the lowest common denominator. For those who don't agree, I'd simply point to this election broadcast.
If this isn't enough, any party which embraces a recently disgraced for his racist views, a homophobe, a wife beater, and a convicted fraudster has a lot of ground to make up.
Finally, I'd simply point you to the Ukip manifesto, with its reference to 'freedom from overcrowding'. According to Ukip, "the UK population at 60 million is higher than ever before. We live on a small island. Our cities are overcrowded, our roads clogged up and our railways are grinding to a halt. Our doctors' surgeries cannot cope and the hospital waiting lists are growing. New housing estates are covering the countryside. In 2002, the UK government allowed in another 200,000 people. The UK Independence party will put an end to mass immigration."
Sorry, this is turning into a bit of a rant. I've got more, but this will do for starters.