There should be nothing more absurd than a former investment banker calling on the working classes to help him “topple the establishment”; but the line between absurdity and normality has become blurred in Britain these days.
Another example of our impending, ever-expanding and all-consuming absurdity is the total media blanket surrounding the Green Party’s steady and considerable success in the recent election. Although our progress wasn’t much of an “earthquake”, I believe it still deserved more than two or three articles written in a slightly sarcy tone on the BBC website.
When you compare this with the strange, morbid fascination BBC executives seem to have developed about UKIP; what with all their “surge”, and “momentum”, I start to feel that there’s something wrong with the way news is reported. Reporting the success of the Greens is to concede validity to their ideas, and to confront the status quo. No wonder the main corporate-owned media outlets are reluctant to talk about it. (Another complication, by the way, to the argument surrounding press freedom.)
UKIP is a party based on deception, idiocy and sheer luck. They put their success down to disillusionment with ‘the establishment’, as if somehow they are separate from that establishment. What exactly do they mean by that label? Apart from their radical and nonsensical approach to the EU, their policies are just Tory, but much more so. They are still in favour of benefit cuts combined with tax cuts for the richest: all the neo-liberal tripe that most voters despise. To top it all off, their policy regarding climate change is simply to ignore it. First class thinking there.
What UKIP voters want is a return to the 40s; without seeming to realise that the modernity which they so fear is a consequence of over reliance on the US, not the EU. Those are the bedrock of UKIP support, who have been there for some time. The others are more likely to be financially insecure, politically dispossessed voters (which is almost all of them) who want to send a message, without properly examining the fine-print of their own letter.
Immigration is a topic with which many sympathise; personally it’s never bothered me until recently, when I attempted to understand the viewpoint of older generations. The Britain they knew is vastly changed, in ways my generation can’t truly comprehend.
On balance, immigration is something which has so-far enriched us, but also something to be considered and controlled. I don’t doubt that Farage overstates fears of a Romanian “flood”, but if we don’t wisen up, we may start to see the sectarian strife which so plagues the French authorities.
I hope rumours of a UKIP- National Front alliance to disrupt the EU parliament is unfounded; I can’t think of anything less constructive to do with our money, as European citizens.