Last night there were hustings of parliamentary candidates for our two local constituencies. I wasn’t able to go, but a friend showed me the programme afterwards. Alongside candidates from the three major parties were two UKIP candidates. It seemed normal to everyone that there were UKIP candidates on the platform, not arousing the controversy that having BNP candidates there would have created.
It seems UKIP’s main electoral tool is elector ignorance, with a bit of media fearmongering to boot. When I ask people what UKIP stands for, everyone says they are against the EU, and when pressed add that they’re probably anti-immigration too. For those who would never dream of voting for the fascist BNP, UKIP seems to them an attractive alternative to the major parties, but I’m sure they are not aware of what UKIP stands for.
UKIP’s immigration policy is against the UN Convention on Refugees, and so both UKIP and the BNP state that they would withdraw the UK from it. They would also repeal the Human Rights Act in order to deliver the harsher forms of ‘justice’ they relish. Any lover of liberty should start to hear alarm bells when a political group advocates the rolling back of our human rights.
UKIP would put a five-year freeze on all immigration for settlement, and then cap it. This draconian procedure would severely hamper free and fair movement of people, keep married couples apart, reduce the unskilled labour force and probably be met with reciprocally harsh immigration procedures for British citizens worldwide.
UKIP is against multiculturalism, and would want to impose ‘British culture’, whatever they may think it means, on all resident in this country. There are clear racist policies that would flow from this. They oppose ‘political correctness’, which is usual right-winger speak for anything that stops the ill-treatment of minorities, so homophobic, racist and sexist policies are in order. Although only a minority of British people regularly see women wearing a niqab, UKIP would ban it, so freedom of religion is not UKIP policy. It was UKIP who invited Geert Wilders to show his anti-Islamic film at the House of Lords.
UKIP is officially a climate-change sceptic party, so we might expect them to stop provisions for recycling and renewable energy despite the scientific community’s near total support for the theory.
Unlike the BNP, which would like to renationalise key industries (Mussolini started life as a communist, so fascists have always loved the state-control element of that), UKIP have a far more bourgeois policy of scrapping inheritance tax and the top rate of income tax; both policies that would seriously favour the wealthy.
While the BNP have become demonized among the middle class, UKIP has thrived. Their sexist, racist and anti-environmental policies have been missed by most people. As a Christian, I uphold human rights and equality with diversity based on the theological principles of being created in God’s image and the commandment to love our neighbours. Unlike the BNP, UKIP has never claimed to be a Christian party, but it could attract the votes of conservative Christians who do not know what UKIP stands for. So, tell everyone: UKIP is not just anti-Europe, they’re against religious freedom, human rights, women, the poor and the unemployed.