Wednesday, 25 September 2013
What's happening to UKIP?
It isn't Nigel Farage's fault, for all the rants of bloggers who failed to get selected for the European elections. Three of the MEPs ejected were opportunists who used the blackmail of publicity to try and gain power within the party hierarchy. Rising parties are always vulnerable to such people - the Greens have suffered in this way too.
The Bloom case is more serious, because like most members, he has no time for political correctness. Every time an MEP, or an ordinary member, says or does something which goes against this fascist straitjacketing of our thoughts, the establishment media makes as much trouble about it as possible. On the pretext that because we are all supposed to be equal now (which we're not - for a start, men and women have different strengths and weaknesses), or because wherever you come from you are supposed to have a right to become a British citizen (which no-one ever asked the natives about), then anyone who dares challenge assumptions such as these is deemed fair game for portraying as a monster. Just think of a word and add an "ist" to it.
UKIP MEPs live by the media. By getting good coverage on television and in the newspapers they encourage people to vote for the party, a tactic which has been so successful that the politically correct parties and their journalistic allies now feel threatened. So Farage sacked Bloom in order to keep the useful, but potentially hostile, media happy. And that's the problem. When the mainstream political parties were growing, they cultivated the voters at grassroots level - in Labour's case, by evangelising among trades union members and the co-operative movement - and not by getting invited to speak on Question Time. They got councillors elected, and then MPs. UKIP has started from the top down, by going for the European Parliament first and cultivating the media.
Imagine local groups challenging the suppression of our civil rights, in the streets, every day and in every way. That's what we the public need, and that's what UKIP needs. The alternative for the party is a gradual decline into politically correct oblivion in exchange for sympathetic interviews on telly.