Wednesday, 25 September 2013

What's happening to UKIP?

Godfrey Bloom, who scandalised the establishment parties and their tame media friends by referring to foreign aid money going to Bongo-Bongo Land, and by saying "sluts" to some giggling UKIP party members because they said they weren't over-house proud, has now had the party whip withdrawn. This is serious, because four out of UKIP's thirteen MEPs have now left the party (or rather, been given the boot). With the European elections coming up next year, it doesn't inspire confidence in a party supposedly united in an effort to end Britain's membership of the European Union.

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.

It is only by building up a strong grassroots movement, united in support of domestic policy (the party still needs to work out what to do after leaving the EU) that UKIP will be able to thumb its nose at the media and win mass support - followed by councillors, and then MPs - from the politically incorrect public, regardless of what the BBC or the Mail might advise to the contrary. After all, it's not just politicians who are fearful of voicing their thoughts since freedom of speech was abolished - under laws which originated in Brussels.

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.

6 comments:

  1. "four out of UKIP's thirteen MEPs have now left the party"

    From memory, from the 2009 batch it was Nikki, DCB, Marta, Nattrass and now Bloom, makes five. I would consider at least four of those to have been pushed and only one or two can be described, in hindsight, as opportunists (seeing as Farage chose Marta in the first place as a publicity stunt, she is not actually anti-EU in principle).

    You might want to look at UKIP's 1999 and 2004 intakes as well (Wise, Kilroy Silk and the other bloke).

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    1. DCB was replaced by Nuttall after defecting to the Tories, when it became clear he wouldn't become leader. Nattrass has always wanted to be leader too, and with Sinclair - who wanted to impose her (actually a him) sexpol on the party - pretended to be unhappy with the wider European Parliamentary group as cover - but only after Sinclair had expressed his objections first. Andersson tried to use UKIP as a springboard to a Tory ministerial job.

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  2. My main point was it is five not four. As Goldfinger says, once is happenstance, twice is circumstance, three times is enemy action, four times is bad luck and five time is Farage being exposed as a bullying twat.

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    1. As I've said, rising parties attract opportunists, and I'm not inclined to believe personal invective by ex-members with their own agendas. You mentioned Kilroy-Silk - a case in point. Plus there's Richard North, who never got over not being selected for the Euros, and Alan Sked, sacked as leader for spending party funds on a private legal dispute.

      As for Tom Wise and "the other bloke" Ashley Mote, they were sacked on being convicted of fraud.

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  3. Thing is there are many shills about. One wonders.

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Keep it clean.....