UKIP have been enjoying their spring conference this week which like most things about UKIP, has had an extraordinary amount of media coverage for a party which hasn’t got any MP’s, nor are their Councillors setting the world of local government alight. The main thing to come out of the conference is a speech by the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage where he discusses immigration.
“In scores of our cities and market towns, this country in a short space of time has frankly become unrecognisable,” Farage told his audience in Torquay. “Whether it is the impact on local schools and hospitals, whether it is the fact in many parts of England you don’t hear English spoken any more. This is not the kind of community we want to leave to our children and grandchildren.”
UKIP and it’s supporters have been saying that they’re not racists. They’re only concerned with getting out of the EU and that immigration needs to be controlled but they’re not racist, nor are they dealing in old racist cliches. Oh no, they’re just concerned about the EU.
When asked to justify his comments Farage said this:
Asked at his press conference to justify the comments, Farage cited a recent experience on a rush-hour train leaving Charing Cross. “It was a stopper going out and we stopped at London Bridge, New Cross, Hither Green, it was not until we got past Grove Park that I could hear English being audibly spoken in the carriage,” he said. “Does that make me feel slightly awkward? Yes it does.” Asked why he minded people speaking in foreign languages, he replied: “I don’t understand them … I don’t feel very comfortable in that situation and I don’t think the majority of British people do.”
Farage’s xenophobia is clear and apparent here. He ignorea the British people who are multilingual, though it’s true that the majority of Britons are monolingual, the truth is that I’m better most people would be used to hearing a variety of different languages being spoken on a train in London, one of the world’s mega-cities. So unless Farage wants to eliminate tourism you’re going to hear multiple languages in places like London, and the truth is most of the western world is multicultural and always has been. You’d think someone professing the joys of being British and English would get this but clearly not.
Farage and those supporting UKIP are using the opposition against the EU as a Trojan Horse for a number of ideas and policies which are attracting racists, homophobes, the far-right, plus the anti-intellectualism of their arguments is seriously terrifying as we’ve seen recent with various UKIP comments regarding climate change.
So if you’re thinking of voting UKIP as a protest, then ask yourself why a party like this is attracting so many racists, or their leader can’t recognise the fact he lives in a 21st century society. Ask yourself why Farage is talking like this rather than engaging an intellectual, factual discussion about the EU. Ask yourself why he’s using racist, xenophobic language to engage this discussion.
It’s almost as if he’s not really interested in a factual discussion and is happy to pander to racists to get votes isn’t it?