Well? Why hasn’t Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith, Gisela Stuart, Michael Gove, Kate Hoey, Chris Grayling, Liam Fox or any of the leading Brexit voices we couldn’t scrape off our TV screens with a shitty stick for months now so coy about condemning incidents like this?
Oh that’s right, they’re either hiding, scrapping for the Tory leadership or standing up in the European Parliament making sure that bridges are well and truly burned between the UK and the EU.
Yet here we are on Tuesday only a few days after the Brexit vote and everything is falling apart. The Tories are in chaos with Boris Johnson now waiting to be elected by his party leader, and Prime Minister, and oh, all you people thinking they’ll be a general election after can forget it. Johnson isn’t going to call one, neither probably will any new PM. So Corbyn isn’t going to march into Number 10. Assuming he survives the week as right now there’s a stand off between Blairites who are worried that Labour are doomed in their former Northern English heartland so are shitting themselves about their formerly safe seats and Corbynites who seem to think the entire Labour Party lives online or in London.
Just when there’s a strong Westminster opposition needed we don’t have one. Our entire London based political class, not to mention the media, is falling apart and in swans Boris Johnson, himself a part of that class, to reshape reality in his image with Nigel Farage as his Puck causing carnage. Things are so huge in their implications that nobody can take them into account, but there are those gaining out of this and that man especially is Nigel Farage. It is as Naomi Klein would say, Shock and Awe.
Things are huge, so lets be clear on several things. Nigel Farage is a racist. Nigel Farage is borderline fascistic in his views. He’s an opportunist. He’s the very worst of British/English nationalism made flesh. I hold him personally accountable for things like this German woman who called into James O’Brien’s LBC show.
Think about the situation. This is a woman in her elder years living in a comfy middle class area whose husband has died so she’s been living with her neighbours probably quietly for years, and in four days she’s having dogshit stuck through her letter box and being told to ‘go home’. This is insane, yet here’s what Farage has done. He’s empowered people. That phrase, ‘I want my country back’ meant one thing to people, this is our chance to get rid of immigrants. Years and years of anti-immigrant rhetoric built up, so this woman had people who were nice to her face now they fucking hate her because of where she was born. Let that sink in. They’ve hated her for years but now feel vindicated to hate her. They won. They got their country back.They now think millions of people stand behind them so they’re now allowed to express their hate.
And it’s getting closer to home. I’ve heard cases of people having dogshit posted through their door (what is it with racists and dogshit?), not to mention an old boy from my local has been pushed into the road in front of traffic and told to ‘go home’. He’s 79 and his mother was Indian. He’s lived here most of his life. This is his home.
As I write this, Nigel Farage is on Channel 4 News. He’s being asked about the racist attacks and the rise of extremism since Thursday’s vote. He’s batting it aside with his usual shite about how people are a bit rude to him. Well, here’s something rude about him, he’s a racist cunt. He’s also a smart bastard because in all this chaos he’s sitting there waiting for his chance because we’re in this state because David Cameron shat himself about losing his job and losing votes to UKIP. UKIP are gaining support in the North of England because an increasingly Londoncentric Labour Party (I heard Yvette Cooper talk about ‘the northern coalfields today as if it’s still the 70’s, and Corbyn probably gets a nosebleed if he passes Welwyn Garden City) forgot to respect, listen to or speak to their former heartlands. Farage knows he now has a substantial protest vote behind him and with both big Westminster parties in a mess who do we all think may benefit in the near future?
We stand at a dangerous crossroads. Farage has taken people’s real anger at the political class and used it for his own gain. He’s someone clearly and obviously uncaring about racist attacks otherwise he’d have reassured people when these reports started coming in on Friday morning but he was busy having meetings with Rupert Murdoch.
Any attempts to engage these people are pointless as the journalist Vonny Moyes found out.
This isn’t going away. This isn’t a bubble of racism like others we’ve seen in the past. This is a core of racists empowered like never before because they think at least 17 million people on these islands think like them.
Nicola Sturgeon said weeks ago this was a far right coup. I like Sturgeon and think she’s a smart cookie, but thought that was daft, well, I’m not laughing now. So when any of the Brexit leaders give a mealy mouthed ‘condemnation’ as Farage has done four days after this started and when the rest say nothing while your friends, neighbours and family are racially abused there’s only one group responsible and one man especially owns this racist violence and that’s Nigel Farage.