The sheer ugliness of Ukip was laid bare on Radio Five Live yet again this morning when the BBC’s favourite politician, Nigel Farage, was allowed to pour out more of his xenophobic and, I have to say, borderline racism as part of his attack on the EU. Ostensibly, Farage was on the show to discuss the “No” campaign for next year’s in/out referendum but it didn’t take long for him to move the goalposts to his home turf, the hatred of foreigners.
It was as if Farage had been oblivious to the tragic deaths of people escaping terror, famine, islamic fascism and a combination of the three. To him, they are one of the same. He might as well have referred to them as parasites and benefit scroungers because that’s plainly what he meant. Did the death of 71 desperate refugees in a lorry not affect him at all? 71 people whose bodies were badly decomposed in an oxygen free truck which, by the time it was opened, revealed that many of the occupants had made futile attempts to free themselves from an inevitable death. Has he not seen the chaotic scenes this morning at Budapest railway station? But no, Farage bangs on about Calais which though serious is but a pin-prick of the humanitarian crisis enveloping the world.
I have said for a long time that I see Farage as a thoroughly modern Oswald Mosley, the pre war leader of the British Union of Fascists, whose far right policies were strongly supported by the Daily Mail, although to be fair the paper has moved to the right since then. Ukip spouts the politics of fear, the politics of xenophobia and racism, above all the policies of hate. Aren’t we better than that?
Typically, the BBC had no one from Labour to debate the subject. All they are interested in is following Jeremy Corbyn’s ascent to the Labour leadership. Someone at the top has decreed that nothing else about Labour matters at the moment. Farage isn’t even an MP for God’s sake. He turns up in Brussels to claim his generous expenses, of course, but the electorate chose to send but one far right Ukip MP to the Commons in May and that wasn’t its leader.
If we are not careful, with Labour potentially becoming little more than a protest group and debating society, Ukip will end up being serious players in parliament. Can you imagine it? Her Majesty’s loyal opposition being even more right wing that a Cameron/Osborne government?
It’s really about time that politicians stood up to support those who have been displaced by tyrants, by starvation, by terrorists. They are, above all, people, just like us. But to the likes of Farage, they are not welcome. Could it possibly be that they don’t look like us? I think that’s very possible.