A very good friend asked my opinion on voting for UKIP in this general election.
From a bird’s eye view, UKIP’s manifesto looks like any other, apparently forward-looking manifesto. It seemingly tick some of the right boxes, and appears to stand for various sections in UK population.
That said, let’s check a bit in to who their representatives are and how they present themselves to the wider world.
Here starts my issue!
My #1 issue against UKIP is it’s – and it’s leadership’s –stand towards ethnic minorities in multi-cultural UK.
Whether it is
- the breaking news on UKIP candidate Robert Blay (video here) or
- UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom who said UK should stop providing aid to ‘bongo bongo land’, or
- (now ousted) Thanet District Council councillor Rozanne Duncan, or
- Kerry Smith, who resigned as UKIP candidate following homophobic and racist remarks
it is very clear what type of people the party attracts and promotes to its higher echelons.
UKIP’s own people who left the party after initial euphoria underline this fact. For example, listen to UKIP’s previous Asian youth leader, Sanya-Jeet Thandi. Per Miss Thandi, “people with racist views” had now been slipping through UKIP’s checks “time and time again”.
Coming back to today’s news. So serious is the matter concerning Robert Blay. Even after being at such a highly visible position of general election candidate, it is reported that Blay had threatened to shoot(!) his Tory rival, whose family, according to Blay “have only been here since the Seventies. You are not British enough to be in our parliament.” If this is true, not only it is a threat, but also I think is racial and against law.
This racist tone of UKIP is despicable. Think about being governed by a party with such extreme views.
UKIP winning even a single seat in this general election will have a serious adverse impact on not only UK’s multi-cultural existence, but also on its relationship with rest of the world. Hence it is extremely important that we carefully use our voting rights to expose UKIP and its racial stand.
What is your opinion?
While it is quoted, heard and said countless times, I feel it is apt to repeat the famous poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller to end this post:
Then they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out,
because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out,
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out,
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me
And there was no one left, to speak out for me.