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Friday, 10 May 2013

Britain no longer immune to sinister nationalism

I've always thought that, perhaps, the British are just as xenophobic as anyone else – but generally too polite to do very much about it.

But with last week's local council elections, in which the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) won nearly a quarter of the vote, Britain seems to be joining the ranks of fellow European states sliding into right-wing populism.

We're doing it in a very English way, however. UKIP, a party with twin obsessions - the evils of the European Union and immigration - is far from the blunt fascism of Greece's Golden Dawn, or the outright bigotry of France's Front Nationale.

UKIP’s rhetoric fuels a peculiar paranoia that Britain is being controlled by power-crazed Eurocrats and swamped by Bulgarian benefit scroungers, halal chicken shops and wind farms. As such, although UKIP have been around for more than 20 years, they have always been seen as a rather laughable fringe movement, run out of an office in Devon, a good 200 miles from the Westminster hubbub. Even the party's logo, its initials bisecting a British pound sterling sign on a cheery yellow background, is more reminiscent of a cut-price store than a political party.

But something has changed. The beating they delivered to the mainstream parties last week indicate UKIP's anti-establishment aura has seduced voters from both the right and the left at a time when resentment over austerity cuts and EU bailouts is running high.

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1 comMENTS:

UKIP is as Zionist as the Lib-Lab-Con farce. Of course nothing is good enough for the self-Chosen ones...

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