To show that the politics of delusion are not an exclusively Tory Party preserve, the new leader of the last remaining saloon-bar propper-uppers at UKIP has brought forth the kinds of policy ideas that will drive lots of members to one political party. The problem for Adolf von Batten is that the party welcoming all those new members will be the Tories.
I em not a racialist but, und zis is a big but
Batten, an appallingly immodest man with much to be modest about, has yanked the Kippers further to the right, if such a thing were possible. As the Guardian has reported, “Ukip has proposed Muslim-only prisons, special security screening for Muslim would-be immigrants and a repeal of equalities laws before its annual conference, further indicating the party’s shift to the populist hard right”. And there was more.
“Other policies put forward in a so-called interim manifesto … include the abolition of the category of hate crime, as well as scrapping the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the government’s equalities office … The document also calls for a national inquiry into the abuse of children and women by sexual grooming gangs, something it calls ‘one of the greatest social scandals in English history’”. Wonder who that is aimed at?
You'll have to speak up, I'm a bit Mutt and Jeff
The rampant paranoia is evident elsewhere in the manifesto: “political correctness and the fear of identifying the vast majority of the perpetrators as Muslims … Islamic literalist and fundamentalist extremism … driven by the political doctrine of cultural Marxism … open-border uncontrolled immigration, and imposing an alien politically correct cultural agenda on their peoples” Batten is not a racialist, but, and this is a big but.
Allowing people to spread hatred under cover of “free speech”, doing away with Human Rights, segregation of part of the population, demonising that minority of the population as “alien”, inventing hostile political doctrines to give supporters something to oppose, spreading fear of “the other”, claiming to be a friend to ordinary hard-working people, offering easy and glib solutions to their problems. What does that sound like?
Squeaky too much racism finger up the bum time
Well, that sounds like fascism, and more specifically the kind of fascism practiced under the less than benign rule of the Nazis in 1930s Germany. The great pity about the UKIP manifesto is that, as so often, scapegoating of Muslims gets a free pass, while if any of those proposed measures had used “Jews” instead of “Muslims”, the condemnation would have been universal, and rightly so. That comparison should not need to be made.
UKIP is now so far off the political mainstream that even former Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty “ Farage has said “I’m less than impressed with the current direction in which we’re going. It devalues, undermines many of the incredible achievements … (Ukip is) in danger now unless it changes direction very, very quickly, of total and utter marginalisation”. Adolf von Batten is too extreme even for Nige.
And anyone thinking the Nazi comparison is too extreme, Batten also said this: “We are going to hit Remainers hard. Remainers we know where your constituencies are and we are coming for you”. The full Third Reich, with the Gestapo thrown in.
This is not a political party. This is totalitarian thuggery. I’ll just leave that one there.
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