The Guardian, Britain’s champion propaganda newspaper for promoting the EU superstate and any political party that happens to support that agenda, admitted yesterday that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is “on a roll” in mobilizing British opposition to the three major, pro-EU, parties. This is from a newspaper that traditionally attempts to demonize UKIP, while alternately contradicting themselves by dismissing the same party as an irrelevant sideshow. The new stance at the Guardian shows how that approach has failed. The title of yesterday’s article: “Labour, fear UKIP”, though it ought to read “Labour, Lib Dem and Conservatives Europhiles, fear UKIP”.
Several sources are cited to indicate the massive increases, and potentially much greater increase, of support for UKIP. The authors of the article are of particular interest. They are Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, two high-profile academics who’ve been working hard to brand UKIP with any negative label they can think of. So it’s no surprise that their Guardian article yesterday includes links to their own “research” documents, including Strategic Eurosceptics and Polite Xenophobes: Support for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) at the 2009 European Parliament Elections and The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain. These authors are acting as both academic “researchers” and political propaganda “journalists” in the same stroke.
The usual strategy of these two pro-EU propagandists is to try and make UKIP appear to be of the same ideology as the British National Party (BNP), frequently describing UKIP as xenophobic, racists, and far-right extremists. They do attempt this same strategy in their most recent Guardian article, but on a much less confident footing than in their previous documents. They have had to admit, even through their own polling, that UKIP aren’t a racist party. Yet they still attempt to link the party to the BNP, describing it as “BNP minus the racism”. Their poll even involved asking participants if they agreed that “black people are inferior”: undoubtedly they were hoping to bait as many respondents as possible to produce a “UKIP is racist” conclusion. Yet their charts reveal that those in UKIP who did express agreement with the racist statement were from the “working class” UKIP supporters: former supporters of the “left wing” Labour party.
Another anti-UKIP strategy is to describe the party as “disgruntled Conservatives” (right wing), but the authors have also had to admit that argument has fallen apart because several research documents have shown that the so-called “radical right” parties draw a lot of support from defecting “left wing” Labour voters. This is especially true of the BNP, which does have a history of racism. So much for the left vs right argument.
Despite still referring to UKIP as the “radical/exteme right” Goodwin and Ford also describe the party as being “free of fascist baggage”. The only way in which the party is radical/extreme is its courage in fighting the European Union and pro-EU parties in Britain. But the EU itself is fascist/extreme/radical because it is anti-democratic, power craving, financially corrupt and politically unnaccountable … so UKIP are entirely correct in fighting the EU. Being that Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin are using their academic credentials to covertly support the EU and demonize it’s opposition, it is they who should be branded as fascists and extremists.
The offending Guardian article specifically makes a point of singling out UKIP leader Nigel Farage as a major asset for the party in that he is widely viewed as a “legitimate part of the political class”. Pro-EU media in Britain have attempted to character assasinate Nigel many times before, as well as other UKIP members such as Christopher Monkton (who inflicted major blows to “climate change” alarmism before joining UKIP). I even got a taste of anti-UKIP propaganda myself last year during my involvement with the party.
Goodwin and Ford’s Guardian article is a call to political action against UKIP. They end by citing that “The centre left … need to develop an effective response. And now.” What exactly is the political action they recommend? They don’t offer much in the way of strategies apart from by example … they are hoping that somehow the pro-EU extremists can find ways to brand UKIP as racists, fascists, extremists, xenophobics, the radical right, or any other negative label that sticks. That has been attempted for years and failed. It will continue to fail. Nigel Farage will more than likely come under attack as journalists attempt to bait him into any negative corner they can. His plane crash incident at the last election will be raised again and again by his detractors even though it has nothing to do with the issues at hand.
Being that there will likely be certain readers of this article who are pro-EU, I’d like to offer an “effective response” suggestion to your UKIP problem. Stop supporting the fascist, anti-democratic European Union and join the growing dissent against it as a decent human being. Use your position of influence (be it in academia, journalism or some other realm) to oppose these fascist empire builders. Stop thinking about lining your pocket with short term EU money and stop lying to the British public to advance your career within an institution that is destined to fail and drag its proponents down with it.