To Ukip Supporters (because I’m bored of typing the same thing over and over)
Every time I express the opinion that Ukip policies – and the party at its inner core – are xenophobic or homophobic or racist or bigoted in some way, I get some Ukip supporter shouting YOU CAN’T SAY THAT! TAKE IT BACK OR I’LL SUE YOU!
I won’t. I won’t take it back. Your entire party is predicated upon the idea that some nameless mass of foreigners – migrants, Europeans, EU elites, Romanians, Bulgarians, Poles, African refugees, HIV+ health ‘tourists’, recently Scots – they are all responsible for everyone else’s problems. You have provided an endless string of dangerous candidates blaming everything from the floods on gay sex to traffic jams on immigration.
You spent five years cozying up to parties like the fascist Lega Nord to get EU money and you now share a group with holocaust deniers and MEPs elected under the banner of the Front National. Every time any of this is mentioned, your excuse is either to say “one bad apple” or “other parties are just as bad”. But your unique selling point to the electorate is that you are not like other parties. The bad apples have added up to one rotten barrel.
Every time I block one of you, you either indulge in rueful victimhood or you think it means you won the argument. Either way, the next thing that happens is another five kippers pop up on my timeline, threatening to punch me, deport me, rape me or execute me. And you look at their messages and thank them for their support, conclude that it is the Left who want to silence you, pat yourselves on the back for being “party of free speech” and move on to shout at the next person how non-racist you are.
These are the people with whom you share a banner, whether you like it or not. Take a hard look at them. They are your posse.
Your pathological denial would be heartbreaking if it weren’t so dangerous. But, recently, the penny dropped. From your own glorious Kim Jung Nige getting booed at the debate to increasing resistance on both social media and the campaign trail, you are realising that you do not speak for any “silent majority”. That you are just a blinkered, entitled, very noisy minority that has created a climate of hatred and divisiveness for which many people in this country will never forgive you.
It is time to face up to that.