The previous fortnight has seen the United Kingdom Independence Party carry out its first ideological purge. No less than three councilors have now been removed from their elected posts for comments made on social networks, all of which (bar one anti-Semitic incident) involved Islam.
I know that many people invest extremely high hopes in UKIP and its charismatic leader Nigel Farage. They believe the Eurosceptic party will achieve what the BNP could never do; namely, move the argument for cultural preservation from the wild wings of the internet into the political mainstream. I have never held this belief myself, and the latest actions by the UKIP leadership serve to confirm my suspicions.
UKIP is a Thatcherite party, little more, little less. Thatcherism, as an intellectual tendency is largely economics-based and culturally agnostic. Its adherents are more interested in affluence than churches, oil than Israel, skyscrapers than cohesion.
Thatcher’s ideas were never about patriotism. There was nothing patriotic about gutting the coal-mining capability of this country. Economic sense is not patriotic sense. The two logical systems are different and often in conflict with one another.
With this in mind then, who should be surprised in the slightest that UKIP appears intolerant of the anti-Islam movement?
Many decent and passionate people are here being deceived by the media. There is a lot of mocked-up outrage at UKIP’s weak and watery immigration policy. UKIP’s manifesto proposes a ‘breather period’ of zero economic immigration for five years. While this is obviously sensible (and no doubt extremely popular), it’s wise to remember that most immigration currently comes from Eastern-European countries, not from Asia and Africa. The non-European population of Britain (including Muslims) originates in waves of migration that happened over ten years ago. The real and perceived growth of these communities is actually ‘natural’, by which demographers mean – due to reproduction.
UKIP’s policies therefore cannot do anything whatsoever to address the Islamisation of Britain demographically. Adequate base material for that process is already here. With Natives refusing to breed, Muslim expansion doesn’t ultimately require immigration.
So, what about the cultural battleground? Here, I suppose, UKIP might be of greater use than on the demographic issue. Nigel Farage is adamant that his party represents traditional British values. He is often seen in pubs drinking ale; a situation too repetitive to be natural (unless Farage is a functioning alcoholic), and so these photo-ops must be for a reason. They are designed no doubt, to convey a ‘man of the people’, British to the bootstraps. I have never to-this-day seen Farage in a Mosque, or an Asian community centre, or clad in diplomatic leather at a gay rights parade, and I’m unlikely to witness any of these things either, as Mr Farage seems to deal with the multi-cultural reality of Britain by ignoring it entirely.
This could be good or bad and I’m not yet sure which.
On the one hand, Mr Farage is implying he is a Briton of the old school- a kind of 1930’s, ale-drinking, hard-working, German-hating Man’s Man. On the other, he is giving the impression of complete disinterest in cultural issues foreign to that old school, the most recent and important of which being the Islamic takeover of England.
UKIP are currently riding high in the polls. Should this persist, they will undoubtedly gain seats in parliament at the next general election. Mr Farage may think it essential to this momentum to pluck out the ‘rotten apples’ from the UKIP barrel. He would be advised however, not to chuck out the reason for this ascendency with them.