Judging by both national polls and Backbench polls – UKIP seem to be a popular party amongst our nation’s electorate, attracting both disillusioned Conservatives and even long-time Labour voters. A big achievement for what was essentially a fairly unknown party a few years ago – but there seems to be one thing common amongst card-carrying UKIP members, they are incredibly fanatic – acting as if Nigel Farage is a right-wing angel coming to lift up his sacred flock into a magical land with no immigrants- and liberty for all (except migrants). Furthermore, the intricate goings on inside UKIP reveal them to be possibly inclined towards plotting and scheming than the three main parties put together.
With Backbench being an outlet for young political commentators, let us begin by looking at UKIPs youth wing, Young Independents (YI). The former head of YI, Olly Neville was actually forced out of his position for supporting Gay Marriage. Let’s look at that again; a libertarian party forced someone to resign for expressing his opinion –oh the irony! A party that doesn’t stick to its message is one that loses my respect – and UKIP were certainly veering off their libertarian message by removing someone for merely expressing an opinion.
Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader who takes wages from the EU to complain about the EU, is another source of contempt for those observing the party. Treated as a prophet by his supporters – he is much less infallible than you might be led to believe. According to the Guardian, two former UKIP MEP’s revealed that Farage wanted them to break EU rules in order to gain extra funding. One of the MEP’s, Nikki Sinclaire, was told by Farage that if she didn’t comply he would destroy her political reputation.
They also claim to love the quirky support they have – a party that isn’t full of the boring career-politician types that plague the main three parties. However, their support is hardly ‘quirky’ but more ‘traditionalist’ or ‘sexist’ – often finding sympathy from nationalists or the EDL (the anti-hate pressure group Hope not Hate is currently questioning whether they should be treated as a party that should be targeted by them), and they also hold the fact Sir Patrick Moore was a support for them on a lofty pedestal. Moore was certainly an excellent astronomer who inspired millions of budding scientists, but politically his opinions were gained from the 14th Century, as he managed to hold many sexist and xenophobic views. He called immigrants “parasites” and claimed to stop watching Doctor Who after it started to include “women commanders” – please UKIP- don’t hold individuals like this as supporters to follow by example politically.
Certainly the European Union has its problems and it without a shadow of a doubt needs reforming – but don’t let this right-wing, populist, sexist party be the answer to your problems. One of UKIP’s hopefuls for a local council revealed plans to implement forced abortions in the case of disability provided he got elected – are these really the people we should be voting for? They even want to remove the smoking ban – so are hardly a party for a healthy Britain either! I hope that UKIP can only survive briefly on the wave of populism they seem to be riding on – providing another example of a party like this who expand during times to financial hardship, but they aren’t the answer, nor are they the defenders of freedom – they are just a corrupt party that will hopefully fade away as we get ourselves out of these troubled times.
By Rory Claydon