‘Slut-voting’- Should we be paying attention to UKIP?

Image; Jennifer Jane Mills. www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferjanemills/8516065530
Farage. Image: Jennifer Jane Mills. www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferjanemills/8516065530

When the Liberal Democrats moved into coalition with the Conservatives and the two parties merged to govern the country together, it seemed there was no longer a place to protest vote against the big two. There was no place for people who weren’t Labour, and who weren’t Tories. The Liberal Democrats were an alternative, something else, and so they left a void – a Nigel Farage shaped void.

UKIP (The United Kingdom Independence Party)- infamous for their gaffes- women not cleaning behind their fridges are ‘sluts’, declaring the gay marriage bill responsible for the flooding of Britain to name just a couple, are surprisingly making headway with the British public.

It was said last week by the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage that he is seeking to “professionalise” the party and get rid of future “Walter Mittys”. By restructuring his party in this way perhaps they will be, as Farage previously claimed, an “earthquake” within British politics. Unlikely, and I think at best, UKIP can hope to be an irritating gust- you know, one that blows hair in your mouth…

Mockery aside, we have to accept that UKIP have made considerable gains of late. It is understandable that when the two main political parties in the UK alienate the public, voters become apathetic. The recession and unemployment attributed to the nature of the EU understandably ruffles feathers as families struggle to maintain a reasonable quality of life.
So with the EU Parliamentary elections fast approaching should we be worried that UKIP are
on track to have many of its members assist the set up EU laws for the next 5 years? It seems that UKIP are astroturfing- masquerading as a relatable party with the intention of making Britain great and by speaking out against “dreaded PC”. This may be why the dangers that come with a party of this ilk are overlooked- ones we would all face if they came  into real contention for legitimate power and influence. They are a party that seek to demonise ‘immigrants’, homosexuals and degrade women simultaneously.

On 22nd May at the EU elections, it is predicted that anti-EU parties will do well. It is legitimate that those affected most by the government’s cuts, unemployment and the recession feel abandoned of late. It is accepted that economic instability creates disillusionment and UKIP seem to provide the alternative. Farage and his crew seem to have single-handedly instilled a fear in a sizable proportion of the public- a fear that there is  something dreadful in Brussels- an ogre waiting to swindle us all out of our taxes, and overpopulate us. They seem to have pounced on floating voters. Regardless of the views, however extreme, that UKIP members display they still seem to hold appeal as being the most engaged party around.

When breaking it down, can UKIP really survive as a viable British party? Farage has already dismissed UKIP’s 2010 manifesto as “drivel” and plans to release a new manifesto after the election. Despite needing a refresher in how the process is supposed to work, UKIP are a party whose members unite over their scepticism of the EU, despite differing personal ideologies. This cannot be sustainable especially with members are associated with a more hard-core breed of organisations. The EAF, set up by Godfrey “Richard-III-Bongo- Bongo” Bloom in 2010 has recruited a number of members with deeply anti-Semitic views.

UKIP have indeed ignited the immigration debate and seem to have rallied support but how long can this last all things considered? UKIP don’t appeal to people with functioning moral compasses as a general rule. People who have an awareness of culture, it’s importance or history either. We are progressing and UKIP seem to encapsulate regressive philosophies. They have a stigma attached to them, which luckily means people do not want to be associated with them. If UKIP obtain a reasonable number of seats it would be embarrassing, worrying even but it would it really change anything? If some of Farage’s barmy army soldiers were to gain legitimate seats and positions as MEPs, they would struggle to gather support or gain any momentum in pushing anything through or blocking legislation. This is only a possibility if they were to join forces with radical groups like EAF which almost seems impossible- as they would lose touch with the support base they have fought to create. It seems like you’re in a bit of a pickle, Farage.

When UKIP eventually do die out like Tamagochis, it will be because people could not be bothered to feed Farage and his nonsense any longer. People will get bored and realise UKIP don’t really have anything to offer and they aren’t really socially acceptable. People will return to their own lives, to reality- with UKIP abandoned somewhere in a sock drawer.

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