When I was just a little boy, there was no such thing as UKIP. Sure there were a couple of far right political groups, but they didn’t have any form of real support. They were groups that represented those who were on the fringes of society. People who have nothing but time to dedicate to their hatred of brown people. It was easy to know that these groups were bad because they weren’t exactly subtle about their beliefs. We know that the KKK hate black people, it’s basically their whole deal. It was the same with the National Front.
Then we got UKIP. The acceptable face of old world racism, so insidious and creepy that I’m sure I’ve angered people with my accusation. If you were to ask an EDL supporter if they hate black people, you’ll probably be told that hey absolutely do hate black people. Whereas, a UKIPer will tell you that they don’t mind black people as long as they’re black in their own homes and don’t bother the rest of us with it. Some of them may even be totally confused at the idea of UKIP being a racist and xenophobic organisation. That’s how subtle they are with it. Now they enjoy real world support, and it’s significant. In all recent poles on voting intentions, UKIP can now consider themselves to be the third party in this country. Are all their supporters racist and xenophobic? Of course they aren’t. So how can they support UKIP?
Let’s jump in our time machine and go back to the 80s. Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister and her favourite thing to do was hurt poorer working class people. She enjoyed it as much as I enjoy vaping and PlayStation. I’ll put an example in this article, but go to YouTube and do a search for 80s miner strikes.
Tories enjoying the pain and suffering of poor people is nothing new. Fortunately for the 80s poor, they had something that doesn’t really exist today. A left-wing Labour Party that stood up for them. They knew who was hurting them and they knew why. They understood that they were in a battle with the Tories. Then came a young man called Tony Blair.
He decided that it was all well and good standing up for the poor, but that wasn’t how you got into power. What the Labour Party needed to do was to shift to the right of politics and start appealing to people in the middle. It was a plan that worked very well. Heck, I voted for them, twice. All the poor people continued to vote Labour because that’s what they’d always done, and now middle class people voted for Labour too. It was enough to push them over the edge and lead to three terms of Labour government.
Everything was great at first. The real problems didn’t start until a couple of years had passed. While Tony didn’t hate the poor anything like as much as your average Tory, he didn’t exactly so much to help them. The Labour Party became about pursuing that middle ground, which is what is causing the leadership battle we’re seeing today, although that’s a topic for another time.
Eventually Labour lost power and the Tories were back in, all be it in diet form with the influence of the Lib Dems. The Tories got back to doing what they do best, dividing our society and increasing the gap between rich and poor. Today that gap is bigger than ever, and our society is more broken than anyone thought possible.
So who is there to stand up for the poor people? Who is representing them? Nobody. Absolutely nobody. Enter UKIP.
If you’re a person being hurt its very likely that at some point you’ll wonder who is hurting you and why. Traditionally Labour would point out that the Tories are hurting you. When they didn’t do that, they left the open opportunity for somebody else to do it. So in steps UKIP telling everyone that their problems are caused by immigrants and the EU. Of course that’s not true. All of the problems this country has are caused by the Tories. All of them. Not a single issue is caused by immigration or the EU.
UKIP saw that a load of people need an answer, and they made sure that the answer those people got was the UKIP version of events.
Suddenly UKIP had support. Not because all their supporters really shared their racist and xenophobic views, but because they really had nowhere else to go. It’s almost exactly how the Nazis gained support in a pre war Germany. It worked in the 1930s and it worked in the 2010s. When whole groups of society go unrepresented, it leaves the door open for people with extreme views.
That’s why UKIP. That’s why some people consider Nigel Farrage to be some sort of hero. He isn’t. There’s just nobody else going as far as the working class are concerned.
For this reason, I can’t support anyone other than Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party. If you want to win a war, at the very least you need to know who your enemy is, and the EU referendum proved that most people simply don’t know who their enemy is. They need a Labour Party that stands up for them and constantly reminds them that the Tories are to blame. It’s not until that starts happening that we’ll see a drop off in support for UKIP. It’s UKIP that have taken Labour voters. I hear there’s a saying in Scotland, “I didn’t leave Labour, Labour left me”. That’s so spot on. Labour need to come back and give support to the people it’s supposed to support.
Under Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Ed Milliband, Labour have been guilty of dereliction of duty. Jeremy Corbyn is fighting day after day to bring the party back to where it should be, and the Parliamentary Labour Party have been fighting against him to keep things how they’ve been for the last 20 years.
For Labour to be in government it first needs to get its support base back. That means spreading the word about who our enemy is and how we can fight them. Only when the hard working, and good people of the U.K. are unified will Labour even stand a chance of election victory.