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UKIP LEADERSHIP CHANGE - BUT NO CHANGE IN ETHOS

At the same time as attracting a few reasonable members UKIP is the party for people who are angry, very often blaming others for the consequences of their own life choices.

It is also the party of and for the criminal classes, holding the distinction of being the only party that has been forced to set up a special committee to try to cut down the number of members with serious criminal convictions being put forward as candidates. The 'best qualified example? A convicted murderer.

Paul Nuttall may lack the criminal convictions, but as a dishonest politician he fits right in with the anger requirement.

In an attempt to clean up his image and thus improve his chances of deceiving the electorate, his first move has been to try to remove from the Internet, all trace of his strident speeches exalting privatisation of the NHS:

"I would argue that the very existence of the NHS stifles competition, and as competition drives quality and choice, innovation and improvements are restricted. Therefore, I believe, as long as the NHS is the 'sacred cow' of British politics, the longer the British people will suffer with a second rate health service."

On this issue alone, Nuttall is some distance from the average British voter. However, there are many other areas where he takes hardline views well out of step with the public.

Anti-abortion. Nuttall is in favour of limiting abortions to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. He told Sky News earlier this year that he would be in favour of holding a referendum with the option of restricting womens' rights. He is also against adverts on the topic: "So let’s get this right: we are going to ban alcohol adverts because apparently they encourage youngsters to act irresponsibly, but we allow adverts that promote abortion, which also encourages people not to take responsibility for their actions. Do you get where I am going on this one? Rank hypocrisy."

Burqa ban. Nuttall is a leading advocate for banning the burqa and banning discrimination against gay people.
However, whilst Nuttall is in favour of removing the right of Muslims to wear what they please, he does not believe there should be any restrictions on the right of Christians to express religious discrimination: at the same time Nuttall went on to defend football pundits Andy Gray and Richard Keys after they were sacked for making sexist comments.

Climate change Denial. Nuttall has expressed sympathy with the conspiracy theory that climate change is "a money led scam" pushed by vested interests. He has repeatedly used his personal website to (falsely) push the idea that the world is not in fact warming.

"Figures used to ‘support’ the idea of climate change have been shown to be false and manipulated to meet a pre-made conclusion in order to secure funding," he wrote. I think we all need to be assured about the credibility and motivation of scientists onboard the global warming wagon."

Xenophobia and the UKIP Ethos.
“Our traditional values have been undermined. Children are taught to be ashamed of our past. Multiculturalism has split our society. Political correctness is stifling free speech”, states the UKIP manifesto. Their “Pocket Guide to Immigration” promised to “end support for multiculturalism and promote one, common British culture”.

Islamophobia . “On the question of Islamification,” said Farage during a well-received speech, “we have to do a bit more to teach our children of the values of our Judeo-Christian society.”

Misogyny. UKIP’s only female MEP (after the expulsion of Nikki Sinclaire) Marta Andreasen, threatened to leave the party, labelling Farage as an “anti-women Stalinist dictator” whose view is that “women should be in the kitchen or in the bedroom. Elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the UK Independence Party in the 2009 election, she defected to the Conservative Party in February 2013 because of 'sexist' prejudice in UKIP.

Isolationism and Nationalist Phobia. Paul Nuttall once wrote: “We in UKIP know: if you champion British interest and culture then you are labelled a nationalist with all the connotations that goes [sic] with it.”

Charles De Gaulle observed: “Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” Nuttall's policies, the rhetoric and the candidates, reveal nothing about love of one’s own people, only hate for others.

As far as can be established Nuttall is not a 'flat earth' advocate.

Nuttall has has written a blog criticising the SNP’s stance on the vote on fox hunting, suggesting Nicola Sturgeon should be thrown in front of a hunt horse. The comments came after the First Minister confirmed SNP MPs would break with their normal practice of not voting on matters relating solely to England to oppose the proposed repeal of the ban despite 84% of the UK population opposing repeal.

With a number of anti-hunting Conservative MPs planning to vote with Labour and the SNP in the Commons-free vote, Ms Sturgeon said it was a reminder to Mr Cameron just how slender his Commons majority was. In recognition of his certainty of losing the Vote, Cameron marched his hunters back down the hill.

Where will Nuttall take this dwindling but disparate rabble?

The danger with extremism is that, when filtered through eyes and minds of reasonable people, it appears ridiculous. UKIP's manifesto is always a wish list for 'The Angry Brigade'.

Scared of immigrants? Vote UKIP.

Insecure about the financial crisis? Vote UKIP.

Hate the smoking ban, HS2, Brussels, travellers, burqas, regulation, tax, Boris, debt, wind farms, quangos, foreign aid, crime, Abu Qatada, tuition fees, lazy people, busy people, Muslims, foreigners, the hunting ban? Vote UKIP

UKIP has no policies and no vision of the future. Like other extremist organisations UKIP is about demolition rather than building, leaving a political brown-field site in its wake..

Being extremist, UKIP has strong links with European far-right parties. It's part of the group Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD). The group includes representatives of the Danish People’s Party, the True Finns Party, the Dutch SGP and the infamous Italian Lega Nord – all of them far-right. Nigel Farage is co-President of the group along with Lega Nord’s Francesco Speroni, who described multiple murderer Anders Breivik as someone whose “ideas are in defence of western civilisation.” Mario Borghezio, another member of the group, declared in a radio interview that Breivik had some “excellent” ideas.

MEP Nikki Sinclaire, however, was expelled from Ukip for refusing to take part in the EFD because of their “extreme views”.

.If you find yourself nodding in agreement with a couple of items on UKIP's long list of empty promises, remember all the other things you will also be signing up for. They represent a particularly insidious brand of extremist Bigotry.

Nuttall has declared his objective as replacing Labour as the natural Party of working people. The Labour Party may currently be totally unfit for purpose, but for Labour voters to migrate from the left wing of politics to the extreme right would surely take a great deal of anger and a total departure from principle.

Even the angriest working class voter will have already noticed the swift betrayal of promises by the extreme right wing Tory cabal led by Ter essa May. May was in a position to act without difficulty, but still preferred major betrayal of working class voters to minor inconvenience to Tory core supporters. UKIP may be on a parallel as extremists but they will not wrest from the Tories the right to represent Britain's growing number of fascist minded voters.