The racist, white working class will probably be over the moon and celebrating following UKIP’s electoral success at the polls, but if they believe that this success will lead to Britain’s exit from the European Union, tighter controls on immigration and a whiter Britain, they will be in for a shock as they are being fooled by the media and the leadership of UKIP.
UKIP won more than 120 seats in English local elections, a predictable outcome considering the white working class’s disillusion with the mainstream parties on Britain’s relationship with the European Union and more importantly, immigration.
UKIP presents itself as a non-racist party, and this is questionable considering that one of their former MEPs, Godfrey Bloom referred to Africa as “Bongo Bongo land” (Read Bloom’s ‘Bongo’ comment: A racist publicity stunt or an indication of how little he understands Britain). Also, Alan Sked, one of the co-founders of UKIP left the party after he says that it was being infiltrated by members of the far-right. Sked told the Mail on Sunday, that UKIP leader, Nigel Farage said to him in a conversation, “We will never win the nigger vote. The nig-nogs will never vote for us”. (Read No truth behind Veritas: By Nick Cohen: Observer: Sunday, 6 February, 2005)
Yet Farage was wrong about black people not being attracted to UKIP. Naive, misguided black people and other individuals from minority ethnic backgrounds have lent support to UKIP’s campaign.
However, I want to get to the point of this article. Godfrey Bloom, who made the racist comment about Africa was educated at St Olave’s Grammar School, a highly selective boys’ secondary school in Orpington, Greater London. He has worked as a financial economist and worked as a director of an investment company.
Nigel Farage’s father was a stockbroker, and Farage himself was educated at Dulwich College, an independent, public school for boys. He has worked as a city trader, for the American commodity brokerage firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, Credit Lyonnais Rouse, which was the largest French bank in the 1990s, for Refco, an American, New-York based financial services company and Natixis, a French corporate and investment bank. (Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Farage)
Farage’s image as a champion of the white working class in Britain falls flat in light of his connections to the same financial institutions and big business that his party claims to be against; and once again the white working classes have allowed themselves to be whipped up into a frenzy by a privileged, white male who promises a white England and delivers rhetoric rather than real changes. How many times will the white working classes fall for the same agenda over and over again? Year after year, decade after decade British elections and British political parties have used immigration as a tool to confuse the white working classes and to divide communities. Every single election since the 1960s and immigrants from the Caribbean, Pakistan and India came to Britain, the media has printed sensational headlines about ‘swarms’ of immigrants entering, while political parties discuss immigration controls. Does anything really happen though?
Is it a coincidence that the leaders and main MPs of UKIP and the BNP attended private institutions of education? Is it a coincidence that Bloom and Farage both have had ties to banking and the financial industry?
Author George Monbiot was named by the Evening Standard as one of the 25 most influential people in Britain. In his book “Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain“. published in 2000, by Pan Books, he presents a compelling case of how British politics, industry and public services have been infiltrated and taking over by corporate companies. He says that key members of corporate companies sit on government panels and oversee many of the policies that are presented to the public by the corporate-owned media.
It seems strange to me that leaders of major far right parties in Britain and indeed Europe seem to come from privileged backgrounds and have a background in business, law or finance. Whilst these individuals divide communities along race and religion the real threat which Monbiot speaks about in his book is never discussed or exposed.