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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stand Up to UKIP launch statement

Stand Up to Ukip launch statement

The 2014 European Elections mark a watershed in British politics. UKIP is a right wing, racist, populist party which won over 27 percent of the vote; a staggering 4,352,051 people voted for them and they beat the three mainstream parties.

Ukip presents itself as an anti-establishment party and its leader, Nigel Farage, claims to be “a man of the people”. This is a lie. Ukip wants to introduce a flat rate of income tax of 31 per cent that means those on the starting and basic rate, will face huge tax increases. Ukip's deputy leader called for the privatisation of the NHS.

It has built up its electoral base by both presenting itself as a party opposed to the European Union, but more importantly by spreading poisonous lies and hatred towards migrants and Muslims.

We believe UKIP is a racist party. This may be something Farage and the party’s leadership is quick to deny. But in the run up to the European elections Ukip’s mask slipped. Ukip presents the anti-racist movement with a major problem—dragging British politics to the right.

Ukip is also a party of bigots, sexists, Islamophobes and homophobes.

The rise of Ukip has parallels with other far right and fascist parties, which are growing across Europe. In France the fascist Front National gained the biggest overall vote in the French European Elections. The PVV in the Netherlands, another racist populist party, came third and in Hungary the fascist Jobbik party came second.

Ukip received disproportionate media coverage prior to the elections and any party that received this level of coverage would have benefited at the polls. Although UKIP received a high vote, 65 percent of the population did not vote. The mainstream political parties must do more to engage these people and not chase the Ukip vote to avoid the danger of racism being normalised in British society.

Now is the time to make a stand against Ukip.

The lesson of history is that we need unity against the far right and racism. Stand up to Ukip is an umbrella organisation which believes women, trade unions, anti-racists, black, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, other faith communities, LBGT, young people, students and all good people,
must unite and stand up to Ukip, racism and bigotry.

Please join us.

Diane Abbott MP
Len McCluskey, Unite the Union General Secretary
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London - 2000-2008
Owen Jones, Writer and Journalist
Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary
Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary
Ava Vidal, Comedian
Gerry Gable, Editor/ Publisher Searchlight Magazine
Hugh Lanning, Unite Against Fascism vice chair
Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War Coalition
Leon Silver, president of the East London Central synagogue and steering group member, Tower Hamlets interfaith forum
Jo Cardwell, We Are Waltham Forest
Denis Fernando, Rainbow coalition against racism
Sean Hoyle, President Wessex Region RMT
Lisa Fletcher, Branch Chair Unite Community Portsmouth and District
Jon Woods, President Portsmouth TUC and Chair of Unison Portsmouth City Branch

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At 11:49 am, Blogger neil craig said...

I challenge you to either provide some evidence that UKIP are guilty of anything as racist as the way in which the Lab/Con/Dems allowed our "police" acting under their direct authority, to arrest thousands of people, on racial grounds, in Kosovo and to dissect them while still alive, to provide body organs for western hospitals. This genuine obscenity, more than 10,000 times worse than anything UKIP is accused of was also supported by lying and censorship by the BBC. Note the official atrocity is genuine, though unreported while "accusations" against UKIP are rarely even specific enough to be called accusations..

Obviously, by definition anybody denouncing UKIP as in any slightest way "racist" should do 1 of 3 things.

1 - Provide evidence that UKIP has been guilty of any sort of racism 1/10,000th as obscene as they know the Lab/Con/Dems and BBC are guilty of.

2 - Provide evidence that they, personally, have spent 10,000 times longer denouncing the obscene racist atrocities, which make normal genocide look clean by comparison, by the Lab/Con/Dems & BBC.

3 - Apologise for being obscene, wholly corrupt, racist, genocidal, child raping, pro-Nazi filth, who could never be employed by any organisation which is not the same, and to apologise, unreservedly, for lying about UKIP. Such an apology is deserved because, by definition, unless (1) has been done they have lied and unless (2) the writer is an obscene creature not in any way motivated by concern for real racism.

At 9:14 am, Blogger Snowball said...

If you take a look at my blog, which goes back to 2006, you will find plenty of evidence of me critiquing the racism of mainstream political parties with respect to their scapegoating of migrant workers and Islamophobia - and plenty of support for genuine anti-racist initiatives. The idea however that UKIP are not about whipping up racism is risible - they are simply updating old school Tory racism against black people (eg Smethwick, 1964) but substituting Romanians for West Indians. I blame UKIP and their racist election campaign in no small part for the mainstream parties current Islamophobia as seen with respect to Birmingham's schools, as well as racist attacks such as the fatal stabbing of a women from Saudi Arabia in Colchester this week. It is up to UKIP supporters like yourself to try and demonstrate your anti-racist credentials before attacking anyone else for racism - not up to genuine anti-racists to demonstrate ours before we can we critique UKIP for their open blatant fear and loathing of migrants and Muslims.

At 11:58 am, Blogger neil craig said...

So you do not claim to have "critiqued" the racial genocide and worse practiced by the party you support.

Since you are playing the racist card it is up to you to prove you are not doing so dishonestly. Either by demonstrating that I am wrong to say your own party has not been involved in racial genocide and worse - in a manner thousands of times worse than anything you even accuse UKIP of or by showing that you have personally spent thousands of times longer attacking the obscene, racist, genocidal, child raping, organlegging pro-Nazi filth that make up the party you support.

If you can't do one or the other you are, by definition, a lying racist pro-Nazi hypocrite.

Like the rest of your racist party.

At 12:02 pm, Blogger neil craig said...

Sorry should have said "by demonstrating that I am wrong to say your own party has been involved in racial genocide and worse"

At 1:46 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

Calm down a bit - which party do you think I support or see as 'my party'? Because I am not a member / support of either Labour, the Lib Dems or the Tories (as again a few minutes spent perusing my blog would reveal) and as a Marxist I don't claim any ownership over the police or their activities whatsoever...

At 2:45 pm, Blogger neil craig said...

My bet is that you do vote and that you have voted Labour. Am I wrong?

Is there any dispute about the factual accuracy of what I have accused them of?

At 2:36 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

I think I have voted Labour once in my life a few years ago - in the recent elections for example I voted Green in both local and Euros.

I would probably factually dispute what you have accused Labour of actually - but again, for you as a UKIP member it is really not good enough for you to simply accuse Labour of being racist etc given the stench of racism currently emanating from almost every pore of your own organisation, while the accusation that Labour, Tories or Lib Dems are somehow 'pro-Nazi' when it is not them but UKIP that has just formed an alliance in the European parliament with the Sweden Democrats - one of whose founders was a member of the Waffen SS is actually quite disgusting hypocrisy.

It is true that Labour have probably done more damage in terms of racism historically than UKIP have - but that is because they have been in power and so been able to example, help wage imperialist warfare. If UKIP were ever in power I have no doubt whatsoever that they would unleash a far greater wave of state racism.

It is also true that the Labour Party contain some of the very best anti-racists one can find in the movement as well - while UKIP as a party currently contain not one anti-racist of any standing whatsoever. UKIP do of course contain a lot of 'reformed' former Nazi NF members, former BNP members etc etc but hey, nothing to worry about there is there?

At 3:41 pm, Blogger neil craig said...

You are the one who started making accusations. By any honest or logical standard it is up to you to prove them.

Something you have repeatedly refused to do. If you cannot prove your disgusting lie that "the stench of racism currently emanating from almost every pore of your own organisation" then you, under any circumstances whatsoever, refuse to apologise for it and retain any slightest trace of integrity.

I ask you once again to apologise for your your fascist lie or prove it.

Of course since you have not olny voted for one racist murdering pro-Nazi organisation but also several times for a Green eco-Nazi movement which has killed more people than Hitler and Stalin combined, I do not expect you to demonstrate any slightest trace of integrity or decency. Lets see if my guess is right.

At 4:06 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

One thing that came out of the recent Unite Against Fascism conference was the idea that active anti-racists shouldn't spend their time trying to argue with UKIP members but should concentrate on mobilising the anti-racist majority of people. I think from our brief discussion that this is advice worth taking on board - there seems little point trying to have a rational argument with someone who thinks the British Green Party - led by Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas - and its affiliates 'have killed more people than Hitler and Stalin combined'.

If you really need evidence that UKIP are a racist organisation, then you might start off by asking yourself why so many former members of UKIP - including the founder of the party Alan Sked and Sanya-Jeet Thandi, former London youth leader - have formed such an opinion about UKIP if it wasn't true.


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