Sunday, February 22, 2015

Meet the Ukippers - Should we laugh, should we cry or should we be worried?

Well the BBC this evening broadcast quite an enlightening programme on UKIP in Thanet 'behind the scenes' where UKIP Leader Nigel Farage is standing at the 2015 General Election.

At the conclusion of the Programme, our initial reaction was somewhat mixed.
Let us explain why:

Firstly, it was quite amusing to see 'ordinary people' go about organising a political campaign when they clearly had no experience, guidance or knowledge to do so - it was quite refreshing to view; the innocence and naivety; and in parts proved quite humorous.

Secondly, it was somewhat pitiful to see these' amateurs' in action, and to wonder, "OMG what if UKIP did win? " Can you see any of these people as Home Secretary, protecting us against terrorists and criminals? or Foreign Secretary dealing with Ukraine and a possible military threat from Russia? or worse still, Nigel Farage himself as Prime Minister with his finger on the 'Nuclear Button' while quaffing yet another glass of wine or downing his 6th pint of beer?

Thirdly, it was concerning to see the 'extremist views' of some of the members and how those views were 'accepted' until it became clear that the TV filming was going to expose this rather 'bigoted and perhaps Racist' UKIP Councillor - whom many within the Party knew held quite severe views and was not afraid to express them.

It was a 'light expose' of something that should cause the 'intelligent viewer' to ask: is this UKIP Party, really fit to Govern or be electable?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Did Channel 4's Documentary on UKIP's First 100 Days Get It Right?

Yesterday evening at 9pm, Channel 4 broadcasted its new Documentary on "UKIP's First 100 Days" - showing what Britain would be like under a UKIP Government led by Nigel Farage.

Before and after the airing, scores of complaints were sent to Broadcasters and Newspapers citing bias and 'establishment stitch up'. Really? If UKIP wants to be treated as a serious political party then why should it be exempt from criticism, speculation, assessment and lampoon - like the Mainstream Parties - e.g Milliband 'eating bacon sandwiches' and Cameron 'forgetting' his daughter in the pub and the like.

After all, we don't need a Documentary on Labour or the Conservatives 'First 100 Days in Power' as we have already seen what they are like. But UKIP is an unknown quantity - or is it?

It used to be regarded as the 'BNP in Blazers Party' - now they cant be bothered to wear the blazers:

One only has to look at the You Tube clips, Tweets, Face book entries, of a not insignificant number of its supporters (and more importantly) members and candidates (not to mention elected officials).

One only has to watch the TV and see UKIP's 'scaremongering' about immigration and how Mr Farage couldn't get to a meeting in Wales on time because of the 'number of immigrants on the road'. Really?

One only has to remember those of an 'ethnic origin' who were promoted by UKIP as its 'Face of Modern UKIP' who have since left the Party citing its racist credentials.

We wont even cover the previous BNP, New Britain, National Front, EDL and other extreme Right Wing links and associations that both Mr Farage and some of his MEPs have had in the past.

Now, back to the Documentary, what about using the Police to raid 'ethnic businesses' on the premise that they were run by illegal immigrants - surely that is too far fetched and couldn't happen in our society, and certainly not under UKIP's governance - after all Mr Farage comes across as a 'Quintessential British Patriot'. Well, Churchill was one of our greatest patriots and used 'rifles' against the Tonypandy protesters. Margaret Thatcher (who worshipped Churchill) used Riot Police against the Mineworkers in the early 80's. And what about Mr Farage who worships both Churchill and Thatcher? Surely the score is written, its only the 'target' that may be different.

This then brings us to the question, rather than 'rely' on his supporters to write letters complaining about the programme, why did Mr Farage not actually take part? Channel 4 claim that they gave him an opportunity to comment 'on air' after he had viewed it. But he refused.

Now we all know that he refused to take part in the recent BBC Panorama Documentary which was somewhat critical of UKIP (but much less) for as he explained "Where's the upside?"

Well there was much upside in this case, as he could have renounced the accusations of racism, 'ethnic cleansing' and economic collapse - unless of course, Mr Farage, would be unable to defend the accusations if he were to believe them to be true and accurate himself.

You draw your own conclusions - for 'you may think that but we couldn't possibly comment.'