It’s rare that I stick on BBC news these days but this morning I popped on radio 4 and heard the news that… well I forget her name, but that new-for-five minutes leader of UKIP was standing down. After just 18 days someone we’ve never heard of because she was just keeping Farages’ seat warm resigned.
I laughed and said to my wife, half joking, “I bet Nigel Farage is leader again by the end of the day”…
Wow. He really stayed away long! Farages’ resignation-reinstatement is becoming an annual ritual for UKIP. The thing is UKIP is really nothing without Farage because it is a personality, single issue, xenophobic party.
The real purpose of UKIP was nicely covered by AAV in his article UKIP are a Tory Trojan Horse Party.
Farage is rather like the zombie in the horror movie that you’re meant to think is dead, but you know is going to come back hungry for brains and spewing filth from it’s mouth.
But this time it is worse. Farage has multiplied.
…he is in fact been reincarnated at the Conservative Party conference. Theresa May and her hard Brexit with Anti-Immigration rhetoric has proven that Farage is being channelled. His reanimation is even more terrifying because it is in government. It is a cynical approach designed to win votes from stoking fear and misunderstanding; the same tactics used in EU referendum campaign.
The Conservatives approach has been best summed up, and challenged, in a joint letter by the SNP, Plaid Cmyru and the Green Party;
The countries of the United Kingdom face a spiralling political and economic crisis. At the top of the Conservative Party, the narrow vote in favour of leaving the EU has now been interpreted as the pretext for a drastic cutting of ties with Europe, which would have dire economic results – and as an excuse for the most toxic rhetoric on immigration we have seen from any government in living memory.
This is a profoundly moral question which gets to the heart of what sort of country we think we live in. We will not tolerate the contribution of people from overseas to our NHS being called into question, or a new version of the divisive rhetoric of ‘British jobs for British workers’. Neither will we allow the people of these islands, no matter how they voted on June 23rd, to be presented as a reactionary, xenophobic mass whose only concern is somehow taking the UK back to a lost imperial age. At a time of increasing violence and tension, we will call out the actions of politicians who threaten to enflame those same things.
This is not a time for parties to play games, or meekly respect the tired convention whereby they do not break cover during each other’s conferences. It is an occasion for us to restate the importance of working together to resist the Tories’ toxic politics, and make the case for a better future for our people and communities. We will do this by continuing to work and campaign with the fierce sense of urgency this political moment demands.
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru
Steven Agnew, Leader of the Green Party of Northern Ireland
Patrick Harvie, Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party
Alice Hooker-Stroud, Leader of the Wales Green Party