How to tackle UKIP

UKIP is the Teflon party in these European elections.   However disorganised and anarchic they are, with no policies except a visceral hatred of the EU and immigrants, however vile the racist and sexist views of so many of its representatives, a significant section of the British electorate are quite prepared to ignore all that because they are not voting for UKIP but rather against the political Establishment which they perceive as having utterly failed them.   Indeed the more the three main political parties gang up together in attacking UKIP, the more Farage revels in it as confirming his status as the anti-Establishment candidate.   The way to destroy UKIP is for a political party to respond effectively and positively to the prevailing political mood sweeping Britain which, more than anything else, is anti-austerity.   That is only reinforced by the fact that the elections in a week’s time highlight the perception of the EU under Merkel’s hegemony as burying the whole European region in austerity.

What the people of Britain, as well as of Europe, are crying out for is an alternative to endless austerity.   With Osborne, Merkel and Valls now all committed to the same policies of carrying on with cuts to 2020 (and maybe well beyond), the one party that has the capacity to defenestrate UKIP is Labour, but only if it dramatically changes course from the widespread perception as peddling the same continuing cuts policy as the Tories.   There is a perverse and preposterous view in some sections of the Labour leadership that what the British electorate wants is a Labour party that shows it can really take tough decisions, so so it should keep on turning the screw.   That is nonsense.   The truth is that the electorate is fed up with being endlessly squeezed by prolonged deprivation, especially when they are well aware that they are being made the fall-guy victims of the scandalous recklessness of the bankers, almost none of who have been punished.

The bankers caused the crash, and Osborne gratuitously extended the pain by a deliberate policy of austerity in order to shrink the State and squeeze the public sector out of existence as much as he could.   This is a wide-open goal for Labour to exploit both to win the 2015 elections outright without coalition as well as to drain UKIP of what alone keeps it going – the scapegoating of others, the EU and immigration – when the fundamental fault really lies with ourselves and the destructive economic policies (an over-powerful financial sector, the hollowing out of our industrial base, the privatisation of everything and vilification of the State, and a grotesque rich-poor divide) which have brought Britain low.   Is Labour up to kicking the ball through an open goal?

3 thoughts on “How to tackle UKIP

  1. In the sense of, “My enemy’s enemy is my friend,” I can’t really see that UKIP, (essentially and a bunch of disgruntled Tories being over-hyped out of all proportion to their real importance by the media,) will be pulling many votes away from Labour.

    But it isn’t really UKIP that Labour have to worry about, it’s the other lot, whose name we dare not speak.

    But the whole patronizing and condescending attitude of almost all our politicians to the issues that these 2 parties (UKIP and the other one,) represnt and they won’t, is driving voters away in droves, the EU, (the new censorship ruling being it’s latest step towards totalitarianism,) unemployment, immigration and sovereignty.

    Personally I used to be a fan of the EU, but these days not so much, whilst our politicians continue to eulogize the benefits of being a member few people really find them very convincing anymore.

    Look at the current economic and social state of Spain, Greece, Ireland and Portugal for example and recall also that 60 only years ago, Germany, Italy and Spain, (in my lifetime along with Greece,) were all fascist dictatorships and that old habits and prejudices die hard.

    So if, (as it seems to be,) part of the price of membership of the EU, is that we have to lose the NHS for example, (under EU rules it’s treated not as a public service but as a business that comes under EU competition law,) them I’d rather take my chances as independent sovereign nation thank you very much.

    Most other EU countries seem to have a large constituencies that feel exactly the same way and it’s growing problem.

    UKIP however are simply a tired joke.

  2. “Is Labour up to kicking the ball through an open goal”? In short order – NO! It is not. Labour is dead. Time to lead the few faithful survivors away from the ‘smoking ruins of Labour’ Michael Meacher MP and direct us to the ‘long overdue-promised land’.

  3. I came across this page after seeing you appear on . I appreciate, Mr Meacher, that you may be trying to turn Labour party in the better directions but I can’t understand why MPs like yourself and our local Oxford MP, Andrew Smith, don’t just jump ship and desert Labour to campaign for issues like these as candidates for the Green party?

    I have absolutely no confidence whatsover that voting Labour means anything other than Tory-lite. Meanwhile, I see the progressive choice as being trying to raise the vote for the Greens, who have embraced more progressive policies and who are not tarnished by Labour’s many terrible choices it has made.

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