Following Julia’s post on bollocks masquerading as research, I see that the Guardianista have been dipping their toes into the muddy waters of political research and they have come to some startling, nay remarkable conclusions – Ukip and BNP supporters are both nasty extreme right wing knuckle draggers:
But perhaps just as striking is the response from Ukip to the report. We included a large number of Ukip supporters in the study as a rightwing “control” group to our more extreme rightwing BNP group. This owed less to a desire to discredit Ukip than to an attempt to explore variations within the increasingly crowded and fragmented territory to the right of Cameron’s conservatives.
Of course they weren’t trying to discredit Ukip, and we do believe them, don’t we? So, what is it that these eeeeevil right wingers hate so much, what is it that defines them? You might be surprised:
Like the BNP, at the last general election Ukip demanded an end to uncontrolled immigration, tighter border controls, the expulsion of illegal immigrants, the removal of benefits for remaining immigrants and an “end the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national government and all publicly funded bodies”. This radical right pitch to voters included an end to political correctness and a ban on the burqa, and led Ukip to invite Geert Wilders to show an anti-Islam documentary in the House of Lords.
Or, maybe not…
Apart from the silly burqua ban proposal, which was highly illiberal, none of this strikes me as being out of the way. The Labour Party was proposing immigration controls leading up to the last election and the has been responsible for much of the theatre that passes for border checks that we currently endure. What is wrong with seeking an end to political correctness, multiculturalism and the funding to the parasites that feed on this disease?
And let us not forget that the BNP’s manifesto is predominately left wing on its economic polices. Indeed, so far is it to the left, it makes the modern Labour party look like a bunch of reactionary foaming at the mouth right wingers.
See, two can play that game…