Martin Kettle waxes on about the rise of UKIP. There’s nothing sensational about what he says. UKIP’s success is primarily down to the failure of the Tories to look after their core vote. EU Scepticism is not so outrageous as the media would have us believe, so the drift from a party that has moved to the left and exhibits subservience to the EU project is hardly surprising. Farage’s party offers an alternative – an attractive alternative to many erstwhile conservative voters. And below the line we get the usual dross we can expect from the Guardianista; talk of “swivel eyed loonies” for example. Yet it seems to me that opposition to an undemocratic, unelected, unaccountable body of oligarchs lining their own nests at the expense of a continent of impotent voters is reasonable rather than loony. But who am I to gainsay these massive intellects of the left? Merely a bigot, it would seem.
What I find amusing about the oft repeated charge of bigot when anyone dares to say that we would be better off out than in is that it is a regurgitated pejorative without any obvious thought behind it. It is an involuntary reaction to a position that the Guardianista are automatically opposed to, therefore the utterer must be a bigot. When I see this one unthinkingly trotted out, I stop taking any interest and refer to Ambrose Bierce:
“bigot: one who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain”
And that, frankly, sums up the facile thinking found on the CiF site…
I rather hope UKIP do well in the next set of elections. A cattle prod up the collective arses of the big three is long overdue.