In times of crisis people can stick together or they tend to start blaming each other. With the country experiencing the longest economic slump for a century, the rise of UKIP as a party based on blaming others is hardly surprising. Sadly the government seems intent on policies blaming its own citizens, and the poorest in society.
The government has consistently blamed the welfare system for our deficit. Greens believe the deficit could be addressed if the government were to close down tax havens and end corporate tax avoidance. The crisis was not caused by welfare, public services or anyone on benefits; the crisis was caused by a greedy and unregulated casino banking system.
Whilst the government blamed those on welfare, UKIP has hijacked the “debate” by blaming the EU and immigration for our economic problems.
The recent county council elections have unfortunately shown that UKIP’s strategy has been successful with an overall of 25% of the votes. The press gave them a lot of coverage – which has been surprising considering that basically they only have one real policy. I guess this kind of simple blaming culture has some sensational value for the press.
Anyway during the county council campaign the press also reported various UKIP candidates making racist comments. I have had an email earlier this week from the “hope not hate” campaign reporting that Chris Pain, leader of the UKIP Lincolnshire council group, and UKIP’s East Midlands chairman has made some very racist comments on facebook. When I tried to find him on facebook I was not able to, thus I am wondering if UKIP has also acted up on this. However, it is important that the public is aware of UKIP’s members, and particularly leaders’ attitudes.
Pain wrote on Facebook: “Have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in ‘illegal immigrants’, and add just a few more letters, it spells, ‘Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those other hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-********, raghead ******** with you.’”
As an immigrant myself, but also as a human being I am deeply offended by his comments and we need to ensure that the public is aware of UKIP’s hate and racism.
To scapegoat others, encouraging hate and racism is the last thing that we need.