UKIP plays Whack-a-Mole with Uncle Jimmys

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin seems to have anticipated the rise of UKIP way back in the 1970s.

Barely a day goes by without a UKIP candidate somewhere in the country spouting extremist bollocks that makes nonsense of any pretence of their being a grown-up party that isn’t part of the far right. In the past few days we’ve had a sexist troglodyte from Yorkshire claiming that no self-respecting businessman would employ a woman of child-bearing age. Then we had another who appears to be deeply into anti-Semitic tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories. Now we have a 19th century time-traveller claiming that physical exercise prevents you from becoming gay. Who will be the next, and what nonsense will they come up with?

Yes, it’s true that the party keeps sacking these candidates. But as soon as they do, another one pops up, and another, and another. It’s like a game of Whack-a-Mole. It does leave you with the impression that the party is awash with Uncle Jimmy characters, and they’re not even remotely good at screening out these wingnuts as election candidates.

It does leave you with the impression that these racist, sexist numpties represent the party’s base.

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6 Responses to UKIP plays Whack-a-Mole with Uncle Jimmys

  1. Michael Orton says:

    Alas true.

    I wish it were not the case.

    There are big problems with our rules on discrimination against women. They are necessary, but the consequences can be jolly awkward for SMEs.

    I think the EU has become too expensive and too undemocratic. I cannot vote out my MEP as I do not have a specific MEP to vote for or against. Yet Brussels keeps demanding more powers.

    I cannot vote for UKIP as they are climate change deniers. We don’t need Europe to tell us to build more wind turbines. If we spent less on Europe we would have more money to spend on Green policies like building wind turbines.

  2. Kev Dearn says:

    I have been saying this pretty much since the party started. In the early days I thought the party comprised closet right wing extremists or those who were openly so but didn’t want the stigma of being a member of the BNP.

    I remember my reaction to seeing an European election broadcast by UKIP some years ago – with minimal editing it could have been turned into a film explaining why *not* to vote for UKIP.

    I keep expecting UKIP’s bubble will burst. That expectation has increasingly turned into hope. It is a shame Spitting Image is not around to do to UKIP what it did to the Liberal/SDP alliance.

  3. Tim Hall says:

    Part of me wants UKIP to last as long as the next election where they have the potential to damage the Tories at the next election by splitting the rightwing vote. But the downside is that, in the absence of a counterbalancing party on the left, ihey’re dragging the whole political agenda rightwards. Even Labour are shamefully playing the race card.

    The EU is far from perfect, and needs some major reforms. But a lot of the anti-EU agenda in the media is driven by the wealthy elites that own much of the press. They see the EU’s social-democratic values as an obstable to their vision of a low-wage economy to compete with the sweatshops of the far east.

  4. Michael Orton says:

    I fear the EU is so unlikely to reform that I see no point in remaining within it.

    As for the next election, I rather wish we could find someone to lead a “none of the above” party like the commedian in Italy. I can find too many reasons not to vote for any of the major parties. I can’t vote Green because they are pro-EU, I can’t vote UKIP because on everything except leaving the EU they don’t seem to live in the real world.

    Labour got us into the mess we are now in, but the Conservatives don’t seem to have any idea how to get out of the mess. Clue guys: you can only get a decent amount of tax from the people who have the money to pay it. Oh and a great way to raise tax is to employ enough tax collectors to bring money in. Yes, you do need efficient tax collection, but you need clever tax collectors to keep ahead of the companies looking for loopholes and you need lots of collectors to make sure it all comes in. Yes this does cost money, but it brings in more!

    The problem would seem to be that Tory policy isn’t actually any thing to do with balancing the budget, it is only to do with taxing less.

    Oh and just to clarify, I wouldn’t actually spend the savings on wind turbines, I think wave power needs the money. Wind turbines have a good enough deal already.

  5. Tim Hall says:

    No, the reason the country is in a mess is that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is an ignorant public schoolboy, completely out of his depth, following a disastrously wrong-headed policy based on an error in an Excel spreadsheet.

    You just couldn’t make this stuff up. One of the Teletubbies would do a better job.

  6. Michael Orton says:

    I submit that the current Chancellor did not get us into this mess.

    I am not in a position to asses his general level of ignorance, but I will agree on his general lack of clues in the field of Economics and finance.

    I, too, am flummoxed by the revelation that economic policy was adopted without anyone actually checking the underlying evidence. Maybe it was not GO’s job to check the spreadsheet himself, but someone in his departement should have done and incompetence on this level should surely be a resignation matter for the responsible minister.

    I do not wish to see Nick Clegg in No. 10, but moving Vince Cable to No. 11 seems a really good idea.