After David Cameron, as leader of the Conservative Party (in 2006) made a claim that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is inhabited by “gadflies, fruitcakes and closet racists, mostly”, I felt that as a local active member of the party, I should respond since it was the very same Mr Cameron who showed me he was not to be trusted on the matter of Europe (among other things), encouraging me to seek alternatives.
Fortunately, I found that UKIP was an ideal option.
So on the very next day from Cameron’s crumbling cast-iron guarantee on an in/out vote on our membership of the European Union, I joined my first (and last) political party.
We had a very interesting March 2010 conference in Milton Keynes and having attended subsequent conferences throughout the country, I have met normal, down-to-earth people of most creeds and colours and have not encountered any incidents of racism.
Having been married to a lovely South American lady for more years than she cares to remember, I would note that not only would the party not tolerate racism – neither would I.
However, the fact that other mainstream political parties seem content to cry “bigot” within a “progressive politics” bubble, as they refuse to debate the issues around the very problems they have created or encouraged within their multicultural directive, is concerning and it is far from racist to raise such a discussion.
Britain does need to control its immigration practices and policies; the underlying problem we have at the moment is that Westminster, having outsourced this task, has forgotten that it retains responsibility for the fall-out, for so long as we remain a sovereign nation.
This slander appears to be more than a Conservative defence as these old failed parties see ever more ex-Conservative, ex-Labour and ex-Liberals moving to UKIP (we do have a ban on ex-BNP members joining UKIP); explaining why not only Cameron has dismissed UKIP as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”, but also why his predecessor Michael Howard has referred to UKIP members “cranks, gadflies and extremists”.
As a former Conservative voter from a working-class background I find the practice of crying “bigot” to halt a debate rather perplexing and while we would all feel for the innocent parties in this debacle, which must be extremely upsetting to the children in care and their upstanding foster parents, we can only hope that Karma will ensure that Cameron’s moment of crying “wolf” (or racist) will come back to haunt him.
UKIP South of Scotland
The furore generated by a council’s ridiculous decision to bar UKIP-supporting foster parents is heartening. Sadly, the similar cases where Christians have been deemed unsuitable to foster produced a more muted response.
We are surrounded by campaigns encouraging people to foster, to meet the massive need. However, when Christian friends have indicated their interest in fostering, seeing it as a natural expression of their faith, I have had to say that I fear they may be rejected if they are open about all aspects of their Christian principles.