Tuesday, 12 April 2011
The introduction of the burka ban in France has provoked a flurry of articles about it in the press. Predictably, most are hostile, although read the comments and you will see clear evidence that an overwhelming majority of British people would support a burka ban here too. There an unusually sympathetic article on the burka ban in the Telegraph, but even this author holds back from outright support for it. A person quoted in a Times article about the burka ban called it an "alien monstrosity"; of course this person was an alien Muslim, however, as only they are allowed to have such forceful opinions on this subject.

So far in British politics only the Conservative MP Phillip Hollobone, UKIP and the BNP have called for a burka ban, that I know of. What are UKIP up to, then? You'd think they'd be making much of this opportunity to highlight their support for a burka ban in Britain, too, wouldn't you? A visit to the UKIP website will quickly rob you of that illusion, however. Not a word about UKIP's burka ban policy is to be seen; not a link to an article about the French ban; nothing.

Are UKIP just generally inept and don't know how to publicise their own policies, or are they actually frightened about being seen as too far outside the politically correct consensus? I suspect the latter. UKIP describes itself as a "Libertarian, non-racist party seeking Britain's withdrawal from the European Union". It's curious that they choose to give the epithet "non-racist" such prominence in their own self-description. And they refuse to accept membership applications from former BNP members. This is really quite telling. It is clear that these people have been deeply cowed by the Utopian ideology that is prevalent in our politics and media.

The Searchlight poll shows that there is a public appetite for a responsible party willing to challenge the elite consensus in Britain. If UKIP could find its mettle, it could capitalise big-time on public discontent, as Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and the Danish People's Party have been able to do. Unfortunately, there is no sign that it is capable of doing that. Such counterjihadesque policies as it still has (like the burka ban) may well only be a lingering remnant of their former leader Lord Pearson's reign. Still, I will probably vote UKIP at the next election for lack of any better alternative. Maybe enough counterjihadists voting for it or joining it will help to stiffen its spine.


Johnny Rottenborough said...

I had some faint hopes for UKIP as a counterjihad force when Lord Pearson invited Geert Wilders to show Fitna in the House of Lords but Nigel Farage is a washout. His reluctance to become involved, and risk decapitation, is perfectly understandable; Mohammed may have been a paranoid hallucinatory schizophrenic but, in linking religious faith and violence, he hit a winning combination.

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