The Morning After
It could be worse. There are now so many Russians in London and call me a racist but Albanian, Polish, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Czech, Hungarian and Serbian all sound pretty similar to me. What this means is that if we were on the borders of Holy Mother Russia we could have the threat of an invasion. And while our navy is looking for the lost yachtsmen we could have been at risk. But no ,Russia is a country far away ,so our only problem is UKIP.
Get over it. Of course they are racists-aren’t we all. Of course they are worried about the rapid change millions of Europeans turning up have caused-aren’t we all. We can still remember that saint among men ,Gordon Brown accused an ordinary Labour voter of being a racist because she dared ask a question about immigration levels. He had to grovel but it did him no good.
Cameron has had to row back smartly from his remarks about UKIP being a bunch of fruit cakes and worse. Which they are but they are different and therefore popular. LibDems are now busted and Clegg’s coalition gamble and taking on UKIP head on, turns out to be double or quits on a poor hand. The Greens have as Mr Bennett might say, entertained us too long.
Therefore if you want to protest against the political class who have consciously and unconsciously been party to allowing the nation state be eroded by a dysfunctional, corrupt, overpaid smug Brussels where else can you vote.
Actually what really gets ,me is how brazen they are. 10000 officials working for the EU earn more that £142k-Cameron’s wage. That is they have no shame, they think no one can touch them. And UKIP have been in Brussels for more than ten years and so far has made no difference. On national opposition to the EU, the Brussels mandarins look down their noses and opine that this is mere populism,rabal rousing and sin of sins, nationalism. That it is the will of the people ,,democracy, is something Brussels will never understand.
But it could be worse. At least we believe that you can protest though the ballot box-although only 35% will bother. Elsewhere and in far too many countries if you want to protest you plant a bomb in the market place. It could be worse.
Me ? I was going to vote UKIP ,but didn’t, even though they really are a joke, which is really their point, though not as good a joke as Screaming Lord Sutch. For a start they win seats. As Charlie Booker in the Guardian brilliantly said UKIP is like the mad eccentric(but lovable) next door neighbour who puts his head round the door and says in cheeky chappy style “Have you the one about the Rumanian who turned up for work”. Funny at first and then the joke wears thin. Tory of course
PS There has been some media interest in who wore what at the polls. For the record I went straight from my swim and wore surfing shorts, a tea shirt and leather cogs. Way to Go.