There have been numerous articles and blogs that have addressed the question of whether UKIP is a racist or bigoted party, for example The New Statesman in February of last year here . There have been several examples of members in recent weeks who have made ill judged and foolish comments The Mail having a field day here.
These are often countered by devoted kippers on twitter as being one off incidents, the media is cherry picking, we are being smeared and the oft quoted but largely irrelevant “we ban membership from those who are also members of the British National Party, English Defence League or National Front”.
I am not so naive to think that you can sum up an entire party by its representatives on Twitter or Face Book, otherwise, with those like Marty Caine supporting it, UKIP would have died a death long ago. However UKIP has a very active supporter base, and active prospective and elected political representatives on Twitter, all willing to slate the polices of other parties, our membership of the EU, climate science and our education system.
What, is seems, they are not prepared to do is to challenge those who support UKIP on social media whilst expressing views that are unquestionably ignorant and in many cases racist.
I am told by UKIP members, even prospective candidates that I should ignore, that we should see them as silly, that I am over sensitive. Perhaps I am, I freely admit that where as I am your blond blue eyed Anglo Saxon my daughter defiantly is not – her African heritage is evident in her looks! But I believe that racism and ignorance should always be challenged and UKIP supporters are failing to deal with the racist and ignorant elements who profess support for their party.
This is from the UKIP face book page – I did not need to trawl through 100’s of postings it was one of many made in the last 24 hours.
Given to chance to comment what did @RogTallbloke say ..
Apparently pointing out ignorance verging on racism is a “cheap shot” no condemnation of the UKIP supporters is required or forthcoming!
So how do UKIP supporters respond to more obvious examples .. Do they condemn?
Nope they pretend ignorance about what the photo and comment implies .. Let’s just ignore the real issue!
The only people obviously remonstrating with those who profess support for UKIP whilst holding abhorrent views are not UKIP supporters but those who do not support the party.
But this should not be to do with which party you do or don’t support. If something is tagged UKIP and it is obviously racist or uncomfortably close to being so, then UKIP supporters should be jumping all over it telling them in no uncertain terms this is not what the party represents.
Take this example ..
Only after I retweeted it did anyone ONE from UKIP comment ( well done them!)
Or perhaps this …
I would like to thank the one UKIP supporter, a student, who was far more grown up than some in UKIP and pointed out
So where is the blog by a UKIP supporter condemning the views of these “supporters”? Where are the comments addressed specifically at them by the leadership of the party? All those prospective candidates for UKIP on Twitter who will see these comments .. Where are their comments? Indeed a simple comment such as the one above would suffice!
UKIP is getting it’s support from a broad spectrum of political views. Surely, though, it does not want the support of those who are virulently anti Muslim or those who believe that having mixed race kids is anti patriotic or those who imply that immigrants are dirty thieves .. But as long as they ignore that aspect of their support then they also risk being tarred with the racist brush!
Cynically, one could conclude that the reason that they do not challenge it actively and condemn Hope not Hate on a regular basis is this..
They want to win at any cost and courting the BNP supporter is the way forward if you are in a tight electoral race.