HatTip to LeftOutside for alerting me to a great new blog called Rock and a Hard Place – and hattip to that blog for highlighting least-surprising-story-of-campaign part 1: UKIP candidate found blurting racist nonsense ont’ Internet. Rock and a Hard Place has that natural wit that makes an instant hit to the RSS button an easy decision:
Mr. Wiffen is a UKIP official. the news stories I read didn’t specify in precisely what capacity he operates, so I like to think that it’s his job to remember to take hankies to party meetings for people to wipe the froth and spittle away with. . . Mr. Wiffen posted a comment to a blog which I shall spare you but which included the phrases “left-wing scum”, “romanian gipsies” and “muslim nutters”. You can imagine the rest. On getting caught, the great clattering poltroon said, “When I read the lies about UKIP being a racist party I just saw red and fired off an angry email.” Mmm. Or more accurately, “When I read the lies about UKIP being a racist party, I just saw red and fired off a racist email.”
Read the whole post.
UKIP clearly hope to capitalise on our native pride in being from the UK. What they don’t get is that most of us are proud of being British to the exact extent that Britain is not like UKIP – that Britain is instead tolerant, open-minded, historically siding against thickwitted bigotry, and so on. The date UKIP defines what Britain is like is the date I decide to call myself European instead.