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Europe’s lurch to the right

May 26, 2014

We don’t need to cellotape over the cracks, we need reform, we need the truth no matter how harsh it is and most importantly – we need to inspire new generations. 

So UKIP have done rather well at the European Parliament elections winning 23 MEPS so far. Close behind is Labour and the Conservatives have limped to the finish line in third place. 

Friends have been asking me how this has happened so here is how – 

The rise of UKIP in the UK has been formidable and at every turn has been underestimated by the main political parties (of which Nigel Farage now considers his party as one).  The other political parties have failed to react to the right wing euro-skepticism and the attack on Nigel Farage that has been much needed is now too late to deliver – http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/26/cameron-consummate-politician-farage-ukip-european-elections-expenses.

Farage is not one of the people, he is a former investment banker. He just hides it well behind the beer, the fags and the down toning of his accent. From the beginning he should have been treated the same way as a political threat not as a ‘fruitcake’ or a ‘looney’. His flaws should have been used against him earlier when the electorate was still making up their minds. Not now, not when it is too late. 

The whole of Europe appears to have given prominence to far right and left wing parties. Although this is cause for concern (especially with the rise of neo-nazis and facism in some countries) it is not fatal. Politics over the years has shown that with lurches to the right there will be lurches to the left; the centrists eventually win. The electorate at large do not wish for a radical form of leadership, what they want is to be listened to and actual progress on issues not matter. And issues that matter are not necessarily those the media focuses on. 

The turnout in the UK was 33.8%. Not exactly a clear representation. 

Hopefully, with the run up to 2015 we will see more people taking an interest in the future of our country. If we do not, maybe they will be forced to.

The rise of UKIP is a wake up call. But its not the first wake up call and its not the last – when will the Politicians listen? We don’t need to cellotape over the cracks, we need reform, we need the truth no matter how harsh it is and most importantly – we need to inspire new generations. 

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