In the last weeks has resurfaced again a famous video of a British MEP, Nigel Farage, who appears in the European Parliament doing a critical speech of the European democracy, the EU, Van Rompuy and other MEPs. Although the video is old, the fact is that the speech it is not. For this same reason, many people and social movements have taken his words and have agreed with him just because he says ‘the truth’. The interesting thing about this is that the movements and surfers who have taken his words are considered social rights defenders, obviating that the british MEP defends the opposite thing.
Nigel Farage, born in London in 1964, is the current leader of UKIP (British Independence Party) and MEP since 1999, joining his party in the European parliamentary group ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy’. Nigel has always been considered a faithful follower of Margaret Thatcher. However, we will focus on what his party supports, trying to avoid attacking him (although he uses the insult to attract attention in most of his speechs).
The Parliamentary Group ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy’, despite it sounds great, the reality is that also includes the Italian Northern League, the Danish People’s Party, the True Finns, the Movement for France, the Popular Orthodox Concentration of Greece, Order and Justice of Lithuania, the Party Politic refounded Dutch and Slovak National Party. In a quick tour of their ideologies, one can conclude that all these parties share a number of premises: exclusionary nationalism, social conservatism, anti-communism, social-patriotism, populism, protectionism and Euroscepticism. In general, all of them show a strong rejection of immigration, especially towards Muslim communities.
Focusing on the Nigel Farage Party, Party represented at the European Parliament, we can obtain interesting conclusions by examining their ideological agenda. After the following points, nobody will be able to doubt that Nigel is something similar to what LePen in France or the Golden Dawn in Greece are. In fact, I would say that many people might even regret of supporting his popular, but empty, speechs. Judge for yourself:
- Eliminate immigration.
- Leaving the EU to stop implementing Schengen. In particular, they want to limite the freedom of movement of persons and workers.
- Obtain all borders controls and introduce again entries with visa (even for Europeans).
- Increase in 30,000 border patrol agents.
- Deport all illegal immigrants.
- Require all non-British to sign a ‘respect for British culture and law. “
- Abolish the Human Rights Act 1998 and leave the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
- Avoid British citizens to appeal in the European or International Tribunal to defend their rights.
- Remove any subsidy to the ‘promotion and respect of multiculturalism’
In the manifesto that his party published in local elections in London, they defended:
- Protect the financial district of London (the City) avoiding any tax (the Financial District of London is considered the second in the world with more speculators, where they attack the Euro).
- Create jobs for Londoners, saying no to immigrants.
- Priority for Londoners to access jobs and housing.
- Set a limit (quota) to the influx of immigrants in London until UK acquire the power over the borders.
In conclusion, we can not fall again in the cheap populism. Populism convince from ignorance and thoughtlessness. Nigel Farage is a right-wing populist whose aims are none other than those listed above. Using democracy and tools provided by the European Union, he does speechs easily acceptable by most people but, as has been demonstrated, hides a very dark background as well as easily removable.
We can not allow ourselves to be dominated and convinced by these politicians, whose political speeches are based on the destruction of achievements through populism and hate.
Although his words may sound good, we can not be fooled and say simply that ‘even if he supports the right side, he says truths’. Nobody, or almost no one today would say (not even his voters) that Hitler was right when presenting his populist speeches defending the Aryan race, blaming the immigrants and defending Germany as the only nation possible.
We can not fall back into the same mistakes of the past. One of the most talked sentences in the post-Nazism is ‘did Germans know what nazists were doing? Imagine that in 60 years some European wonder … ‘Did europeans know what in 2012 what happening in Europe? What they were defending? What they were voting? Who they defended?
So, do we know now who is Nigel Farage?