UKIP Proscribes Hope Not Hate. Thinks; Is This a farce Or A Farrago ?
Editorial. You might have trouble believing this, but Marmite has just received an email informing me that UKIP have voted at their annual conference to ban members of Hope Not Hate from joining them. The full text of HnH’s email is below. However, whilst pondering the implications this pathetic move holds for free speech, you might want to wonder also if anyone in their right mind would ever consider joining UKIP? Well, there’s always Godfrey Bloom of course, but then I did say anyone in their right mind.
As things stand, this merely reinforces Marmite’s impression of UKIP as a bunch of narrow minded cruds and crackpots with more than a dose of the paranoia which right wing parties invariably display when they run up against freedom loving liberals like HnH. This would in fact not be the first time that UKIP has reminded people of the BNP in blazers.
But hey. This is serious stuff. If political intolerance of this nature is allowed to continue, where will it end? How long will it be before the National Socialist Party of Eastern Westphalia bans every single member of Liverpool Antifascists from its ranks? How long will it be before all those miniscule fringe parties, which are balanced so precariously to the right of the Tory Party ban people with big noses or dark skins or who belong to some strange religion they can’t quite get their heads around?
Don’t worry Nige, the gentlemen in the white coats will soon be here to assist you.
The delegates at last weekend’s UKIP national conference voted to proscribe HOPE not hate. That means any supporter of HOPE not hate cannot now be a member of UKIP.
It’s incredible that a party that’s desperately denying claims that it is racist bans membership from Britain’s largest anti-racist organisation.
UKIP claim HOPE not hate is an extremist organisation, putting us on par with the fascist BNP. This is clearly ridiculous.
The reality is that over the last few months we have begun to put UKIP under the microscope. We’ve exposed the racist rantings of some of their key organisers and councillors. Just in the latest fortnight we have exposed Farage’s speechwriter and press spokesperson for using insulting and abusive language mocking people with disabilities and the NF past of a Thurrock UKIP councillor, who told us when we confronted him that he saw in UKIP the same things he saw in the NF.
We have got under UKIP’s skin and they don’t like it. But rather than deal with their own racists they are trying to silence us.
Over the last six months we have had a conversation with our supporters over our attitude to UKIP. Over 3,000 people completed our surveys and 1,200 attended 70 meetings we held around the country. And there is a clear consensus about our position.
HOPE not hate is not against UKIP as a party and we do not take a position on membership of the EU. We do, however, oppose political parties who whip up anti-immigrant prejudice through scaremongering and playing on racist fears. This not only leads to increased racism in our communities but risks pushing the main parties to the right on immigration and multiculturalism.
So, over the next six months, we will continue to scrutinise UKIP. We will monitor their comments, challenge the lies they spread and promote a Britain that celebrates its rich diversity. We will stand up positively for OUR Britain.
UKIP might proscribe us but they will not silence us.