I’m bored

27 May

Don’t think that I will smile at it

I’m not a weak-willed hypocrite

I’ll say, “I’m bored!”

The European Parliament elections in the UK have returned the largest number of extreme right MEPs ever. All are from the United Kingdom Independence Party. Alright, this was with a 30% voter turnout and will not be repeated in a general election, with one due next year. But it still leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.

Most UKIP voters have no idea what UKIP’s policies actually are. There has been only one message from the party. Foreigners are bad. This makes UKIP anti-immigration and anti-EU. But these are negatives and we want to know what they actually stand for. In their last manifesto UKIP stated that they wanted extensive privatisation of the NHS, further public spending cuts, oh, and the easier ownership of handguns.

There is actually no point in telling UKIP supporters any of this as they don’t listen. It is all a plot to do down their hero, the UKIP leader, Nigel Farrage. The man who has, single handedly, revitalised politics for the working man (and woman?). Someone who is the only fresh thing in the political shop. The cult of personality around Farrage is worrying and nauseating. Oh, is he your boyfriend? Do you want to lick his (supply phrase of your own here)?

The “facts and figures” used by Farrage and UKIP are distortions, selective representations, unattributable quotes, meaningless statistics and downright lies. They are a huge pile of fetid dingo’s droppings. None of these can be verified or trusted.

Where UKIP and Farrage have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams is to have their vision become almost the sole topic of political conversation. A one issue, no policy party is dominating a meaningless debate. Bald men fighting over a comb. Enough, already. There are many interesting and important debates to be had, but this isn’t one of them. For months (years it feels like) this is all that has been talked about.

I’m bored, bored, bored!

Change the record, Nigel!

(If anyone wants to start a Twitter feed of ‘change the record, Nigel!’ you have my blessing. I would do it, but it is just too boring)

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