SEAN AND UKIP
A number of contributors to this Blog have reacted negatively to Sean Page saying that he had stood as a candidate for UKIP in last Thursdays local goverment elections in England.
Some people have claimed that I give Sean an "inordinate" amount of space on the Blog to express his views.
My answer to that is:
1. Sean is a regular (daily) contributor to the Blog's comments. I appreciate that Sean is interested in the Blog and interested enought to comment very regularly.
2. I publish every comment I receive on this Blog - regardless of whether or not I agree with it. We have enough censorship in the world without me starting. The only comments I do not publish are the ones that are excessively crude or excessively personal. I want this Blog to be absolutely open to all.
3. One contributor seems to suggest that I should make my views on UKIP known. Politically and socially I am at heart a socialist and a left winger. If I live in Elgland I would find it very hard - maybe impossible - to vote for the Conservatives or New Labour. I would be an Old Labour man. A man like Tony Benn would be a hero for me.
It seems to me that UKIP is an ultra right wing party. When they have gotten rid of all the immigrants - including the blacks, muslims and eventually the Irish - I'm sure they would set their sights on communities like the gay and lesbian community - and maybe even the Jews?
I have a feeling that Sean voted and stood for UKIP as a PROTEST. I think he said so himself.
It is one of the sad facts of political life that those of us who are at heart anti-establishment - are often forced to vote for strange people because we have no one else to vote for.
I think that the UK - and indeed Ireland - needs a thoroughgoing anti establishment party like Old Labour was in its early days.
New Labour in the UK - and the Labour Party in Ireland - are no longer proper socialists. They have become part of the establishment.
This was the predicament I think Sean was faced with.
If I was a voter in England I would want to protest and send shock waves to the Establishment. How I would do it I don't know.