Week 41: Villain – Nigel Farage

by Jackie_South on October 13, 2014

UKIP_VillainYet again, the UKIP leader wins our Villain of the Week award

In the week UKIP had its first Member of Parliament elected, and came within a whisker of a second, their leader yet again showed what a vile piece of work he is.

No sooner had the polls closed than Farage let loose his ill-thought through piece of bigotry. When asked what sort of people should be allowed to immigrate to the United Kingdom, he responded “People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start. And people with a skill.”

Presuming that this was not meant to allow people in with both HIV and a skill, it is hardly going to make much difference in immigration: of the 7.5m people living in the UK that were born abroad, 58,440 had HIV: only 0.78%.

But of course coming up with a policy that either reduces immigration or reduces HIV was not his intention in giving that answer – it was to demonise both immigrants and HIV positive people by establishing a link between the two in people’s minds.

He then used the Alice Gross case to add to his list: “It’s simple. That Latvian convicted murderer shouldn’t have been allowed here.”

So, he links immigrants, HIV positive people and child murderers all together in one convenient simplistic piece of twisted, bigoted logic. The Terence Higgins trust were quick to condemn this linkage.

But of course to add to his villainy is his effectiveness at all this. Sadly, Farage is a far better politician than Cameron, Miliband or Clegg. And so he will continue to appeal to the baser instincts of Britain’s marginalised or grudgeful. It is that potency makes his villainy particularly troubling.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Killingworth October 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

I don’t disagree that Farage is a far better politician than Cameron, Miliband or Clegg.

The question is: is he better politician than Carswell?

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George_East October 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I think so yes. Carswell is ambitious and a slightly bizarre fit into UKIP (in that he is a genuine libertarian, even on immigration) but he doesn’t have the man of the people schtick that Farage has. Looks bloody odd too, which doesn’t help.

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John Dunn October 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

It’s fascinating to watch folks who are utterly clueless about Ukip, trying to work out why it is, that the two decade Westminster establishment ‘piss take’, is slipping away from them. It is sheer bliss watching the front bench posh boys faces turning into Edvard Munch’s ~ ‘The Scream’, as they realise that nothing is going to be quite the same ever again.
Roll on May 2015.

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nino October 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I’m not sure whether how effectively Farridge appeals to “base” instincts makes him a better politician than a or b. The very idea of “base” instincts is a counsel of despair. I’ve often thought that compared to the extreme right in Europe the British variants appear limited to a football terrace politics. Ukip appear to be slightly above this level but quite by how much remains to be seen. Let’s face it, can you compare Farage with Le Pen or others? The bloke in the pub (a good reason for turning teetotal) approach can take his movement so far but let’s not forget that Nigel Farage became leader a second time by default. I’d be more worried if somebody put themselves forward capable of transforming a protest movement into a viable party capable of government. No doubt we are all in for a rocky ride. But Ukip looks good because non entities like Cameron Miliband and Clegg have thrown in the towel.

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