Ukip’s great working class lie – CableStreetBulldog

Hooray Henry? Nigel Farage sends himself up - or perhaps he really is like this [Image: Independent].

Hooray Henry? Nigel Farage sends himself up – or perhaps he really is like this [Image: Independent].

Nigel Farage made his first major speech of 2015 today (Thursday, February 12) – and what a lot of dribble it was.

He reckons the other parties are afraid of UKIP holding the balance of power after the election – what, with a massive projected total of five seats? He might as well claim UKIP has the balance of power now, with its current total of two, that were stolen from the Tories.

Against this background, it seems appropriate to draw attention to an article on the CableStreetBulldog blog, that starts as follows:

Lately, we have been hearing a lot from farage and other toffs in his party harping on that ‘ukip are stealing working class, labour voters, as well as tories’, and indeed you do hear it often parroted by their supporters.

But what positive proposals has ukip come up with to support the average worker? Apart from their snake-oil ‘leave the EU’ line, I am unaware of ANY concrete proposals which, when compared to the other parties, would benefit the average worker!

The claim that ukip is supporting the working man is never qualified or explained, yet some people seem to be gobbling it up! The narrative seems to be;

“Ukip are the party of the working man”

“Why, what proposals do you have to better the average worker’s life?”

“Look at this pint! Look at this cigarette! You like pints and cigarettes and having a jolly good laugh don’t you? Now stop asking questions, you are spoiling the mood!”

The one token nod ukip seem to have given to an actual policy to help the working class would be the ‘no tax on the minimum wage’ idea. Unfortunately, even the most precursory of analysis, comparing the tax/wage policies of the five nationwide parties, reveals that ukip’s proposals represent the worst deal of all the parties for low-paid workers because, while they say they will not tax the minimum wage, they are also the only party with no proposal to increase it!

Read more on CableStreetBulldog.

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5 thoughts on “Ukip’s great working class lie – CableStreetBulldog

  1. Rob

    They’ve been very quiet on the HSBC tax thing, haven’t they? They’re usually only too eager to pronounce on controversial issues.
    Very odd.

  2. Les

    I think you need to re-check your source`s if you think UKIP is not stealing working class vote`s, I live and work in a South Yorkshire mining village, Red Ed is our MP, I am a lifetime NUM member, I know loads of people and families that have left the labour party or are thinking of leaving the labour party in favour of voting UKIP you are very much mistaken if you think UKIP are not gaining support very fast, I will go as far as to say Red Ed is in danger of losing his seat to UKIP. As for what UKIP is doing for the worker look at their policy on coal they have made a good impression in the South Yorkshire coal fields, labour in their 13 years shut pits just as the tories did, they turned their back on us, now we are turning our backs on them in large numbers, again re-check your sources of your information.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Are we to take it that Yorkshire is not bothered about climate change, then?
      What about wages, which were the focus of the article. You’ll be happy to work for starvation wages, will you?
      Last point – my recollection is that the article is saying working class people would be ill-advised to switch to UKIP, and my opinion is that the author (CableStreetBulldog) is correct.

    2. hstorm

      The Ukipper doth protest too much, methinks. (Don’t they always?)

      First thing you should do if you feel Labour have abandoned you (which they probably did back in the 1990’s) is to find an alternative party in the Left of the spectrum. UKIP are Tories without the centrist self-restraint, so you are being foolish to side with them instead of, for example, the Socialist Party or the Greens. The UKIP policy platform is dominated by anti-worker, pro-employer ideals that make the current Government look almost egalitarian.

      Either way, recent polls show that UKIP is actually *losing* net support. Today’s Ipsos Mori suggests that their support has dropped below 10% after the recent ‘tidal wave’ of candidates being dropped for public embarrassing gaffes and scandals.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/has-the-ukip-bubble-burst-new-poll-shows-big-gains-for-labour-and-tories-at-expense-of-lib-dems-and-nigel-farages-party-10041358.html

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