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During the UKIP conference in Doncaster (23-26 September 2015) a small protest was organised to oppose UKIP's conference being held in the area.
The Daily Mirror (partner to the anti-UKIP organisation "Hope Not Hate") published some pictures and interviews with protesters there opposing UKIP.
In this article I hope to answer some of the "points" raised by the protesters and answer some of the accusations.
"No to Racism" - What racism?
Sure some unfortunate UKIP members have made objectionable comments. Yet UKIP have a zero tolerance policy to such behaviour.
The Labour party have former members of the BNP, a Neo Nazi and various members who have made racist and offensive comments. They have never been pulled up on it?
If UKIP are "racist", then name one racist policy..? This is a question that frequently leaves particularly left wingers (as it usually is screaming "racist") cross-eyed, as UKIP do not have any racist policies.
Is he saying Doncaster is a safe Labour seat so UKIP shouldn't bother?
Is he saying the system is broken because Labour are the only party that can get elected?
The fact remains that people are more likely to shift their vote from Labour to UKIP than they would be shifting their vote to the Conservatives.
UKIP are the best chance Doncaster has to having an alternate vote? Yet he bemoans the "broken system" and then protests against that alternate vote...
Apparently that is democracy in 2015.
Oh and before I forget Stephen... Have you forgotten to mention something..?
Namely that you are a fully fledged member and activist for Yorkshire First?
He boldly says that he thinks UKIP are racist, but yet again I feel I must return to that question again. Name one racist UKIP policy?
Is he accusing all people who vote UKIP of being racist?
Is he accusing all UKIP candidates and members of being racist, many of whom are Jewish, Muslim, foreign-born or from other ethnic backgrounds.
Then he lets the cat out of the bag. Or should I say, lets the cat out of the Labour bag.
UKIP are trying to "draw working-class votes away from Labour". - How dare they? Golly gosh, doesn't it just make you want to go out and start accusing complete strangers of being racist?!
Yet another tribal Labour supporter slips up. Does he even think UKIP are racist? Or does he just worry for Labour's vote?
Ann claims that Nigel Farage is hypocritical, because he is wealthy?
Nigel Farage lives in a semi-detached house with his wife and daughters. He drives himself via Euro-Tunnel to the European Parliament to work.
Meanwhile we have Labour Party MP's claiming back memorial wreaths on expenses, flipping properties for housing and claiming extensive expenses for a whole manner of things that should be paid for with wages.
Yet Farage is the person she has trouble with?!
Also... Is there a possibility that Ann has forgotten to mention something..?
Will we see Ann outside the local Rotherham office protesting against the money grabbing actions of their MP.
I'm not holding my breath.
His aim is to oppose anyone who isn't Socialist, or left wing in any way he can. Even so much as to falsely accuse and manipulate children...
Remembering he is instructing impressionable children and young adults in a college setting, he labels UKIP as "fascist", falsely claims that UKIP predicted 26 million Romanians and Bulgarians were to flood the UK. When in reality they said that "29 million Bulgarians and Romanians will earn the right to come to the UK". This being a fact on 1st of January 2014.
UKIP weren't scapegoating immigrants. They were stating the fact that net immigration had already been incredibly high in the lead-up to January 2014, and opening up the UK's borders to countless millions would only further make it able to people from very poor countries (comparatively) to come to the UK to work. This is a fact.
He also conflated UKIP with "pinstripe Nazis" with its attitude toward Muslims?
What attitude he has accused UKIP of having to Muslims is utterly beyond me...
We then have an article in Buzzfeed where he pridefully claims to have given lifts to people on polling day who would vote against UKIP. "Support any party other than UKIP in South Thanet". Holding a sequence of protests undoubtedly spreading the same lies as have been echoed above.
How can this not be considered undemocratic?
We also have him participating in a "Marxist event"...
...a Socialist Workers event that encourages people to lie to those who might not know UKIP policies to mislead them... "it's important we label them (UKIP) as racist and take on their arguments. When we do it, Ukip hate it and many people don't normally realise what their policies are."
...a Unite Against Fascism event featuring now leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, MP Diane Abbott, Labour MEP Claude Moraes, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and many others...
...and a General Election 2015 Hustings Meeting hosted by Labour Party supporting Union Unison...
Lani thinks that UKIP do not represent the Working Class... Well I suggest Lani reads UKIP's 2015 Manifesto. Which has many policies that would assist low earners.
Such as getting rid of Income Tax on the minimum wage...
She pridefully holds up a sign, we have since proven to be nonsense.
"I think they're a vile party taking advantage of people in hard times and relying on the vulnerable.
"When I heard Katie Hopkins was at the conference I genuinely thought it was a joke."
Are any of the messages UKIP carry inaccurate?
Debate them, don't stand in the middle of a street demanding people oppose them based on what? False accusations and absolutely nothing in terms of debate?
How many times have UKIP rep's been on Question Time, The Daily/Sunday Politics, Newsnight and other programs?
How many times have they been put straight on the issues raised?
I can't think of any times...
As for Katie Hopkins. She is entitled to her freedom of speech as is Lani.
You might not like what she has to say but she should be free to express her opinion.
She isn't a UKIP member. But people do listen to what she has to say.
You might want to prevent her freedom of speech, as well as UKIP's. But we live in a nation where Freedom of Speech is a right we all hold.
Last but not least, we have Mev, a College lecturer... Shock/horror...
She holds up a sign saying UKIP are racist... Nonsense and that UKIP are "not welcome here"...
Why won't the media criticise them for their actions?
"Farage is telling us he's standing up for British workers but it's Farage's mates in the city screwing them over."
Yes. You forgot to mention that you lost your deposit on 1% whilst UKIP got 23.1% more of the vote (nearly 10,000 votes). So it would seem UKIP's message resonated more with locals than yours did.
The ordinary people listened. They voted UKIP. Not TUSC.
As for "Farage's mates in the City screwing them over"... What mates would they be? Metal traders? Because that is what Farage was, NOT A BANKER...
I am willing to bet that the Labour Party have more mates in the Capital than UKIP do, after all they are bankrolled by plenty such as She is just Labour Party Mk.2 putting out the same old propaganda and lies about UKIP as the Labour Party do.
In fact I fully recommend everyone reminds themselves where the Labour Party get their funding from by reading this article; 'Political Party Funding A list of Labour’s non-trade union donors: Financial Services sector now party’s second biggest cash funder'
The Mirror article proudly finishes off with a picture of the protesters. Whilst in the background...
I will let you decide for yourself if there is a motive at play. But I'd suggest the evidence speaks for itself.
If you haven't already. Please read my article about the "Stand Up To UKIP" event organisers (Labour Party members and Corbynites!)