I saw some figures in the week that showed that UKIP supporters' likelihood to vote was stupidly high - around 75%. They got 28.5% of 34% turnout. I think that this should mean that in a general election (with about a 65% turnout) they're unlikely to get more than about 11 or 12% and far less likely to actually get seats in parliament.
At least this is what I'm telling myself to try and keep myself sane. I know that this doesn't really help and that it feels horrid that so many people in the country have voted for racist scum. </p>
I may have chosen not to live there anymore, but I'm so glad that you are a fellow British citizen.
It pains me to say this but even though you're a "foreigner" in some peoples' eyes (I know you have British Citizenship which makes you British for all intents and purposes), but as you're White and don't 'look' "foreign" (ie you're not Asian, Black, Even half-caste or 'Asian-looking'), you're the type of 'foreign' that those arseholes won't care about......Not that they're racist or anything, obviously....
And I kind of hate myself for saying that.....
I think that in many ways, having ones Otherness defined or discounted by those with privilege makes it worse, not better...
As always, you are a very well-targeted hammer. :)
I may not look foreign, but I'm also not white (not 100% white, anyway). I'm half East Asian. Sometimes that makes it worse because the aforementioned not-racist arseholes also don't realise I'm not white and therefore feel comfortable sharing their horrible honest opinions with me. :(
With you on this. If they do get seats in the General - or worse, if the Tories enter a coalition with them and get back in - we're seriously considering whether it would be time to emigrate and wondering (given the mainland shift right) where on earth to go. Mr B fancies Iceland ;)
I don't feel that running away is the right answer (that makes the loony vote louder after all), but the past 4 years have stung. So it might have to be emigrate or get into politics. Maybe we can found a new Common Sense Party?
Iceland would be a fantastic choice. Don't think of it as running away. Think of it as running towards sustainable energy, a culture that values readers and writers to the extent that one in ten citizens publishes a book in their lifetimes, and stunning natural landscapes everywhere you look.
...and all the herring he can possibly eat.
This is slightly less attractive to me, but I like cod and haddock, so I'd get by ;)
Too many people have been dismissing UKIP as a joke and not realising that some voters really are so small minded that they buy the bile Farrage is putting out.
There's also a problem with people not voting.
I am disgusted at the attention the media has been giving UKIP and withholding from the Greens.
UKIP has been mocked relentlessly without any sign of it undermining their support. I find this frightening.
This is bit of a tangent but: I'm still a bit amazed at how pissed off some people I know were on learning that the NSA has been spying on Americans for over a decade. A lot of these were the same people who cheered gleefully when the Patriot Act was passed. I was as shaken by that as I was by the bombings. Possibly more so, in the long term, because it disposed of something that Americans - especially hawkish ones - have always held sacred: the right to personal privacy.
Those were are really helpful in restoring a sense of balance to my view of the events in question. Thank you.
ugh. i don't have enough context to comment usefully on the politics, but as an Asian-American, i offer my sympathies. and virtual tea or whisky if you like.
Thank you. I'll take some tea, please.
As I've said on FB, I'm holding onto two things: that loads of UKIP voters said they specifically *wouldn't* vote for them in the General Election, and that in Europe the UKIP MEPs never turn up to anything anyway. But apart from that... yeah, it's grim.
If the Tories somehow get back in, I genuinely am taking a few years out of the country. Because screw this noise.
How badly do Labour have to screw up to lose?
...actually, don't answer that. I'm terrified that they'll manage it anyway.
Ouch. Looking at the UKIP's stances on various issues, I'd say there is a definite cause for concern.
There's a graphic circulating that was produced by Counterpoint (a consultancy/think tank) that does a nice job illustrating the differences between the various Euroskeptic parties.
It would make me feel more relieved...except that Greece's "Golden Dawn" party now has two MEPs. :(
Horrible. Happening here too - our new government are xenophobic right-wingers. Hurrah...
Yes, I've heard some of the laments coming from DW & LJ friends across the pond, and they're eerily similar. :/
Good song though! That's something... :P
It's aged well, which is in itself kind of depressing. :P