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When they come to ethnically cleanse me/Will you speak out? Will you defend me? [20140526|00:18]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[with a hint of |Pop Will Eat Itself - Ich Bin Ein Auslander]

I should be sleeping. Instead, I'm watching the results of the European elections come in, with a mounting sense of horror.

The massive gains by far-right parties in mainland Europe.

UKIP winning its first-ever seat in Scotland.

UKIP topping the polls in England.

And I'm wondering, did I become British just to watch the UK I admired and wanted so much to be part of, crumble in front of my eyes? I don't want this to be so. I very much don't want this to be so.

I voted. What else can I do to stop this seemingly inevitable march towards xenophobia, racism and isolationism?

Welcome to a state, where the politics of hate
Shout loud in the crowd, watch them beat us all down
There's a rising tide on the rivers of blood
But if the answer isn't violence, neither is your silence



Pop Will Eat Itself - Ich Bin Ein Auslander

Listen to the victim, abused by the system
The basis is racist, you know that we must face this
It can't happen here, oh yeah?
Take a look around at the cities and the towns

See them hunting, creeping, sneaking
Breeding fear and loathing with the lies they're speaking
The knife, the gun, broken bottle, petrol bomb
There is no future when the past soon comes

And when they come to ethnically cleanse me
Will you speak out? Will you defend me?
Or laugh through a glass eye as they rape our lives
Trampled under foot by the rights on the rise

Ich Bin Ein Auslander, Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Ich Bin Ein Auslander, Ich Bin Ein Auslander

Welcome to a state, where the politics of hate
Shout loud in the crowd, watch them beat us all down
There's a rising tide on the rivers of blood
But if the answer isn't violence, neither is your silence

If they come to ethnically cleanse me
Will you speak out? Will you defend me?
Freedom of expression doesn't make it alright
Trampled under foot by the rise of the right

Ich Bin Ein Auslander, Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Ich Bin Ein Auslander, Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Ich Bin Ein Auslander, Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Ich Bin Ein Auslander, Ich Bin Ein Auslander

By the way, I want it on the record that if next year's general election results demonstrate that I'm overreacting here, I will be overjoyed. Because I care far more about compassion and kindness winning the day than I do about being personally in the right.

This entry was originally posted at http://nanila.dreamwidth.org/925595.html. The titration count is at comment count unavailable.0 pKa.
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2014-05-26 02:52 (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-05-26 08:01 (UTC)
Where are you now, dizzykj?
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2014-05-26 13:04 (UTC)
USA - Washington DC!
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-05-26 08:00 (UTC)
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.....
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2014-05-26 13:10 (UTC)
I think that in many ways, having ones Otherness defined or discounted by those with privilege makes it worse, not better...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-26 18:59 (UTC)
As always, you are a very well-targeted hammer. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-26 18:58 (UTC)
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. :(
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-05-31 08:06 (UTC)
:-(
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[User Picture]From: imyril
2014-05-26 08:10 (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-29 18:48 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: imyril
2014-05-29 19:00 (UTC)
...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 ;)
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[User Picture]From: attimes_bracing
2014-05-26 09:33 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2014-05-26 13:07 (UTC)
This.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-29 18:52 (UTC)
UKIP has been mocked relentlessly without any sign of it undermining their support. I find this frightening.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-29 18:57 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2014-05-26 14:50 (UTC)
Part of the problem is you are (apparently) only reading the mainstream reportage.

Try this instead: http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/local-election-results-2014-aav.html

And http://t.co/hUbZRoo9vI

And just for balance: https://twitter.com/ampp3d/status/470819136223076352


Edited at 2014-05-26 02:52 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2014-05-26 15:49 (UTC)
Thank you for this.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-29 18:58 (UTC)
Those were are really helpful in restoring a sense of balance to my view of the events in question. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: feylike
2014-05-27 02:39 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-29 18:59 (UTC)
Thank you. I'll take some tea, please.
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[User Picture]From: tyrell
2014-05-27 21:25 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-29 19:01 (UTC)
How badly do Labour have to screw up to lose?

...actually, don't answer that. I'm terrified that they'll manage it anyway.
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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2014-05-29 14:04 (UTC)
Ouch. Looking at the UKIP's stances on various issues, I'd say there is a definite cause for concern.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-29 19:08 (UTC)
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. :(
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-05-30 11:20 (UTC)
Horrible. Happening here too - our new government are xenophobic right-wingers. Hurrah...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-30 12:23 (UTC)
Yes, I've heard some of the laments coming from DW & LJ friends across the pond, and they're eerily similar. :/
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-05-30 11:21 (UTC)
Good song though! That's something... :P
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-30 12:23 (UTC)
It's aged well, which is in itself kind of depressing. :P
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