Preacher of habit: James Edwards’ take on Nigel Farage and UKIP

NIGEL Farage, in his overly zealous rampage of preening political prose to that of the ‘common man’, has thoroughly enjoyed the variety of praise heaped upon him by both Nigel_Farage_the Left and Right hemispheres of the British media. Mutual compliments bestowed upon Farage by both sides of the media cannot help but mirror itself to the same long-lasting praise that is heaped upon Prime Minister Thatcher in the premature years of her reign. The same debate is merely repeating itself yet again: if the person can speak, apparently their policies and ideologies simply do not matter. Though this is of course infuriating to the supporters of a weed like Ed Miliband, it suggests something greater – that the leaders of any country simply must be able to hold attention. The frustrating facet of this reality is not that this quality is a must-have for all politicians, it’s simply that the British politicians do not possess this quality. The likes of Cameron, Clegg or Miliband fall so fantastically short of the term orator and miserably fall into the stereotype of ‘awkward Briton’ that Farage’s recent win in the town of Clacton is hardly a surprise at all.

Amongst some of the most influential names of global & historical politics, the most remembered and revered leaders were able, at the very least, to string a complex sentence together without much thought. Really, the bar has never been lower. The face of the aforementioned Thatcher rightly stirs admiration or fear into the heart of any Briton, but I (and many others before me) lay claim to the fact that she had the remarkable ability of actually being able to hold the floor. Other names like Reagan, Blair and Churchill all have the exaggerated reputation of orator, not politician; typically following any mention of Adolf Hitler’s leadership is usually the trite remark of his flamboyancy.

Despite the Left’s rightful tendency to dub UKIP fascist, nobody is ever able to concede that Farage has an unaltered talent as a speaker. The limp pronunciation of certain phrases, the ugly, ostentatious tie, and old-fashioned tweed jacket are all staples of Farage’s image, each one as particular and interwoven to his narrative as the last. Recently, the Independent published an article summarising Farage’s decorum as a call-back to ‘post-war Britain’ and as a lurid and devious strategy of tapping into the patriotic conscience of old-fashioned Britain. Whilst I myself don’t necessarily agree completely with sartorial semiotics, there isn’t much doubt that Farage himself has some kind of distinctive class resemblance to those who are simply tired of the Cameron-Clegg joke. Farage’s propensity to speak to his audiences and potential voters like old friends or colleagues is exactly what makes him so attractive to voters who are simply not interested in the contemporary, political discourse.

However this is, without a doubt, part of the schematic that makes up Farage’s earnest deception. By appealing to the people by way of his ridiculous toupee, many are forgetting the sordid and rotten policies his party will inflict upon the British nation. Farage’s anti-immigration policies – which warn all foreign-born citizens to be wary of their potentially temporary citizenship – include making the ownership of a firearm legal and the privatisation of the NHS. This would subsequently lead to paying handsome sums for medical bills are all upon the UKIP leader’s party manifesto.

Farage’s policies trump the Conservative manifesto in terms of radicalism because his party are all proud Fascists, and they are all entirely culpable of racism and anti-Muslim bigotry. Farage’s self-appointed portrait as a politician who wants the very best for Britain – by superseding the overdue replacement of the contemporary political system – is a facade and a vote in favour of a Fascistic rule. My comments on this topic are not radical nor are they revolutionary. The talks and tiresome articles that circle around Farage’s image, and paint him needlessly as an everyday British citizen, always suggest that Farage’s popularity is a lesson all of the parties could learn from. This would be true were it not for the inauthenticity of Nigel Farage. When you observe the UKIP policies; understand his running mates and their lurid comments on homosexuals and women; and grasp that nearly every single one of UKIP’s policies will undercut and betray every single impoverished, minority family you will see that they will perpetrate this betrayal in a far greater capacity than the current Conservative party have and will ever do.

It should also remain to be seen that Farage’s assertion that the UKIP party is gaining ‘momentum’ due to the party’s increasing popularity, as well as recently the converted, former-Conservative MPs joining the UKIP ranks is undoubtedly worrying and not in any way promising to the future preservation and (already rank) reputation of Great Britain. What UKIP symbolically stands for is divide, and it should be on the mind of every single British citizen that – when it comes time to vote in the year of 2015 – be sure, passionate and informed that your vote does not rest in the hands of Fascism and posit Britain with a renewed status of ingrate.