Let’s be honest: 2016 spoiled us. Brexit won – and then Trump won. Both victories, by the people over the monied globalist elites, were as unexpected as they were satisfying. It is understandable that following on from this the revolution was proclaimed as being unstoppable.
However, 2017 has been an entirely different story. First the Dutch PVV lost and as I write these words Marine Le Pen has already conceded defeat to Emmanuel Macron in the race for the French Presidency. I can understand why people feel despondent, hurt and frustrated. However, we really need to step back a bit and take a deep breath. This must be especially true for Kippers as we suffered our own ignominious defeat in Stoke, got hammered last Thursday and, frankly, if we are honest, June 8th isn’t looking like an exactly enticing prospect right now.
We really have to remember though that revolutions are a process and occur over decades, not days. Any student of history worth their salt would justifiably mock the suggestion that say, for example, the Russian Bolshevik insurrection merely took place during 1917 – it was the culmination of a political process that at the very least started 19 years previously with the formation of the Russian Social Democratic and Labour Party in 1898. You could even justifiably argue that it was the culmination of centuries of unfolding events. During that time there was much to-ing and fro-ing and battles won and lost.
Politically closer to home the same should rightfully be said of Brexit. UKIP was formed in 1993, so it took 24 years before it had won enough battles to make Brexit a reality. During that time again there were battles won and lost and times when UKIP was ahead and when it was behind. The question is what is the overall direction of travel – are we moving forward or backwards?
Well, let’s look. The PVV increased its vote share and representation and Marine Le Pen – if she finishes on around 34% of the vote – has pretty much doubled her share of the vote in the 5 years that have passed since 2012. So, in both cases, although neither won, the motion and direction of travel is forward. Both are doing something UKIP is failing to do, and capitalise on the demise of social democratic parties.
Since last year, the establishment has learnt new tricks, and we have to remember: these are not cartoon villains we are talking about – they are real people and guess what, they aren’t stupid either. If you have ever watched a film called Layer Cake, then you may remember the central protagonist saying it is “only very stupid people who think the police are stupid”. Similarly, it is only very stupid people who think the globalists are stupid.
They have shown they are not by raising people’s expectations so high in the case of the PVV and Le Pen that the results inculcate disappointment and deflation into the movement when, as we have seen, though understandable these response are not entirely warranted. Elsewhere, in both the case of Mr Trump and Brexit we are now witnessing a concerted effort to effect dammnation through incorporation. The British establishment is trying to manage Brexit on its terms and mediate this through the Conservative Party.
Sadly, this brings us to these shores and the dilemma of UKIP where a certain amount of disconsulation is warranted because the direction of travel is in reverse. We are not down and out yet, but there is a serious danger that this could become the case. Mr Nuttall whistling in the wind that things will eventually turn back our way is starting to sound tragically a bit like a balding and tweed-wearing King Canute.
UKIP’s fractious nature is undoubtedly one of the causes of this reversal and we need to look seriously at this. Marine Le Pen has clawed her way to where she is partially by quelling the quarrelsome nature of the Front Nationale.
She hasn’t been shy on topics like the danger Islam poses to France, neither, obviously, has Geert Wilders. This is an issue of particular concern to the working classes who, as with everything else, suffer the most for the misadventures of the globalists because, as with everything else, the globalist elites are totally insulated from the consequences of their own rapacious nature while it is for the rest of us to ultimately pay the price.
I doubt either Ms Le Pen or Mr Wilders would be ashamed to have Anne Marie Waters as a candidate for their respective parties. If they aren’t, neither should Mr Nuttall be.
Islam and the clear and present danger it presents to not just the fabric of the British nation but to the lives of British citizens could provide UKIP with a unifying purpose, something only we will talk about, and it would certainly rally a jaded membership. It is something only UKIP can and potentially will talk about. Who else will? Certainly not Labour, too scared of offending a significant section of their dwindling voter base, nor the Conservative Party, too scared of offending Saudi paymasters and well, the Liberal Democrats? Let’s just not even go there.
So once again we are called unto the breach – to be the voice of the voiceless. We need to answer this call, not the call of despondency. If all else fails remember the words of Baz Luhrmann who sang:
“sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind, the race is long and it is only with yourself”
and also remember that is as true of politics, if not more so, as it is of life.