Whilst delivering leaflets in Rochester recently on behalf of Mark Reckless, a young lady walked past me and called me a ‘fascist’. Of course I replied politely saying that I wasn’t and that I would be happy to buy her a coffee and discuss why, not knowing me from Adam, she felt that way. There was, as expected, no response as she hurried off (maybe she didn’t like coffee?).
It did though get me thinking about what exactly is a fascist. It is of course an advocate or follower of fascism and Wikipedia gives the definition of fascism ‘as a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in the early 20th Century’ and which the online free dictionary states is ‘a system of government marked by centralisation of authority under a dictator…’
So how could UKIP and its members be considered to be fascists? In fact, in my own view, it is probably the most democratic serious political party in the UK. After all, I get a vote at branch level to determine who is to be on the branch committee, I get a vote at hustings to determine who will be our Parliamentary candidate and if we ever managed to get more volunteers than council places, no doubt we would get a vote on that too! Nationally I get a vote to determine the candidates to be MEPs, I get a vote to determine members of the executive, and if there is ever more than one candidate, I will get a vote to determine the party leader.
Wikipedia has another meaning of ‘fascist’, that of an insult. I can only assume that it was meant in this manner, after all, having won the argument we can no longer be called racist, but then perhaps as said in this manner, it can be intended to mean intolerant. I would consider that she too was a fascist. There had been a demo and counter demo the day before by members of ‘Britain First’ and ‘United Against Fascism’, so as these organisations are intolerant of each other, can both organisations be considered intolerant or fascist?
So what organisations do I consider come under the heading of ‘fascism’? Well, isn’t that exactly at the core of the EU? It consists of 28 unelected commissioners, one from each EU State, and isn’t each of these a dictator in his own right because together with their civil servants, they are the sole body that, according to their website, can propose European legislation which is then adopted by the co-legislators, the European Parliament. So our only elected representatives in Europe do not have the power to initiate legislation, only the power to adopt or reject. But even that is not strictly true. A motion to reject does not cause legislation to be actually rejected, but sent back to the commission, which can decide whether to accept the recommendation or just press ahead anyway – not very democratic. Is this not a form of fascism?
I am very much against fascism but on looking at the United Against Fascism website, I can find no reference to any possible policy statement they may have on EU. So what are they united against? Certainly not fascism; more what they consider to be right wing or libertarian organisations, some of which I too find distasteful, but when they don’t include the only organisation with any real power organised on fascist lines, can they ever be considered to be a serious organisation?