In the last nine months, Hope Not Hate and United Against Fascism have been remarkably quiet. These bastions of the Hard Left (albeit that David Cameron is a founding signatory for UAF) are not political parties, however, and it may well be that the much-criticised ‘Gagging Law’ has had something to do with muzzling them, thankfully.
However, the activists in such organisations have a wide choice of platforms from which to broadcast their message. People such as Bunny La Roche, who is also a Socialist Worker’s Party activist, are very noisy and seem to be able to penetrate a lot of spaces where Nigel Farage is, such as Question Time.
It seems that even the Labour party, for all it’s faults, won’t have anything to do (visibly anyway) with these kind of people, despite their UKIP-bashing with false policy quotes and so forth.
And then there is TUSC – another party – Trade Union and Socialist Coalition. These people claim to represent the British people so much that they feel entitled to barricade Nigel Farage inside the UKIP Shop in Rotherham, preventing him from lawfully opening the campaigning premises there. Mind you, the ineptitude of the police is another matter, in controlling their intrusive and anti-democratic demo, but if you want you can watch it here.
So, how much support do these people have? How much right do they have to say they represent the British people and their concerns? Well, let’s take a look at their performance in the 2014 Council elections, across 2835 English wards, compared to UKIP:
|Wards contested %||15.9%||71.6%|
|Votes cast for party||51685||1,267,596|
|Votes cast % across England and Wales||0.48%||15.97%|
|Votes cast % in wards stood (approx.)||3%||22%|
So, they really do have a massive level of support, don’t they? Far less than the Greens in fact. They are also very selective about where they stand, councils like Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Haringey, Lambeth, Plymouth etc, most of which are known for a strong left-wing vote anyway.
While they have the right to free speech, it is utterly wrong that they can obstruct the right of others to have it. They have no mandate. UKIP must keep campaigning against the bullying tactics of outfits like this.
However, we know from experience that the more our opponents try to ridicule, ignore or silence us, a large section of British society is getting more and more fed-up with it. Let us hope that enough voters turn that annoyance into an “X” on the General Election ballot paper on 7th May 2015.