Regarding my recent article on TheSpoof
I have not seen any proof that Mike Read is a fascist or fascist sympathiser.
And he does appear to have shown regret for the original UKIP Calypso; which is more than can be said for some.
Yet, I felt that doing a send-off (WHOOPS!) of the whole incident might enable us to view the whole scenario in a different and (once more) disturbing light.
So, the fictional persona I presented of Read is intended to remind us that no-one goes to bed in a democracy, and then wakes up in abject tyranny the next morning.
UKIP and the BNP are not necessarily "morally equivalent" (so far as I can tell, and whatever such a nonsensical phrase as "morally equivalent" might mean)...
But I do find the inflammatory rhetoric of UKIP extremely unhelpful.
Indeed, the issues under discussion by the whole political spectrum are just too sensitive and complex for the provocative tactics and "politics of outrage" that UKIP practices.
Not everybody is happy with the current system, but part of the reason so many people oppose UKIP (quite rightly, I feel)...
Is that when this kind of emotive politics is given a foothold, it may deepen and (bad as such rhetoric is already) risk turning into something even worse.
That said, the following is a bit of light relief, as when we are faced with dangerous politics, it is good to be able to laugh as well as cry...
That said, here's a nice (-ish) joke for you, in order to remind you all (in case you've forgotten) precisely how unfunny the inflammatory humour of many individuals from Naughty Nigel's party is.
Why did the Naughty Nigel cross the border?
To get to the Lega Nord conference.
How do you know when a UK political party isn't ACTUALLY racist?
Because... TECHNICALLY... they aren't the BNP; oh and by the way, they don't like Lega Nord either.
Knock knock. Who's there?
Pedro who? Show me your documents, mate.
Bloody hell, me and my family arrived here and migrated legally 15 years ago.
Doesn't matter. I'm calling the Home Office cos you look a bit dodgy.
The law's the law, mate. It's nothing personal.
Ha. Freaking ha...
Not very funny, but not necessarily any less funny than some of the "carnivalesque antics" of recent candidates standing for election.