So, there’s a lot going on in my life, and a lot going on in the world and as a human being it’s hard to concentrate on one thing and impossible to take on everything. In my life it’s a little easier, right now I work and I sleep and I do whatever my wife tells me. I suffer from anxiety and fight my depression and try and drink a lot of water (I’ve been getting a lot of headaches recently).
What I did want to tackle is UKIP. And Britain First. And well, actually, everything. My nephew is being bullied and feminism is becoming a dirty word and I have serious trouble making eye-contact with customers at work but there’s not much I can do about all the things, all at once. I’m seeing the faces of my dead friends in videos games and dreaming about the friends I miss at night and dammit society should not be breaking down in front of my eyes.
My mother said she was going to vote UKIP.
I think it’s the worst thing she’s said to me since I was 19.
And it’s because she reads The Daily Mail. Which may be the worst thing my mother has done since she married my dad. And granted, if that the worst of it in forty years then she’s a pretty good mum but after a while reading it for the gardening section doesn’t quite cut it any more. Not when she thinks we should leave the EU and that immigration is our biggest problem and to top it off – UKIP should be the ones to deal with it.
I love you mum, but really?
When we spoke about it, I realised she hadn’t thought it through because while immigration is an important issue in any country, and so is the Europe and the economy, that’s not the be all and end all of UKIP. Plus their ideas about immigration don’t quite line up with reality.
But that doesn’t matter to people because they’re not even thinking about the reality of a UKIP run country. They’re being regarded as some sort of saviour of the British people, the English people. They’re gaining support from the British working class because they want to take the country back from a bunch of people who don’t actually have without realising one very important thing:
UKIP don’t care about the working class person. White, black, or Asian, they don’t care.
They care about people like themselves, just like most politicians. White, male, rich, straight, Christian. Those are the people they are, those are the people they care about. Those will be the people they will care about if they get into power. Everyone else will suffer. I will suffer. My mother will suffer. Every working class person who votes for them would suffer under a UKIP government.
It has nothing to do with immigration and nothing to do with the EU and nothing to do with politics but a lot to do with people in power looking after themselves like they always have done. Whatever they say now is not what will happen. It’s never what will happen, and people are deluded to think if any party will look after them and the country it will be UKIP. I always feel like voting is more about who will do the least worst job not who do will do the best job.
UKIP are a right wing party. people like me and my mum do not do well under right wing politics. We lose our rights, we lose our equality, we lose out ability to live any sort of semi-comfortable life. We’re both struggling enough to support ourselves, and this isn’t something that won’t get easier under UKIP. I lose my rights as a woman, a disabled person, a queer person.
So does my mum.
So does most of my family.
So does your daughter, your sister, you.
So does most of the country.
Under right wing politics we suffer and I’m not saying lefties have it all right either, but at least that side of thinking takes into account more than the rich straight able bodied white man. The tories are a right wing party, on a scale of extremism it goes Britain First >BNP > UKIP >Tory. The conservatives are the party of the rich white man and we got the bedroom tax. UKIP is made up of people whose politics are too right wing for the conservatives. Too right wing for the party that gave us Margaret Thatcher.
It won’t be all doom and gloom under UKIP like part of me thinks. The day after they got in power if that ever happened I’m not gonna automatically lose my DLA and my wife and a fucking leg but if you really think that it’s going to be any better than the government we have now, then there is no help for you.
It scares me though, the sensible people who think they are the answer. Think UKIP are going to save the country with tough immigration and leaving the EU when that’s not even the problem. It scares me that my own mother would think that.
It also makes me wonder if she’s either on too much medication or not enough, but that’s for another day.
Don’t vote UKIP, don’t share Britain First posts, don’t assume the media is telling you the whole story. Don’t assume anyone is telling you the whole story.