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Racism Out The Referendum: Farage Not Welcome In London 18:30 20 Nov @ Emmanuel Centre

Nigel Farage Speech At UKIP Public Meeting In Basingstoke

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage plans to speak in London next Friday (20 Nov) as part of his ‘Say No To EU’ tour. Farage will use the rally to ramp up racist scapegoating of migrants and refugees at a time when they need our solidarity.

Whether you are in favour of leaving the EU, want to stay in or have not made your mind up yet join us at the protest to say racism out the referendum and don’t let the likes of Farage divide us. Facebook event here

Meet Friday 18:30 20th November, outside the Emmanuel Centre, 9 Marsham St, London, Westminster SW1P 3DW

 

Say No To Racism – Nasty Nigel Not Welcome in Swansea Friday 23rd October

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Although UKIP have cancelled their autumn conference in Swansea Nasty Nigel Farage is still due to speak. He will attempt to ramp up racism against migrants and refugees in his anti-EU rally at at time when migrants and refugees need our solidarity and support.


Whether you are in favour of leaving the EU, want to stay in or have not made your mind up yet join us at our protest to say racism out the referendum and don’t let the racists divide us. The event is supported by a number of trade unions and organisations.

Meet 18.30pm on Friday 23rd October at the Liberty Stadium, Landore, SA1 2FA Abertawe, Swansea

See leaflet and Facebook event below for more information and updates.

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Doncaster ‘unwelcomes’ UKIP from the town!

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On Saturday local activists were out in Doncaster town centre to ‘unwelcome’ UKIP who were holding their national conference at the racecourse. Activists handed out leaflets titled ‘A Day At The Racists’ and held a rally outside the town hall.
The nearly 4 million votes UKIP received during May’s general election demonstrates how essential it is to continue to challenge the party as they attempt to foster divisions between communities and normalise racism and bigotry.

Although UKIP present themselves as being ‘anti-establishment’ the voting record of of their only MP Douglass Carswell says otherwise. He has voted with the Tories on cuts to tax credits and the housing benefit cap that will leave millions in poverty.

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A Day At The Racists!

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Doncaster will again have the displeasure of hosting UKIP’s National Conference at the racecourse on 26th September 2015. UKIP have sought to capitalise on the economic crisis, austerity and failure of mainstream parties to relate to ordinary voters by both presenting themselves as ‘anti-establishment’ and peddling racist scapegoating of migrants.

The nearly 4 million votes UKIP received during May’s general election demonstrates how essential it is to continue to challenge the party as they attempt to foster divisions between communities and normalise racism and bigotry.

Although UKIP present themselves as being ‘anti-establishment’ they are a party backed by millionaires. Hence, they have no interest in challenging austerity which benefits the rich and is the real cause of the fall in our living standards.

Stand Up To UKIP is calling on antiracists, trade unionists, students, faith groups and more to join us in Doncaster to ‘unwelcome’ UKIP. We will be leafleting from 11am at Market Place corner, Doncaster DN1 1NE followed by a rally at 12.30pm at Mansion House.

A week after we ‘unwelcome’ UKIP in Doncaster Stand Up To UKIP plans to join the thousands on the streets of Manchester at the TUC demonstration outside the Tory Party Conference on Sunday 4 October. We will be joining the Stand Up to Racism bloc sending a clear message – No To Racist Scapegoating! No To Austerity! To reserve coach seat email doncasterpeoplesassembly@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

UKIP: Election Analysis

Election Results

UKIP did not make the breakthrough it had hoped to after the European election when Nigel Farage suggested the party would get “a significant numbers” of MPs at the general election. Farage himself widely tipped to win the South Thanet seat was eventually defeated by the Conservative candidate.

Credit has to be given to Stand Up To UKIP activists in South Thanet and beyond who proved to be a constant thorn in the side of Farage. The local group highlighted Farage’s admiration for Margaret Thatcher and her anti-working class policies. They also challenged UKIP’s racist scapegoating of immigrants which Farage used to foster divisions in the local community. The local group was joined by a coach full of national Stand Up To UKIP activists on 2 May in a final push to stop Farage.

Farage shamelessly returned as party leader just a number of hours after resigning. Yet the significance of his defeat should not be underestimated, particularly in light of the current ructions his seemingly self-directed reinstatement has caused in the party.   Elsewhere, Mark Reckless, one of the two MPs who defected from the Tories, was defeated in the Rochester and Strood election by over 7,000 votes. Douglass Carswell was able to retain his seat in Clacton-On-Sea. However, his majority was cut by nearly 9,000. Carswell is now UKIP’s only remaining MP.

No room for complacency

UKIP remains a serious threat in UK politics even though they failed to gain more than a single MP. The party took not far off 4 million votes across the country, which translates to 12.6% of the vote (one in every eight voters backed the right-wing party) and their national vote has trebled since 2010 general election.

In Thanet where Farage was defeated UKIP secured 33 of 56 council seats and now has control of the District Council. In 120 seats UKIP finished in second place to Labour or the Tories. Certainly, if we look at a number of seats in the north they are positioned as the main opposition party to Labour. In some marginals like Ed Balls seat, in Morley and Outwood, UKIP’s vote contributed to the downfall of the incumbent as their vote share rose by 13%.

UKIP have previously argued that their “2020 Strategy” involved becoming the main opposition in many constituencies in order to line themselves up as a credible opponent to both the Tories and Labour at the next election. UKIP believes that the scale of the cuts and economic crisis will deepen the unpopularity of the mainstream parties which they feel they can capitalise on in the 2020 general election.

Who voted UKIP?

UKIP received substantial votes in seats held by all of the mainstream parties. These were constituencies of varying political demographics. Therefore it is not a straightforward picture when analysing who voted for UKIP.

One of the factors that explains why UKIP only managing to get 1 MP was that their 4 million votes were spread across England and Wales rather than being geographically concentrated in a small number of constituencies. This allowed the two mainstream parties to keep the share of the seats between them and gain former Liberal Democrat constituencies.

Nevertheless, from the data that is available we can say UKIP took the majority of its votes, 43%, from people who voted Tory in the 2010 election. This was followed by 18% of former Liberal Democrat voters, 14% from Labour voters and 6% from other parties (such as the BNP) and people who did not vote in 2010. UKIP also received 19% of their vote from people who voted for them in the last election.

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Where did Ukip pick up votes from?                                                                                                         This chart shows how Ukip voters in 2015 cast their ballot in 2010.                                                             Source: Lord Ashcroft poll conducted after the elections

 

What next?

Stand Up to UKIP continues to have a crucial role to play in challenging the fake anti-establishment and racist rhetoric of UKIP. The election further highlighted the vacuum that exists in mainstream politics as all parties commit to an austerity agenda that is causing huge falls in living standards of ordinary people. Mainstream politicians and the rightwing media seek to scapegoat migrants for the effects of austerity. It is in this climate that UKIP will attempt to make gains in future elections. They will need to be challenged or we risk politics in the UK being dragged even further to the right as we have seen with similar scenarios across Europe. Stand Up To UKIP will be holding a national activist meeting to discuss the way forward for the campaign.

Good Riddance: Statement regarding Farage’s election loss!

Stand up to UKIP                                        Good riddance to Farage! #StopFarage

Today is an enormous victory for everyone who stood up to Farage’s politics of scapegoating and division.

Jo Cardwell Joint Convenor of Stand Up To UKIP said;”Farage came to South Thanet thinking that he could divide working class people by using racist scapegoating. But what Farage did not envisage was the level of resistance to both his Thatcherite politics and attempts to divide us”

It is notable that upon losing the election Farage stated “I feel an enormous weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I’ve never felt happier.” This demonstrates the insincerity and lack of commitment of Farage’s campaign to represent the people of South Thanet.

Farage promised us that UKIP would create a political earthquake after the European Elections. This has certainly not been the case precisely because many working class people have seen through UKIP’s lies. We are proud that Stand Up To UKIP have been able to galvanise anti-UKIP support up and down the country. Our campaign involved delivering hundreds of thousands of leaflets across Britain and our national and local demonstrations has had an effect in ensuring that UKIP did not win any additional MPs.

Neverthless, it is now crucial we are not complacent. UKIP have scored some high votes nationally off the back of the disgusting scapegoating of migrant that mainstream parties and the media have also been engaged in. It is essential now we continue to build a broad campaign to challenge UKIP’s racism, bigotry and anti-working class agenda so that legitimate anger around the effects of austerity is not misguidedly aimed at migrant and minority communities.

Review of Making Plans for Nigel: A Beginner’s Guide to Farage & UKIP

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This book is a horrific reminder – if anyone needs reminding – of just how foul UKIP is. Paterson traces its development from its origins in 1992 as the tiny Anti-Federalist League to a party which, on the eve of the 2015 General Election, boasts two MPs, three members of the House of Lords, 24 MEPs, some 300 local councillors and a membership of 40,000. In the course of the book Paterson reminds us that UKIP is a racist party whose one clear, unwavering principle is its hostility towards immigrants. He cites Nigel Farage’s relentless attacks on Romanians and east Europeans, his Islamophobia, his hostility to multiculturalism and to hearing foreign languages spoken on trains. Paterson recalls the host of UKIP members who have flaunted their racism even as Farage repeatedly insisted that UKIP was “not a racist party”.

Andre Lampitt, for example, UKIP’s poster boy for their 2014 television campaign, had to be suspended from the party for numerous racist tweets which included the assertion that “most Nigerians are bad people”. Former UKIP councillor Rozanne Duncan lost her place in the party for declaring “I really do have a problem with people with negroid features” whilst Anna-Marie Crampton embarrassed the party by posting that “The Second World War was engineered by the Zionist Jews”. But UKIP’s reaction doesn’t stop at racism. Julia Gasper was propelled out of the party following her assertion that “Some homosexuals prefer sex with animals” and her insistence on the so-called “links between homosexuality and paedophilia”.She is far from the only UKIP member to express these warped ideas.

UKIP is also a party of misogyny. The party accepts substantial funds from Demetri Marchessini, a man who wants to ban women wearing trousers so their “essentially sexy” legs are on permanent display. Farage’s own outburst against “ostentatious” breast-feeding is also well known. But how has a party with electoral candidates of the calibre of John Rees-Evans, who claimed a “Gay donkey tried to rape my horse”, grown so quickly?

Paterson convincingly argues that UKIP has benefited from a general disillusion with mainstream politics. The expenses scandal, the cash-for-questions disgrace and the general sleaze associated with mainstream politics have sent people looking for an alternative. In addition the Labour Party’s capitulation to free market economics means it can offer its core voters little beyond a ‘nicer’ version of Tory austerity.

The fact that UKIP are tainted by the same political scandals that have rocked Westminster in recent years has not prevented them building out of political disillusion. UKIP’s MEPs “claimed an average of £35,635 in ‘general expenditure allowances in 2012” and Farage estimates his own expenses as an MEP to be over £2 million. Paterson defines UKIP as “a pro-capitalist, anti-state, anti-immigrant right-libertarian formation…a curious blend of xenophobia and paranoia”. The paradox is that UKIP is picking up votes from people who have been hurt by austerity despite being a party that supports policies that will deliver still more austerity. Farage has called for “shock and awe” public spending cuts and for the privatisation of the NHS.

One of the book’s weaknesses is that Paterson argues UKIP’s continued growth is inevitable. He finds a little comfort in the recent election of the anti-austerity Syriza in Greece but assumes a British version to be an impossibility. He scorns attempts to build left-wing electoral alternatives such as TUSC and Left Unity (of which Paterson is a member). He correctly criticises Labour for its commitment to neo-liberalism, ‘austerity’ and its shameful capitulation to anti-immigrant racism but sees no appetite in British politics to build a left alternative.

Paterson ignores the impressive mobilisations against the open fascists of the BNP and EDL in recent years and the fact that the last two years have seen thousands march against racism in both London and Glasgow. If racism has grown in UK society over recent years, there is also a substantial part of British society that remains committedly anti-racist.

As a result this is a very pessimistic book. Paterson concludes that UKIP “are here to stay”. It’s undeniable that the rise of UKIP has dragged English politics to the Right especially over immigration and race. What Paterson ignores is that even in the UK austerity hasn’t just fed the likes of UKIP. The SNP in Scotland look set to dominate the post-election political landscape by promising a set of progressive social democratic policies that the Labour Party has long abandoned. Such policies could be just as effective south of the border and could offer a genuine alternative to austerity which UKIP only pretend to offer.

Paterson also downplays the role campaigning can play against UKIP specifically, and racism in general. He rightly acknowledges that fascist groups like the BNP, EDL and Britain First welcome the rise of UKIP. He doesn’t recognise that this is because their brand of open fascism and naked racism has been relegated to the fringes of the political arena by mass mobilisation and campaigning. Decades of struggle against racism have not been in vain. “Why do racists object so vehemently to being called racists? I genuinely don’t get it.” asked Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges earlier this year. It’s because anti-racist activism stretching back to the 70s and beyond has made unvarnished racism politically unacceptable. We can take heart from that victory and build on the achievements of the anti-racism movement to push UKIP back. This is a useful book to remind us where UKIP came from and what it is. But it fails to notice that we can fight UKIP – and we can win.

Review by Sasha Simic

Making Plans for Nigel – A Beginner’s Guide to Farage & UKIP by Harry Paterson Five Leaves ISBN: 9781910170199, 160 pages £7.99

Stand Up To Ukip in Islington!

Stand Up To UKIP in Islington has called for a day of action after it was announced that UKIP will be running a candidate in the Islington South and Finsbury constituency at May’s general election. Activists will be meeting at Angel tube station on Saturday 14th March 2015 from 12pm.

Victory for SUTU activists in Harlow as Ukip loses council seat!

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‘If we can drive Ukip back in Harlow, it can be done anywhere.’ So says David Forman, secretary of Harlow Trades Council, whose members helped defeat the Ukip candidate in a council by-election in early February. (12 February polling)

Ukip caused a shock last May when it won five council seats, so the need to campaign was high on the agenda.

‘The first thing we did was write to the Harlow Star exposing Ukip’s parliamentary candidate, Sam Stopplecamp, who had claimed “he was not working class anymore but I used to be”. I made the point that Ukip is a party of the bosses that is using immigration to divide the working class.

‘Then, on national voter registration day, 7 February, we handed out leaflets in the town centre exposing Nigel Farage as a former stockbroker and public school boy, and Ukip’s policies on slashing maternity leave, destruction of the NHS and so on.

‘We followed that up with door-to-door leafleting in the Mark Hall ward, where the by-election was taking place. We distributed around 3,000 Stand Up to Ukip leaflets in the three days before the election.

David says that during the count it became clear that Labour was going to win, at which point the Tory party agent came over and said ‘Your leaflets worked’.

‘Since then, the Ukip candidate, Mark Gough, has verbally attacked Waida Forman, the chair of the trades council, for calling him a racist. But we didn’t say Gough was a racist. It’s Ukip that’s racist, says David.

Labour’s candidate, Danny Purton, won the by-election with 586 votes, beating Gough by 233 votes – a clear turnaround from the last May’s election, when the Ukip candidate won the seat by 60 votes.

‘What’s interesting is the lack of Ukip window posters this time around,’ says David. ‘Last year their posters were all over the place, whereas I didn’t see a single one this time. There were loads of Labour ones.’

David reckons one of the key reasons behind Ukip’s defeat wasn’t only the strength of the anti-Ukip campaign, but dissatisfaction with the current Ukip councillors. ‘It’s clear that they only want to bash migrants, divide the working class and drag us out of the EU. When it comes to bread and butter issues they’re not interested.

‘But the trouble is that the Labour councillors, and their parliamentary candidate, Suzy Stride, seem shit-scared of calling Ukip racist.’David’s key message is to make it clear that you’re not interested in who people vote for as long as it’s not Ukip. ‘It requires that slog around the doors, but Ukip can be driven back.’

Visit the Harlow Star website for more information on the election results