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May 29, 2014 - 1:22 pm
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Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, or UKIP, has rarely been photographed without a pint of beer in his hand over the last few years as he’s caroused his way around Britain, taunting its political establishment. And he had good reason to raise a glass over the weekend as UKIP won elections to the European Parliament, becoming the first party other than Labour or the Conservatives to win a UK national election for more than 100 years.

Long dismissed by mainstream politicians and commentators as oddballs and extremists – Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron famously dismissed them as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” – Farage’s insurgents have become increasingly hard to ignore. UKIP wants an end to mass immigration to the UK, and Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union – the two issues are inextricably linked, as EU rules mean Britain is unable to control immigration from other member countries.

The result didn’t come as a big surprise – several polls had put UKIP narrowly ahead of Labour in recent weeks, and in the event UKIP took 27.5 percent of the vote, with Labour second at 25.4 percent and the Tories third at 24 percent. But it’s the most significant development in British politics in decades; Farage hailed the result as “an earthquake,” and predicted that his party would win seats in next year’s general election.

The Conservatives did better than expected, suggesting that some Tory defectors to UKIP are being lured back by the steadily recovering UK economy. But another strong showing by UKIP in 2015 would likely condemn  Cameron and his party to defeat at the hands of Labour, and some Tory MPs have renewed calls for an electoral pact with UKIP to avert disaster. Farage, meanwhile, insists the Tories can’t win the election if Cameron remains in charge.

Cameron has been eager to persuade disaffected Tories that he feels their pain. Last week he said he shared the frustration of voters over his party’s inability to control immigration, and arriving in Brussels this week for a meeting with other European leaders to discuss the election results, which saw gains for populist parties from both the left and right across the continent, he said the EU had become “too big, too bossy, too interfering”.

The results across Europe will strengthen Cameron’s hand as he seeks to make the case for EU reform, and for the return of key powers to national governments, ahead of the in/out referendum on EU membership that he’s pledged to hold if the Conservatives secure an overall majority in 2015. Labour, and the Liberal Democrats – who are the Tories’ partners in Britain’s coalition government – have refused to hold a referendum on Europe.

While trying not to appear dismissive of voters’ concerns, the established parties are clinging to the hope that UKIP remains a protest party, and that many of those who voted for Farage will desert him when the “real” election comes along. While UKIP dismisses those claims, there’s undeniably a protest element to UKIP’s support – when general election voting intentions are polled, UKIP’s support falls to around half the level it achieved in the Euro elections. However, even that would be enough for UKIP to have a major influence on who forms the next government.

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Keep in mind that, just as the Bipartisan Governing Party here in the US waffles, lies, and changes the rules and their positions to preserve power; the British political system is easier to game. Coalitions, a Constitution that is not written and subject to revision with no formal revision process, etc. mean that the rules will change if Labour or Tories are threatened. The Lib Dems are busy self-destructing, and so it will be a 3 not a 4 party system. With Labour and Tories conspiring to keep the UKIP out until they can jointly destroy any semblance of British sovereignty.

Subotai Bahadur
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I have immensely enjoyed watching Nigel's speeches in the EU Parliament, as he would use his word effectively to eviscerate his opponents. His opponents simple ignored him, hoping that he would go away. But as his predictions on the stupidity of the government policies turned out to be true, his opponents have been forced to label him as a racist. The racist card has been overdrawn in Europe, and it soon will be overdrawn in the US. Good for you, Nigel, keep going as you are making the difference.
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Strange Bedfellows

It is said that politics makes for strange bedfellows. In the case of immigration, the strange bedfellows are socialist ideologues and capitalist businessmen. Socialists promote immigration to promote their utopian vision of worldwide peace via homogeneity of the species ... biologically, with a dreadful and probably catastrophic consequence for the species, as a whole. Capitalists promote immigration to promote short-term financial profits, often shifting underlying economic costs to taxpayers ... sociologically, with disastrous consequences to the national identity of the nation, both biologically and culturally.

The only opponent to massive immigration favored by the operative contingencies is the people themselves who bring their behavior under the control of long-term biological and sociological consequences. As exemplified in The USA by a Mexican immigration amounting to an unarmed invasion known to them as “La Reconquista”, once the migrating population reaches a critical mass, undoing the consequences becomes difficult, if not essentially impossible, without imposing draconian measures.(1)

Scientifically, the time to break a chain of undesirable behaviors is at the initial links. The USA failed to do so; in fact, did the opposite. Denmark, Switzerland, and other European nations now are engaged in political battles over the biological and sociological fates of their respective nations. Proponents of immigration label opponents “xenophobes” (a misuse of the term) and “Nazis”. Opponents label proponents as “traitors”.

In the end, Mother Nature cares not one whit about labels, ideologies, or politics. She cares only about consequences ... namely, biological survival and differential reproduction (www.inescapableconsequences.com).

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The legislation for “family-reunification” was sponsored in 1965 by the late-Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy (1932-2009). It proved to be one of the most important pieces of legislation of the 20th century, directly leading to the “multi-culturalism” of the early 21st century.

Senator Kennedy promised that the legislation would not change the complexion of the country. In fact, he stated wrongly, “Our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually.” Prior to 1965, the average number of legal immigrants annually was approximately 300,000. Thirty years later, it was more than one million.
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Here is where the British Conservative Party is, from Newsmax yesterday. "Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, is fielding criticism for his decision to accept a position with Prime Minister David Cameron, leader of the country’s Conservative Party with an agenda some say is in stark contrast to Obama’s."

Would it surprise anyone here if David Axelrod was asked to give John Boehner advice?

That is why the UKIP will win it all in the long run. And the Tea Party here, if enough get the courage to just quit the GOP and start anew.
9 weeks ago
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Keep in mind that, just as the Bipartisan Governing Party here in the US waffles, lies, and changes the rules and their positions to preserve power; the British political system is easier to game. Coalitions, a Constitution that is not written and subject to revision with no formal revision process, etc. mean that the rules will change if Labour or Tories are threatened. The Lib Dems are busy self-destructing, and so it will be a 3 not a 4 party system. With Labour and Tories conspiring to keep the UKIP out until they can jointly destroy any semblance of British sovereignty.

Subotai Bahadur
9 weeks ago
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When all is said and done the established parties in Britain, the same as the Dems and Republicans here, are one worlder statists, it's their religion. Which means that only a genuine earthquake, that would be the voters giving enough votes to UKIP to make Farage Prime Minister with a working majority in Parliament would result in closing off the immigration spigot. Will that ever happen? Only under extraordinarily dire circumstances. Same here. Here it would mean a Tea Party takeover of the Republican Party followed by a wave victory. Human nature being what it is however most will go with what they know even as what they know drags them over a cliff or under a bus. So prospects slim, very.
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I sure would like to see such a political "earthquake" take place here but am afraid that the left has too many of our voters in their grip.
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Not "our" voters - the Third World - and that's the difference.
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Well, that too but they also have too many women & those of the black community.
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I have immensely enjoyed watching Nigel's speeches in the EU Parliament, as he would use his word effectively to eviscerate his opponents. His opponents simple ignored him, hoping that he would go away. But as his predictions on the stupidity of the government policies turned out to be true, his opponents have been forced to label him as a racist. The racist card has been overdrawn in Europe, and it soon will be overdrawn in the US. Good for you, Nigel, keep going as you are making the difference.
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