Radio Derb Is On The Air: UKIP Gaining In Britain

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In this weekend`s broadcast I have a segment discussing the growing support in Britain for genteel-nationalist party UKIP, illustrated by last week`s Eastleigh by-election.

British politics is stuck in the same rut as American politics, with the major political parties all standing for globalism, multiculturalism, open borders, and reckless government spending. The main difference is that in Britain there are three of these parties, while in America there are only two. Since there is barely any daylight between their three parties, any more than there is between our two, this doesn`t matter much.

What does matter, and what makes this by-election interesting, is that in Britain there is a quite vigorous opposition party, UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party. On issues not related to the National Question, UKIP are libertarian-conservative, favoring lower taxes, less regulation, civil unions but not marriage for homosexuals, and so on. Their main appeal, though, is nationalist.

UKIP is a genteel party with its main support in the well-behaved lower-middle and middle-middle classes. They would blush and swoon to hear themselves called nationalist, which as everyone knows is a terribly wicked thing to be, only a step or two up from being a klansman. That`s what they are, though, certainly by comparison with the open-borders globalism of the three big parties. UKIP stands for British sovereignty over British affairs, as opposed to the current arrangement in which many social policies, including immigration, are decided under the rules of the European Union . . . .