The Opinium survey for the Observerplaces the Brexit party on 34%, when people were asked how they intended to vote on 23 May, with Labour slipping to 21% and the Conservatives collapsing to just 11%. Ominously for Theresa May, support for the Tories at the European elections is now less than a third of that for Farage’s party, and below that for the Liberal Democrats, who are on 12%.
The poll suggests the Brexit party, launched only last month, is now on course for a thumping victory that Farage will, MPs fear, use to back his argument that the UK must leave the EU immediately without a deal.
It’s not in the least surprising that disgruntled Tory yahoos are leaving that dire party in droves to vote for Farage’s single-issue Brexit party. Unfortunately, for these EU elections, there is only one issue in the UK to discuss, Brexit itself. Never mind the fact that the earth is dying under human feet, realistically, thaks in large part to May and a lesser degree to Corbyn, it’s the only issue that matters.
The problem is that Farage is a far right loon. You know it not only by what he says, but who he says it with. Notably, he quit UKIP when they signed on with Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson, as an adviser. Robinson is a notorious racist and fascist, and Farage noticed the writing on the wall, as he wants to avoid those labels.
But he hobnobs with other far right activists and political leaders across the world. For example, he has appeared several times over the last handful of years with the American conspiracy nutcase Alex Jones, who runs a vituperative vblog called Infowars. Perhaps most famous for his incredible allegation that the Sandy Hook school massacre in the US was a false flag operation, he has espoused every far right claim and conspiracy theory, and Farage never challenged him on any of them, at any time, throwing in in some more of his own. Farage claimed that the EU is “the prototype for the new world order”, and that “globalists have wanted some form of conflict with Russia as an argument for us all to surrender our national sovereignty… to a higher global level.”
Farage likes him some Vladimir Putin as well, who is hardly a supporter of any kind of democracy, and hobnobs with the likes of Steve Bannon, a fascist who served in Trump’s administration for the first few months. So despite an apparent reluctance to associate with Tommy Robinson, the British answer to Steve Bannon, it’s just a smokescreen for Farage’s real preference, a throwback to Mosley’s 1930s fascism which he reportedly waxed lyrical about as a younger man. By their associates shall you know them. It’s not enough to listen to what Farage says now, as that is filtered through his political ambitions as to what his intended audience will wear. You have to look at the whole, creepy-crawly deal.
It is alarming that a third of the British electorate is willing to swallow what Farage represents, an outburst of hatred and fear of immigrants as well as wild conspiracy theories, and forget why the EU was created in the first place – to stop outbursts of hatred and fear from turning into pogroms and wars.
It’s fair enough for EU critics to point out that the poor in Britain haven’t prospered under the EU, but even fairer to point out that the reason is because of Tory domestic austerity policies, brought about while Britain was spending freely on arms and tax cuts for the wealthy, and prolonging policies that are still destroying Britain’s industrial capacity, and therefore ability to employ people and generate wealth for all, rather than the lucky Tory few.
Tories have no-one but themselves to blame for driving their voters to Farage. A pox on May and her minions.