The mainstream and Leftist biased British media is currently engaged in a proxy war against UKIP, and the war is getting dirtier and dirtier.
The latest one I’ve come across is a good friend of mine, who is normally astute about politics, who said she will not vote UKIP because ‘they want to forcibly abort all Down Syndrome babies’. I later looked into the story and found it more or less bogus as regards being about UKIP the party. Not only was it merely one ex UKIP candidates personal opinion on his own blog from two years ago and nothing to do with UKIP, itself, but also that UKIP had expelled the member who had expressed the opinion that Down Syndrome children were a burden on society.
This is a non-story cynically dragged up from the archives purely to try to discredit UKIP and we will see a lot more of the same over the next few weeks leading up to the Euro and local elections on May 22nd. It doesn’t take much digging to find much worse behaviour than expressing a contentious view taking place in all of the mainstream parties. The Lib Dem sex scandals are just one which come to mind here.
I looked back at the original story from the BBC website of 12 December 2012 and all I saw was someone expressing a point of view that a reader may or may not agree with. Expressing a view, and debating that view with others is a vital part of a free society. UKIP was quite within their rights to suspend someone who by their actions brings the party into disrepute or speaks against agreed policy and this they have done. The Left are desperately trying to associate UKIP with ‘fascism’, ‘racism’ and now ‘able-ism’ but it doesn’t seem to be working apart from with those who don’t check their data and among those who want to cling tighter to the Nanny State Nurse, for fear of finding something worse*. The Left are engaging in a witch-hunt against those in minor parties who express views that they disagree with or which challenge their narrative.
For too long this country has allowed the Left to set the agenda for debates, it is time that we stopped doing this and allowed people to express personal views on issues of contention. It is only by engaging in free debate unencumbered by concerns about ‘racism’, ‘xenophobia’, ‘sexism’, ‘homophobia’, ‘able-ism’ or other types of ‘offence’ that a culture and a nation can grow. If we narrow the terms of reference in a discussion too much, we also narrow the choices and options that come out of that discussion.
There is a message in this story and the message is that just because some newsreader or pressure group tells you something about UKIP, that doesn’t mean that it is either true or current. When someone tells you something bad about UKIP, go and check the data for yourself. The mainstream parties think that they can beat UKIP by mobilising their army of unthinking divs and those who get all their news from Leftist sources such as the BBC or the Daily Mirror and never question what they’ve been told. It is the duty of the informed citizen to firstly correct those who’ve swallowed propaganda and secondly to make sure that they get out and vote themselves in order to counteract the votes of those who have been swayed by such base and cynical propaganda.
Original story from BBC news
*Quote shamelessly borrowed from Hilaire Beloc’s ‘hold on to Nurse’ poem called ‘Jim’ and here is the full version from http://monologues.co.uk/Childrens_Favourites/JimBelloc.htm
There was a boy whose name was Jim
His friends were very good to him
They gave him tea and cakes and jam
And slices of delicious ham
And chocolate with pink inside
And little tricycles to ride
They read him stories through and through
And even took him to the zoo
But there it was the awful fate
Befell him, which I now relate
You know (at least you ought to know
For I have often told you so)
That children never are allowed
To leave their nurses in a crowd
Now this was Jim’s especial foible
He ran away when he was able
And on this inauspicious day
He slipped his hand and ran away
He hadn’t gone a yard when BANG
With open jaws a lion sprang
And hungrily began to eat
The boy, beginning at his feet
Now just imagine how it feels
When first your toes and then your heels
And then by varying degrees
Your shins and ankles, calves and knees
Are slowly eaten bit by bit
No wonder Jim detested it
No wonder that he shouted “Ai”
The honest keeper heard his cry
Though very fat, he almost ran
To help the little gentleman
“Ponto,” he ordered as he came
For Ponto was the lion’s name
“Ponto,” he said with angry frown
“Down sir, let go, put it down!”
The lion made a sudden stop
He let the dainty morsel drop
And slunk reluctant to his cage
Snarling with disappointed rage
But when he bent him over, Jim
The honest keeper’s eyes grew dim
The lion having reached his head
The miserable boy was dead
When nurse informed his parents they
Were more concerned than I can say
His mother as she dried her eyes
Said “It gives me no surprise
He would not do as he was told.”
His father who was self-controlled
Bade all the children round attend
To James’s miserable end.
And always keep ahold of nurse
For fear of finding something worse.