So we’ve just shuffled through the Euro elections. Here in the UK we’ve seen the resounding victory of the Fascists in sheep’s clothing de jour the UK Independence party.
UKIP are, as has been well documented racists, and well funded by the establishment. Their rhetoric is that they are against the Westminster establishment, and they espouse an anti-migrant racism couched in the British Nationalism of the lion & the unicorn. With this symbolism they paint a picture of The European Union as a bureaucratic behemoth far away from the “green and pleasant land” of England, where we the “British people” have little or no say in it’s running. The unfortunate truth that is largely missing from the mainstream debate is that they are partially correct. The European Union is nothing more than a Continental Club for the Bosses, a mechanism with which they can exploit migrant labour and lean on the Statesmen & women of Germany, France, Italy & Britain to wield the influence of the European Central Bank to enforce the neo-liberal doctrine across the continent . The mainstream debate is full of politicians proclaiming what a wonderful thing it is that the EU stands for Freedom of movement, but what is unspoken in the discussion is that the EU stands for freedom of movement for (mostly) white people, in truth The European Union is a Fortress which the nations of the continent have built to protect themselves from the residents of the Global South, should they dare to think that they can leave their post-colonial homelands that bosses of Europe continue to exploit.
I can’t write this without acknowledging that there have been crumbs from the table for the (largely white) workers of the EU: Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities, and labour rights, it is this legislation that UKIP rails against, in typical Daily Heil parlance it brands it all as uncompetitive “red tape.” Make no mistake that UKIP is a party for the Bosses, their policies represent a bonanaza for the ruling class.
The Bigger story of course is that when it comes to the European Election, barely anyone gives a fuck: Voter turnout was a record low in Britain around 36% so roughly 2 out of 3 didn’t bother to turn out, and why would they? The British Bullshit Corporation (BBC) has set out the stall for these elections as Farage Vs Lib/Lab/Con, with every outlet showing footage of that odious wanker doing his “man of the people” schtick with a pint of real ale & a fag in his mouth on hard rotation. So given that’s this election was set up a choice between some racist public school arsehole from kent and the string of dead-eyed public school plasticene decepticons that make up the the rest of the political parties, the real question is why should anyone care? The answer should be ¡No pasarán! Fascists & Fascist in sheep’s clothing should be blocked at every opportunity, in the ballot box and elsewhere.
Elsewhere in Europe the Fash flexed their electoral muscles with Marine Le Penn’s National-Front winning in France, a win for the Danish People’s Party, Golden Dawn in Greece gaining 3 seats, The Swedish Democrats gaining 2 seats and a seat for Germany’s NPD.
The mainstream media analysis is that the far-right are on the rise, and we should all be really scared and vote Tory or Labour at the first available opportunity. I can see something else at the heart of all of this, the financial crisis and the austerity shock doctrine that followed, has resulted in the cracks beginning to show in the neo-liberal hegemony of the Western world. The narrow ideology of the centrist parties has allowed the richest 1% to make off like bandits, with a shit-ton of our money, it’s clearer than ever capitalism is the crisis, our living standards have flat-lined and this is coinciding with the undeniable truth that our environment is collapsing because of continued capitalist exploitation.
The green party of course is the least shit of all of our political parties, but we have to face facts that with the fash on the rise, we do not have the time to wait for them to creep up the polls, the media establishment will not allow them the platform they need to make real change. Vote for them if you want, but we have to say at every opportunity that votes are not enough.
We are in starting phase of the establishment manufacturing consent for right-wing authoritarianism.
Of course the establishment wants to sow hate and fear, and leave us divided and conquered, in time of crisis the bourgeoisie always turn to nationalism as that is what nations are for; to protect our rulers by scapegoating the outsiders. After all, the corporations, and the aristocracy, the oligarchs and the media barons have nothing to fear from fascism, it is not them who pays the price, it is the people of colour, the migrants, the LGBTQ, and the working class women who pay the price for the deal they strike with the fash.
We of course need to challenge fascism at every stage, in public life, and in the streets. We have to be aware that the fash will be bolstered by this electoral success, and we can expect all of the things that go along with that, Misogynists in power will think their misogyny more acceptable, and the boot boys will be back on the streets and we will need to stand together to challenge them once more.
We also have to be clear what we are witnessing here is the breaking of the spell of neo-liberlism. This is a time of great opportunity for the far-left and the far-right. If we want a better world we need to come out fighting for it. The fascists are already organised, if we don’t get organised soon, history has shown us the consequences. We can win, and we must win but it’s becomes ever clearer that our success will not come from the ballot box, the media will not allow it, we need to get out into our communities with social solidarity, take direct action to improve the lot of everyone in our community and organise with clear demands. The social explosion of occupy showed us that we are not alone, but while occupy was a movement of protest, what we need is a movement of demands.