Populism is on the rise throughout the West- first we voted to leave the EU here in Britain and then Donald Trump defeated the Queen of Corruption Hilary Clinton. Since we’ve seen a growing tide of Euroscepticism throughout EU member states, most evidently in France with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, in Italy with Matteo Salvini’s Northern League and in Holland with Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom.
Of course the Establishment and the remainstream media dismiss the contemporary wave of populism as ‘far-right’. Utter nonsense. Outlets such as the Guardian label anyone right of centre ‘far-right’, and this of course plays into the actual far-right’s hands, albeit them being a tiny minority of people.
So the reason i’ve been discussing politics with my Dutch friends is because I have lately took an interest into the possibility of Holland holding an EU referendum. The ever growing likelihood of a Dutch referendum runs parallel to the increasing popularity of nationalist-populist Geert Wilders. Wilders is the main advocate for a Dutch referendum as he has been for many years; similar to Nigel Farage.
Wilders like myself is a big critic of Islam and this is the reason the liberal media falsely label him as far-right. Again, like myself, Wilders’ criticism of Islam does not come from irrational bigoted opinions it comes from years of study. Geert actually travelled to and studied in the Middle-East and he is now a supporter of the Jewish homeland Israel. Imagine far-right fascists supporting a Jewish homeland!
Out of all the conversations with my Dutch pals (5 to be precise) i’m going to pick two in particular- the two most contrasting opinions.
Mariska says that she hopes that Holland stays within the EU and she is also not a fan of Geert Wilders. Mariska says that she loves her country yet she also identifies as a European and World citizen. She thinks Wilders is a charismatic man who’s personality is able to manipulate the fears of Dutch citizens and he simply “says what people want to hear”, and she contradicts me in the fact that she thinks Geert’s popularity is actually declining.
Armin on the other hand (that is not this person’s real name but he/she specifically asked not to have his/her name mentioned) is a big fan of Geert Wilders and he says that he would love to see Holland become an independent sovereign state. We talked about the Dutch problem of Moroccan raping gangs grooming underage children and how this relates to the English problem of Pakistani raping gangs grooming our children. Me and Armin both worry about the influence of Islam on our children’s future.
The feeling and general atmosphere amongst the Dutch feels very similar to the one we had here in Britain leading up to our EU referendum in 2016. There are valid arguments for both in and out sides and it seems reasonable that a vote should be put to the people.
As for Geert Wilders, amongst the Dutch he is like Marmite; similar to Nigel Farage or perhaps more precisely Tommy Robinson (because that bitch Farage stays silent when it comes to Islam).
However I don’t think that a vote will be put to the people for one simple reason- the geographical location of Holland. If you look at the UK, it is much easier for the British Isles to leave the EU simply because we are separated from the continent as it is as an Island. Holland however is in the middle of central Europe. Thinking back to the numerous times i’ve taken the Eurostar to Holland.. I had to pass through four EU countries to get to Amsterdam!
For many years not just the last three Farage has been the main face of Brexit, thus before and after the referendum in 2016 the thought of Great Britain potentially leaving the EU brought Farage’s face to mind. However I firmly believe Farage is the wrong man to lead us Brexiteers through our battle of achieving what we democratically voted for in 2016 with his Brexit Party. Farage is part of the Establishment and the political elite, the upper-class people in power who have betrayed 17.4 million ordinary people, and I think it is hilarious that people are jumping on his Brexit Party bandwagon and thinking that he can successfully represent us ordinary people who have been betrayed by the Establishment.
The reason Farage supposedly left UKIP was because he “didn’t like the direction the party was going in”. By this Farage meant that he thought UKIP was becoming more of an ‘anti-Islam street movement’, in his words “becoming obsessed with Islam” rather than a respectable acknowledged political party. Firstly, UKIP has not become an anti-Islam party, it has instead promoted ‘free speech’ as a fundamental importance that needs to be maintained in British society; free speech in British society where Islam can always be open to criticism. Of course however the Establishment and those in power do not want people to criticise Islam, they are in fact now passing laws to stop people from doing so. Farage is now adhering to that narrative. UKIP is not obsessed with Islam as Farage says it is, UKIP is instead obsessed with free speech.
Its funny how Farage is now criticising the criticisers of Islam when he himself has done exactly that, ironically in a somewhat obsessional manner:
Above is a link to an article on Left Foot Forward; a hard-left political blog who lets be fair I fundamentally disagree with on just about everything. However, interestingly on this article in question, five different examples are raised in which Farage has previously been obsessed himself with Islam (raging against immigration from Muslim countries, defending Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim policies, accusing British Muslims of having split loyalties, telling Fox News that London is full of Muslim gangs and endorsing a photo of Sadiq Khan/Londonistan)
Again I shall point out that UKIP is not obsessed with Islam, it is instead obsessed with the importance of free speech. But even if it was a fundamental critic of Islam, who is Farage to criticise them for that? I think in actual fact Farage has no problem with UKIP in anyway criticising Islam but he has a problem with UKIP and UKIP’s leader Gerard Batten associating themselves with Tommy Robinson. This is not because Farage necessarily disagrees with what Tommy Robinson says; in fact I think he is more likely to agree with everything he does say, it is because where ever Tommy goes or whatever Tommy does, he always draws lots of followers and people, and he is always the centre of attention. Letting someone else have the limelight of course does not suit Nigel Farage’s ego.
The reason Farage is no longer part of UKIP is because I believe the democratic process of a political party like UKIP does not suit Farage’s egoistic nature. He had the opportunity to lead UKIP early last year when Gerard Batten took the reigns, the only reason Batten did so was because no one else wanted to. Farage could have been leading UKIP into the up and coming European Elections (not that Great Britain should be taking part in these elections) but instead he has chosen to form the Brexit Party, a party that has no National Executive Committee or any members but instead subscribers. Farage didn’t want to remain a member of UKIP simply because of the democratic process of UKIP, he instead wanted to lead a party that was all about him.
With relation to Farage’s super-ego, I don’t even fully believe that Nigel wanted the Brexit that people democratically voted for. I know it sounds stupid and its only a small theory, but if Britain had achieved the unilateral withdrawal from the EU immediately where would Farage be now? What amount of attention would he be getting from the press three years later? Barely none! And Farage would not like that.
Look at the court case for example filed by the English Democrats and its leader Robin Tilbrook arguing that we legally HAVE ALREADY LEFT the EU on March 29th; we are no longer a member. You will not hear about this court case in the press or the mainstream media however it is a sound challenge, leading retired lord of justice Sir Richard Aikens has looked into the case and said it has merit. However Farage has downplayed and dismissed it telling not to take this court case seriously saying it is a waste of time! Why? Is it because it is not a Farage operation? It was not his idea so he doesn’t want to support it? Surely any of the 17.4 million leave voters including myself would be hopeful and optimistic about a court case which could potentially result in the fact that Britain has already left the EU!
Also there is a strong allegation (but it is only an allegation) written in a memo by Stewart Agnew MEP, that in a meeting at European Parliament off camera, Nigel Farage, leader of the EFDD Group stated that he wanted an extension of Britain’s EU membership so that he had time to parade his new candidates of his new political party. Unfortunately this memo is not in the public domain I know of it because it was given to YouTuber Mark Collett, but if it is true it summarises how selfish and arrogant Nigel Farage is.
Just think, Nigel Farage could be leading UKIP right now (Gerard Batten has already said he would have stepped down to a secondary role if Farage had came back) and he could be potentially uniting all leave voters under one party name. Instead he has formed a different party which will divide leaver’s votes, and that plays right into the Establishment’s hands in particular the remainer political parties.
Back to the Brexit Party/UKIP debate, and I think the debate as a whole fundamentally relates to social class. The press and the MSM love Farage’s Brexit Party, him getting airtime on Question Time, Good Morning Britain and The Andrew Marr Show unlike Gerard Batten. The Brexit party is glamorised with celebrity subscribers and popular with the rich, Farage himself being a privately educated ex-banker from the city. Compare that to Batten who grew up on the Isle of Dogs East London. The press and MSM are constantly pounding on UKIP and Batten and I think it is simply because UKIP are a party that represents the working-class.
The fact that UKIP are labelled as far-right is utterly ridiculous. Batten has already said he would like to see the railways and utility services nationalised, him and Jeremy Corbyn agreeing on many economic policies. The reason UKIP are constantly criticised and smeared by the press is because they are a party representative of ordinary working people and they are the only party who dare to criticise the problems of Islamism and Muslim grooming gangs. The Establishment have always feared and tried to silence the working-class and this is evident now with UKIP, Gerard Batten, Tommy Robinson and their working-class supporters. Those in power don’t want the truth to get out.
As an ordinary working-class leave voter, I feel UKIP represent my concerns 1000x more so than the Brexit Party.