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The politics of duncing…

27 Apr

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“Bloody (insert generic racial stereotype here), coming over here, stealing our jobs, preying on the livelihood of the honest British workers…” goes the well worn diatribe, rolled out whenever a news story claims we’re about to be invaded by a hoard of recently emboldened foreign nationals, supposedly arriving on our shores to annex whole corners of the employment market.

Such is the voice of the people that some politicians claim to represent, whilst they simultaneously try to impose their views and prejudices on the masses, presumably following some sort of retrospective logic that allows them to believe they are supporting a perceived opinion they themselves generated.
And I suppose to a large extent, that’s their job.

As long as they conform to the same standards they would have us live by, that is.

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UKIP chief buffoon, Nigel Farage, has just launched a two-pronged hypocrisy campaign, centred on the issue of (mainly eastern European) immigrants that are apparently about to take England to the brink of economic collapse by flooding the country with cheap labour.

The hysteria-mongering that surrounded the arrival in the UK of Victor Spirescu and his non-existent companions (Victor was the only Romanian migrant to arrive at Luton airport on January 1st, to be met by a wall of press journalists and tv crews, there to witness the predicted invasion) was just the start of a concerted drive by Farage and his “I’m-not-a-racist-but…” cohorts to persuade us that our very way of life was under threat from an EU conspiracy.

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Hmm, is this a trick question?

Well it seems that UKIP’s sledgehammer tactics have had somewhat the reverse of the desired effect.
Having suffered unwanted press attention for several weeks subsequent to his arrival on new year’s day, resulting in him losing at least one job to date, and experiencing first-hand the English right wing “bullies”,  Victor has used his minor local celebrity status to help promote the pro EU Europeans Party.

As for Nasty Nigel himself, his insistence that the first choice of British jobs go to British workers backfired amusingly when he was asked by the BBC’s Nick Robinson why it was that Farage’s wife, (who is German) was employed as his assistant, at a salary of £25,000, paid by an EU allowance, instead of giving the job to a local worker.
Nige’s response that his efficient German wife was the only one who could do the job, what with the long unsociable hours and having to write up his notes and daily schedule late at night, didn’t do his cause many favours. He claimed that he didn’t know of anyone else who would have the stamina for the work involved.
Although the thought of taking dictation from Farage, as he flosses his teeth before bed in his Union Jack underpants, sighing sadly as he shaves off the shadow of a toothbrush moustache he’s left until last, it strikes me that it can’t be much of a loss to the British jobs market so we’ll allow him that small victory.

A slightly more high profile Doh! moment in UKIP’s recent catalogue of PR cock-ups directly involved their latest poster campaign, namely this one, featuring a beggar dressed in work clothes, accompanied by a pretty unambiguous anti-EU message:

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The only problem with this is that it was soon revealed that the part of the out of work British victim of European economic migration in the poster was in fact played by an Irish actor, and Ireland will still be able to trade freely with Europe, even if Nigel and his mates convince the rest of the UK to pull up the drawbridge.

In an extra twist, another news story from recent days, the Cornish being granted minority status, has spawned a parody of the UKIP poster.
Living as we do in neighboring Devon and visiting Cornwall as often as we do, I’ll refrain from any comment.

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Not all the stupidity, small-mindedness and ineptitude has been provided by UKIP this week though (well, not so far as we know so far) but Whitehall has had a little more egg on its collective face, due to the spiteful interjection of some wag on Wikipedia.

It has emerged that the page of the publicly-edited, inaccuracy-strewn online encyclopedia devoted to the Hillsborough football disaster has come under attack from a troll who has changed passages of the tribute page; “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for instance was changed to “You’ll Never Walk Again” and the “This Is Anfield” banner was altered to read “This Is A Shithole”, while the phrase “Blame Liverpool fans” was added to an entry on the tragedy that claimed 96 lives in 1989.
The editor responsible has not yet been tracked down, although that is apparently only a matter of time. What is known however, is that the IP address of the computer that made the edit originated in offices of Whitehall.
Not only that, it has since come to light that a large number of other malicious alterations to Wikipedia have been traced to government computers, several of them violently racist.

Many of the edits are of course simply mischievous, my own personal favourite being the one that changed the article for American, vomit-inducing-medical-saccharine-a-thon Grey’s Anatomy to describe the hit TV series as “overrated” and a “euphemism for an old mans netherregions”.

The voice of the people indeed…

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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Blogging, Humour, News, Social comment, TV

 

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6 responses to “The politics of duncing…

  1. Adam Pain

    April 27, 2014 at 21:27

    Excellently crafted and totally on the money. Horrendous old nonsense, but worrying how much traction they are getting, regardless of the negative press.

    Dangerous times, Dale – keep flying the flag for unity, inclusion and love.

     
  2. jerseylil

    April 29, 2014 at 06:51

    Great post, Dale! We hear the same complaints/diatribe across the ocean here, and we have our own political dunces trying to impose their prejudices on the general public too. Retrospective logic is right. What your Nigel Farage is doing is very similar to what some of our right-wing conservative politicians are doing re Hispanic workers in the US. Nigel’s response to the hypocrisy of employing his German wife rather than a local worker was laughable. That parody about the Cornish pasties was pretty funny. Whitehall should have egg on its collective face after those malicious Wikipedia changes. (btw, “Grey’s Anatomy” is overrated, don’t watch it, too sappy). Liked the “Politics of Dancing” soundtrack!

     
    • dalecooper57

      April 30, 2014 at 05:26

      Thank you Lil. It’s a pity (but not a surprise) to find out there are the same sorts of morons on your side of the pond.
      Sadly I sat through two seasons of trying to ignore the appalling Grey’s Anatomy, before even Elaine decided it was just too awful to watch.

       
  3. Moyra Keatings

    May 31, 2014 at 14:43

    I do think our business sector has a lot to answer for, preferring to employ cheap foreign labour instead of paying their fellow citizens a living wage, whilst wanting to carry on being in Britain, benefiting from our relatively peaceful and well-ordered society and infrastructure whilst doing as little as possible to support it. As for Farage and Frau Farage, typical hypocrisy of the “Do as I say, not as I do” variety.
    I try not to say much on this as I’ve lived in another country myself. But I did learn the language and try to fit in.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 31, 2014 at 14:50

      All my experience of migrant workers has shown them to be reliable, friendly and more than happy to integrate. Indeed, many of them speak better English than some of the latest generation of Chavglish morons, innit?
      And as for leaving the low paid, badly regulated jobs for “our” workers, that’s fine, as long as the lazy, scrounging bastards are prepared to do them.

       

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