Farage: the personification of populism

A political party with just one policy and no members is deserving of our contempt, not our votes, writes Christopher Goff.

The termination of Britain's membership of the European Union is a highly important objective for nationalists. First of all with UKIP, and now with his Brexit Party, Nigel Farage has been instrumental in trying to bring about that objective. But how I wish at times, most of the time in fact, that Farage had not played such a prominent role in the Brexit process.

And this because I dislike how such a highly important objective as Brexit has been spearheaded not by nationalists, but by populists. The somewhat disparaging 'civic nationalist' term has been used by some on the far-right to describe Farage and his core of supporters, but they are not worthy of that description in my eyes, the term being a far too favourable one. Instead, I prefer the 'radical conservative' label for Farage and his followers, and in part because it serves to highlight the fact that most Brexit Party supporters are of the Tory mindset, in that they are influenced by neither nationalism nor socialism. While I could one day imagine myself sitting down for a pint with a communist, I could never say the same of a Tory, for it is the case that British Conservatism has proven a much bigger obstacle to the fortunes of British nationalism than any unwashed bunch of Reds has.

Populism is politics for people who lack that critically important thing called 'vision'. Farage has not a political vision that goes beyond his short-sighted aim of trying to extricate Britain from its membership of the EU. His outlook stands in stark contrast to that of someone like Marine Le Pen or Matteo Salvini, and whose success has been underpinned by their grasp of a range of different elements of nationalist and socialist thinking. While Nigel Farage has been described as 'Britain's most charismatic politician', in comparison to an articulate and convincing proponent of the many wider aspects of nationalism, like Le Pen or Salvini, he looks like a lost schoolboy, and a poncey Dulwich College one at that.

The current leader of UKIP, Gerrard Batten, was exactly right a while ago when he said that Farage's Brexit Party is 'not a proper political party' – besides having just one policy, the Brexit Party doesn't even have any members! For all of Farage's reputed charisma, he lacks the vision of Batten, and who since becoming UKIP leader has boldly tried to move the party on from its 'one trick pony' status to something better resembling Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National or Salvini's Lega Nord. However, I don't think Gerrard Batten quite realized just how formidable an opponent the mainstream media can be to genuine nationalist parties. Britain's fraudulent 'first past the post' electoral system, which seeks to ensure that those political parties with power retain that power, being the other main obstacle to UKIP's chances of success in a general election. People reading this will know that elections to the European parliament are fought on the basis of a voting system that scares Britain's liberal-Establishment shitless: proportional representation.

Never did British nationalism have a better advocate than the now deceased former leader of the British National Party, John Tyndall. His nationalism was very far removed from the populism of Farage, to the point in fact to be totally unrecognizable. Tyndall's political ideology was wide-ranging. He had an opinion on everything, for it was the case with him that his beliefs influenced his very outlook on life. My point being this: let it be understood that there is far more to British nationalism than the single aim of getting Britain out of the EU. In fact, it could be said of nationalism that it is as much a way of life as it is a political ideology, if not even more so.

If anyone still isn't convinced of the lack of usefulness of a political entity like Farage's Brexit Party is to the wider nationalistic aspirations of Europeans then they would do well to consider just how accepting the mainstream media has been of his party. 'Media acceptability' has become a useful rule of thumb test for right-wing political parties: if a party is agreeable to the mainstream media then it is 'cucked' and of no real value to nationalists. And with that in mind you might like to contrast the attitude in the run-up to the European elections of the mainstream media to Farage's Brexit Party, to the MSM's veritable crucifixion of Batten's UKIP – something, I think, from which we can take the fact that the liberal-Establishment sees the highly popular and talented Carl Benjamin as a threat.

Genuine nationalists know which side of their bread is buttered. And it's certainly not the privately educated, former City of London commodities trader side of Nigel Farage.

Copyright © Christopher Goff
Tag: Politics
Uploaded: 20 May, 2019.