Commentary — Sept 20, 2013
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is probably one of the few political leaders in Britain who doesn’t serve some vested interest. His party is also rapidly gaining support to the point where it is becoming a real contender on the political playing field. It is indeed on the verge of becoming the third biggest political party after Labour and the Conservatives.
In other words the UKIP is emerging as a real political force with a leader who has genuine popular appeal, one might even say charisma.
As a result the media are now digging up the dirt on him. After all if he can’t be controlled or bought off by the powers that be then at least he can be vilified and sidelined by their minions in the media.
Naturally that involves surveying his past to find something that might blacken his name, and in Nigel Farage’s case that seems to have entailed doing a lot of research. Because the best that could be found to sully his name was the sort of songs he once sang … as a schoolboy!!!
We’ve all made mistakes. Making them is indeed an integral part of the learning process. But judging a politician on the sort of songs he sang as a schoolboy is highly questionable.
After all the Financial Times is ready to overlook Tony Blair’s earlier association with Jimmy Savile. Moreover, at the time of Blair’s association with Savile the future prime minister was more than a mere schoolboy.
The Financial Times doesn’t have any problem with that however. In fact, to our knowledge the Financial Times hasn’t even mentioned the association between the two.
No, the Financial Times has more pressing issues to cover.
Like the sort of songs Nigel Farage once sang as a schoolboy. No matter that he might have sung them as a schoolboy prank or a joke. Or that it is exactly the sort of irresponsible high-spirited caper that schoolboys engage in. The Financial Times doesn’t even deign to consider that.
No, the fact that Nigel Farage sang such songs means he can be accused of being a “nazi”, a “racist” and a “fascist” and that’s what really matters. Indeed, a politician’s school years could provide endless grounds for speculation so one wonders why this hasn’t been done before.
If nothing else the FT’s report is an indication of the media’s desperation to muddy Farage’s name. It is moreover another indication of how our press and media — and by extension political discourse and debate — is effectively controlled.
To add insult to injury the FT describes this sort of report as “high quality global journalism”. Seriously. That’s the text that appears when you try copying and pasting text from FT.com. Worse still, FT.com expects you to pay for this sort dross.
In the light of this is it any wonder that journalists have been accused of practicing what amounts to intellectual prostitution?
Farage accused of singing Hitler Youth songs as Dulwich pupil
Nigel Farage’s attempt to portray Ukip as a party that “opposes racism” was in disarray on Thursday night after the leader was accused of making “racist” and “fascist” slurs as a schoolboy.
On the eve of Ukip’s conference, Mr Farage was forced to refute claims made in a letter by former teachers at Dulwich College that the young Mr Farage held allegedly racist views.
The letter, obtained by Channel 4 News, details an allegation from 30 years ago that he “marched through a quiet Sussex village very late at night shouting Hilter Youth songs”. Mr Farage responded that he “said some ridiculous things, not necessarily racist things,” as a schoolboy, but denied singing racist songs, adding: “I don’t even know the words.”
Update — Sept 20, 2013
The following appeared a few minutes ago on BBC News and it confirms that the media are acting almost in unison to demean the UK Independent Party. As with the report over Nigel Farage allegedly singing Nazi songs as a schoolboy, it’s not about the growing support for the party or its policies.
No, what “overshadows” the UKIP annual conference in London, according to a BBC TV report is a joke told by its MEP.
Right. This is the sort of “journalism” that the BBC charges for with its mandatory licence fees.
UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom under fire over ‘demeaning’ joke
BBC Online — Sept 20, 2013
A UKIP politician faces disciplinary action after joking that a group of female activists were “sluts”.