I never thought anyone could knock Nick Griffin off my most hated politician spot until I realised Nigel Farage wasn’t just a nasty man in my nightmares, but actually existed. While Nick Griffin is essentially a big ball of lard, bigot and racist, the chances of the BNP pushing the Old Etonians out of Number 10 are relatively small. Farage, on the other hand, is not just a bigoted xenophobe but the living, breathing, human embodiment of the Daily Mail and this concerns me greatly. Like the Daily Mail, Farage and the UK Independence Party appeal to society’s most gullible. By gullible I mean the type of people who occasionally appear out of nowhere on your Facebook and Twitter timeline spouting some nonsense about how their friend’s, mum’s, cousin’s, friend’s, brother-in-law’s, sister’s daughter was banned from saying Christmas at school because it is offensive to Muslims. Or “99% of people won’t have the balls to repost this, share if you agree!!!” Yeah, those people.
As a dual national Gypsy, I am often at the receiving end of these people’s ignorance and while I should perhaps pity them, I instead quite despise them. Indeed, it is not their fault that they are the product of the Great British education system which functions only to keep the plebs in their place, but it is their fault that their political standpoints are informed only by the Daily Mail and Facebook memes. Unwilling to exercise their ability to question everything, the gullible instead have become Nigel Farage’s wet dream, with their spongy little brains soaking up every last word he spits from his mouth.
Forget double dip recessions, the reason you are in the dole queue is because of the previous Polish invasion. Lock up your daughters, draw the curtains, don’t leave the house after dark, there is a Polski Sklep on your street corner selling POLISH food!!! Don’t blame it on the bankers, it was the Polish who caused mass unemployment. Leave poor Thatcher out of it, it was the Polish who caused the social housing shortage, in fact they probably stole your children’s milk as well. I know this to be true because Nigel Farage, the Daily Mail, and Rachel Bull off Question Time told me so and now to make matters worse the Bulgarians and Romanians will soon be coming in their thousands to sponge off the state and steal our most sought after fruit picking jobs. Yet, this is no normal invasion, this invasion comes with an extra dose of terror – it’s a Gypsy invasion.
The overt and unrestrained discrimination towards Europe’s Roma should be Europe’s biggest shame. Instead they have been demonised and become merely a pawn in a political game, sacrificed by politicians desperate for power. Farage himself recognises the desperate situation for many in Bulgaria, stating “if I were Bulgarian I’d be packing my bags now, waiting to come to Britain”, yet it is not enough for Farage to acknowledge the desperate situation of Bulgaria’s Roma if he is unwilling to do anything about it. Whether an EU sceptic or not, surely Europe have a responsibility to address the marginalisation of their biggest ethnic minority. Segregation and media demonization will not make this ‘problem’ disappear, instead the Roma will remain ostracised and desperate to escape. Bulgaria’s Roma are unlikely to see an improvement in their socioeconomic status without intervention. While their life chances remain low, the UK will remain a desirable location.