Is Nigel Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party useless? Can something be useful by being useless? Is being useless truly not having any use? Is being the black sheep only possible when all the other sheep are white?
Even though these questions might seem insignificant by themselves, they will take on a new meaning as a whole to explain UKIP’s role in the political arena. The main point that this brief article is going to focus on, is the anti-European approach that UKIP promotes. Could we – the Young European Movement UK – exist without UKIP? Are they the ‘yin’ to our ‘yang’?
Firstly, it’s important to note that the YEM UK has no one party ideology. Our main political focus resides with pro-Europeanism, whereas UKIP’s is quite on the contrary. They imagine themselves as the saviours of those ‘oppressed’ countries: “We must break up the eurozone. We must set those Mediterranean countries free.”
Secondly, Nigel Farage has no problem with juicing the European Parliament out of money for his alleged MEP expenses, however is opposed to the idea of a strong need for the European Union. He’s against immigrants working in the UK whilst he employs his German wife to be his secretary, paid for by – you guessed it – the EP. When asked why a British person is not performing her job: “She came here as a highly skilled person, earning a high salary, paying a very large amount of tax.” That’s basically him saying that it’s alright for him to be a hypocrite as long as it suits him; he does not live by what he preaches.
Thirdly, UKIP is a needed evil. If there was no UKIP, another party would form with similar views or change its stance on some of their current policies. UKIP is the enemy that we know. UKIP is the enemy that we have arguments against. UKIP is the enemy that we are not afraid of.
It’s important to acknowledge that UKIP is useful by being useless. They are the laughing stock of politics. They are not getting more recognition, rather much less.They are known for their ridiculous policies and manifestos, which will never see the light of day, not as long as the pro-Europeans still live. UKIP is simply out of whack.