I can’t understand why folks fall for UKIP’s agenda.
I think they fall into two main camps; those that believe and those that want to believe.
Those who believe genuinely consider foreigners to be the root of all evil, human rights to really be anti-human rights legislation and that if they lie hard enough for long enough, people will believe the lie (anecdotal and to some extent objective evidence seems to support this view).
Those who want to believe are either lazy and cannot be bothered to find out for themselves, so just go along with the lie (UKIP and other right wing groups, including the media are very good at making the lie sound plausible.) or they aren’t well enough educated (not necessarily their fault and it is NOT meant to be an insult) to make informed choices, so they are convinced by the plausibility of the lies that are often not so much lies but half-truths that can easily be made to sound credible because while they have a foundation in truth, they are inaccurate because all the facts are not presented.
I often consider the BNP in the ‘70s, complaining about foreigners (usually black or Asian) ‘coming over here and claiming dole’. They (conveniently) forget they were invited to do the dirty jobs we British felt were beneath us and that many stood shoulder to shoulder, giving their lives for the Commonwealth in WWII; and that as members of the Commonwealth were perfectly entitled to come to Britain to better themselves.
Then, as work became scarcer as we ran into the ‘80s, these same scroungers were taking all our jobs. Well, which is it; are they scroungers or employment thieves? The fact is they are, in the main neither, any more than all single mums just want a council house (what? You’ll be lucky! Are there any left?)
Remember, once these groups, should they be put in apposition of power, have dealt with the blacks, the Asians, the Poles and the Latvians their raison d’être dictates they will need another racial, economic or social group to marginalise and eliminate. YOU may be a member of that group they find so distasteful. Remember that when you place your ‘X’ on the ballot paper.