UKIP and Social Media

I’m starting to get a little sick of all the hate going round at the moment about UKIP. 

Full disclaimer: I myself won’t be voting UKIP as I think they are a narrow-minded party lead by an egotistical and self-obsessed Mr Farage. This is not a message of support to UKIP, and I’ll try remain politically impartial as best I can.

My reasons for voting in a party other than UKIP are not – as I’m hearing all to commonly on social media – because all UKIP voters are apparently racists, homophobes, misogynists, xenophobic and other stereotypical categories. To me, it is completely ridiculous to assume these about the voter themselves – which unfortunately want social media is currently doing.

Nigel Farage - UKIP

Yes, there are councillors and MEPs of UKIP who are a disgrace to the British political system and their party – but frankly – as do any party*.

 *I’d be here for a very long time if I were to express my disgrace at various MP’s caught in the MP Expenses scandal from all three of the major parties. Similarly, how the leader of the Green Party was arrested during protest… or how Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland is even given a voice with their historic links to the IRA. I’ve not even mentioned the far worse BNP yet.

But to then describe the voter as a racist, or as a homophobe – is purely absurd. Because of our democracy in the UK, people have the right to vote in whatever beliefs they like – and if that’s something UKIP offers them – then in my opinion they should not be judged for doing so. For example, if a worker had reason to believe that his employment or workplace would benefit from leaving the EU, and found comfort in a UKIP manifesto pledge, does that make him a racist? Or a misogynist? To me, for the sake of argument, this is no different to if you worked in scientific research and had strong opinions on climate change policy; would one criticise them for voting in the Green Party?

There is a massive problem in the UK, particularly over social media, with stereotyping and judging people on their opinions. Lately, more and more posts I see on my Facebook news feed are not of support or encouragement to political parties or policies… but negativity, pessimism and gross objection. This annoys me. We shouldn’t be here to discriminate or resent political parties, we should encourage and support those who put out the policies we believe in. After all, for small political parties – any publicity can be seen as good publicity – getting the name out there.

I genuinely feel that in the upcoming May 22nd European Elections, UKIP are going to sweep up the votes, trumping the Tories and Labour to top spot – and I think the negativity put out on social media has only helped people support them more. After all, people are voting for them with completely reasonable and moral justifications – and you can’t call the voters bigots, loonies, fruitcakes, nazis, racists, extremist, fascist, xenophobic or scum for doing so.

TL;DR: Let people vote UKIP, they are allowed to. Don’t judge.

2 responses

  1. “people have the right to vote in whatever beliefs they like – and if that’s something UKIP offers them – then in my opinion they should not be judged for doing so.”

    If UKIPs beliefs are something Person A likes, and those beliefs are something a Person B despises in their core, then a Person B should not be judged for having a bad opinion of a person A, or voicing it on their own social media profile.

    I feel like you have slightly missed the important aspect here – yes, people have the right to vote for whoever they want, but a people can choose to make their opinion on other people by whatever characterisation they want.

    So if I don’t want to be friends with someone who thinks I should “go back where I came from”, that’s completely valid, in my opinion. And I have a full right to say that wherever I want.

    • Hi there, thanks for the comment. It’s a very good point you make – and I don’t disagree with what you are saying about people having their own opinions; whether they be negative or positive. And too right – if a voter (whether or not they vote UKIP) were to specifically say something racist or discriminating, then we have all right to hate them.

      However, no two UKIP voters are the same. Not all UKIP voters are voting UKIP because of policies relating to immigration… or economic policies. It could be human rights, climate change policy or employment conditions. Whatever it may be, we can’t generalise or assume all UKIP voters belong to the same categorical stereotype.

      Therefore I think people should be careful before posting their degrading opinions of UKIP voters on Facebook, Twitter, etc., as they may not be wholly valid or called for.

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