Like him or loathe him, you’ve just got to love him! Who am I
talking about? Why that maverick former Labour MP, that bane of the far-right,
that champion of the left! No, not George Galloway, but Robert Kilroy-Silk!
Kilroy is possibly the best ally the left has had since Hitler made the case for
fascism being more than a little immoral. And with what style, what charisma,
what showmanship; in all his baby-kissing glory, Kilroy has done us all proud.
Throwing his weight behind UKIP during the European elections,
clearly not happy with the resident bunch of right wing nutters in parliament,
or for that matter the opposition, Kilroy confidently declared that he wanted to
kill the Conservative Party and replace it. With just enough room to fit his ego
into the space that they vacated, Kilroy did wonders to split the right vote in
the European elections, and damage the Conservatives' chances of presenting
themselves as a credible opposition to a floundering New Labour government.
But harming the Conservatives was not the only service Kilroy
would perform to the left. With the BNP throwing perhaps more vitriol at Kilroy
and UKIP than any other party, it was clear he had them worried. The rise of
UKIP, thanks to Kilroy, was quite possibly the greatest factor preventing a BNP
breakthrough into the mainstream, and the cause of their failure to win any
seats in the European elections.
Alas, instead of a bunch of popular fascist thugs, we were left
with a bunch of popular fascist toffs, with UKIP stealing the spotlight in the
aftermath of the European elections. But Comrade Kilroy had one final ace up his
sleeve to split the right yet further. What with the bitter enmity between
himself and party leader Roger Knapman, Kilroy would have more likely dropped
the IP and added an UNT, as he left to form his own party, Veritas - some form
of Latin doublespeak for truth. The far right must rue the day Kilroy ever got
fired from his show; if he was going down, like any good
"suicide bomber, limb amputator and women
repressor" he was taking everyone with him. Not that he’s bitter or anything.
With Kilroy doing all the work in taking on
the far right for us, it may seem there’s little that the left has to do.
Unfortunately, however, the existence of so many far right parties currently is
not necessarily a cause for celebration. No doubt such a crowded field will do
much to prevent any serious electoral success, but we cannot ignore the fact
that their policies are gaining support from the public.
When someone begins their sentence with the
qualification; “I’m not racist but…” you can be almost certain the next thing
they’re about to say bloody well is! With the tabloid press popularising the
issue, and the government’s policies playing into the hands of the fascists, the
hatred directed against asylum seekers is nothing more than legitimised racism,
pure and simple. Kilroy is just another populist politician seeking to
capitalise on such a contentious issue.
The left, through organisations such as the
Anti Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism has done much to expose the BNP and
the National Front for the Nazis that they are. But when these parties, and
others such as UKIP, and now Veritas, seek to play on the issue of asylum, we
must take notice. Not everyone who votes for the BNP is racist, we know that for
a fact. Racism is not acceptable to most of the population who have at least a
number two hair cut or above, or at least a similar level of IQ. But people
often separate the issue of racism from asylum. Nevertheless it is just another
form of "acceptable" racism.
The task of the left must be to counter the
work of the tabloid press in legitimising racism. Just as slavery and
anti-Semitism were shown to be morally bankrupt, so we must show that the hatred
against asylum seekers is just another form of racism. We must promote
understanding, enlightenment, tolerance, respect and solidarity within
communities. Cultural events, art, music, poetry and such like can do much to
promote such things, just as factual information can help to dispel the spin of
the right wing press. We must build bridges between communities.
Multiculturalism is the future of all
societies, and that is why the reactionary far right will attempt to whip up
popular fervour in a backlash against it. But multiculturalism can be beautiful,
if only we can promote mutual understanding. We must be there to counter the
lies of the far right, and show people that the truth, the veritas, is not a
world of us and them, not a world of black and white, but a world of both. There
is but one race, the human race. Only by building these bridges of understanding
can we do to racism what the BBC did to Kilroy’s appalling show, and shelve it
once and for all.