Note: I have deleted a part of this post where I stated that an undercover agent recorded a UKIP member fantasising about mass murder of muslims. I had misremembered: this actually happened in an investigation of the BNP (British National Party). As a small consolation, it seems that the BNP got squeezed out in the European elections, giving up its last MEP. However, the UKIP doesn’t seem much, if at all, better.
The European elections are this weekend; I hear from Facebook buzz that in some countries the voting started today already.
I have two messages for you:
One is DO FRIKKIN VOTE, because voting actually does influence stuff. All this about not voting as a protest would seem all well and good if it weren’t for the fact that right-wing leaning people don’t have such sensibilities and are still going to vote. This means that not voting is basically voting in favour of right wing parties.
In the UK, the far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP) is winning in the polls. This is unbelievable. The UKIP is a party that wants to block immigrants from entering the UK, blaming them on the UK’s ills. That’s a nice way of saying that it’s racist and wants to stir up hatred. Unsurprisingly, it’s skeptical of climate change and against marriage equality (is homophobic).
Don’t forget that both Hungary and Spain are currently under repressive governments. Recently someone got sentenced to prison in Spain basically for criticising the government on Twitter. This is not an isolated incident, either (I recently read that this sort of sentence has been given 21 times this year).
The extreme right is a real threat, and we can fight it by voting.
The other message I have is, VOTE GREEN.
Two reasons for this:
The Green party is in almost every European country, and so they have a pretty coherent coalition. If I voted for Die Linke, on the other hand — my German party of choice — I’d be voting for a coalition which includes some pretty sketchy communist parties in other countries.
Besides that the Green party is probably the party which puts the greatest emphasis on stopping climate change. I believe this is the biggest threat of our time, and we need to make a priority about fighting it. We can still work on other issues in a hundred years, but if we leave off fighting climate change for a hundred years there will be so much irreversible and hard-to-reverse damage. Read this article to hear me talk about this in more depth: The Global Warming Post It’s Taken Me Years To Write
So that’s all I have to say. GO VOTE.