Well according to a new report if you are a UKIP supporter or member you may well be a violent nut job…
I was pointed to the report by Dan Hannan MEP who rightly questioned why UKIP were included. It’s also been doing the rounds of the usual places. And just for you here’s a little taster…
One of the most worrying aspects of this research is the
attitude of BNP, UKIP and English Defence League (EDL)
supporters to violence. There is a widespread belief that
conflict between ethnic, racial and religious communities is
inevitable and a frighteningly large number of respondents
appear willing to engage in violence to protect their group from
threats. Half of BNP supporters said that preparing for conflict
was “always” or “sometimes” justifiable, with 21% saying that
it was “always” justifiable.
For most, these attitudes to violence do not go beyond their
private thoughts but for a few it does. The Home Affairs Select
Committee report noted that there were currently 17 far right
activists in British prisons for terror-related offences. We are
also witnessing an increase in violence from supporters of the
EDL around the country.
This does seem a little bizarre. I can only go from personal experience but all the UKIP members I know are peace loving libertarians. I also voted UKIP at the last election. And I can’t say I’m a particular fan of violent extremism — I just don’t like the three main parties or the EU.
Either way from my brief read it would seem that there is an attempt here to tarnish UKIP and their views. Which I believe will also tarnish libertarians due to some of our shared views.
If anyone is willing to read it in its entirety I would love to see what other little gems are hidden inside…