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Eastleigh and The Rivers of Blood

Posted: 05/03/2013 17:16

Nigel Farage was quipping that the Tories split the UKIP vote in Eastleigh - ouch.

With the recent decline of the BNP and soon to be expired incarceration of the EDL leader Stephen Lennon - their masses of frustrated followers have found their mouthpiece in Farrage.

UKIP beating the Tories, even with Cameron swooping in to lend his support has set a lot of those on the Right of mainstream politics frantically trying to right the ship.

Take a quick peek at Hague recently: Just 7 per cent of foreign born nationals claim working age benefits, compared to 17 per cent of UK nationals. (New Statesman, 4th March 2013) Yet Hague decided that he wanted to end the "artificial, perverse incentives" to come to the UK. Ministers have been announcing across the board curbs.

So Inaction on Immigration - not a dire lack of faith in the Tories was to blame for Eastleigh. But the fact that our Prime Minister was beaten squarely into third place by a one some regard as a demagogue, and Cameron's subsequent panic reaction.. neatly underscores how incredibly vulnerable he, and our Chancellor Osborne (of lost triple 'A' credit rating fame), and Clegg (of the current sexual harrassment scandal) look right now.

And it is not as though we can turn to Labour either - Ed Balls Shadow Chancellor should have been able to deliver a body blow to Osborne whose political credibility and entire strategy was centred on preserving our AAA credit rating - but no, nothing much happened with it at PMQs. The relief of Osborne at leaving the chamber was palpable.

Its as if they've all given up and are accepting the fact that things are grim, going to get grimmer, and if they just keep their heads down they'll make it through.

At times like this we usually declare war on someone to distract the population and give the economy a boost - however the kitty is empty - our troops are still engaged, and our army is being slim-lined alongside our hopes for a brighter future for our children.

Enoch Powell was right in one thing at least - the rivers of blood which flow through the streets of London today are very real.

However they remain where they belong in the hearts of our Bulgarian and Romanian friends who are welcome here to work, play and live.

May our promise of a better life for them in return for their hard work, energy, and creativity still be the way forward.

 

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