It's very simple: ignorance perpetuates stigma and stigma kills. In making the latest in a long series of ill-informed pronouncements, Nigel Farage seems to hark back to a dark period of history which we are all much better off leaving behind.
Fed up with the Westminster elite? Want out of Europe? Keen for a tougher stance on immigration? Then Ukip may be the party for you! Since the party's success in the European elections earlier this year and their subsequent triumph in securing their first MP in Parliament, Nigel Farage's crew appear to be going from strength to strength...
Minds were boggled and stupefaction abounded. It was as though no one was expecting it. Ukip's win in that desperate, grey, spume flecked boil on the backside of Essex was greeted as the first sight of a solar eclipse must have been received by a cave man. We were not expecting THAT... But we were. Everyone knew it would happen months ago.
After the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton by-elections, Labour has to find ways of reaching out to and reconnecting with the so-called 'left behind' Ukip voters - but without throwing migrants or minorities under the bus.
Sound the trumpets! Bang the drums! Put the puncture repair kit on standby and reserve a place in Valhalla! UKIP have finally won that coveted Westminster pass and achieved a backside on the hallowed timbers of the House Of Commons.
My work suggests working-class Tories rather than Labour traditionalists are most likely to defect to Ukip, but their overall point holds: this is not a movement Labour can afford to ignore.
I must confess that I am a fan of Downton Abbey. But I am worried about the programme, seriously worried. We should not underestimate what a successful TV show can do. Downton Abbey is, in fact, a form of soft nationalist porn that can probably be blamed for the rise of Ukip.
This is not merely a shallow populist and reactionary revolution, but a revolution with deep thought, based on the right political philosophy. This is the only way Ukip can distinguish itself from the current establishment - whereas if they start playing the same political game as the rest, it will do them no favours.
A UKIP win in Clacton may shake up the British political scene, but it will improve nothing for unemployed people.
Given the ongoing widespread apathy with the electoral system, we need more political representatives like Sonia who actually bring something to the table other than self-serving careerism. Failing that, Britain's political future looks increasingly loony.
Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on David Cameron's conference speech on Wednesday? And on the Tory defections to Ukip? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.
Conference season comes hard on the breathtakingly long holiday that our diligent representatives enjoy in the summer. It is so long, it straddles both Spring and Autumn and would probably subsume Winter, if they did not also get a stonking great break over Christmas.
Unlimited immigration from the EU is not a good thing. Immigration is, according to the polling, the second most important issue in British politics today - behind only the economy. In his Conference speech Labour's Ed Miliband, the man hoping to be our next Prime Minister, 'forgot' to mention both the economy and immigration. Understandable perhaps, given Labour's record on both issues when they were in government.
Migrants that are accepted to enter Britain should be self-sustaining. Under a Ukip-supported government they would not be able to claim any type of benefit within their first five years here. They would also have to prove before entry that they have private health insurance. We believe that migrants have to pay in before the government pay out.
Should devolution extend to England too? Should Scotland now get the 'devo max' option that didn't appear on the ballot paper? Should Scottish MPs continue to vote on English-only issues in Parliament? These are all thorny issues as we want to decide what the Union should look like to bring it up to date.
It's nothing new. Week in, week out, these things happen in Brussels and Strasbourg. The only difference is, most of the time the decisions don't play dice with national security.