Wednesday, 6 February 2013
On Not Joining UKIP
No matter how many times I am told below the line that I should because the cuts do not go far enough and do not really exist, and because the party somehow believes in traditional moral values wildly at variance with its apparently defining economic ones. Defining one's political position in terms of economics, with everything else fitted around that, is of course the purest Marxism.
My friend Ken Bell and his friends may think that UKIP is the new vehicle for the old Hard Left and for workerist politics; he used to say that he was against cross-class alliances, but in that case why was he ever in the Labour Party? My friend Samuel Howard Fletcher may think that UKIP is the new vehicle for socially conservative One Nation Toryism.
I would very much like them on board for several developing cross-party and non-party projects. But I shall not be joining them in UKIP. Or joining any other political party, for the foreseeable future. I am far too busy with politics to be going back to all of that.