OPINION: The Sound Of Silence – UKIP’s Leadership On Free Speech
What we have witnessed over the past few days is, to my mind, is an unprecedented attack on free speech and a free press. It started with the exclusion of Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone from the country and their detention as reported here and then it continued with the exclusion and detention of Lauren Southern. Events have subsequently taken an even more sinister turn with a thinly-veiled threat by OFCOM to effectively close Russia Today in response to the growing international tensions between Russia and the UK. Also, yesterday, Britain First had its Facebook presence wiped out.
What we are seeing is the beginning, and yes I do mean only the beginning, of a widespread assault on right-wing/conservative viewpoints by the puppet globalist government and its corporate chums. In particular, it seems criticising Islam is one way you get singled out. You could argue Russia Today is an exception to that rule but not really, Russia is currently being dressed up in best bogeyman clothes as some grand international happening is clearly about to occur, probably in Syria where the American backed rebels are on the brink of being totally defeated by the Assad/Russia/Iran axis. The military situation is such that without a spectacular and large intervention the rebels defeat is not a matter of if but when.
I digress. The point is that something game-changing and deeply sinister is occurring right under our noses and we as a Party are simply not doing enough about it. I now have to add caveats. David Coburn MEP is clearly doing something about it, he met Lauren Southern. David Kurten I know has put a petition in on the subject and clearly intends to do something about it. Nigel Farage has spoken up as has Peter Whittle. I am not talking about that – I am talking about the wall of silence coming from the official UKIP leadership.
It is a silence I find strange. Mr Batten himself has been targeted by Twitter and was in fact suspended from the service for calling Islam a ‘death cult’. He continues to tweet what I consider to be correct and accurate comments about Islam, rightly so, however, they are highly politically incorrect. How long does Mr Batten imagine it will be before he becomes a target? My bet is not very long. So, why be silent now, on an issue that is a core subject for many Kippers as well? It is almost as strange and disturbing as the aforementioned actions of the British state.
The fact that I respect and admire Mr Batten’s candour when it comes to the issue of Islam only makes me decry his silence on the above even more. It is a subject that we, as a Party, cannot afford to be mute on. This is not just a matter of principle, though properly speaking that should be sufficient motivation but it should be a matter of common sense self-preservation as I have just indicated as well. It is only a matter of time before we will be dragged from the sidelines and put in the firing line ourselves and if that is not enough to prompt a comment then frankly, I don’t know what will ever be.