EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Raheem Kassam On UKIP, Tommy, The Movement And London
With probably one of UKIP’s most pivotal conferences coming up in a matter of weeks, Saurav Dutt thought it would be an opportune time to sit down with a Ukipper who needs little to no introduction: Mr Raheem Kassam. Saurav and Raheem discuss why this conference is a must-attend for all members, what UKIP has accomplished in its 25 years, why London is definitely a shitter than shit shithole and much more…
Raheem, let’s first touch upon the UKIP conference which is coming up. It’s the 25 anniversary and certainly a turnaround in terms of membership spikes, public interest as well as associations, with some high profile additions to the roster. What do you seek the UKIP of 2019 and beyond accomplishing?
It depends on what happens with Brexit, but it is obvious there are a great many social and economic issues that need addressing. Lets also not forget that just because we may regain parliamentary sovereignty after Brexit, that doesn’t mean Parliament will fix the ills foist upon us by the European Union. UKIP will have a major role — or should have — in returning dignity to British industries such as fisheries. There are also major questions in the tech sector with free speech and bias that no other party will touch. I also happen to believe UKIP may want to start thinking about drug reform, prison reform, and of course, radical Islam.
Under Gerard Batten’s rule, do you see UKIP embracing the boldness of some of its stances or is there still work to be done in bringing some heads around issues such as Islamism?
Loads of work to be done. Whether we want to admit it or not, public opinion still isn’t well enough informed, nor currently quite where we stalwarts are on this issue. There’s a massive public education campaign to undertake, and a few speeches and rallies ain’t gonna cut it. I’d like to see a fully fleshed out plan on how we intend to talk about this because it is far more complicated than just talking about Mohammad.
If UKIP is around for another 25 years what do you hope it will have accomplished by then?
Impossible to answer. That presumes humanity as we know it — or civilization, perhaps — survives another 25 years! Let’s just focus on the immediate future.
At the moment the corridors of power in UKIP are debating whether to allow Tommy Robinson to become a member. What is your take on whether he should be allowed to join?
As people may know, Tommy is a friend of mine and I organized and fundraised all those events over the summer, as well as comparing them. But I stop short at trying to make Tommy into a partisan figure. It’s bad for him and its bad for UKIP. It just doesn’t make sense, when we’re so close to having to deal with a no deal Brexit, to distract the conversation by having an internal spat about this. It can wait. I also think it minimises Tommy and the Tommy movement. That is so much bigger than one party, and shouldn’t be used as a recruiting tool for UKIP.
For the uninitiated, tell us about The Movement and what its goals and objectives are.
The Movement is a global, non-governmental organization that we have founded this summer in order to bring political parties, European groups, journalists, academics, think tanks and more all the latest information pertaining to populist and nationalist causes around the world. We’ll be doing research, polling, and more to project public opinion where the political establishment traditionally wants to ignore it. We announced the support of Italian Interior Minister and Lega leader Matteo Salvini last week. There’s going to be much more to come in very short order. Watch this space!
I think we can all agree that London is a shit hole. It’s inspired you, for lack of a better word, to write about it in a forthcoming book. Why is there a need to address this issue?
For me it’s personal. As much as I cannot stand much of London as it is today, it was still a great city just 10 years ago, and it is my home city. London is — whether we like it or not — what most visitors to the UK see and remember. And London is the centre of our culture, politics, and media. So any perversion of it represents a perversion of the entire nation both domestically and in the eyes of the world. I really think if we fail to return London to greatness, it is a harbinger for where the rest of the country goes. Unless we flood the M25 and turn it into a moat, which should always be a final option, ha ha.
You’re active on Patreon. If someone was to join up and support you through this format, what can they expect?
My supporters have probably noticed I’m evangelical about Patreon. The left gets millions from trades unions, the right gets millions from hedge funds. So what does the populist nationalist movement have? Ordinary people. I know folks are hard up, but there can’t be change without ensuring the personalities delivering change have basic paycheques, and there certainly can’t be change if we can’t afford to message. It is really not cheap. I probably personally spend around $100,000 a year making sure our messages get out there. Now I’m just a working-class boy from Uxbridge who doesn’t have much money — I’ve earned it and raised it myself. So this year I started a Patron, offering exclusive analysis and access to me for people who support my work. My patrons help me afford to create videos, articles, brief journalists, travel, create viral content, write books, and so much more. If our side doesn’t wake up to supporting our leading figures, this revolution will die on its feet. So help me out, folks!!!
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