Farage outfit steered clear of usual dogwhistle during EU election campaign but reverted in wake of Peterborough loss as former Brexit leader fled cameras
The Brexit party (BP) reverted last night to the racism that characterised Farage’s UKIP campaigns, under the stress of seeing Labour increase its majority in the Peterborough parliamentary by-election in spite of lower turnout than in the 2017 general election.
Although its ‘hard remain’ opponents accused it of racism and xenophobia during the European Parliament elections, in fact Farage’s new company/party seemed at pains to avoid racist comments during that campaign, focusing instead on attempts to prevent Brexit as an assault on democracy. Labour insiders recognised this as an attempt to attract working-class Labour voters who would be deterred by dogwhistle racism that appeals to the hard right.
But last night the mask slipped, in the aftermath of Lisa Forbes’ win against the predictions of a Brexit victory.
The Guardian reported on the BP’s sour-grapes comments immediately after the result was announced:
Brexit party insiders said Labour’s reliance upon a mainly Pakistani vote in inner-city wards had been the difference between the parties. ‘Some of these houses had 14 people in them registered to vote. It would be interesting to see what proportion voted Labour,’ said one.
Labour dismissed the theory a “racist trope”The Guardian’s original Brexit party quote
The racism drips from the blatant Islamophobic slur. However, this morning the Guardian had amended its quote:
However, the original version had already been captured by the ‘Wayback Machine’ archive. The customary note that the article was edited or updated does not appear on the Guardian’s version.
Many of Corbyn’s closest supporters in the party recognise that a failure to honour the 2016 referendum result is a grave threat to Labour in its working-class heartlands. Some – like party chair Ian Lavery who masterminded Labour’s successful Peterborough campaign – have said so publicly and been attacked for it.
By contrast, the Guardian and other Establishment media have sided with the Labour right and other so-called ‘centrists’ insisting that Labour must back a new referendum to prevent Brexit – which the SKWAWKBOX and other left outlets have seen as a barely-concealed attempt to damage the party’s electoral prospects and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
And interestingly, some time this morning in the wake of a stunning Labour victory, the Guardian deleted a quote of a racist BP comment – of a type that the Brexit party carefully avoided when it was successful in the EU elections a couple of weeks ago.
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