Counter signaling any kind of nationalism may come across as counterproductive or just downright silly, but in the case of Britain, I think a red line has been crossed that needs to be addressed. Throughout the country, there are political parties, movements, and individuals who the disaffected are flocking to in great numbers. These supporters hope the ‘dissident right’ will help to stem the tide of mass immigration, political correctness, and left-wing globalism, but I’m afraid their hopes may be short-lived.
The reality is that there is not a single movement in Britain that is currently capable of stopping mass immigration, cultural Marxism or anything else. The left in Britain is now on a rampage through the institutions of power the likes of the country has never been seen before. It’s actually been quite astonishing (and worrying) to witness over the last 18 months or so, but I am even more shocked by the confused, muddled, dumb and idiotic actions of the groups and individuals who are supposedly opposing all of this.
UKIP is the most obvious example and has recently been in the center of a political storm. Nigel Farage, the former leader of UKIP, resigned just days after winning the EU membership referendum, leaving not only a power vacuum and leadership election at the most historic and crucial time of his party’s existence, but also leaving the establishment to take the reins of Brexit with little to no opposition. Now if you had spent 23 years campaigning to leave the EU, and then you actually managed to win a vote on the issue, why would you then resign and hand the victory over to your enemies? They could then turn it into a defeat, which of course they have.
Farage, since his resignation, played a small role in Donald Trump’s election campaign and then proceeded to move more to the political center. Indeed, he has in recent months criticized pretty much every populist group or individual in the country and has also started a bitter feud with the new leader of UKIP, Gerard Batten. Not only is this ridiculously unhelpful, just at a time when UKIP is beginning to regain a political footing, but it also reeks of arguing in bad faith. For years, Farage relied on the anti-Islam, anti-EU and anti-immigration feelings of the white working class; they cheered him on, and they voted for him. Yet now, he has quite frankly turned on them and embarked on a campaign that has resulted in large numbers of his support base deserting him.
Gerard Batten’s attempt to bring anti-Islamisation activist and citizen journalist Tommy Robinson into UKIP have brought anger and fury out in Farage. He has even called for Batten to be ousted as leader of UKIP, at the exact time when the EU referendum result is being betrayed. It’s all very strange, and the origins of this might go back to Britain’s obsession with social class. Within the Brexit movement, there has been a widening gap between Nigel Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Daniel Hannan on the one side, and the white working class Brexit voters and activists on the other. Since the referendum, Farage, Mogg, and Hannan have pretty much abandoned any populist rhetoric, and have adopted a more establishment type of Brexit. This version of Brexit is essentially based on the idea of a ‘global Britain’; which involves free markets, high IQ immigration from non-white countries, and an emphasis on tax cuts for large banks and other financial services.
The white working class certainly did not vote to leave the EU so their country could become a global tax haven, and for anybody to say that they did is sheer lunacy. Nigel Farage seems to have adopted the insufferable attitude by which criticizing Islam, or any other politically incorrect issue, is beneath him. He recently said that UKIP criticizing Islam means that they are a ‘street activist party’. In Farage’s current opinion, campaigning against Al-Qaeda and other Islamic terrorism is fine, but campaigning against Islam as a whole (forced marriage, sharia law, etc.) is, to paraphrase his comments reported in the Daily Mail, ‘sectarian’.
At the end of the day, Tommy Robinson is a civic nationalist who mainly focuses on Islam. But at the same time, he has played a crucial role (albeit accidentally) in uniting the white working class behind him and a cause. That energy, which is still growing in strength, could be instrumental in the future. This is because those followers of his not only oppose Islam, but they also oppose mass non-white immigration, and so they are just a stone’s throw away from real nationalism. Even if Tommy Robinson only acts as a vehicle or gateway to these people, he is still useful in that regard. I suspect Gerard Batten, who seems to oppose the great replacement genuinely, recognizes this quality in him. Of course, Robinson has past criminal convictions, and he also has a knack of getting into unnecessary incidents which he barely recovers from. So in the long term, he is definitely a liability, or at the very least a risk.
The dissident right in Britain is in complete disarray, and its most prominent and successful activist, Nigel Farage, has cucked and jumped ship. He is now a centrist talking head with an LBC show, and nationalist thinkers are right to now view him with contempt, even when taking into account his past achievements. There is a genuine sense of betrayal with regards to his actions among many populists now, and that resentment is unlikely to die down anytime soon.
And while all this idiotic drama has been going on, Britain is falling further and further into a state of demographic suicide. The latest immigration statistics, released last week, show that the immigration problem is not subsiding at all. 625,000 people came to Britain last year alone, which is a staggering amount, especially when considering the current housing crisis, the pressure on hospitals and the lack of school places.
A real nationalist movement, which has both intelligence and the courage to take the issue of mass immigration head-on, is badly needed in Britain. The dissident right, as demonstrated in the content of this article, is nowhere near as influential and coherent enough. A reality which is stupid when considering a majority of the voting public, as demonstrated by the EU referendum, agree with them.
The British public certainly needs better alternatives than Nigel Farage, Tommy Robinson, and Gerard Batten. Indeed, they deserve better.