During training on how to deal with people whoa are confused, either through drugs or alcohol misuse, I was trained to speak clearly and simply, no complicated sentences or instructions. Speak directly to the person, command focus be unambiguous.
Europe is in a panic. We have a crisis of the financial system unprecedented scales, as one Euro Zone country fails and is rescued so another one teeters. The solutions are stark and often contradictory. There are a cacophony of solutions, yet it is the ‘Right’ that is providing the calm collected voice, the simple solution we crave. It is immigration that needs to be tackled, we need to leave the EU, we need to ‘Keep [insert national tag] jobs for [insert same nation-state].
The solutions are simple.
The rise of right is directly related to our national insecurity to believe we can survive. We need answers that are simple even if they are unrealistic, we need a group, or groups, to blame for our predicament, we need answers – the simpler the better. In a very real sense the extreme right parties are the manifestation of our own insecurity and primeval fears that need to be comforted by knowing there is a solution, and we need not fear. The ‘Right’ panders to our need that we are not to blame for the crisis by overspending, a lack of investment, by not engendering co-operation between the workers and capital.
Of course if we stopped immigration we have more jobs, but if you to look at the facts prescribing immigration actually harm our economy, we fail to attract the skills that we need to survive and prosper. Germany is benefiting form the current crisis by ‘importing’ relatively cheap Greek expertise in the computing fields, in fact certain sectors are booming. If we sent home foreign nationals from the labour force, could we fill the gaps we have created, I think we would struggle.
What happens to our trade? Why would anyone want to trade with us when they could argue, using the same logic, that national goods and services should be used in preference to imported goods.
Where do you stop? Sending home non-national Europeans (my partner is German so I have a vested interest, though would be really happy to move to Germany) would also mean their families, so presumably there would be a lot of people born in the UK that would be parentless, a drain on the Welfare State. Others countries could, legitimately, send their ‘foreigners’ back home to the UK. Of course sending Prince Phillip back to Greece might, how can we put this, be awkward. Thankfully the Queen is only a quarter German.
If the arguments seem familiar, and I have not covered them in depth, then they are, I am looking at Germany, Spain, Italy, in to 1930’s and I am looking at Greece’s ‘Golden Dawn’, UKIP, and any other ‘right of right’ party that is emerging and gaining a foothold. Let us not forget that the 1930’s saw Moseley Black Shirts marching in London, and anyone who can say it will never happen here is forgetting their history.
Drawing more lessons history it was voter apathy that allowed the National Socialist Party in Weimer Germany to control the country for ten years, ten years that blighted not only Germany but the rest of the world. We need strong leaders with equally strong democratic safeguards. Feeble Governments allow for dissension, confusion and ultimately the rise of the ‘right’. If the vote ‘splits’ between the established parties and UKIP in the UK then we will be playing a dangerous democratic game. Ever since Eastleigh buy-election on 28 February 2013 we have seen the Conservative and Labour Party swing to the right to shore up their support.
The solutions offered by the ‘right’ are deceptively simple, they are deceptively simple because they do not address the cause, but only the symptom.
The solutions to complex problems tend to be complex; I believe the solution to the EU crisis is not isolationism but deeper integration, that closer cooperation not segregation, that the answer is inclusion is the answer, not exclusion. The policies of UKIP are not conviction politics they are opportunistic.