I realise that Ukip aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, you could pretty much say the thing for any political party or indeed any group from the Mason’s to the Women’s Institute. They are a mainstream political party though and have a right to at least air their views, I hold the same for the BNP or indeed the Socialist Workers Party despite finding their policies and indeed some of their members repugnant.
UKIP has been banned from speaking to students ahead of the European elections because it’s members hold “extremist views”.
In a remarkable move, Derby University Student’s Union has failed to lift the veto despite a poll showing it was on course to win the largest share of the vote.
Nigel Farage’s party has been outlawed because “students had a right to feel safe while studying on campus”, the governing body said.
The union, which represents 21,000 students, acted after receiving a handful of complaints about the party’s policies on immigration.
Now whilst Ukip has its fair share of extremists (for a certain value of extremist) and nutters (ditto) they have when been exposed dealt with them very quickly unlike mainstream parties where anyone exposed for dodgy dealings and views tends to hang on with a death grip until forced out and then is welcomed back after the walk of shame within a month or so.
Still, you’d think at least that the Student’s Union would at least recognise that Ukip are not akin to the likes of the BNP or indeed the Socialist Workers Party, nor should they be classed as the Union have done with the likes of Al-Muhajiroun, Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Public Affairs Committee.
This is pretty typical of groups that are filled with sixth form political leftards though, unable to debate an opposing view with any degree of success, will seek to ban those views from ever being heard. Problem is that it does backfire and even the Union themselves have been forced to admit that Ukip is a mainstream political party despite upholding their ban at least until they have an emergency meeting of their executive.
In my view so long as an opponent does not propose breaking the law or denying historical lawbreaking (Nazis) then their views if standing in a political debate can be heard. Unfortunately the likes of the left cannot understand nor allow such a basic principle to be upheld…