This is going to be a relative short blog post, or at least that’s the plan, we shall see if it turns out that way.
Yesterday in the UK, there were local and EU elections taking place, and after the polls had closed, as is tradition, the BBC hosted a version of its Question Time programme that touched on a fair few of the issues which affected the way the public voted.
The UK Independence Party, (or UKIP as it has been shorted to,) was formed on one issue, and that is that there should be a referendum on whether the UK should, or shouldn’t be part of the European Union, with members believing that the response from the British public will be that an overwhelming majority will vote to leave.
It may have come across in other blog posts which I have written, that I do not believe we should be part of the EU for several reasons, however a question which was asked on Question Time last night angered me a bit.
The question posed was along the lines; “that because UK is gaining support at rapid pace, does this demonstrate an underlying racist trend forming within the UK?”
On Question Time a valid point was made, and that was being concerned about the level of immigration, and racism are totally different things and should not be blurred into the same definition.
As a member of the public I have a right to be concerned over hospital waiting times, shortage of reasonably priced housing, and if I had kids, the availability of good state schools et al.
You could argue that those issues should be tackled at root, and that there should be more doctors, more houses and more state schools, however all of that costs money, and as a country with a finite amount of financial and geographical resources, it is simply impossible for us to extend these areas indefinitely.
Being concerned, and agreeing with the point of that immigration should be controlled until such a time that we are able improve certain public sectors is not a racist point of view. What is, is suggesting that people who have a defined skin colour, sexual preference, or religious belief be denied entry to the UK where all others are allowed entry, something which I don’t believe the majority of those who support or vote UKIP agree with.
Everyone has the right to have their point of view, and I think that unfortunately, anything that ‘rocks the political boat’ these days is often classed as being ‘racist’, ‘homophobic’ or ‘sexist’, when in fact all that they are is disagreed upon, or controversial.
The issue is, that if these terms are used blindly for any point which is disagreed, the words themselves lose all sense of their true meanings, therefore not giving such ‘racist’, ‘homophobic’ or ‘sexist’ statements the distaste they truly deserve.