Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tory Defector to UKIP is the Head of the Freedom Association!

(Voice of the Delectable Left)

Hat tip to Kerron for mentioning this defection!
Christopher Gill was Conservative MP for Ludlow from 1987-2001. During the 2001 general election campaign, he caused outrage by refering to asylum seekers as "rats in a bucket"! William Hague felt that as he was standing down, there wasn't much he could do to disipline him, although I feel that he could have had him expelled from the Conservative Party so as to set an example, but those are the private matters of the Conservative Party.
As it is, since he stood down, he succeeded Norris McWhirter as Chairman of the Freedom Association, an ultra right-wing pressure group which had a lot of support within the Conservative Party in the late 1970s and which advocated the ending of sanctions against South Africa, and which is comprised of redoubtable figures who seem to be on the fringes of the centre-right, if that!
It will be interesting to see how many more, if any, defections take place, and it certainly says something about some of the various groupings within the Conservative Party.


torytorytory said...

"which advocated the ending of sanctions against South Africa"

This was the one flaw of Thatcher's government that I disliked: the support of authoritarian governments just because they were anti-communist. Apartheid South Africa was not only authoritarian and anti-individualist but its nationalist socialist economic policies were everything we Tories stand against. In fact the ANC government is far more neoliberal and capitalistic than the white NP government ever was.

BTW, the one thing the Left conveniently ignores is that the economic policies of Fascist regimes (like Hitler's Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party - clue is in the name - and the NP in South Africa) was closer to that of the socialistic left than to the centre-right's economic liberalism.
It therfore comes as no surprise that the BNP's economic policies is closer to that of Labour than the Tories.

torytorytory said...

My word! - today's Sunday Times' leading article shares the same sentiment:
"This call for help could be dismissed as a last-minute rallying cry to get the faithful out to vote. Indeed some Labour figures have always been tempted to talk up the threat from the “far right” (though its economic policies are frequently of the left) in order to deprive the Conservatives of their patriotic working class support.",,2088-2147732,00.html

Paul Burgin said...

Any way you look at this, all the main parties have had members who have developed unsavoury sympathies and we need to work together to deal with them!
Apartheid in South Africa, may I add, was not indicative of leftist policies, as you hint, but rather the unsavoury side of human nature! With South Africa, the Thatcher government were merely advocating capitalism without morals, after all one can make easy money out of South African trade.
It was also acts like that that turned many against the Conservatives in the first place!

torytorytory said...

"Apartheid was not indicative of leftist policies"

Apartheid was not indicative of leftist policies in the general sense, but certainly in the economic sense.
Socialistically, South Africa had a massive public sector, many natianalised industries and extensive labour laws to protect white workers. In terms of trade, the NP government was also very protectionist. In fact the ANC is more neoliberal and capitalistic than the NP ever was.

In essense, what I'm trying to dispute is the notion that fascist or nationalist regimes can be described as from the right and I find it ironic that anti-Fascist socialists conveniently ignored the fact that such regimes' use of protectionist and socialist economics were part of their tendency to interfere in people's lives. That is why I despair that Thatcher supported the Apartheid state (just because they were anti-communist) when it contradicted with her and our individualist freedom stance.

BTW, I am increasingly of the opinion that Labour is cynically talking up the threat of the BNP and providing them with publicity before the local elections in order to reduce the media's coverage of NuLab incompetences and failures. Not surprised if Alastair Campbell is lurking in the corridors of Labour HQ :-(

Paul Burgin said...

I think your accusations of Labour's attitude to the BNP is rather unfair. Many people on the left have an ahborrent loathing of such parties and what they stand for. As I said before, the main issue with this is racism, and sadly that is something which means that those nasty minorities who would vote for any of the main parties will be attracted by the BNP and the foul platform it stands on