Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Cameron vs Farage - The Complicit vs the Coniving

Waxing as passionately lyrical as a melting wax candle, Nigel Farage did what Nigel Farage does best, danced around pertinent questions begging a rational answer. He appeared unable to do little but bang the drum of nationalism in the face of an illusionary invasion. It was obvious from the audience that many distrusted his motivation suspecting him not only of bigotry but racism. He stated quite clearly he was not racist, I don't believe he is, but his brittle and brash dislike of Europeans remains an issue. His bigotry apparent in every word he has said during this campaign as it was during last night's event. 

Citing the WTO as being something to do with the EU was palpably incorrect. It is everything to do with the USA and their corporate paymasters. He really didn't get to grips with sovereignty or with economics. The unanswered question that hovers as an invisible cloud above the heads of Brexit of who really 'rules' this nation went unmentioned. Perhaps UKIP and Mister Farage really don't know. That in itself poses a huge query about UKIP's grip on the handle on the hidden issues. It also makes it crystal clear that they are nothing but an organisation of activists rather than a party ready to take office.

In response to the Archbishop of Canterbury's accusation that the UKIP leader was wrong to suggest sex crimes are due to immigrants, Mister Farage quite rightly said that it was unwise to believe all the media said and the content and context of his comments were very different to those in print. 

Overall, his performance, for that is what it was, proved solid enough but not gold by any means.

David Cameron, on the other hand, was probably at the best I have seen him. Bearing in mind I am not a supporter of either man, Cameron came across as being the greater patriot whereas Farage the greater nationalist. 

Preferring to discuss migration, a subject I thought he should have covered better, the Prime Minister concentrated on the economic dangers of Brexit. He didn't once promote fear but instead adhered to the manner in which leaving would lead to protracted and complex negotiations which held no guarantee that the UK would fare any better than they would by staying in the EU. 

His play on patriotism, the fight to remain and battle for greater control was almost convincing but I thought he too missed the point. As a man who sought the advice of experts regarding the TTIP document, and who's advice he elected to ignore, I think his patriotic stance rather hypocritical.

With Brexit now edging ahead in the campaign, although their tactics to place themselves as underdogs the better to mislead swing voters into thinking that 'remain' are bound to win, it now hangs on whether Labour supporters can be bothered to vote. Their's will be the deciding voice.

The one weakness Farage may have inadvertently exposed was Cameron's failure to address how he has, or how he is going to, deal with immigration now rather than how, as he suggested, he will continue to do after the referendum. Promises have been made before and people have long memories. Mister Cameron has not always kept the promises he has made.

One nil to Cameron.

Russell Cuts the Corn From The Brewers Whiskers.

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