Trawling through the blogosphere can be a mind-numbing but strangely captivating experience. No matter how barmy most blogger comments are, there’s some perverse pleasure to be had from reading them.
The More to Life than Shoes blog, run by UKIP press officer Annabelle Fuller is case in point. Usually consisting of ill-tempered rants blaming the EU (sorry that should be the Soviet/Nazi/Fascist/Socialist EU delete according to which of her prejudices is on display) it’s not a monument to high class discourse or thought but strangely enthralling nonetheless. Ms Fuller is clearly not the sharpest knife in the draw, but this combination of racism and breathtaking ignorance really takes the biscuit.
She really has surpassed herself with this effort, in which she defends the vigilante mobs who have torched a number of Roma camps in Italy on the grounds that “the main issue started when someone from Romania murdered and raped an Italian woman”. So that it makes it ok, eh Annabelle? This very crude eye-for-an-eye approach is pretty low stuff, but sadly typical of the hate-filled, knee-jerk reaction of UKIP politics.
What is happening in Italy (ie a rise in the rule of the mob and far-right) is scary. Moreover, she complains at the comparison of some Italians to fascists – fair enough, this is slightly wild hyperbolé. But lets not forget that the recent Mayoral elections in Rome (won by a former member of the Italian Social Movement), were celebrated with fascist salutes and chanting.
It’s also amusing that she sees fit to criticise the line -
“I also hope the Slovenian Presidency will find some courage to tell the Italian Government that anti-Romani actions are forbidden to take place in the EU”.
Well – the Roma are a race (and, despite what Trixy/Annabelle might think) they are not subhuman and so discriminating against them is racism. What else can be inferred from this other than Trixy/Annabelle is being a touch racist?
Ah well, UKIPwatcher is consoled by the fact that Trixy (Ms Fuller) obviously has a very limited understanding of European politics otherwise she wouldn’t write this unutterable garbage.