Subtle smearing of Brexiteers: Racism, Redefinition & Remain

Ever heard this one? "Not all Brexit voters are racists, but all racists are Brexit voters." It's a particularly stupid, particularly pernicious phrase which never really grabbed my attention until someone asked me it as a question in an interview recently. Prior to that, I was aware of the phrase in the same way as you might be aware of a toddler throwing a tantrum, without really wanting to acknowledge and tacitly reward the behaviour. It's a classic tantrum-phrase, because it beautifully calls millions of…

What if Brits are actually free-marketeers, not racists?

Poll after poll has showed that British people aren't keen on unlimited immigration from the European Union. The so-called 'free movement' permitting people from the EU27 to live and work in the UK, no questions asked, doesn't really gain widespread public support - even though British people receive the equivalent right in EU countries. Likewise, there's been a general consensus since the Blair government that immigration is too high, that levels should be controlled. There's an apparent contradiction though:…

Moral Equivalence Does Not Justify Appalling Behaviour

Moral equivalence does not justify appalling behaviour. Whether it's Left or Right, it's pervading modern politics. That which is evil should be called out for what it is. The refusal of key political figures to condemn that which is indefensible, using moral equivalence as a means of less than wholehearted condemnation of evil, is itself dangerous. This article perhaps isn't going to be popular with many people, because I'm going to condemn it whichever 'side' is doing it. Example 1: Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to properly…

Jonathan Arnott: Why I just couldn’t do it!

I just couldn't do it. I tried, believe me, I tried. Martin Schulz is stepping down from the Presidency of the European Parliament. (Think, John Bercow without even the veneer of impartiality) With friends and opponents alike, even with those who I struggle to get along with, I always try to be polite and wish people all the best for the future when they move on to something else in life. Twice today, on the second and third ballots, I had to walk past Schulz's seat and other MEPs were talking to him. I wanted to be my…

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Arnott – ‘I’m not Nigel Farage’, but I will lead UKIP to success!

I'm not Nigel Farage. If you want to understand me, or understand my campaign to become UKIP Leader, you'll need to understand those four words. You'll find me in the bar only rarely: at the North West Conference a fortnight ago, I was accosted with "But I thought you were teetotal!" when I was spotted, glass of Irish whiskey in hand. I prefer Irish; the third distillation makes it that much smoother. I'm very loyal to my friends, and they're loyal to me. Those who know me well have unquestioning support forme as the next…