IT is no surprise that UKIP’s Nigel Farage was the first UK politician to ride in Trump’s gaudy gold elevator. They have so much in common.
They are authoritarian, xenophobic and insular. America First, Britain First, Migrants Out. They claim to be on the side of the working man.
But their tax cutting, small state agenda can only benefit the rich elites to whom they both belong. Trump wants to abolish Obamacare, removing affordable health insurance from millions of families in a country where becoming sick can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
UKIP have advocated wide scale privatisation of the NHS here.
What is less often commented on is the overlap with parties which are to all intents and purposes fascist, such as the French National Front.
Trump’s new head of strategy Steve Bannon once told French journalists “We think that France is a place where we need to be, with its young entrepreneurs and the women of the Le Pen family.”
Bannon is considered by many to be closer ideologically to the Klu Klux Klan than mainstream Republicanism. Whether or not that is proven, he will ensure the divisive, angry offensive aspects of Trump’s campaign echo loudly around the West Wing.
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