One can clearly be patriotic and hold no animosity to other minority groups in their own social or personal interaction domain.
However, looking deeper into why someone with an educated and socially aware background such as myself, would join a populist movement like UKIP is something that will always raise an eyebrow or question.
The answer is simple, one will approach an issue like Brexit or a fairer immigration policy with good intentions and not have a single apprehension about minority groups and still get caught up in the idiom ‘one is only judged by the company they keep’.
It is true that I excelled in UKIP and became an advisor for the cultural policy and then moving onto the European Parliament I became very involved in scrutinising the EU budget and highlighting the bureaucracy and the costs attached to it. Never was there an element within me that blamed minorities or wanted to pursue the hate campaign on behalf of UKIP or others.
Let’s look at what made me join and subsequently change my school of thought.
Due to my ability to be a powerful public speaker and belief in the ethos of the fairer immigration policy that UKIP was striving to achieve and boost the relationship with the Commonwealth, I became someone that clearly suited the agenda; the hidden agenda was always kept away from the British public and from me. I suppose I was too honest and believed in the message of the fairer immigration policy.
When I got to Brussels and met the other far right parties that were aligned with UKIP in the EFDD group to keep the funding stream ignited.
It became very apparent that UKIP had to change their tune to appease the far-right parties and produce materials that pushed a very anti-Islamic message and from the foot soldiers I saw a wave of anti-Jewish abuse on Tweets that were sent out; I felt very betrayed because each time I raised this issue it was never dealt with. I noticed the ethos that was brewing in relation to relishing from a crisis especially if it related to the refugee crisis.
The dehumanisation of refugees came into effect and for me that was clearly not the patriotic British stance for me where it was being infiltrated by a nationalistic propaganda machine.
It is true to say that a reasonable argument relating to fairer immigration got corrupted and was allowed to become a race issue; that was not the intention, but it was a product that could be sold to the white working classes.
Thus, creating the uproar of the Enoch Powell speech and glorifying the differences between us and not promoting British cohesion through our patriotism.
This was not the reason why I joined the party and I would like to state that my parents, society and nation brought me up to be better than that.
I was brought up to see the colours of my flag and celebrate our great unity.
I was not brought up to judge people on the colour of their skin or dehumanise them based on their circumstances.
This is exactly what the populist agenda wanted me to do and I could not betray my nation and turn against people based on who they are. I was watching my own MEPS and colleagues diluting ethnicity with nationality and that clearly was not acceptable for me, my family and nation.
In Brussels, the Belgians and others would engage in conversations with me to examine my views relating to this brand of British populism and they soon realised I was not on the same wavelength as the people I was working with.
It became evident that the white working classes were to be targeted by the far right of Sweden and others within the EFDD group.
I would watch people from the Swedish Democrats attend UKIP conferences and just couldn’t stand the message of hate they were distributing in my nation. UKIP and their partners would talk about how they did not want Britain to become like Sweden and target the white working classes by placing fear into their hearts and minds.
My own countrymen and countrywomen were being corrupted by the personality cult and were encouraged to open their mouths before their minds.
It is meant to be the other way around if one wants to have a sensible debate and analyse the truth. I had colleagues around me who were calling for the return of the British Empire on internet communications and I noticed a very colonial mind-set being implemented into the younger members of the staff base in Brussels. They were encouraged to meet with other people from the Swedish Democrats who already possessed very anti-Jewish and an anti-minorities outlook.
I was watching very intelligent young people becoming corrupted by hate and then idea was always to keep the far right happy, so they do not leave the group and then the EFDD group loses funding.
So, was this appeasement worth it?
The answer is NO!
Now they have been exposed in the press and they have employment prospects that will always have the hate label attached to them. I always did state that the behaviour of UKIP will not get them seats in the British Parliament.
Will the British public thank UKIP for the Brexit vote by giving them enough votes to get them in Parliament?
Well, that was proven when Nigel Farage couldn’t even win a seat in his own country.
The Tories allowed them to make a mess of the immigration debate and snatched the victory making UKIP look totally inept.
The white working classes were not meant to be educated on the positives and negatives of Brexit.
The message was always immigration, immigration and more immigration.
Fear was placed in the hearts and minds of the white working classes always through social media and most of all the famous Breaking Point poster.
They used Christian Britain as their mantra, when I presented the case that Jesus Christ himself was a refugee they had no answer.
Obviously, I converted my faith and became a Christian, Roman Catholic back in 2010.
My theological education baffled them because according to them I was just another Asian that they had a stereotypical vision of; they were soon proven wrong because I was and still am a British patriot who does not allow hate to make me thought process distorted.
So, what was the agenda?
It is simple to comprehend. The populist movements simply acted as a conduit for the far right. Everybody on the far right loved them because they were doing all the work for them in a ‘very legal manner’. It came down to the ethics and morals for one to take a stance; I was the one who took the stance in the end.
It truly is worrying how much the white working classes were used, nothing was ever proposed to boost their literacy skills or employability prospects. Statistics were ignored relating to creating better labour market conditions for the white working classes and minority ethnic groups. They were simply there to pursue the message of hate and sadly, if that meant that they engaged in hate propaganda or even worse engage in racial violence that clearly suited the populist agenda.
The message became a laterigrade and so did policy, laterigrade to the point where the white working classes were watching the situation and didn’t realise that the hate machine was moving in a sideways manner like a crab.
The snapping claws were very near but by that time they personality cult had captured the trust of our countrymen, women and youth.
Once they were all captured in the claws of hate there was very little they could do apart from follow the message of hate and act as the couriers for the politicians who were clearly earning a sound amount of money and didn’t really care what happened to the white working classes.
However, they were the people’s army, they were labelled as the custodians of the revolution.
Did they get medals for their efforts?
Did they get a personal visit and a promise of a new job from UKIP and Nigel Farage?
No, they got nothing apart from the image we now have from foreign nations as being the instigators of hate. It is sad to see my nation’s people being used in such a manner; they are worth so much more than this.
Yes, it is acceptable to vote to leave the EU and it is acceptable for people to vote to remain.
I myself was a Brexit voter, but my intention was not to corrupt the argument but to see they equilibrium in its fairest form relating to EU immigration and non-EU immigration.
Well it is obvious, focus on immigration of colour and you have the ticket to victory, that was the populist mindset of UKIP and their far-right friends. I became very aware of this and it was sickening to see how many of us were clearly fooled when we got to Brussels.
The cauldron of hate became so hot that it was like the scene out of Macbeth when the witches were adding venomous ingredients and sealing the fate for Macbeth. It became obvious by watching the pistons of the hate engine that ‘fair was foul, and foul was fair’.
I am glad I went to Brussels and saw for myself the true image of the party that always claimed that they were not racist.
Well, that soon came to an end when I was called an Untermensch (Nazi word meaning sub human and fit for extermination) by a Swedish Democrat and nobody did anything about it; all to save the lucrative funding.
Well, even your closest friends abandon you when you complain and stand up for your right to be recognised as a human and take a stance against hate.
Was it purely money or was it that my own party agreed with the statement?
A Belgian friend of mine told me that silence is cooperation.
I learned a lot from him, most Belgian and Swedish friends were in awe of me exposing the antics of UKIP. I did it for my country and I did not want to see my nation being dragged through the mud and then presented as a dry-cleaned garment.
My nation’s youth was being corrupted by hate and all they could see was the immigrant, the danger of this was the rise of hate.
Just picture the scene where I could have been attacked by some innocent youth who clearly saw me as the problem.
My Britishness would have been placed on the back burner and my colour would have been the only thing the potential attacker would have seen. Is this fair to do to a young person?
Destroying their employment prospects and creating revenge attacks out of something that enabled politicians to sit back and relish in joy.
That was the intention, let the white working classes do the dirty work for us, we will sit back and earn the Euros.
That was the mindset of the politicians who were pursuing this hate, as long as they got the political victory that is all that mattered to them.
My conclusion is simple. I encourage the nation to focus of on our success and not to dilute ethnicity with nationality. I hope one day we will all love Britain and Hate Racism; the question is how do we do it?
Well, it is not so difficult, do not allow the personality cult to overtake your lives and research everything. Pay attention to politics and become astute and equipped to vote with intellect and not allow oneself to become the fuel that lines the pockets of politicians and enables them to use and abuse you at the expense of your initial intention to love your nation and the people that make it great.
We can all hold disagreements but there is a way of presenting the argument for yourself, your nation and your immediate society. Create debate and healthy discussion and not hate to suit someone else’s agenda.
Be free and independent in thought and aim to build a Britain that is tolerant in thought but firm on reality.
Speak about immigration from a perspective of functionality and feasibility, people will listen to that and you will become more informed.
Spreading hate will only allow anger to breed anger; we will all be the losers and will lose sight of what we want our nation to be; peaceful and engaging is the intention, not anger and hate.
I am free now and I am no longer part of UKIP or any other populist party. I earned the wages of sin in Brussels and soon realised that this is not the way forward. On my return to the U.K I was hailed by many as a man of dignity and principle.
My children, who are fourth generation Great British citizens can pass the message onto the next generation and that is never to humiliate the nation and stand by our charitable and sensible nature rather than adhere to the politics of populism and hate.
Sarinder Joshua Duroch author of ‘Enoch, I am a British Indian’