Thatcher on Thursday – There are Rules? How very Radical.

introducing our superb new columnist! Margaret Thatcher (not her real name) is middle-aged and exceptionally sound.

I have been amused recently by the attacks on UKIP. Because I’m a woman who likes seeing others squirm with pain? Maybe. But that’s for a different web site. The reason is because I have predicted that this would happen.

You will recall the Attack Dogs from Animal Farm? well… about a year ago these Attack Dogs, let’s call them the “far left”, started likening UKIP and its members to organisations such as the BNP and the National Front. Why they are doing this is another post for another time, but the fact remains that they have done and the usual slurs of “racist”, “homophobe”, “misogynist” and, my personal favourite, “bigot” have been thrown at Kippers everywhere for a long time. And now the ante has been upped. It’s not just the far left. The attack dogs have mutated into Conservatives, Libdems and Labourites.

What amazes me is the utter panic, muted squeals of defence and meek apologies from the accused and UKIP representatives when these words are thrown. Really? You feel you have to defend yourselves to these Attack Dogs? They are only following the same modus operandi that they have used to discredit other opponents of the leftist masterplan of worldwide communism.

Let me introduce you to their instruction manual. It is called “Rules for Radicals” by a Marxist called Saul Alinsky.

To save you reading the book, because the majority of you won’t (Cultural Marxism 101) here are the rules for you.

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
Rule 2: Never go outside the expertise of your people.
Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.
Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Never let up.
Rule 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
Rule 10: If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.
Rule 11: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Regarding the recent all-out verbal and media assault taking place against UKIP, we can see that Alinsky’s methods are being used.

“Rule 2. Never go outside the expertise of your people”

For the past 20 years Britain has been subjected to indoctrination and newspeak. Words are the new weapons, and we have been taught that no crime is greater than anything ending with an …ism or a …phobia. The lowest common denominator for the maximum assault is to scream “RACIST” or
“HOMOPHOBE”. There you go. That’s the extent of the expertise of the majority of the people trying to discredit you.


“Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

UKIP’s membership policy :

“Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party. Any applications made from people who are or have been members of these organisations will be refused, and any subscriptions collected will be refunded.
By applying for membership you certify that you are not and have never been a member of either of these parties.”

The fact that Labour have a former BNP member serving as a Labour Councillor is irrelevant here, because they do not have a policy such as UKIP has. In its fear of being accused of being “racist” it has shot itself in its own foot in my opinion. Would the Conservatives seek to ban previous members of a Trade Union? If an organisation is legal, why shouldn’t people change and move around as their political allegiances change over time. (FYI UKIP, the EDL do not have an actual membership system.)

As neither of the Big Three Parties have this on their own policies, they will use this card again and again.
“Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”

Have you seen the Facebook page called “still laughing at UKIP” . It’s basically point and laugh. This is the easiest one to counter, because you just do the same back!
Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

I have seen members of UKIP isolated this way on Twitter. The Attack Dogs cut off the support network by throwing standard accusations out, other members, frightened to be tarred with the non-existent brush remove themselves from debate. The attack dogs have then isolated their target.

The attackers go after people and not the party; people hurt faster than institutions. Direct, personalised criticism and ridicule works. It is cruel, but very effective.
The Big Three political parties are worried about UKIP. If they weren’t they wouldn’t set their attack dogs to savage the aspiring politicians and the yet to mature new boy on the party political scene.

Read the book. Know what is coming. Never defend, never apologise. Either dismiss the irrelevant accusations or attack, attack, attack.

Let’s be honest, a football team wouldn’t score a goal if it defended for the entire game.


9 comments on “Thatcher on Thursday – There are Rules? How very Radical.

  1. David
    May 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Welcome Maggie, excellent article here – UKIP should never fight the big 3 on their terms because it concedes ground to them and accepts that they have valid points to make.
    Looking forward to the next article.

  2. Kevin R. Lohse
    May 3, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Very good, Maggie, and an object lesson for every person who is on the Right. One can see how Cameron and his Back to The ’70’s, Heathite “modernisers” are running scared of the Ungodly.

  3. Alasdair
    May 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    It’s cute how you seem to think that UKIP and their friends in the media don’t use these exact same tactics themselves. If I had a penny for every time I’d seen a UKIPper ridicule the other parties as out-of-touch metropolital liberals who don’t know the price of milk (etc), I’d be a rich man…

  4. George B
    May 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    “and the usual slurs of “racist”, “homophobe”, “misogynist” and, my personal favourite, “bigot” have been thrown at Kippers everywhere for a long time.”

    This is exactly the same technique used by the far left wing of the US Democratic Party against anyone who opposes any of their positions. The trouble is that they have now so overplayed those slurs that they are starting to lose any meaning when they use them. They have become little more than idoms used by the left when speaking about anyone who opposes them on any issue.

  5. Laszlo Zapacik
    May 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Alinsky was not a Marxist, in fact he explicitly said that he wasn’t. He also detested the very idea of political parties.

  6. Andrew
    May 4, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    Damn it: the secret’s out. The Conservatives, Labourites and LibDems are indeed radicals who are all working together on a masterplan for worldwide communism.

  7. johnpd
    May 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Well put Maggie, & welcome indeed.

    Sound analysis, & sound tactics of response.

    & best of all, you’ve “got” the big picture. 🙂

    Next time I vote, it’ll be UKIP, as I’ve been saying for some time now. They’ve got the right policies:

    On the EU: it’s bankrupt, corrupt, communist & costing us £53 million a day. Ridiculous.

    On immigration: we don’t have the jobs, houses, schools, hospitals or money to put up with any more immigrants who can’t immediately support themselves. I speak as the son of 2 immigrants who came to help rebuild this country after WWII.

    On energy: I’ve seen enough of the madness of decommissioning perfectly good coal fired power stations while erecting bird & bat killing windmills, which don’t produce electricity, but do enrich David Cameron’s father in law & his Tory cronies Yeo & Gummer etc.

    More & better people will join the party now, & policies will be improved also. UKIP has Christopher Monckton on board as a policy adviser, as he was for Maggie Thatcher, a distant relation, perhaps? :).

    I’ve never voted anything but Tory in my 59 years, but I’ve had enough, as, apparently, have ~25% of the population, & rising.

    Next installment soon as you like Maggie, thank you.


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