The following is an excerpt of an interview with former advisor to Nigel Farage and current fellow of the Bow Group Raheem Kassam. This will feature in our third print issue, to be released on the 15th May.
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Jake Scott: You said in a speech to the Bow Group that the Conservative Party is emanating ‘cultural Marxism’; do you think those who consider themselves to be small-c conservatives should actively core against the Party, or simply abstain in elections?
Raheem Kassam: I don’t think such a delineation really matters as long as we’re not giving moral authority and active support to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
So voting for UKIP or for the Brexit Party is one way of doing it. Another is simply to withdraw consent from this Conservative Party. Nothing would make me happier than seeing Tory conference totally empty this year, and it should be, given how the party has treated its base
Jake Scott: Populism is considered to be the zeitgeist of western politics – where do you think this phenomenon has come from and why?
Raheem Kassam: Populism has sprung from the palpable disconnection between the ruling classes and the ordinary man.
I’ve said before that the Occupy movement had this right, before it was taken over by ultra-Marxists and smelly tent-dwelling rich kids on their ‘gap yah’. There is such a thing as a rational socialist. They’re wrong. But they’re rational. And Occupy’s leadership got the problems right but the solution and the sales pitch wrong.
The right took longer to understand the same underlying problems, but once we got there our solutions were better and our sales pitch was right. That’s why we won so big in 2016 and continue to win in elections all around the world. But we must remember populism is the means to the end. It is never the end in and of itself.
Read the rest of this article in the print issue, information on which can be found HERE.
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