(This article was originally published here in the Conservative Woman on 26/07/18)
Owen Jones has been calling Nigel Farage 'far right' on twitter this week. The real far right, that is the likes of the odious BNP and their dream of a white ethno state has almost zero support in Britain.
Farage is a civic nationalist, not an ethnic one. Both he and his former party UKIP are not anti-immigration, they just want to control the flow, regulate it and decides who gets in from Westminster not Brussels.
The fact that Owen Jones has a broad support base, many of whom believe civic nationalists like Farage and UKIP are 'far right' is indicative of either extreme political illiteracy on the left or a willful dishonest smearing of their political opponents.
A few years ago Owen Jones wrote a book called 'Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class,' yet his definition of far right ends up demonising any working class fans of Nigel Farage or UKIP who have concerns about Islamic extremism and mass immigration as xenophobes.
I wonder if Owen is aware that his definition of far right is so broad it ends up including British Indian Sikhs, West Indians, Sharia opposing Muslims, ex-Muslims and various other ethnic minority Brits who have voiced similiar concerns to the 'Chavs' Owen likes to appropriate as long as they share his far left politics.