So what is going on here exactly? First, all of these movements tap into a deep discontent with the mainstream parties in Europe's political systems. Every funding scandal, every politician found to be corrupt, adds more wind to these parties' sails. The European Union, lacking decisive leadership in times of financial difficulty, is an ideal further focus for this ire.
Second, in the effort to make a populist appeal to voters, it is always handy to have an enemy to hand. This enemy is anyone coming from the outside – immigrants. Anti-immigrant rhetoric is the only thing in common between the politics of these parties.Firstly, the suggestion that folk are angry because the EU is displaying insufficient 'decisive leadership' is not just risible, not just far into the realms of fantasy, but demonstrates a complete denial of the basis of popular anger with the EU - a resentment that the EU tries to display 'decisive leadership' at all when it has no remit, no legitimacy in doing so.
Secondly, Worth trots out the classic distortion of the left that cannot afford to recognise that an opposition to immigration and the effects of immigration is quite different, completely different, to being anti-immigrant. I can't stress how important this distortion is. I don't blame any immigrants for coming to the UK - Labour opened the door wide and offered free housing, health care, education and Welfare benefits beyond the dreams of avarice of a peasant from a dusty village in Somalia or Bangladesh. You can't blame them for taking up the offer. Immigration isn't their fault - it's Labour's fault. No use blaming the immigrants.
But the left must keep repeating the distortion that anti-immigration is the same as anti-immigrant, for to do so shifts the real popular ire to the poor illiterate, superstitious, fetish-worshipping, chronically unhealthy, unemployable sods crowding our new ghettoes rather than the foul and corrupt Left who brought them here. And groups such as the EDL are also silly fools for falling for Labour's distortion; they shouldn't be gathering to scrap with Muslims on the streets of Luton, but assemble instead outside the fashionable Notting Hill houses of the Left who opened the door.
And fools such as Worth get away with stating "Anti-immigrant rhetoric is the only thing in common between the politics of these parties" without anyone pointing out that it's actually Anti-immigration rhetoric that unites them.