United Kingdom Independence Party Under Fire After Leader’s Outburst

Two Universities In The United Kingdom Ban ‘Blurred Lines’ For Promoting Rape Culture

Voting for Scottish independence is “common sense”, the leader of the movement to break away from the United Kingdom insisted a year to the day befor Scotland votes in a referendum.AFP A child with her face painted with the Scottish flag looks on as pro-independence supporters gather for a rally in Edinburgh on September 21, 2013. Voting for Scottish independence is “common sense”, the leader of the movement to break away from the United Kingdom insisted a year to the day befor Scotland votes in a referendum.AFP Next Slide Previous Slide EDINBURGH (AFP) Thousands of people marched through the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Saturday calling for independence, a year ahead of Scotland’s historic referendum on whether to break away from the United Kingdom. The pro-independence campaign “Yes Scotland” estimated that 20,000 supporters joined the march, turning the city centre into a sea of blue and white as they waved thousands of Scottish flags, though police said numbers were closer to 8,300. Some of the men were clad in traditional Scottish kilts as they marched up Calton Hill, overlooking the city, to the sound of bagpipes. Alex Salmond, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party and head of Scotland’s regional government, told the crowds they would have “the opportunity of a lifetime” when they vote on September 18 next year. “We’re a lucky generation,” he said. “To change our communities for the better we only need to say the word, to say ‘yes’.” Opinion polls suggest only around a third of the 5.3 million Scots currently intend to vote to break away, but Salmond insists he can convince a majority that independence would bring economic and political benefits. Student Calum Martin, who lives near the western Scottish city of Glasgow, said he would be voting in favour of independence because he believed Scots should have a better say over how their money is spent. “Scotland is an incredibly wealthy country. This is a chance to put that wealth to much better use,” the 20-year-old said. Scotland currently has its own parliament and a devolved government which controls several policy areas including health and education, but other policies, such as defence and foreign affairs, are controlled by London. The ‘no’ campaign — backed by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s government — claims Scotland is stronger as part of the larger United Kingdom, comprising England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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But these days UKIP seems more intent on shooting itself in the foot than fighting its political enemies. More Related to this Story Video: Students hold anti-sexism rally at Saint Mary’s University On Friday, the partys annual convention turned into a fiasco when leader Nigel Farage was forced to call for the suspension of a high-profile UKIP politician after he referred to women as sluts during a workshop titled Women in politics. The comments came from Godfrey Bloom, a UKIP Member of the European Parliament, who is known for making irreverent remarks such as suggesting foreign aid goes to Bongo Bongo land. (He was referring to the Third World.) His outburst on Friday occurred during a panel discussion about how to get more women involved in politics. When two female UKIP members joked about not cleaning behind the fridge, a reference to complaints Mr. Bloom once made about women, he responded by saying: This place is full of sluts. Asked later about the comment by reporters, Mr. Bloom said he was kidding and using the words original meaning which is untidy. I made a joke and said Oh well, youre all sluts and everybody laughed and all the women laughed, he said. Was there a single woman in there who didnt laugh at the joke? He then hit a reporter on the head with a booklet after the journalist asked about the lack of ethnic minorities at the conference. Mr. Farage initially played down the remarks, saying it seemed to be a bad attempt at humour. By late afternoon, he was calling for Mr. Blooms suspension. Ive known him for years, had a lot of good times with him, but Im very, very unhappy with his behaviour today, Mr. Farage told reporters adding that he had already had an argument with Mr. Bloom over his Bongo Bongo land remark, which he made about a month ago. The convention had been upstaged by the selfishness and stupidity of one man.

Its the second university in the United Kingdom to recently take this stand, after the University of Edinburgh banned the chart-topper last week . The officers in Leeds student union collectively made the decision to ban the song, saying it undermines and degrades women. The pop hit has been widely criticized for its lyrics connoting nonconsensual sexual activity such as I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it and its music video featuring naked women alongside fully-clothed men. Alice Smart, one of the officers at Leeds student union, told the Independent that students reaction to the decision has been largely positive. A few students are asking why if we have banned this song, we arent banning everything, but weve chosen this one as an example, because its so popular, Smart explained. Blurred Lines has reached number one in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) relied on similar logic when it moved to ban Blurred Lines earlier this month. EUSAs vice president pointed out that the song promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent, which violates the schools explicit policy to tackle rape culture and sexual harassment. Robin Thicke has brushed off the feminist critiques of Blurred Lines, saying its irresponsible to suggest that the lyrics are promoting rape, and noting that art is supposed to spark a conversation. But this week, the Sociological Images blog pointed out that many of the lyrics in Blurred Lines are lines that actual rapists have said to their victims. Using images from Project Unbreakable an online photo essay exhibit that features survivors holding signs noting what their rapists said to them before, during, or after their assault the sociology blog was able to match up Robin Thickes lyrics with sentences that have accompanied real instances of nonconsensual sexual activity. The issue of combating rape culture on college campuses has been especially prevalent across U.S. universities over the past year. Student activists have banded together to pressure their university administration to take rape more seriously, and work harder to create an atmosphere where sexual assault isnt tolerated and survivors are supported.

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