UKIP leader Nigel Farage has defined 'normality'. Mr Farage told BBC News: "UKIP is putting forward a policy that will take immigration in Britain back to normal. Normal was from 1950 until the year 2000." Well, that is all well and good then. I always felt there was something 'normal' growing up in the 1950s. It had that sense of 'normality' about it. Cars were 'normal', though very rare in the street where I grew up. Boats, planes and trains were very normal too. At least they appeared normal. Nothing alien about them as far as I recall.
Of course there was a lot of hocus pocus about the paranormal, but even that was normal. The 1970s was pretty 'normal' too even though there was a lot of spoon bending going on. I recall the 'flood' of East Africa Asians - I recall Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech - and all that was 'normal' too. In the 1950s I recall the signs in windows saying 'No Blacks' - and that was normal. I recall the dockers marching against immigration in the 1960s and that was 'normal'. I recall a lot of concern about immigrants, and that was 'normal'.
Now it seems Mr Farage wants us to believe that we have been living through something not normal. I guess we have been living in a dream since 2000 and when we wake up to 'normality' it will be let's say 1st January 2001 - the day of abnormality.
Mr Farage is fond of playing with figures. Now he says he doesn't like caps and targets. Yet, last week, UKIP immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: "We would seek to have a cap of 50,000 on those coming here for work, for a period of five years." I suppose the difference is that UKIP caps are 'normal'.
Mr Farage has a concern about those from former communist countries coming to the UK to work, rest and play. Why he singles these countries out is beyond comprehension. I think we get more net migration from Spain! But then that I guess is not normal. Normality, that is the answer to it all. If only we would get back to it, normality that is. Back to the future. It is 'normal' for people from Spain to come here to work, rest and play, but not people from the former communist states! I suppose it sounds more sinister if it is former communist countries. Perhaps they will be undermining our democracy in the interests of a subversive Marxist conspiracy. Spain of course used to be dictated to by General Franco, but of course that was part of 'normality' as it was between 1950 and 2000.
According to Mr Farage under UKIP, migrant workers would have to have a job paying more than £27,000 a year before being admitted - but there would be exceptions such as nurses. Of course! Exceptions! I recall exceptions in the days of 'normality'. We even advertised for bus drivers. Please come and drive our buses and trains we pleaded in the days of normality, and when they came we called then niggers and made them very unwelcome. Some stayed and generations later they have made a great contribution to our Britishness. Thank goodness for normality.