Why you SHOULD vote UKIP
Below is a blog post from Brian Duckett who is a Tory Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and, one would surmise, a Euro sceptic. In it he attempts to convince whoever is reading that they should be voting for him and not UKIP. His blog in plain text, inserts in square parentheses are my replies.
Why you should not vote for UKIP
With a general election only a short 18 months away, UKIP is clearly positioning itself to claim the ‘alternative Tory vote’ – hoping, no doubt, to sweep up any disaffected Conservatives who find the 21st century brand of Conservatism unpalatable. [We are appealing to people right across the electorate and have new members and defectors from all three major parties. We are also proving extremely popular with people who were previously non-voters, disaffected by the entire British political system as it has been run in the past]
Whilst this may sound straightforward and, from a Ukipper’s point of view very achievable it is, in fact, neither. [We are already achieving it. Membership continues to grow while the Conservative membership has been decimated in the past few years]
I should now declare a little ‘insider knowledge’. In a foolish moment, at the beginning of this year, I flirted with UKIP. It was no more than a dalliance – barely even a peck on the cheek – and I didn’t even join the party. [So a brief dalliance qualifies you to have insider knowledge? Were you also the sort of lad who would spend an evening with a young lady, get as far as a peck on the cheek then go back to the dorm and tell all your chums about the colour of her petticoats?]
I could spend the next 2,000 words telling you precisely why I didn’t join UKIP and why I returned to the Conservatives – a party I have supported since the age of 16 – but perhaps I will succinctly sum it up as a flash of pique, my own small protest vote, my little personal warning to the Conservatives that they hadn’t quite got it right. [And you believe anyone even noticed?] But what my brief affair did provide me with was an insight into UKIP and a long list of reasons why that party should not be taken seriously. Or even trusted. [I refer you to my earlier comment about your alleged insider knowledge]
THE PROBLEMS WITH UKIP
Let’s start with policy. It is incredibly easy for a political party to adopt a framework of populist policies. [Surely all of politics is about appealing to people. The current Tory strategy of trying to force unwanted policy down the throats of the British people – HS2, war in Syria, EU surrender, Green taxes, dismantling of our armed forces (to name a few) – is only going to lead to one outcome]
They don’t need to be substantiated, they can easily capture the zeitgeist of the ‘man on the street’ [How much more out of touch with the ‘man on the street’ can you be? This is typical Tory old-boy speak. Many people on the street wouldn’t be able to spell zeitgeist much less know what it means. What we do know is that we are fed up with Public-School-Oxbridge-Educated professional politicians trying to tell us how we should feel]
– without any comeback or need for justification – and they can promise the earth whilst being required to deliver precisely nothing; nice work if you can get it. [All UKIP’s main policies can be substantiated, and as for not needing justification, UKIP are constantly justifying and explaining their position against a barrage of abuse from the other parties. It is the main three that are unable to offer any explanation or substantiation of, for example; how mass uncontrolled migration of low skilled workers is good for Britain, how the ECHR is of benefit to anyone other than the criminals, how the mountains of red tape and bureaucracy assist small and medium-sized UK businesses trade in Europe]
The fact is, few of UKIP’s policies stand up to real world scrutiny; it may sound great whilst leaning against the bar with a pint in one hand and a cigar in the other but it often amounts to little more than a flippant soundbite. [So why are the other main parties taking note and changing their policies – UKIP were the first party to stand against entering into the war in Syria and the first party to advocate sending the navy to Gibraltar, the Tory party are now offering (with conditions) a referendum on EU membership, and this week trying to say that they will restrict benefits to new entrants from Bulgaria and Romania]
Take Europe, for example. Whatever one’s position on the in/out issue, it is essential to have a balanced debate, examining in forensic detail the facts and the consequences of either leaving Europe or staying put. This is such a critical issue that it needs well researched, logical, fact-based debate [I totally agree, and you’ll not find a UKIP member who isn’t fully in favour of such a debate]
– not the scaremongering spin of the zealous anti lobby. [When it comes to zealots look no further than the EU political machine. It is one of the biggest proponents of spin in the World, spending more on advertising and self-promotion than Coca Cola, and with the submissive support of the UKs three main political parties to assist in spreading the fiction. Accusing UKIP of spin and scaremongering against this backdrop is a pretty hollow argument]
It may be easy to convince people – as UKIP attempts to do – that leaving is the only sensible option but to do so without a rigorous analysis of the consequences is almost criminal. [and to continue unchecked down the current path towards a federal United States of Europe and the loss of British sovereignty is absolutely treasonable] Yet, many people will be convinced by this UKIP scaremongering.
The same applies to crime, immigration, the economy, education, defence, health. To say that UKIP has even attempted to formulate a grown-up suite of policies would be laughable. Again, little of it stands up to scrutiny beyond the level of bar room banter. [Utter nonsense – perhaps you should have progressed further than that peck on the cheek. Even a brief look over the UKIP.org web site will point you to firm and concise policy statements on all the issues above] But the danger is, it can sound plausible. [Perhaps because it is?]
Then there’s the people. Look at the shambles that was the UKIP party conference a few months ago. Leaving aside Nigel Farage for the moment, and possibly one or two others, do they strike you as people who could run the country? A town? A booze-up in a brewery? [So now, devoid of anything factual, like the rest of the Tory old-guard you need to resort to insults and name-calling – always a good sign for us]
Just let me say this, I have seen UKIP at close quarters and there are plenty more where Godfrey Bloom came from. [And the Tory party is full of people like yourself – maybe that’s part of the reason why membership has halved over recent years?]
But you’ve got to give it to Farage – he’s clearly got something that plenty of people want. Perhaps it’s the ‘from the heart’ appeal, the no-nonsense approach or the apparently tough line on immigration. Again, all very plausible and perhaps vote-winning, but will it stand up to scrutiny?
On January 1, Romanians and Bulgarians will be allowed to move freely to our country. Resentment among working-class voters already worried about their jobs and wages is only going to increase unless, perhaps, we take a much harder line on enforcing the implementation of the minimum wage (the reason why immigrants can price local workers out of work). This should be good news for UKIP, seen to be the ‘most trusted party on immigration’. [No further comment necessary]
Whether UKIP can be trusted on immigration, however, is another matter. [Why? we’ve been campaigning on this issue for 20 years, we’re not about to change our minds now. U-turns are the province of the LibLabCon]
But if it is perceived to be doing, or saying, the right thing, then perhaps we have a problem, particularly in the north, where immigration is likely to be the biggest electoral issue in 2015. [Didn’t imagine this was something the Tories were worried about, given their popularity in that region].
In Yorkshire, for example, a recent poll found that 10% said they would support UKIP – maybe not a vast number but it’s almost four times the number who voted UKIP in that county in 2010.
And the answer? For starters, we need to take a more decisive line on immigration. At the time of writing, David Cameron is considering tough new measures to discourage the new year influx. [“Considering’ being the operative word here and ‘tough’ is something of an exaggeration]
In response to increasing backbench and public pressure [due to the success of those pesky UKIP ‘populists’], he may impose constraints on access to new migrants’ benefits, making the UK a far less attractive proposition. This will certainly help the Conservatives’ cause, but is not enough on its own. [It’s not going to help at all, because it won’t happen – anyone who thinks the EU are going to allow David Cameron to flout EU rules is sadly mistaken] But that’s for a future article . . .
UKIP – THE SOUFFLÉ PARTY
Back, then, to the 2015 general election. I have no doubt that many voters will at least question whether they dare vote for UKIP. If they do, they are probably taking a gateway drug to having Ed Miliband as their prime minister. ‘Vote UKIP – get Labour.’ If you’re a Tory voter, a floating voter or even a wavering LibDem, are you really prepared to take this risk? [Vote UKIP – get UKIP. So far this is most pathetic reason you’ve given for not voting UKIP. Of course if the Tories (or Labour) were prepared to bring in PR or AV then every person’s vote would count and we wouldn’t have this ridiculous situation where tactical voting prevents people from selecting the person they really want. But that’s for a future article . . .]
It is hoped, however, that in the cold light of day, UKIP voters will refuse to put the pro-Europe, pro-Human Rights Act, pro-green-energy Ed Miliband into Downing Street. [What, by voting for the pro-Europe, pro-Human Rights Act, pro-green-energy David Cameron?].
UKIP polled almost 20% in the European election in 2009 and then got only 3% of the vote at the general election less than a year later — the electorate sees it as a soufflé party that will collapse at the first firm tap. [Hope you like soufflé, as you’ll be eating your words come the GE2015]
We are optimistic that voters can distinguish ‘between elections that really matter and elections that don’t’. [Glad you agree that the EU doesn’t really matter. Too bad it currently controls 75% of British laws, imposes massive levies on British citizens and bureaucracy on British business, prevents us from extraditing some of the most vile scum back to their home land or making trade agreements directly with the most economically active countries]
[Not sure why you felt the need to title this paragraph UKIP locally when it’s all about you and there is no reference to UKIP at all]
It was interesting to read a recent ‘news story’ on a poor quality local news website that spoke of my brief dalliance with UKIP (it must have been an incredibly slow news day) and dredged up a blog article I wrote that was vaguely critical of George Osborne’s handling of the economy. [I assume you’ve followed recent Tory protocol of eradicating past announcements and deleted this article?]
Actually, I stand by what I said which was, at the time, a balanced and reasonable assessment of the prevailing economic situation. The article went on to criticise me for having a London office – how very naughty of me! If you want to get the measure of the true calibre of certain political groups at local level, I think this says it all. It’s rather juvenile and sad when personal attacks are a substitute for having anything of political substance to talk about. Perhaps they’re scared. [Again, no mention of UKIP here, but I refer you to your earlier paragraph regarding breweries]
[Many thanks for the opportunity to set a few records straight]