Posted by: docdenbow | January 20, 2014

Why Ukip Scares Me To Death


According to the BBC website Ukip have now suspended David Silvester, whatever good that’ll do. What is the point in Ukip suspending him? It’s plain for even the most stupid amongst us (That’s me – hello!) that this is nothing more than a damage limitation exercise. Ukip had said Mr Silvester’s views were “not the party’s” but defended his right to state his opinions. Well Ukip that doesn’t work for me and I don’t think most of

English: Godfrey Bloom, Member of the European...

Godfrey Bloom – Bongo Bongo Man

the most intelligent portions of the country will see the suspension as another instance of the door being slammed after the metaphorical horse has done a bunk. This is the party that included MEP Godfrey Bloom, he of “Bongo Bongo Land” (amongst many more gaffes) fame.

I don’t suppose that I am alone in thinking that Ukip is just a vehicle for middle class, middle England fears and phobias. However, it appears that David Silvester’s expulsion from the party has coincided with an event which could have catastrophic repercussions for the country as a whole. Today, January 19th 2014 that esteemed organ that is the Financial Times has announced something that is truly terrifying to any right thinking individual, and Liberal Democrats. Ukip apparently is the most popular of the political parties, with 27 per cent of voters saying they “liked” Ukip the best. Mr Nigel Farage won 22 per cent of support in the poll as most favoured leader, behind Mr Cameron with 27 per cent. Ed Miliband, the Labour leader polled 18 per cent with Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, trailing with 13 per cent.

English: Nigel Farage at a conference in the G...

I find the very thought of Nigel Farage and his braying Ukip mob in any position of authority and influence to be more than a little worrying. He seems to pander to the lowest common denominator and exploits the narrow minded, but also tries to engender so feeling of “Englishness” that died out with Jeeves and Wooster. Nigel Farage’s idea of a successful United Kingdom revolves around smoking fags, drinking warm beer and deporting as many people as he can.

Yet for all that is so wrong with the political agenda of Ukip there is something that to my mind is far, far worse. In future elections Ukip intend to field many more candidates. The BBC quotes –

“UKIP plan to vet all 1,818 candidates to ensure it didn’t have “extremist, barmy or nasty” views.”

Well Ukip, me old muckers, you haven’t got that many now and you’ve let David Silvester and Godfrey Bloom and gawd knows how many other halfwitted morons through the net of your “rigourous” selection process. So what is to be the quality of the candidate who will potentially get elected?

According to Steve Crowther, the UKIP Chairman “After an exhaustive, multilayered assessment programme, the original 200 individuals who put themselves forward as prospective candidates have been whittled down to the current 78. We are now offering our approved list to the membership to make their choices.” So doing the maths 39% of those wanting to stand for the Euro elections have passed Ukip’s exhaustive, multilayered assessment programme. For me that begs very serious questions

  • How exhaustive were these tests?

  • Just how good is this 39%

  • How bad are the others?

Whilst it’s true to say that the British electorate are totally disenchanted with successive broken promises from Government after Government regardless of whether they’re Conservative or Labour it’s plain to see that the limited Ukip offers no solution. The headings of the manifesto are all fine and dandy but far too many assumptions are being made as to how these may be implemented. Does Mr Farage really think that he can pop over to Brussels and just say “I’m out” like Duncan Bannatyne does in “Dragon’s Den?” That’s how the thick of the UK think Ukip will operate. It’s just not the case. Yet for all of that the “headlines” of the manifesto are designed with a great deal of expertise to appeal.

Bringing Power Back To The UK

  • EU controls Immigration, Business and Employment, Financial Services, Fishing, Farming, Law and Order, Energy and Trade. It seeks now to control Foreign Affairs and Tax.

  • The British people must decide through an immediate referendum if we stay in the EU or come out and claw back independent power over our national life.

  • We do not have to be ruled by this regime to work with our European neighbours who depend on us for their markets.

  • Give the public power to require binding local and national referenda on major issues.

Protect Our Borders

  • Only by leaving the EU can we fully regain control of our borders and control migration.

  • Those wishing to permanently settle in the UK must financially support themselves and their dependents for 5 years. This means private health insurance (except emergency medical care), private education and housing.  You pay into the pot before you take out of the pot.

  • Bring in a points based visa system and time limited work permits.

  • Tourists and new migrants to the UK must provide proof of private health insurance cover as a condition of entry to the UK.

Rebuild Prosperity And Keeping The Lights On

  • Outside the EU we will save £53m a day and we can give British workers the first crack at the 800,000 jobs we currently advertise to EU workers.

  • No tax on the minimum wage.

  • Local councils are to enroll unemployed welfare claimants onto community schemes or retraining workfare programmes.

  • Scrap all green taxes, wind turbine subsidies and adopt nuclear power to free us from dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil and gas.

  • Develop shale gas and place the tax revenues into a British Sovereign Wealth Fund. Norway’s oil Sovereign Wealth Fund is now worth $750bn.

  • Make real and rigorous cuts in foreign aid and replace with free trade.

Safeguards Against Crime

  • No cuts to frontline policing

  • Make sentences mean what they say – life must mean life.

  • No votes for prisoners.

  • Leave the EU to prevent foreign criminals entering the UK.

  • Scrap the European Arrest Warrant, which can see British citizens sent to foreign jails on scant evidence.

  • Remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

Care And Support For All

  • Ensure GPs surgeries open in the evening for full-time workers, where there is demand.

  • Set up locally elected County Health Boards to inspect hospitals, so that we never have another Stafford Hospital crisis.

  • Social Housing to be prioritised for people whose parents and grandparents were born locally.

  • Allow the creation of new grammar schools.

  • Those wishing to come to the UK must show proof of private health Insurance as a condition of entry to the UK.

  • Ensure that benefits are only available for those who have lived here for over 5 years.

  • Make welfare a safety net for the needy, not a bed for the lazy.

Free Speech And Democracy

  • Political correctness is stifling free speech.

  • The law of the land must be single and apply to us all. We oppose any other system of law.

  • Teach children positive messages and pride in their country. We want to unite through better Integration.

UK Independence Party

I’m sure you’ll agree that those headline policies are in the main enticing. Many of those policies would in fairness get my support. However, the movers and shakers of Ukip are not my worry. They don’t scare me to death. I’m made of far sterner stuff than that. There are other things “behind the scenes” that bother me. It’s not the officers it’s the troops I worry about. The reactionary old buffers sipping G and T reminding everyone within earshot of how the Italian cars have 5 gears and 4 of those are reverse, French are all stroppy and a bit smelly and they refuse to talk about the Germans apart from tapping their noses and shaking their heads. Ah yes, the sort of old coves who view folks from the next town or village with suspicion, it’s these that scare me and it’s because there’s so many of them and they will join the ranks of Ukip spreading their xenophobia, homophobia and bigotry.

Welcome to the 21st Century In Great Britain.

We’re doomed if Ukip is the alternative to the established parties governing this country.

Ciao For Now

Denbow

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Responses

  1. It’s interesting that the author, in his faux-naïf fashion, affects to see Farage as leading a “braying Ukip mob” that panders to ” the lowest common denominator” and includes people who make daft remarks about the weather and use phrases like Bongo-Bongo land. Well, Mr Denbow, artlessly self-described as among “the most stupid amongst us”, appears to hold some strange views that may well justify his penetrating self-analysis. He neglects the fact that the Mr Silvester spent most of his political life as a Tory and the Bongo-Bongo land quote came from the widely admired Alan Clark – another Tory, in case that had slipped our Doc’s notice. The Labour Party has just had another embarrassment in Falkirk, a loutish MP who enjoys scuffles in bars, and the peerless John Prescott who routinely mangles the English language and is game for punching voters who offend him. As for the LibDems and their convicted liars, what more does Doc want now that the party is busy publicly tearing itself to pieces?

    Mr Denbow’s evident contempt for the democratic process is, I suppose, to be expected from one who is so terrified of the electorate judgement that he insults their intelligence in this way.

    • When I get a few minutes of my life to waste writing on the subject I will reply.

      Of that I promise

      D

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