I spent a number of years trying to delve behind the enigma that is the UK Independence Party. The fascinating posting by James Higham on the Fabian Window, of 27th September, which may be read further down these pages, reminded me of one of two nagging problems to which my mind frequently returned when struggling to understand the mechanics and founding beliefs of that party. The first of these was the role of a lecturer at the LSE, Dr Alan Sked, being the founding member of the party. I once made an attempt to meet and discuss matters with Dr Sked, but it proved impossible to co-ordinate the timing. ( The second item not being discussed in this posting were suggestions hinted at by Norman [now Lord] Tebbit, that there was some kind of relationship or interconnectedness, I am not certain which, between UKIP and the British intelligence services, first aired by him, in The Spectator, if I recall correctly.)
At the time of my closest association with UKIP members, from around 2003 to 2005, there was a widespread feeling that the ‘British Establishment’ would make every effort to thwart the party’s objectives, a suspicion probably not unusual in single issue minority parties. None, however, that I could then find, seemed to find it odd that Dr Sked had been such a moving force behind founding their party, accepting at face value that he had once advised Margaret Thatcher.
So much for the past, what of today. Nigel Farage, the present UKIP leader, has achieved the post of one of many EU President’s through his long attendance in the EU Parliament at Strasbourg and in Brussels. He is extremely effective in causing discomfiture to the various appointed Presidents, Commissioners and the subjugated national politicians and other co-conspirators who appear before the Parliament. This is all good knockabout pantomime which I frequently link from my own blog, as Farage is brilliant at sticking the knife into these stuffed shirts. Yet does it help or hinder those of us trying to rid the Continent of Europe of this putative tyranny?
One comment on a recent YouTube video clip of Nigel Farage in full flow, stated “At last we have a parliament”. One must assume the contributor was referring to the EU, in which case nothing could be further removed from the truth. There still remains no ability for the EU Parliament to propose, frame or remove legislation. The main function is to feed EU taxpayer funds back to the national political parties who gave the EU birth and continue to provide it succour , and thus ensure their own perpetuation in real power. Odd parties such as UKIP and their partners in Strasbourg, such as Timo Soini’s Finns are making progress, but it is only within the parliaments of the former nation states, in my considered opinion, that any change will necessarily have to come. UKIP for example are already canvassing on their videos for the EU elections of 2014, but even were they to replace the Tories for top spot in MEPs, they will remain a mere voice with no abilities to make change.
The conspiracy among the three main British political parties to continue their backdoor funding from the EU remains the greatest threat to Britain’s individual liberties for its citizens and a return to democratic rule from Westminster. Prepare to watch the Conservative Party Conference next week and weep!
Perhaps in the long run, UKIP and the Greens, gaining all MEP representation, thus cutting off this EU funding source for the three main parties, may finally achieve what is needed. Is it time for those of us who left UKIP, once again to bend our efforts to their cause?