All parties have functionaries at the top who get into power and try to retain it, seeing themselves as kingmakers. UKIP has these just as much as any party. LPUK has just come though its own turf wars, deeply divided.
In fact, the moment you say the word “party”, you’re getting corruption, incompetence, lack of transparency, lack of communication or reply, lack of funds, factions, backstabbing, tingoddedness etc.
If they do get their noses above the parapet, in step the moneyed donors and they want something in return. Only natural, stands to reason.
What if “Say No to the Big Three” succeeded?
Let’s just say a whole lot of independents got in, instead of the Big 3. For a start, many pollies would have seen the writing on the wall in the lead up and jumped ship, suddenly becoming champions of their local constituents as independents – the advantage being that they’re incumbent.
In there, as well as the unfortunate Galloways, would be a smattering of UKIP and a lesser number, maybe their first ever, of LPUK.
The problem then with parliament would be having enough clout to change things, e.g. repealing RIPA and thousands of other pieces of insane legislation, rebuilding the armed forces and so on. Then the job of tackling the corrupt culture at Westminster, dismantling fake charities – it never ends.
Inevitably, someone would start to dominate and a party would centre around him/her. Fragmented politics didn’t stop Berlusconi doing as he did, mainly because he had the real power behind him.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the issue. If we fail to see who the real power is, the real enemy, then all of our utopian ideas fall to the ground or are subsumed into a new round of corruption and ineptitude, only under a different name. Those names which, if they’re uttered, immediately condemn the utterer to tinfoil hat status, won’t go away. Those names are named for a very good reason – they are the PTB.
Yes, the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, C300, Bilderbergers, Tavistock, Royal Institute, Royal Society, Shriners, Freemasonry’s upper echelons, BIS, IMF, WB, UN, EU and so on. Throw in Force Femmes and the Green Scammers.
And a Christian can easily name who is behind them but let’s not get off track here.
How UKIP can succeed
UKIP, as it stood around the time of the last GE, was hopeless. Disorganized, too many strange people [in the perception of the common man], seemingly uninterested in the political game. Up here, I tried to get in touch with my local UKIP man and couldn’t. Apparently he was on his last legs anyway and was in it for the hell of it.
No contact details, no dialogue, no presence locally and I had to go through some UKIP bloggers I knew to even find out who he was. UKIP HQ completely ignored my written request, so how many others did they ignore?
As you can gather, I said f*** em and voted for an independent, a local businessman who was on about reforming our corrupt, now CP dominated, council. It was then that, as one x millionth fraction of the voting population, little old me was only ever going to vote for someone I could speak with and ask his views on two or three issues of concern at the time.
There was no LPUK presence whatever. I asked people around the area if they knew UKIP and LPUK. LPUK they’d never heard of but thought they were anarchists by the sound of their name. UKIP they’d vaguely heard of through Farage’s stunt in the aeroplane and one tele spot.
Another thing apparent was the north/south divide. It’s very, very real, if only for our high rainfall and full dams – you should see the lush, verdant vegetation at the moment – but more politically, the lack of LPUK up here is because it seems a very south-centric movement. I’d not necessarily say London based but certainly south. Ditto UKIP. I’m only giving people’s impressions, not saying this is so and am certainly not against them – after all, next time I’ll be voting for one of these or an amalgam.
But they really need to get their act together.
I believe UKIP will get its act together first, harnessing the Tory discontent and having more high-profile people come over to it. The Tory anti-UKIP rhetoric is good because it shows they’re worried Dave is decimating the party. I also believe they shouldn’t jump on stats putting them ahead of the Lib Dems because it is a reactive figure. Hell, people go for the BNP in times of trouble but no one sees them governing.
Again, not putting them down and well done for a hard road but to be a truly alternative government, they need to recognize some things:
1. The PTB will try to corrupt anyone likely to gain power. They’ll get CP graduates to contest party positions and so on – party politics is their field and they have the dirty tactics sewn up.
2. The name – they need to change it to more than a one-policy name and sorry but that’s how it’s perceived, whatever the reality or what progress has been made.
3. They need to broaden their platform to bring in disparate elements such as LPUK and all the fragmented, unrepresented, small government, pro-industry, pro-freedom people, in a very welcoming and accessible way. They need to persuade all these elements that it might be better to get behind and throw in their lot with this crowd, even if they’re not perfect – than the alternative.
They need to co-opt the former Tory ex councillors and that type to come in as the voice of conservative libertarianism in the area. The monolithic socialist Labour is an excrescence but one with a long history of destruction, they’re deep in the land and they’re organized. Everyone knows the tribal mentality.
4. As a result of this, the party has to really look like a government in waiting, to speak like a winner, not a bleater. Not enough to be happy with one or two people getting in and everyone slapping themselves on the back. To the retort “we have to start somewhere”, no party who accepted a lesser position ever took government. They need to come in as a fully fledged party with a raft of policies largely stolen from old small c conservative platforms but mixing in a certain amount of Labour’s winners. If you’re going to have a party at all [and I don’t like parties], then at least do it right. The only way the media will get on the bandwagon is if there is a concerted, coordinated push up and down the country, media bombarded, people wandering around with party symbols, e.g. a flower of some kind in their lapels [or pinned to their hoods].
The other day, at work, so many people came in wearing a yellow flower in their lapel, I just had to know what it was about – cancer apparently. That sort of thing.
5. I like Nigel a hell of a lot but sadly, he had his run against Bercow and people did not buy. If a poisoned dwarf could get back over Nigel, then either the tactics were wrong and his judgement comes into question … or people just don’t like him. I do but who TF am I?
6. They’ll need a proper party structure where people in contested constituencies can make contact and who feel that this is a viable alternative government. This is especially tied in with the public perception that the conservative voice [small c] is now with UKIP and not with the iDave Pink Tories.
I mean, what a double-whammy for the Tories – seen by one side as the toffs, seen by the other as pinkos. No integrity.
7. Related to N1 above – this party needs to understand what it’s up against. It is, in fact, reconstituting society, back to how it was before the quislings got into key positions up and down the country and never forget those quislings have the vote too. I’ll never vote for a party which is in it just to be in power and enjoying the gravy train. It needs serious candidates of integrity.
Will this new “party” succeed? If sufficient Tories of good name [with the public] come over – perhaps. If people of note in other professions come in – also perhaps.
Will UKIP or LPUK on their own succeed? Can’t see it. Somewhere along the line, they’re going to have to talk to each other and to disaffected Tories, without turning up their noses and somehow thrash out a new political force.