OK, let’s get the quotes out of the way first:
# Dorries is right, of course. It’s just a shame that this didn’t come from someone with more credibility than a self-serving expense-fiddler. [Aelfred Wantage]
# Why do people always call them toff because they are Tory yet most of the last labour government either went to private school or Oxbridge. Labour MP’s were just as out of touch with the real world take Gordon Brown for one example. [Marie, Hampshire]
# My problem with David Cameron is not that he is rich, well educated, posh and joined the Bullingdon Club – I guess many given the opportunity would do the same. No, my problem is that he is making a real pig’s ear of running the country. He has done nothing he promised, done so my “U” turns I am giddy, can’t imagine how he feels, distinctly nauseous I would imagine.
He also listens far too much to Nick Clegg who thinks the Human Rights Act in its present form is acceptable and who thought the old age pension was £30 a week. His wife, apparently, takes £400 an hour. Out of touch or what? [JN Wiltshire, Wiltshire]
# Good on you Nadine for telling the truth, problem is he’s so b***dy arrogant he still won’t listen. What he and the rest of his cronies have done is split the party wide open, and I for one, a lifelong Tory voter will never vote Tory again. I might just try UKIP next time round, even if it turns out just to be a protest vote. [I give up]
Right, in practical terms, we can’t vote Labour, nor for the Tories as they are, nor for the Lib Dems. LPUK is a dead duck. The only practical alternative is UKIP. However, their policy is a pig’s breakfast at the moment. If you google UKIP, you get them up the top, look for Manifesto and you get some garbage about London or Scotland, when what people need is the policies in summarized form up front.
No can do with UKIP, it seems. OK, the only alternative was to go to Wiki and here are their policies:
Although UKIP’s original raison d’être was withdrawal from the European Union it was felt that the public perception of the party as a single-issue party – despite issuing a full manifesto – was damaging electoral progress. Farage, on becoming leader, started a wide-ranging policy review, his stated aim being “the development of the party into broadly standing for traditional conservative and libertarian values”. Malcolm Pearson, on becoming leader, built upon Farage’s policy review, his fundamental propositions being the introduction of Swiss style referendums and direct democracy at local and national levels, and opposition to Islamic fundamentalism.
UKIP’s economic stance is based on what it claims to be the need for much lower taxation in order to compete internationally. It proposes combining income tax and national insurance into a single flat tax at 31 per cent, which it claims would take 4.5 million lower-paid workers out of the income tax system completely. UKIP also proposes cuts in corporation taxes and the abolition of inheritance taxes. On the subject of business and enterprise, UKIP proposes to establish ‘Production Enterprise Centres’ to assist companies in research, design, prototyping and marketing. This would mean that small and medium-sized enterprises would be provided with the skills to enter into markets without being shunned, and thus businesses failing to survive.
On the issue of the national debt, UKIP admits that there should be cuts in government services but ones of front line status should still thrive. UKIP believes that things such as administration and politicians salaries should be at the top of the list for government cuts instead of services. The party also believes that there is substantial waste and inefficiency that can be eliminated while vital front line services remain fully protected. UKIP also aims to reduce the size of the public sector to what it was in 1997, making cuts into unnecessary and taxpayer-costly jobs and to also create one million skilled jobs in manufacturing in exchange for public sector jobs. Finally, the party believes profligate government spending is killing off the productive activity that provides tax funds, and that easing the burden will be the route to revitalising the economy.
UKIP’s policy paper on education says it regards the aim of education as being to bring out the talents and abilities of every child. The party wants to give schools more freedom to determine their own direction so parents can have a more meaningful choice. It supports education vouchers for parents, would reform the national curriculum to give schools a greater say over the subjects taught, and would abolish the nationwide testing of children before the age of 11. UKIP supports grammar schools equally with the other kinds of state-funded schools. Lord Pearson, on becoming leader, went on to propose the introduction of a school voucher system. UKIP plans to re-introduce the “three Rs” into schools and to introduce simple reading tests to students at the age of 7. UKIP aims to allow teachers to do their jobs with minimal government interference. It plans to abolish Ofsted with its powers to be transferred to school governing bodies with a new independent Educational Inspectorate made up of experienced teachers. Another education policy is to allow schools a greater say over what they can teach, although key subjects will be retained.
UKIP claims that the Armed Forces are ‘starved’ of money, have insufficient resources and equipment and are engaged in expensive, wasteful military operations. On the War in Afghanistan, UKIP aims to create a single, clear objective or seek to negotiate a withdrawal from the area. The party is committed to NATO and is fully against the creation of a European Army: Eurocorps. UKIP agrees that defence spending should be increased; the party believes that the structure of the Ministry of Defence is bureaucratic and wasteful. UKIP plans to cut bureaucracy and waste but to increase spending in the Armed Forces and to improve equipment. UKIP pledges to:
- Spend an extra 40% on defence annually, another 1% of GDP.
- Expand the Army by 25% to 125,000 personnel and to double the size of the Territorial Army.
- Restore the Royal Navy to its 2001 strength with three new aircraft carriers and nearly 70 other ships, at the same time guaranteeing the future of the Plymouth, Portsmouth and Rosyth naval bases.
- Increase the Royal Air Force‘s capability by buying more essential helicopters, transport aircraft and 50 extra Joint Strike Fighter Lightning aircraft.
- Cut the bureaucracy of the Ministry of Defence, which has one civil servant for every two military personnel.
- Introduce better pay, conditions and medical care for the British Armed Forces personnel and their families.
UKIP states that Britain and Britishness have been “betrayed by misguided politically correct ideology, extremist Islam and errant nationalism from within”, that “Britain is a proud nation state, which does not wish its identity to be diluted or trivialised… and feel it is time to assert our independence, identity and traditions.”
UKIP asserts that it believes in civic nationalism. UKIP “opposes multiculturalism and political correctness but rejects “blood and soil” ethnic nationalism. UKIP promotes uni-culturalism, a single British culture embracing all races, religions and colours”. It states that Britishness can be defined in terms of belief in democracy, fair play and freedom.
UKIP has stated that it will “enthusiastically support teaching Gaelic languages and histories in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Cornwall, and support local and area heritage across the UK.”
UKIP opposes the takeover of major British companies, such as the takeover of Cadbury’s by Kraft Foods in 2010, and would create a new parliamentary committee that would be given powers to block the sale or merger of companies and to attach conditions, including requiring a UK Government “Golden Share”.
Immigration and asylum
UKIP states that some 2.5 million immigrants have arrived since 1997 and up to one million economic migrants live in the UK illegally. UKIP asserts that “former New Labour staff maintain that this policy has been a deliberate attempt to water down the British identity and buy votes. EU and human rights legislation means we cannot even expel foreign criminals if they come from another EU country. This is why immigration control is so essential and overdue.” UKIP will:
- Call for an immediate five-year freeze on immigration for permanent settlement and will insure that any future immigration does not exceed 50,000 people per year.
- Ensure that after the five-year freeze, any future immigration for permanent settlement will be on a strictly controlled, points-based system similar to that in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
- Regain control of the UK’s borders. Entry for work will be on a time-limited work permit only while entry for non-work related purposes (e.g., holiday or study) will be on a temporary visa. Overstaying a visa will be treated as a criminal offence.
- Triple the number of UK Borders Agency staff engaged in controlling immigration to 30,000.
- Return people found to be living illegally in the UK to their country of origin. No amnesty for illegal immigrants as it encourages illegal immigration.
- Require those living in the UK under ‘Permanent Leave to Remain’ to abide by a legally binding ‘Undertaking of Residence’ ensuring they respect our laws or face deportation. Such residents will not be eligible for benefits. People applying for British citizenship will have to have completed a period of not less than five years as a resident on ‘Permanent Leave to Remain’. New citizens should pass a citizenship test and sign a ‘Declaration of British Citizenship’ promising to uphold Britain’s democratic and tolerant way of life.
- Enforce the existing terms of the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees until Britain replaces it with an Asylum Act. To avoid disappearances, asylum seekers will be held in secure and humane centres until applications are processed, with a limited right to appeal. Those seeking asylum must do so in the first ‘designated safe country’ they enter. Existing asylum seekers who have had their application refused will be required to leave the country, along with any dependants.
- Require that certain visas, such as student visas, will necessitate face-to-face interviews, and UKIP will crack down on bogus educational establishments
- Repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. In future the British courts will not be allowed to appeal to any international treaty or convention that overrides or sets aside the provisions of any statute passed by the UK Parliament.
- Reintroduce the ‘Primary Purpose Rule’ (abolished by the Labour Government), whereby those marrying or seeking to marry a British citizen will have to convince the admitting officer that marriage, not residence, is their primary purpose in seeking to enter the UK.
- End the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national government and all publicly funded bodies.
Direct democracy and referendums
UKIP would introduce direct democracy whereby if a fixed proportion of the electorate in each constituency (normally 5 per cent) signs a petition demanding a referendum on any major issue which is of concern to them, it would be granted within three months for local petitions and six months for national petitions.
Energy and environmental policies
UKIP favours an expansion of nuclear power for reasons of energy security. UKIP is sceptical of anthropogenic global warming, and suggests instead that the current warming is similar to that of previous geological cycles, and calls for further evidence provided by a Royal Commission before it will accept that it is manmade. It does not believe large-scale cuts in carbon emissions are necessary, arguing that technological innovation is already moving towards decarbonisation, and also argues that plans to invest in wind power are uneconomic.
UKIP would introduce labelling schemes to imports indicating the methods of production, e.g. battery cages, sow tethers, veal crates, whilst maintaining current levels of British animal welfare. It would use advertising campaigns to educate consumers about the labelling schemes.
UKIP would look at the present system of import control to find out how it can be strengthened using expert opinion. UKIP states that it would rely on British veterinary and scientific advice in the event of any disease outbreaks, including Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Bovine TB.
UKIP is opposed to the production of GM crops in Britain, yet open[clarification needed] to scientific research, advice and consumer demand. UKIP would also require that all imported GM produce be labelled as ‘genetically modified’.
Identity cards and civil liberties
UKIP is against the Identity Cards Act 2006. In December 2004, UKIP affiliated to the anti-ID card campaign, No2ID. Concern for civil liberties also led UKIP to oppose the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which gives additional powers to the UK Home Secretary in broadly defined “emergency situations”. UKIP’s Jeffrey Titford MEP condemned the bill as “totalitarian“.
UKIP seeks to give more powers to local authorities.
It would restore the county as a key government with unitaries only where local people prefer them.
UKIP would use city-wide authorities to provide continuity and strategic direction, with counties cooperating on area-wide strategies, where necessary. However, area-wide co-operation across large scale planning, transport and development will be encouraged.
Great stuff! Let’s add the Carswell biz:
Somewhere in there is a policy for some party, maybe UKIP, maybe called something else. This will be the next government if we, the people, can stymie the EU who have an entirely different scenario planned out.