Not only but also

As one of those who helped create the first UKIP manifesto in the early 1990s I know that both then and now the party has produced policies across a broad range of issues which can stand comparison with any of those put forward by the idiotic, incompetent and self interested members of the main parties. It makes me furious when I hear UKIP's opponents constantly assert that the party only speaks on one issue, and when I hear their creatures in the media, particularly the BBC, repeating this lie endlessly. Why on earth should it be believed that a large group of intelligent people, who clearly have an immense knowledge of the challenges facing this country, would not be just as capable of putting forward a full programme of sensible policies as are the self satisfied lobby fodder with which we are afflicted. The main policy of the party, namely ending the destruction being wrought upon this country by membership of the EU, encompasses most of the issues about which the electorate is concerned, such as jobs, future prosperity, social cohesion and the right to dismiss those who seek to rule us, but there are also a number of other vital issues for which UKIP is proposing sensible alternatives, so it is worth while looking at these.

One of the most contentious is of course immigration from the rest of the EU. Opponents of UKIP claim that this is motivated by racism and a feeling of superiority to foreigners. As far as the first is concerned the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of Europe are, just as in the UK, members of the Caucasian race and it is therefore absurd to claim that supporters of restrictions on such immigrants are racists, as those involved are of the same race as themselves. As far as the second is concerned I would be the first to admit that every nation will have citizens who are more intelligent, courageous or worthy than I may be and I would certainly not seek to stereotype any individual based on their national origin as being in any way inferior to ourselves. The point is that a small island can only support a limited number of people and that to run an open door policy will inevitably lead to disaster, as the resources available cannot even maintain the current level of prosperity, let alone see improvements in the future. While we should always help those in genuine need of asylum and be prepared to welcome those who can clearly be shown to benefit the British people as a whole and to help our economy, it is madness to apply no restrictions whatsoever. To do so would penalise those in our society who are most deprived, such as the large numbers of young unemployed people in areas deserted by heavy industry and indeed include many of those who are recent immigrants themselves. The political parasites in Westminster who support the unlimited influx of EU migrants, regardless of the skills they may have to offer, are of course protected by their position from suffering the financial consequences of seeing the value of their labour undermined, not that MPs seem to offer much other than an ability to rubber-stamp the diktats emanating from Brussels.

Another issue where UKIP stands alone against the three main parties is that surrounding education. The politicians of the Heathite Conservative party and Blairite New Labour have consistently undermined the system bestowed to us by the genuine social radicals of the post war years, closing grammar schools yet encouraging an absurdly high proportion of youngsters to attend university, from where so many emerge with huge student loan debts and degrees which are of far less value in the workplace than they have been led to expect. It was the grammar school system that enabled many working class children, such as myself, to obtain an excellent education, which led on to a decent working career, but the arrogant elitists such as Richard Crossman, Shirley Williams, Tony Blair and the current crop of old Etonians have almost destroyed that avenue for advancement, one which UKIP would restore, as well as giving parents vouchers to spend where they chose. The return of student grants, replacing loans, and a more sensible assessment of those who would benefit from a proper university education, could only be welcome.

The NHS is another area which is of concern to a large part of the electorate and it was refreshing to hear Paul Nuttall say, in response to questioning on TV recently, that the top heavy bureaucracy currently in place must be radically reduced, while the party has also expressed support for traditional non university training for nurses. The latter was once a vocation and the elements of care and compassion were vital, something that seems to have been lost in the bureaucratic nightmare now engulfing our hospitals. Layer after layer of useless pen pushers are draining the financial resources of the NHS while patients are frequently left to suffer and die of neglect in undermanned wards.

Defence spending may not always be popular with many members of the public but it is vital if the nation is to survive and UKIP's proposals would ensure that it received the necessary priority, as indeed would the forces of law and order, the latter aimed at real criminals and not the financing of a thought police enforcing political correctness on the population. The myth of man made global warming is being used to undermine the traditional energy policy of the UK and will inevitably lead to the lights going out, as happens frequently in many third world countries, so UKIP has said that it would scrap the pointless wind farms and back the expansion of shale gas extraction and of nuclear power stations. As far as the latter is concerned it is shameful that the politicians have allowed the nation which was the pioneer of that type of power generation to reach the position of requiring foreign expertise in order to redevelop it. UKIP also opposes HS2 and a third runway at Heathrow, while proposing changes to the tax system including tax cuts and a reduction of public spending. Above all, just as UKIP was created to defy the undemocratic forces trying to subject us to a dictatorship by the European elite, it also wants to restore democracy at all levels by creating binding local and national referendums on major issues, while putting an end to the schemes of those using political correctness to direct our lives. The deplorable betrayal of trust by so many MPs, who misused their expenses claims, shows just how necessary it is to return power to the people. As is the case in any democratic movement, not every supporter of UKIP will agree with every policy, but it would be hard to argue that the overall direction was not in favour of democracy and the transfer of power from the useless, arrogant elites who have dominated our nation for generations, to the ordinary, hard working people who are its backbone. It also makes clear that those, such as one of the recent correspondents to the Daily Telegraph, who asked "whether we were edging towards a UKIP government that doesn't have any policies" are talking nonsense. As one can see from the above UKIP offers sensible policies on all the major issues confronting us today.

Of course there are those among the less unintelligent opponents of UKIP who realise that the assertion that the party does not possess policies is unsustainable, so resort to declaring that these are merely aspirations and are not properly costed. While this latter accusation from supporters of parties who have succeeded in plunging the UK into one of the worst financial crises in its history is laughable, and it is always possible that unexpected events may make it necessary for adjustments to be made, one should not lose sight of the fact that money is not the main issue. When, with the nation in mortal peril, Churchill offered nothing but blood, toil, tears and sweat he did not then add "Oh, and by the way, here is a cost benefit analysis of this policy and a financial projection for the years 1940 to 1941". The overwhelming reality is that UKIP is proposing a total change of direction from that in which the main parties have been leading the country for generations. If one wishes to live in a province of a pan European empire, ruled by an elite wedded to insane political correctness, tied in to a failing common currency and with no prospect of escape then clearly one should stick with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. If instead one wishes the UK to return to being a prosperous self governing, independent democracy, which trades across the oceans as a global nation, not limiting itself to looking across the Channel to a declining Continental bloc then one should break with old habits and support the only democratic party which offers real hope for the future.