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Essential Policies for the New Leader to Adopt

Under various headings ( and in the context of HB’s imminent resignation ) contributors have been submitting their ideas as to what UKIP should now concentrate on to have a chance to recover from the debacle of last June’s Election / the debacle of HB’s ‘Leadership’.

Some are getting into disputes as to whether UKIP should be heading in a proto-Thatcherite direction (lowest possible taxes and Libertarian, which actually Mrs T never was) or proto-Labour (current levels of taxation or higher and improved social provision).

I beg readers to consider that we (the country, more even than the Party) just don’t have the time for such a debate. It is predicated on a stable society, such as perhaps we had from after the War till about 1980. We no longer have such stability (a problem we share to greater or lesser extent with all the prosperous European countries) because of world population movements, under pressure, especially, but not exclusively, from Africa.

Surely we ought to be able to agree that the greatest danger facing our country is continued uncontrolled mass immigration. (And in my view it is just not relevant whether the immigration is from Australia or Africa / The East: we have no room for ANY more people, none!)

The country is already massively overcrowded, which has led to an extreme housing crisis of unaffordability in the South of England especially (but spreading).

Even teachers/police officers / local Government officers in the south, who twenty years ago could have afforded, on slightly above average pay, to buy or at least rent their own place can no longer do so. Housing is where it is most stark, but other areas are also under severe pressure (schools / medical services/ roads/prisons and so on).

Standards of living in retirement twenty or so years down the line must inevitably decline massively, perhaps to pre-WWI levels or worse. In the past (and to the present day for those of us recently retired) retirement was tolerable largely because people had paid off their mortgages and thus could live on very modest pensions (without housing rent or mortgage to pay).

How is this going to work in 20 or 30 years time when few retiring will own their own place? Continued payments of rent subsidy from the taxpayer? How will that work when there are many millions more people needing such subsidies than is the case today?

There are thirty-somethings, even well-paid ones, living in bedsits in shared flats at the far end of London tube lines who have no hope whatever of owning their own place.

There are now, as you read this, people living in sheds in back gardens in parts of London and west of London with buckets for sanitation. The authorities cannot evict them because they would then have to provide them with council flats (which they do not have). This is now, January 2018, and with every 1,000 a day new arrivals it must in all logic, if two plus two equals four, get worse.

For some reason the Élite which governs our, and all other European countries, just cannot grasp the urgent need to stop the mass inflow of populations, allowing us to attempt to deal with the existing overcrowding and hardships which have resulted from it.
In my view, whether one believes (broadly speaking) that taxation needs to increase to allow for better-funded elder care/ education/road and rail infrastructure; or one believes (broadly speaking) that lower taxation is preferable (even if it means these desirable objectives are not funded so generously by the taxpayer) is of secondary importance.

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us not get into a medieval schism over blue or red UKIPism. Please postpone the blue / red business till we have seats in Parliament in three figures.

The country needs a Party arguing unapologetically for a complete moratorium on all new immigration from whatever country for a five year period (the duration of a Parliament). A few other policies such as I list below should also gain favour.

Our scaled-down Manifesto essentials:

  1. Full, total, clean BREXIT, with zero leaving payments to the EU and with full reclamation of our 200 mile EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone), both to boost the coastal communities and to signal that we are a sovereign nation again
  2. A complete (or almost complete) Moratorium on all and any new immigration (not only from the EU but all other countries also) for a period of five years whilst we attempt to alleviate the misery caused by the housing crisis
  3. Proportional Representation in Westminster and also all local Elections, so we can never again endure the scandal of a Parliament which is so disconnected from the concerns of ordinary people
  4. A complete revamp of the criminal justice system, favouring victims and intended to deter criminality, including increasing the powers of Magistrates’ Courts to 3 years imprisonment per offence, so that they can deal adequately with burglars, car thieves, unprovoked thuggery and so on, and do so within days of offences being committed
    Also a massive upgrading of the penalty for murder to a minimum of 30 years imprisonment to be served for anyone guilty of murder.

I don’t think we will be able to agree on a synthesis between the blue and red tendencies, but we should all be able to agree on the above and accept that for 2022 (or earlier if it comes earlier) if we can largely replace Labour as the party of the patriotic workers on average and below wages, then that would represent huge progress, not just for UKIP, but for the country.

Please understand the concept that ‘The Best should not be enemy of the Good’. That is, the above might not represent what you would regard as the best possible Manifesto for UKIP, but if it represents one you can agree on, and which others can agree on, then it is better to run with it than to continue to dispute all kinds of other pet policies which we all have but which in reality we will not agree on and which disputes will just make us unelectable.

Party politics is about priorities and compromise on a consensus. We don’t have to agree on everything, just a CORE which will make sense to the mass of people, and which is about the most important and most urgent things which we (the country) MUST start to put right, after decades of misgovernance.

Who knows when the first by-election will occur? Why not give the above a tryout? Could it possibly pan out worse for us than June ‘17 did?

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23 Comments on Essential Policies for the New Leader to Adopt

  1. We may have time before the by election season,mass uncontrolled immigration stopped is a must, interim period
    length of which is governed by the time it takes to clear the debris caused by it, then managed migration.
    Gerald Batten ought to be approached regarding leadership now as time is of the essence and not left until Henry decides his future.

  2. Rhys,

    I agree with the spirit of your first two points.
    I disagree with last two points on PR and the Criminal Justice System.

    I prefer FPTP to PR for a variety of reasons. Its just UKIP needs to win seats.

    The criminal justice system already mostly has sufficient if not too many powers. Its just they are not necessarily prioritised or enforced to best advantage.

    I found Paul Nuttall’s calls for the death penalty utterly stupid, irrelevant and ill timed.

    The above comment on AI and robotics I agree with, This gives urgency to your second point on border control and net immigration.

    Personally UKIP needs to go for improved living standards, cheaper utilities, better transport, better pensions and improving the economy.
    I want less government and freedom of speech. Some changes to the civil service. Reduce the House of Lords.

  3. The script of this video I produced in 2013 still works well today. Could easily be updated: https://youtu.be/o1LJTZ1UwEc

    BTW, it made 30,000 views soon after release. Over 40,000 now, that compares well to the 59 views so far for Blundering Bolton’s truly rubbish ‘Christmas message’ which typically went out AFTER Christmas.

    • Thanks for posting that Russell, it has now got at least forty thousand and ONE extra view today.
      Message as you say mostly current Quality excellent

  4. I have always thought that we need a small number of key policies on which to fight., perhaps about 6 would do and we all need to fully agree on and support them. Let’s face it we have rapidly shrinking elected representation and thus little influence. I see no reason at this stage to have spokespeople on every issue, it just complicated matters. I also consider that the NEC should consist of regional representatives who could be elected at regional levels, preferably by internet polls and votes in branches. I know absolutley notihng about most NEC members. ( just as I obviously knew little about leadership
    candidates).
    Nigel’s gone nuts, Henry made as big a miscalculation as any of the previous recent “leaders” and we are a laughing stock. I do’t see the NEC booting out Henry and if they do… the laughter will kill us. By all means keep UKIP but it has to be a very differenty outfit to recover from the never ending debacles since the referendum. Right now we look to have as much future as the last “new” party. Remember the SDP ?

  5. At last, a glimmer of hope that progress might be made on the party leadership front!

    I don’t know whether putting effort in getting proportional representation in Westminster is worthwhile. It may only benefit us after we have a majority there 🙂 , which will be too late: better to focus on quicker wins.
    What is urgently needed is a larger range of views on TV, the BBC in particular, and discussed by competent people, especially over the introduction of transsexual education in primary schools, the enforcement of trans-pronouns everywhere, the universities creating sjw at great cost to the student and making them even less employable, while still putting insufficient effort into apprenticeships in technological industries. There are already many video clips on the Internet with good content, though they need to be easier to find among the not so good. It should generate greater support for us as well. They don’t have to be in UKIP, just competent!
    Also, the 2008 Climate Change Act needs repealing ASAP. Not only will it remove a large source of cognitive dissonance and help reduce the fraudulent pressures within the Scientific community (eg: VW dieselgate, STORgate, £450m on smart meters for no result, carbon capture c£170m for no result, banning 100W bulbs and high-powered kettles and vacuum cleaners, the pointless replacing of Methane with Hydrogen for domestic gas and the eventual removal of domestic gas supplies and ICE vehicles etc), it will release money, skilled labour and research effort for useful purposes, which will result in a reliable electricity supply and more job security, and wealth!
    People are getting wise to WWF, the BBC and the rest of the Green Blob.
    It can be done: Trump is drastically reducing the EPA population so it focuses on water and (non-CO2) air pollution.

  6. Problem correctly identified, wrong solution.

    Calling for a moratorium on all immigration will never get anywhere as there are far too many strong voices against. Much better would be to stick with what Paul Nuttall called for, a pause on NET migration: there are loads of people leaving every year so there is scope to allow substantial controlled immigration without immigrants increasing the resident population.

    This is a policy that is simple to understand and to sell.

    There are many other related issues, such as the big discrepancy between London area and the rest of the Country. These are more complex issues and will take a while to explain and shift public opinion. For far too long the UK’s government have not been able to see much beyond the M25: UKIP should be THE party of even-handed government for the WHOLE of the UK.

    • There’s a point to be made obout Net Migration. Our people going abroad are nearly all either well off pensioners or retirees, or younger with money and other assets. Takeing pensioners first. Every one takes at say minimum of 12,000 a year in pension, and buys some property. Given a lfe expectancy on average in the host country of 120,000 plus property gives an absolute minimum per million people of a £250 billion. or an annual income for say Spain of aprox.£50 billion. Probably not shown in trade figures. And the EU actally argues!

      This compare with immigrants who come with nothing but dubious qualifications. Mind you our qualifications are being downgraded daily.

      • Indeed; it is the unqualified, low IQ, mostly Muslim immigrants that need to be stopped. We also need a repatriation policy if our country is to be saved for our descendants.

  7. The principal put forward is sound, but the tone is definitely one of improvement of Londonistan and the South East, (push all the immigrants further north).
    If UKIP is to succeed, it will need to attract the disillusioned voters of the North and Midlands. Many towns and cities, outside of London & South East, have become multi cultural hell holes, and are getting worse. Pushing the problem further north, is very unlikely to encourage those, without a voice voters, to move towards UKIP.

    • Purple Potty Mouth // January 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm // Reply

      Whoa there – I said NOTHING about pushing immigrants anywhere but the SE.
      I proposed IMPROVING both the overpopulated areas by putting on the brakes to continued expansion and the areas which have been depopulating, not by only letting immigrants from overseas live there, but by creating incentives for businesses to replace the old industries that have closed/moved overseas thanks to our stupid energy tariffs leaving boarded up streets of houses, shops and deprivation in their wake. People who grew up in those areas who can migrate – often to the overcrowded, overpriced bits where the jobs are. They deserve better and if we offer it to them they may consider voting for us.

  8. It’s a great programme, and one we can all agree on.

    But the big problem is that serial divorcer, Henry Bolton.

    He leaves behind three ex wifes and two very young children. He only thinks of himself. He lies, he is dishourable,

    He is not fit to lead the party and should be sacked.
    No one will follow him, especially the women.
    He is a liability and all our great plans and ideas will be soiled by his lecherous touch.
    No, get rid of him now, otherwise we will be weak in the battles ahead.

    • 100% right Paul. He’s a non achiever, has done nothing clever since becoming leader, made a horlicks of the honeymoon period, which you’d think he might know something about having had so many.

  9. Please, not new and various methods for screwing up democracy again. Even the Lib Dems finally worked it out and abandoned it. If some small part of a car doesn’t work properly fix it. Tweek it. Don’t build a new one, that is just wasteful.

    Read the Constitution fully from top to bottom and then come back.
    In the meantime, The rest is fine. Except to add.

    AI is coming. And without sensible measures on unknown, ongoing and foolish or ignorant actions and without a stable base line. 1984 is coming down the line. If we’re lucky. Immigration will make it worse. And our leaders are just the ones to make it happen.

  10. I should have added that stating the COUNTRY is massively overcrowded lays us open to ridicule when the population density of some parts is really quite low. It is England and the South East in particular that has the a numbers problem. And everything that goes with it, overcrowded homes, unaffordable homes, high rents, shortage of doctors etc, overcrowded trains, clogged roads, air pollution from traffic and our beautiful countryside being swallowed up and lost in this urban jungle.

  11. Well said Rhys. A lot of common sense in this article IMO. I just hope that Bolton will do the right thing, and save time and more stress for the party.

  12. Rhys, there was an interesting question on University Challenge this week, concerning population density in different parts of the UK and one of our Surrey members has an excellent set of international comparisons, putting England right up in the top 10. Of the contrast between England & Wales, Scotland & Ulster was stark the contrast between the SE & any other region is more than food for thought.
    It is testament not to a failure to control migration from outside the U.K. but to years, decades of mismanagement on the part of successive Londoncentric governments. There is supposed to be a housing shortage but in parts of the country there are homes empty and going begging ( unless commandeered & used to house refugees) – because there are no jobs! Meanwhile, as you correctly observe Rhys, well paid professionals can’t get on the housing ladder and where I live our Greenbelt is under threat. Greenfield outside the Metropolitan Greenbelt is already disappearing under concrete at an unprecedented rate in neighbouring Sussex so we are at real risk of urban sprawl from London to the South coast. Something I have heard was actually planned as UK destiny by the EU!
    Other islands protect their heritage and quality of life by imposing strict immigration controls – some of them populated by
    ‘Persons of colour’ so that can’t be ‘waycist’ can it? I agree we need to do this in the UK but UKIP needs to go further, we must insist on a less Londoncentric UK that creates jobs in areas outside the SE & rebalances our population distribution.

    • Sorry but -re-distribution’ of the population is NOT the answer, that’s a cop out. A population of 70 million plus on this island is way beyond what’s nice, manageable or pleasant. The indigenous people in Britain are producing a roughly stable or declining population, what’s wrong with that? Why are huge numbers of humans eating up all sorts of resources, deemed ‘a good thing’. Controlled, vetted immigration ONLY.

      • Purple Potty Mouth // January 12, 2018 at 2:13 pm // Reply

        Re-read what I wrote Russell – coming round later to spank you for this, tell Tammy to have the salve ready.
        If NIL immigration was imposed tomorrow we would still have an imbalance due to failures dating back to the seventies. If the Archangel Michael descended tonight and smote every Muslim in the land, good and bad, If every East European or African who came here since 2004 shut up shop because we’re so horrid to them, we would still have an imbalance across the land and we would still have great areas of dereliction in parts of the country and traffic jams in the SE.

      • IIRC, in the 1970s,the Left were suggesting 30m as a maximum population for Britain, so it needed lowering, even then. They were also suggesting big families should be given big houses, so they weren’t that consistent. They have always found incentives an illusive concept.

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