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The Road to Good Governance

UKIP are a party committed to removing the UK from the European Union, and this is the policy most associated in the view of the public with UKIP. However, leaving the EU is not the only goal of UKIP, it is an essential step on setting the UK on a path to the ultimate goal of ‘good governance’.

We have seen the corrosive effect that the steady reduction in power which the UK government has given up over the decades has had on the quality of our government. When our parliamentarians have no say in up to two thirds of legislation and therefore a corresponding lack of responsibility for the consequences, it is inevitable that poor governance follows. The other striking consequence is a distancing of the Westminster machine from the electorate. They feel no need to associate themselves with the daily lives of the populace, nor do they recognise the same behavioural boundaries which apply outside of the mutual privileges of career politics.

Irrespective of whether the UK was in the EU or out of it, the current trio of leaders would not even be near to the model for politicians to which the electorate would aspire. Cameron, with his PR spun cast-iron guarantees which fade whenever convenient, Miliband with his regular displays of troubled self doubt, and Nick Clegg with his dazzling insincerity, are happy to be leaders in a political world of low responsibility and ever reducing legislative powers.

In order to fix the problem of poor government we have to withdraw from the EU as the first stage of changing the whole political landscape. Change can only come through a political system where the elected representatives have the full power of a national government, and where they are held responsible for their actions by the voting public. There must be change, too, in the makeup of the members of parliament.

Locally in Suffolk, the Conservative MP’s are universally pro-Europe, with no dissent from the party line as can be seen from the following list of the MPs and their EU voting record. A negative score indicates pro-European voting*.

 

  • Thérèse Coffey, Suffolk Coastal, -62%
  • Ben Gummer, Ipswich, -70%
  • Matthew Hancock, West Suffolk, -62%
  • Daniel Poulter, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, -70%
  • Tim Yeo, South Suffolk, -42%

 

This essential change can come through a strong UKIP presence at Westminster, which will not only alter the political direction of the government, but it will also provide politicians focused on the needs of the UK, and not on getting an easy living from the EU.

The recent EU elections in May this year indicate that UKIP can lead UK politics in that dimension, and with the right will they could lead at Westminster also. As a view to that possibility, if the voting patterns of the EU elections were to be repeated in the 2015 general election, here is how this national results would look. From the Cartoview blog:

 

  • Labour: 259 (+1)
  • UKIP: 200 (+200)
  • Conservative: 125 (-181)
  • Scottish National: 19 (+13)
  • Green: 14 (+13)
  • Plaid Cymru: 6 (+3)
  • ‘Other’: 11 (+10)

UKIP could then gain power with an alliance with the Conservatives, but with the Conservatives very much the junior partner.

Locally it would result in most constituencies going ‘purple, including South Suffolk.

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Projected 2015 results

 

 

The only ‘blue’ constituency shown in the whole of the East Anglian area is Clacton, but from very recent events, not any more!

Leaving the EU is the first and essential step on the road to restoring good government in the UK, where lifetime career politicians are in the minority and where all politicians have the interests of the people of the UK as a prime objective. UKIP is not just about leaving the EU, it is a party also committed to the task of transforming UK politics once we have escaped from the debilitating grip of the federal European Union.

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7 Comments on The Road to Good Governance

  1. At Last! a positive discussion.
    First off it envisages UKIP using Cartoblog methods “could” end up with a far more positive result in the GE than the odd dozen MPs ( poss a baker`s).
    Then there`s the “good governance” discussion and ideas
    Then there`s the dissemination of information and necessary “education” of the electorate.
    Then there`s recognition of the need for capability for us to do the job -i.e a project “to hit the ground running” The Civil Service is the brains and the workers behind all our governments, we must ensure they are “on side”, I don`t mean politically “turned” but recognise what are actually in the best interests of this country.
    Beware of localism, all the failed political parties are now for it (or at least pretend they are) and obscure UKIP`s unique vision, perish the thought that democracy should get in the hands of the plebs, that`s too much like the French revolution concept!.

    Overall UKIP must be seen and acknowledged to be acting in the “Best Interests” of this nation in reversing the mess that chicanery and foolishness by this and previous governments have landed us in.The UK an island population just does not fit in the EU either politically, practically or fiscally.

    The time has passed for referendums, a vote for UKIP is a vote to leave the EU, all the other failed mob are committed to staying in the EU, whatever competencies they think they can repatriate and they know there is not an earthly the EU will repatriate anything – and knowing is dishonesty.

  2. Hugo van Randwyck // September 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm //

    This is a great positive article 🙂
    How to improve Governance? Lots of ways
    – moving from a 5 year Parliament, to a 4 year Parliament, helps with MPs keeping promises
    – local elections every 2 years, helps with councillors keeping promises, instead of current every 3 or 4 years
    – postal ballots only for those who genuinely need them e.g. over 65, and people unwell, or about to go on holiday, last election 15% voted by postal ballot, instead of before the system changed it was only 1%, this will help with people believing that other people are not voting for other people
    – petition and referendum for advisory referendums, for local, national and international laws and treaties
    – political parties are to be in credit with their bank and not run an overdraft, this will stop the natural advantage of larger parties being able to spend more money during an election campaign
    – voters need to show photo identification when registering and voting, when this was done in northern Ireland, suddenly 10% of voters ‘disappeared’!
    – remove the BBC from Parliament coverage, change it from BBC Parliament, to Parliament TV and Parliament radio, and give an annual contract to a smaller company, who has more of an impartial record 🙂
    There is huge potential, and UKIP are also appealing to those people who haven’t voted and see UKIP offering a clean up of politics and ‘good governance’.

    • Yes, we need a solid set of policies for the post-EU world. UKIP would find it hard in power to instigate such governmental reforms if we were also still in the EU.

      My additions ot the list of post-EU good governance which we could apply:
      – focus on UK issues
      – have control over all our legislation
      – restore out status in WTO and other internationalorganisations
      – be free to negotiate our own favourable trade deals,
      – determine our own defence policies
      – have a uniform ‘points-based’ immigration policy
      – return to practical low cost energy systems,
      – expolit our own secure energy sources
      – return school curricula to focused academic skills
      – cease paying the EU £55m a day
      – remove the 10% of GDP economic burden which the EU costs us

  3. To MartinR
    One reason for this article is that UKIP is often portrayed as a single purpose party with little ambition beyond leaving the EU, as if that were enough. This is far from the truth as UKIP are also about changing politics. I know that sounds trite, but the reason for the decay of politics in the UK is that our entire political establishment has been relieved of its responsibilities through being part of the EU.

    Take away the security blanket of the EU, and the political class will be forced to respond to the public, as they will have nowhere to hide and no-one else to blame. A new epoch in UK politics will commence where those politicians already disposed towards the UK will be in the ascendent and able to operate on their own terms.

  4. Can we have some actual proposals about how UKIP would actually “transform” UK politics. And please don’t just say that UKIP politicians will be completely different people than all those thousands who have been MPs in the last 40 years.

    • Darren Wimbleton // September 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm //

      I agree, MartinR, we do need, I think, at least a rough model of what UKIP is going to do. I think that Douglas Carswell’s understanding of idemocracy is significant. But we also need to hear how government will be decentralised. My hope is that we will have a system that will itself develop and improve with time – so we aim at prototyping, review and revision – that’s a real world way of working.

    • Darren Wimbleton // September 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm //

      I would also say that we need some kind of hub that gives people access to all the information they need – at the moment its all news articles and video clips scattered throughout the ether. We need something like a centre of excellence, an interactive knowledge-base, where people can share ideas constructively, and improve their understanding. Steve Unwin’s guides to canvassing could go on there. And we can point our contacts to just the information they need. I suggest lots of graphic materials as well. Note that we particularly need to target the Millenial generation; we are starting to win their ear.

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