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.
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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