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Time to take back control

There seems to be general agreement that UKIP needs to kick-start itself into the post-Brexit era with a new rationale and a political agenda that will resonate with a substantial cross section of voters. What there seems no general agreement about is what should be the political agenda or philosophy to follow. It is this that will drive the direction and policies that will differentiate UKIP from the mainstream parties. This is a critical need if we are to succeed as a serious party in the newly- independent nation that UKIP rightly must take the credit for having created.

I have argued previously that we must not take on the mantle of either a left- or right-wing party but rather one that produces policies of common sense that connect with the electorate and their aspirations.

We have been dogged by politics born of the liberal left. Badged as progressive, it has in fact been destructive of the fabric of our nation.  The same disease has taken hold of the entire Western world with the same consequences. Governments have spent far too much of our money and when that is not enough they have borrowed and borrowed until debt levels are truly frightening. The result is that they have mortgaged and remortgaged the economic future of our country and placed a very heavy yoke on us and future generations. They have run out of sensible things to tax and so tax policy gets more and more extreme and what politicians love to call fairer taxation is in fact an excessive and most unfair extraction of our money.

We are taxed at eye watering levels. You don’t have to be wealthy to pay 40% income tax. Earnings of just under £32,000 get you there and after £150,000 it is 45%. Add to this that on most of what you spend you pay 20% VAT. Then there is fuel duty, taxes hidden in our energy bills, car tax, council tax, insurance premium tax, national insurance tax, travel taxes, stamp duty on property purchases, a new tax on probate applications and if you leave more than £500,000 or £1,000,00 as a couple, when you finally pop your clogs a swingeing 40% is the tax rate.

So what is to be done? We simply have to find a way of substantially reducing the insatiable appetite of the government to spend our money. Every pound taken away from the population leaves a pound less of potential wealth creating capital. No country ever got rich by taxing its citizens. The only way of achieving this is to reverse the current wisdom that the government is responsible for every aspect of our society and must therefore tax us all to finance this social engineering appetite. The consequence of this is that all the mainstream parties have moved to the left as they successively outbid each other to deliver promises of freebies to the nation if the nation will only vote for them. Electoral bribery would be an accurate term, but it is bribery with our own money. As governments move across the scale of increased expenditure it approaches the point where the state eventually controls everything. We know that fails so we must stop this continual drift towards a failed system.

The proposition is that the nation would welcome a party genuinely committed to achieving the lowest level of taxes commensurate with a society that looks after the genuinely needy and infirm who have no means of support and no family to fall back on. That is a caring society but not a feather-bedding society. We must find a new definition for what the citizen is responsible for and what it is reasonable for the government to take responsibility for. We must focus on the individual having the primary responsibility to care for themselves and their families and the government to be the setter of the architecture in which the individual can succeed and within which the safety of the country is guaranteed.

An example. Take education. We spend massive sums on education and yet we are told the system is failing poor white pupils and especially boys. What is strange though, is that immigrants going through the same system come out achieving good results. We are told the government, in fact this means all of us who pay taxes, must spend more money to correct this and there must be lower standards set to enter university to ‘give them a better chance’ but that then denies an equal number of high achieving pupils their just rewards for hard work. Perhaps the right response is for the government to underline clearly to all our parents and pupils that it is their responsibility to take advantage of the education provided and if they don’t then the consequences are ones they must live with and not foist onto the rest of us. By all means let us care for the genuinely mentally disabled but not the lazy. It seems common sense. It would draw a clearer line and frame a maximum for the cost of education.

To be continued…

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9 Comments on Time to take back control

  1. i repeat what I posted to Jim Makin. For each subject he addresses, refine it all into a short pithy sentence plus 3 pithy answers to probable questions. It’ll probably get pinched by one of the talkers. But everyone’ll soon know.

  2. This is a solid idea in principle but it would totally destroy UKIPs electoral chances if presented without a detailed plan for critical public services such as the NHS.

    The NHS is now delivering poorer outcomes than less expensive healthcare systems in other countries. The whole system is widely acknowledged as needing a thorough “cross party” clean slate review & restructure. Everyone knows it needs to be done. It’s only party politics that stop it from happening.

    If UKIP is going to advocate a smaller state with lower taxation it must also present plans to do more with less.

  3. Timothy,

    Thanks for a great article. An attack on the grossly excessive taxes we pay will surely gain widespread support among the employed, but it needs strong government to push it through. I’m sure that the squandering and cronyism runs deep so will not be easily removed but there are many savings to be had, particularly the easy targets like foreign aid and benefits for illegals, together with subscriptions to the UN and its various factions.

    There are other clear targets such as HS2 and efficiencies in the NHS. The aim should be a substantial ongoing reduction, say 5% per annum until 50% is reached. Only defence should see an increase to make it fit for an independent nation but with sound governance of procurement. Why not introduce conscription for the long term unemployed too?

    Sadly the national debt will dog us for years to come; we need to be sure that it is not added to as a start.

  4. A Northern Voice // March 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm // Reply

    There’s no problem with paying some tax as long as it’s spent on something sensible and it doesn’t create a dependency culture and doesn’t subsidise a public sector elite who become detached from how wealth is created in the first place. UKIP needs to set the agenda on tax in the post-Brexit world. We should remember that UK income tax was originally a temporary measure by William Pitt the Younger, to cover the cost of the Napoleonic Wars. Income tax was only introduced in the US in 1900. UKIP should put forward the view that income tax is not something that has to exist. The Abolition of income tax, or, at least, a low fixed rate, should be our policy.

  5. Democracies regularly come to grief this way.

    The German 1923 hyerinflation happened because if the government had stopped spending so much there would have been a communist revolution as pensions etc were unpaid. Von Havenstein printed the money as the least worst thing to do and dropped dead from the strain.

    As the saying goes in politics: ‘We know how to balance the budget but not how to get elected at the same time.’

    Of course there are obvious savings like foreign aid but not enough to get rid of a £70bn deficit. Growing our way out looks unlikely.

  6. Good article. Agree with every word.

  7. Although I agree with you, Timothy, governments lost the plot a long time ago and trying to row back on their commitments would be a hard sell.

    Labour governments have deliberately cultivated client voters, whether these are public service employees or the welfare dependants they serve. Tory governments have tried to match or even exceed Labour’s public spending (to avoid the ‘nasty party’ label that T May so helpfully provided to Labour), yet they are screamed at daily for ‘the cuts’ they have made, which are often not cuts at all but a lack of increase.

    Millions of billions of pounds are wasted all the year round on failed government schemes, quangos, foreign aid, asylum centres, so-called refugees, translations for foreigners, grants for every kind of minority ‘need’ including bulding mosques, funding for immigrant ‘help’ organisations, and of course free NHS treatments for those who fly into the country to give birth or have AIDS.

    If the British government stopped looking after the world and his wife, and stopped catering to every demand for money for every problem at home that Leftards claim is the government’s fault, perhaps we could cut down on the ridiculous borrowing and cut down on the Council tax.

    Couple of examples in our Borough:in one of our wards the muslims got a Council grant for a muslim community centre and it was built; now they want another grant to turn it into a mosque and it’s been approved. In the latest glossy magazine issued by the Council for the purpose of blowing its own trumpet, the amount spent on ‘Improving our Health’ was proudly shown. Since when was it the duty of a Council to ‘Improve Health’? Shouldn’t that be the responsibility of each and every one of us as grown-up people and the parents of children?

    As you say, too much feather-bedding and nanny-state.

    • Panmelia,

      A good start would be to withdraw all support, financial or otherwise, from the Muslim communities. As they only get away with this through having their representatives on (or running) the councils they must be removed too.

      Elected council positions have long been the home of the corrupt, feckless and incompetent together with those pursuing their own agenda.
      I had to go to a planning meeting in the early 90’s and even then there were a good number of the invaders on the committee along with one outspoken young guy (red jumper and all) who, when he did speak, only spewed forth his hatred of Margaret Thatcher.

  8. Timothy what you say is very well put and I agree with every word.

    The worst of it is that much of the taxation we labour under is aimed far beyond the simple matter of taking our money. Much of it has a political purpose and a decidedly left-wing one at that. Almost all taxation related to property and deceased estates seems to have the principle aim of preventing families becoming wealthy. It has a dramatic effect on one’s ability to pass a residential property on to one’s heirs. I can only imagine what it must do to someone with a farm to pass on or a private company.

    The Conservatives may sound very conservative, especially just before elections, but if one drills down into their policies one would struggle to fit a cigarette paper between them and Labour. Conservative voters are being taken to the cleaners!

    As Kellyanne Conway (from across the pond) put it:

    It’s right versus wrong, not right versus left. It’s common sense.

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