The easiest way for UKIP to implement it’s party manifesto is by being government – and that means broadening its appeal, including the 17 million people who voted Brexit. Whatever was done in the previous 2015 election wasn’t enough. Professionalising is key and so are policies. This article offers ideas, that local candidates can offer voters in their local constituency to appeal to more voters. A key area is the economy and also immigration. The key to the economy growing is increasing spending, with lower living costs and higher wages.
- local organisation – the usual leafleting, canvassing, stalls. Also using social media, and also facebook, with boosting to reach more of the voters more open to UKIP policies. Twitter and also Crowdfunding to help with raising funds, also for boosting facebook additions;
- Candidates choosing which Ministry Ministry they would like to work in and doing a draft Project Charter, how they might implementUKIP’s policies, also looking at the Ministry website;
- Perhaps also looking at the relevant Select Committee Select Committee;
- Contacting local associations and voluntary groups, also churches, and asking what their priorities are;
- List jobs on social media needing help during election.
Secondly, policies – that are UKIP or similar. Local candidates can say in hustings and social media that they will champion policies, maybe in addition to UKIP policies, or that they believe in some other policies. There are many voters and interests: young/students, families, pensioners, business, exporters/importers, services, public sector, possible Labour voters, Conservative, LibDem and Greens.
- Brexit – fast track approach. Using transition options, and Article 112 and 113 of the Single Market, to implement: control of agriculture, fisheries, Justice and Home Affairs (like Norway), people from overseas can only buy property if they have lived in the UK for five years (like Denmark), make a start on controlling immigration with new Eastern Europeans only getting a one year working visa, no children and points system for staying longer, other EU countries get free movement unless their unemployment is more than 7%, then similar to Eastern European system (Liechtenstein controls immigration);
- Perhaps switching from an EU/Single Market to an interim EFTA/Single Market arrangement, while negotiations go on, associate membership so allowing the civil service to learn self-government of e.g. fisheries;
- Simplify Human Rights Act, with first repealing those areas which have made the public lose faith in the justice system;
- Redirect foreign aid and EU savings to the UK economy. Currently, the UK pays £9bn a year net to the EU, £12bn foreign aid, £11bn remittances from people in the UK to other countries, defence spending £35bn (approximately, the majority is used protecting sea-lanes and saving other countries’ defence spending, i.e. a form of aid). Use the savings to reduce student tuition fees by 95%, and pay off existing student loans in five to 10 years. Increase tax thresholds. More money for pensioners in energy saving grants. Couples with children can transfer their tax free allowance to another, if full time parenting, and not earning;
- A referendum on how much the public would like the population to increase. For example: Q. How much would you like the UK population to increase by a year net? More than 250,000 net, less than 250,000 net, less than 100,000 net, less than 50,000 net, or 0 net?;
- Direct democracy, local, county and national;
- General Elections every four years, local elections every two years;
- Referendums on having PR (Proportional Representation) in local elections using STV (Single Transferable Vote) and SP (Supplemetary Vote) for General Elections;
- A smaller House of Lords, with maybe 350 members, with only 100 chosen by any party, based on percentage of votes in last General Election. The rest chosen on skills;
- Education, allow parents a vote on whether their school has a system for children that do not pass their year, to redo the year;
- NHS, have doctors give patients vouchers, with cost for operation, which they can use in a local hospital, and if no opportunity, after one month they can use the voucher anywhere in the UK where a hospital is free, to perform an operation;
- Instead of aid, help countries set up Free Trade Zones, to boost trade and investment;
- Offer training re-imbursement, maybe nominal sum of £10, for people doing courses on sustainability and design, installing renewable energy systems;
- Suggest using OCV (Out of Country Voting) organised by the IOM (International Organisation of Migration) to give the vote to Syrian refugees in camps, and to develop their own democratic government which could request international assistance for no-fly zones and safe haven help from the international community, so helping solve the crisis and refugee flow;
- Possible experiments with local bus transport, with looking at removing some of the seats on the immediate entry into the bus, on either side, reducing from 2 to 1 seat, either side, as this helps with getting on and off, especially in the rush hour;
- Public sector phones have phone waiting service with place in queue and approximate time for waiting;
- Sell off the aircraft carriers, or use materials for building new smaller, faster patrol boats;
- Stop the Trident nuclear submarine new building programme and use the funds to build four smaller submarines that can go out on eight-hour shifts with one missile, maybe two, and supplies to last possibly two weeks. Also have mobile land-based launchers and airborne launch system – possible savings 80%. Using savings to boost the army by 30,000 troops;
- Direct democracy for shareholders, who can vote on executive pay, e.g. proposed pay, maximum multiples of lowest pay, 10 times, 15 times, 20 times, 25 times.
The EU is a symptom of a system that needs upgrading. As a member of the UN Security Council and Head of the Commonwealth, Britain has a role model position, and UKIP has policies to help upgrade to self-government and prosperity for the many.
One hundred UKIP candidates came second in the 2015 election. How about 100 new UKIP MPs? Trying something new.