Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely – Lord Acton 1870
Due to the suddenness of Mrs May’s 2017 General Election announcement, does UKIP actually have a realistic election strategy in place? Obviously everyone will have his or her own ideas but without some central leadership the outcome for UKIP must be chaos and waste of resources, and worse – providing an open door for attack by other parties. Recovery and rebuilding the party from major mistakes and loss of public support could take a long time.
Any strategy must take cognisance of the current socio-economic and political situations, SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities for UKIP and the other parties), available resources and long term objectives. It is obvious that the TINOs (Tories in Name Only) are heading for a substantial majority. Regardless of their shortcomings, they are the only apparently credible party of government. Mrs May does have form on leftish liberalism, authoritarian policies, wasting taxpayers money, silly decisions, winding people up and in being bigger on rhetoric than results; something of a reincarnated Tony Blair in a skirt. Can she be trusted given her declared raison d’être for calling this election; to give her (BREXIT negotiating) power? But the other parties appear worse all round hence her aura of competence; a shining Snow White amongst the seven political dwarfs. After 8th June it is unlikely there will be an effective opposition to scrutinise and challenge government excesses or to offer better alternatives. Not good for good government or democracy.
Realistically, with limited resources and public perceptions of competence in central government, there is not much UKIP can achieve in this election except lay some groundwork for the future. Reputations and trust take time and effort to build up. Having policies is ineffectual without credibility; nobody is interested in even finding out about them without credibility built on some sort of reputation. Some presence in Parliament would raise credibility, public awareness and public perceptions. So UKIP needs to develop, for this election, a credible offering that can be communicated with limited public profile and can be developed into a platform for creditable future government. Keep it simple, punchy and unique from the current really useless political dwarfs to take votes, if possible, from most of them.
The simple message, for endless repeating now, is that UKIP is a strong voice for the people and will do what the people want. The people who are the large demographic that is honest, law abiding, hardworking, socially conservative, financially prudent, patriotic British people. People who want to get on with their lives without being messed around, taxed (up) to the hilt and being social experiments for trendy left liberal ideologues. And they want better lives for their children. These are the overlooked people, the left behind people, the just managing people, the once proud people who continue to be neglected and exploited by the political class and their cronies. Contrast UKIP’s message with the reality of other parties (and they have form):
Labour – a strong voice for being robbed, micromanaged and socially re-engineered by the Champagne Socialists of Islington.
Lib Dems – a strong voice for being robbed, micromanaged and socially re-engineered by the Champagne Socialists of Brussels and their privileged fellow travellers.
TINOs (Tory in Name only) – a strong voice for being robbed, micromanaged and socially re-engineered by the left liberal wannabes of the POSH Establishment and their privileged cronies.
It is somewhat unbelievable the level of deceitfulness and delusion, and calibre of incompetence and ignorance on offer from the establishment or legacy parties. They are all in La La Land. Nobody is prepared to tell anything like the truth, based on actual facts (assuming they know what the facts are) and offer up realistic solutions, especially for the worst challenges. Instead we get empty political language (to quote George Orwell, Politics and the English Language) designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. (e.g. ‘Brexit means Brexit’, ‘strong and stable government’, ‘for the many, not the few’ etc.). Worse still, their distorted world view is far removed from the reality of the lives of ordinary people.
A vote for UKIP now is a unique opportunity for ordinary people to be heard and for freedom from being playthings for Eurocrats and politicians. UKIP is THE PEOPLE’S VOICE.
We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street….
The Secret People, GK Chesterton,
A vote for UKIP now is also a continuation of BREXIT and the journey of empowerment of the people towards a better relationship between government and governed, truly Government of the People, by the People, for the People.