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UKIP’s Glorious Revolution for the 21st Century


The spirit of freedom is rising in Britain after decades of losing ground to undemocratic laws, mainly from the EU but also from within the UK. The freedoms that have been fought and won over hundreds of years have been diluted or lost, with a signing of a pen, without the consent of the British people through a referendum or sometimes not even mentioned in a party manifesto at election time. These freedoms include which elected politicians run Britain, Westminster or EU, the right to only be arrested with sufficient evidence, who raises taxes, the right to be free from invasion, the right to put your own people first, and not have your own people pay for the bad habits of other people in other countries. The right to free speech.
The Glorious Revolution of 1688, was a bloodless revolution, after people’s freedoms were being suppressed and the political leaders – the King – was becoming a dictator without any limits of the law. Something similar to this inspired the events leading up to the Magna Carta in 1215.
So what happened in the Glorious revolution, what political changes were made and how are they relevant to what UKIP is offering the British people in terms of restoring freedoms, expanding freedoms and limiting excessive executive power?


Pre 1688 – the King ruled with absolute power

Glorious Revolution – change from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy. In 1689 an English Bill of Rights was enacted, which included: a frequently summoned Parliament and free elections, MPs should have freedom of speech in Parliament, free speech was guaranteed, no taxes levied without authority of Parliament, laws should not be dispensed with, or suspended, without consent of Parliament, No excessive fines should be imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted, and freedom from excessive bail. People had the right to petition Parliament.

EU – the EU commission rules the UK and has power to override Parliament in Westminster, in fact over 1,000 EU regulations go through to law in the UK every year without a vote being had in Parliament.

UKIP – restore Parliamentary democracy, by offering the British people a referendum to switch to a free trade agreement with EU countries and bi-lateral agreements on people movement. Implement a petition and referendum process, so the public can make, amend and repeal laws and treaties that a majority support.


Pre 1688 – taxes were raised by the King, without Parliament approval

Glorious Revolution – taxes only to be raised by Parliament

EU – taxes are raised in the UK and given to the EU to spend, and some returned to be spent along EU guidelines, with an EU logo, to make people feel the money is coming from outside of the country.

UKIP – the current over £15bn sent to the EU should stay in the UK and be spent according to what the UK Parliament decides are priorities. Or perhaps reduced spending, as it comes from borrowed money.


Pre 1688 – King was responsible for the standing army

Glorious Revolution – Parliament to be responsible for raising the taxes for a standing army

EU – trying to establish an EU standing army

UKIP – restore the British army to be able to defend the UK, and answerable to British political leaders and Parliament.


Pre 1688 – Royal interference in the courts

Glorious Revolution – the monarch no longer had the ability to interfere in justice and courts

EU – European Court of Justice can overrule British courts and make judgements that people feel aren’t common sense

UKIP – restoring the highest courts in Britain to be the British courts and legal system


Pre 1688 – persecution of minority opinion by people expressing the majority opinion

Glorious Revolution – In 1689 The Toleration Act was enacted granting freedoms.

EU – laws that allow minority groups and special interest groups to tell the majority of people what to think and say

UKIP – freedom of speech, to express majority and minority opinions freely, and debate issues independent of harassment. Repeal of the EU Human Rights Act, in part or whole, so majority opinion is also free to be expressed, and the majority opinion to be the law.
These freedoms are what supporters up and down the country have been leafleting about, talking about and meeting a positive and growing response to as people see the effects of the EU. It has been said that the prices of freedom is eternal vigilance, and all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. I would suggest some changes:
‘The price of freedom is vigilance, with action’

‘All it takes for good to triumph, is for good people to do something’
In summary, many UKIP policies are a restoration of what resulted from the Glorious Revolution – a restoration of a constitutional monarchy, primacy of Parliament in making laws and providing the real legitimate leaders of Britain, no more interference in the British legal system from overseas, and the end of the EU’s ability to override Westminster Parliament, taxes raised to be determined by Westminster Parliament and what to be used for.

There is more. UKIP is going further, and this is the ‘part 2’ of the Glorious Revolution. By establishing the right for people in local areas, local councils, in counties and in the whole country to petition and have a referendum on laws and treaties, the chances of losing freedoms in the future is much diminished and also helps in energising people to participate in democracy and suggest improvements, and make a positive difference. UKIP will help restore the freedoms from the Glorious Revolution and extend those freedoms with more participative democracy.

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Hugo van Randwyck has been researching fast track options for self-government, via EFTA options, including opinion polls. He has business experience in change management and management training.

13 Comments on UKIP’s Glorious Revolution for the 21st Century

  1. The Emperors New Clothes // March 19, 2015 at 7:57 am //

    I’d like to know why the contents of this document, the Bill of Rights, isn’t compulsory learning in all our schools. It should be.

    I think I already know the answer to this. The Declaration of Rights signed by William and Mary in 1688 was a Contract to limit, not just the monarch, but also Parliament as a whole, which also includes the Houses of Commons and Lords. It was a list of greivances against the monarch, in an attempt to identify areas where tyrants and despots had abused their positions of power. It stripped the executive powers away and gave it to parliament, not only that, it also meant everyone was treated the same under the rule of law. Much of this is covered in the article. Part of the contract that limits parliament is this oath of supremacy which is a re-statement from the Supremacy Act 1558 and in my opinion is just as important.

    ……..”I doe declare That noe Forreigne Prince Person Prelate, State or Potentate hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction Power Superiority Preeminence or Authoritie Ecclesiasticall or Spirituall within this Realme Soe helpe me God”

    When parliament authorized the European Communities Act 1972, it was breaking our constitution and was treason on a massive scale. The effects are for all to see.

    Do people really think politicians and royalty are treated the same under the law, these days? I’m sure MP’s swear an oath with their fingers crossed, these days. They seem to be untouchable, especially when treason is committed, but nothing is ever done by the police or the Attorney Generals office.

    Much of this is starting to come out in the alternative media.

  2. We must leave ASAP. The EU doesn’t want us they don’t even like us but they do like the money we donate so they can continue their lifestyles.

  3. If we leave the EU then that would be a great result.

    However we must remain vigilant particularly in any proposal for any EFTA/Single market alternative, which may allow them to sneak in compliance with EU rules under the table.

  4. This is an extremely well researched and written article, surfacing far too late for UKIP to use as public propaganda/education purposes,for this GE, but in my opinion, should have been part of UKIP “making the case” since the European elections.
    I will take a bet that the majority of Joe Public have not got a clue about the contents of this article and how our membership of the EU affects nearly every aspect of British life so adversely.
    Together with the absolute need to leave the EU forthwith – no referendum needed a vote for UKIP is a vote for BRexit.
    I`m also sorry to say that I am looking for a clean divorce (suggested by Juncker) not some Norwegian/Swiss stitch up.There`s an article in Courant Times today by “Open Britain” ? explaining the pitfalls of the arrangements suggested above
    My conclusion article brilliant – leaving arrangements not so good

    • Indeed the establishment will fight back with every dirty trick imaginable, all funded by the UK taxpayer of course.

    • The Emperors New Clothes // March 19, 2015 at 7:24 am //

      I agree, it is very well researched and most people don’t have a clue what we are giving up. A constitution, that is very much “written”,….. tonnes and tonnes of it, in fact
      I think it has been a deliberate policy to dumb down people’s knowledge of their own constitution, so it can be replaced, by an inferior one from Brussels. A policy that has spanned decades, so people think our constitution is “unwritten”, so doesn’t exist. yet here we have one of the greatest and unique contracts with the people since Magna Carta 1215, and no one seems to know about it.
      The Bill of Rights? that’s in America they will say. NO we wrote the source of that document 100 years earlier and they borrowed sections from it.
      We do need another glorious revolution. I just hope people don’t wake up too late, to realise.

    • Hugo van Randwyck // March 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm //

      Thank you Roger and others for your comments. If UKIP were on 45% in the polls, I would not be suggesting the 2 stage referendu approach.
      I am looking at this from a ‘shortest time’ approach, rather than ‘shortest distance’. The EU has been winning step by step – we can learn from this. 50% of voters are women, and UKIP needs more women voters – so the incremental approach could appeal more.
      I would also say ‘Why haven’t the LibLabConEU parties suggested an incremental, 2 referendum,approach, as I have outlined? Likely because they know they could lose and also democracy could be established faster.
      The LibLabConEu parties have more money, more media and ability to do what they did in Scotland, which is censor any pro-freedom support – I am not taking sides in the Scottish debate, just saying we can learn from their referendum.
      I have been promoting the 2 stage approach for over 8 years – yet no media or newspaper is willing to let people know about or suggest googling ‘efta seminars’ so people can view EFTA powerpoints for themselves.
      The article 112, of the EEA, allows for ‘unilateral measures’ so this can mean gradually implementing more self-government every month, until a 2nd referendum.
      Also, what has Britain’s role been in Europe for over 200 years? Restoring self-government to countries invaded by France and Germany. A referendum switching to EFTA/Single Market/EEA, is a referendum that other countries could win, e.g. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria and Ireland – so spreading freedom, and showing that the UK would not be isolated – a typical pro-EU comment – but be in good company of prosperous countries.
      UKIP does not need to walk into a trap prepared by the LibLabConEU parties, there is an easier and quicker route.
      If UKIP offered the EFTA option, as part of a stage referendum approach, then more people could vote UKIP and move many second place candidates into Parliament. Current polls show 30% want Out the EU, 40% something looser, 30% want in the EU. EFTA is good marketing strategy and the candidates, activists and donors up and down the country deserve good/easy winning strategy to win seats and restore freedom and democracy.

  5. “EU – taxes are raised in the UK and given to the EU to spend, and some returned to be spent along EU guidelines, with an EU logo, to make people feel the money is coming from outside of the country.”

    This is a crime. I’m not sure where these taxes are applied, but I think part of VAT is an EU tax. I’m surprised UKIP doesn’t mention this more often in the media as this would really annoy people struggling to make ends meet, and mention how the EU waste billions each year on pointless projects and ideas.

  6. “Ukip will..” – How?

    • Hugo van Randwyck // March 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm //

      Having lots of MPs will help.
      Maybe being prepared to compromise on the wording and quantity of referendums, i.e. be prepared to offer 2 referendums to the British people.
      1st referendum 2015: EFTA/Single Market/EEA, like Norway: run agriculture, fisheries, home affairs, justice, no ECJ, save £3bn a year minimum, have seats on world organisations again, use article 112 of the EEA ‘ unilateral measures’ to give any new eastern Europeans only a 1 year working/holiday visa for 18-30 year olds, with no children, after which they return, unless they can meet a ‘points system’ skills criteria
      2nd referendum 2107: free trade agreement, bi-lateral agreement on movement of people, which may include: 1 year working holiday visas for some countries, free movement of people for similar income countries, no financial contribution cost, i.e. no tariff.

      • I doubt that most of the voters are capable of understanding other than a straight in/out vote. Don’t confuse them!

        • It has to be do you want to stay in or do you want to get out. The question does not need to be clouded

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