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
FREEDOM TO EXPRESS MAJORITY AND MINORITY OPINION
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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