In a short while we as a party will be faced with what is, for us, a daunting task: the choice of a new leader. Given our recent experience of doing precisely this, not once but several times, we could be forgiven for approaching this task with more than just a modicum of perspicacity, for it is not a task where practice makes perfect.
The choice that lies ahead has been framed by some, and rightly so, in terms of the problems, threats and challenges that face us. But it is a choice that is bigger than this for it will not only decide if we are to survive as a political party but more importantly, if we are to survive as a people. To do that we need to select a leader who not only can deal with the challenges we face, but will also be personable and charismatic; someone who ordinary people, people not overly interested in politics, will vote for.
Nigel once famously asked: “Who are you?” That question, though not directed our way, might well have been. Is now not the time for us to ask “Who are we?” (as a people).
Are we not the people that brought a civilised, decent and just way of living to much of the world, that saw off tyranny in two horrendous wars? Are we not still that people? I for one believe we are.
Much has been said and written about UKIP being ‘controversial’ (or not).
Far less is being said about ‘religion’; and when it is it is generally directed in a negative way towards the invading hordes of what, in more normal times, would be described as illegal immigrants.
Of course such talk is muted and understandably so, as blatantly stating the blindingly obvious is now considered to be a ‘hate’ crime.
Out-of-control immigration, is to me, the biggest problem we face, as it adversely affects everyone. From the ‘free stuff’ working (and non-working) class voters who identify themselves as being Left, and who unknowingly face a dystopian future when the benefits system and NHS collapse through sheer weight of numbers – to those, who the Left describe as being Right, those with money, properties, possessions, wives, daughters and sons to protect.
We know the problem. But what is the solution? More to the point, how do we rally the population to support and vote for its implementation when we’ve found it?
Could religion, the word they use, usually in a derogatory manner to imply that all ‘the faiths’ are the same, play a role for us?
We are at our core, at least culturally, a Christian people. In our modern, now largely secular world, Christianity has been artfully and surreptitiously undermined and subjugated by global socialists, Marxists et al, to the point where for many: all that is left of it is Christmas. However, notwithstanding that, we are still, officially, a Christian state.
I do understand that it would be considered gauche to promote Christianity at a political meeting in the same way it would be to promote UKIP at church. However, perhaps it’s time for any aspirant candidates who are Christians to say so. I for one would be more inclined to trust my vote with one who was. I also think Christian voters would be more inclined to vote for a Christian a leader and a party that was prepared to state openly that they would protect their rights. I’m not suggesting this would be easy, but it can be done. It worked for Trump.
Those who think Christians are all softies because they turn the other cheek should consider that some 300 years after riding to Jerusalem on a donkey and getting crucified for his troubles it was Jesus who, though not in the flesh, but in spirit, conquered the Roman Empire. Later it was Christian missionaries who spread his word around the globe, often at great risk to their lives. Christians are known to be hard-working, loyal and their moral courage is feared by those who lie, cheat and steal for a living or do unspeakable things to children. Christianity is a powerful force for good.
It has been reported that Poland has had little or no terrorism. Could this be the reason?