|1 Introduction||The Chairman Alan Stone welcomed members and guests. There being no AOB, AS invited the guests to make a fifteen minute speech:|
|2 David Kurten||DK was pleased to report good turnouts at the thirty such meetings that he had already addressed. As a member of the London Assembly, he remained convinced that the fight for Brexit was by no means over. Opponents included Umunna, Blair, Khan, with Rudd and Green showing ‘softness’. Thus, there was a need for Ukip to help keep the eye on the ballDK posed the question “What do we want as a party?” Distinctive policies were required, especially as the Tories were no longer true Conservatives. He outlined two main aims:
In summary, DK firmly stated that the country needed someone proud to represent the nation.
AS invited questions:
“Some classrooms have children speaking up to 27 languages” English must be the only language spoken
“ Name your greatest achievement in the London Assembly”. DK said that he had raised two motions to get the Mayor to deal with Hezbollah flag-raising at an Al Quds Day march. Eventually, the Mayor did write to Amber Rudd
“Why should I renew membership?” DK was sympathetic, saying that thousands were holding judgment, waiting for the new leader to be announced. Ukip was not just about Brexit. The party did have policies but continued to face cultural Marxists in the Government and institutions; it had to get the country free from the tyranny within.
|3 Anne Marie Waters||AMW opened with a reference to a story in the Birmingham Post that talked about the ‘controversial Ukip candidate’. Controversy was what the party needed, not a ‘vanilla party of well-rehearsed lines’. Nigel Farage had successfully won the hearts through his oratory and there was a continued need to get press attention and to gain people’s trust. AMW outlined specific policy requirements:
AS invited questions:
“Could instances of crime invalidate a granted citizenship?” AMW did not feel that a crime would deny such a grant
“Could the UK population be fixed/reduced?” Immigration could be formally ceased from specific countries
AMW emphasised the need for commonsense particularly with cultures at odds with ours. She mentioned the irony of Morocco and its recent outward migration – a country, which welcomes UK holiday-makers!
|4 General questions||“What is your greatest weakness?” DK – not a fan of conflict. AMW – disorganised and impatient
“Where and how will you get the policies that are needed?” AMW replied that a conference would be essential within the first 100 days, with the membership actively participating and voting on policies. It would be vital for people to step up and debate. DK added that a policy unit would be required. He also said that he believed branches should keep 20% of subscriptions
“Should restrictions be applied to non-EU immigration?” DK believed that tariffs harmed and prevented, for example, some African countries from developing exports
“Should we withdraw from the Paris Climate Change agreement?” DH gave an emphatic yes. Joining the agreement would inevitably lead to further, annual contributions just so, for example, South America could buy solar panels without any benefit to the UK. AMW agreed
“As Ukip leader, would you ban Saudi funding of UK mosque-building, if we cannot build churches in Saudi Arabia?” AMW said that we should be passionate, despite difficulties, in opposing unacceptable practices. DK agreed and gave Qatar as a further example, saying that ’culture was more important than money’.
“What are your views on the Armed Forces?” AMW believed that the percentage of GDP applied to the Forces should be raised, not least by removing the Foreign Aid budget; it was a major priority. DK believed that professionals (e.g those retired from senior positions in the Forces) should make policy rather than just the Civil Service
“Has the PC brigade stifled free speech?” AMW highlighted the incredible level of bullying, intimidation and insidious subliminal arrogance that faced the nation
“Should foreign companies continue to be allowed to buy up UK companies?” DK said that there had been much good inward investment such as Toyota, Tata etc but acknowledged the concern
“Should there be a fresh ‘Buy British’ policy?” AMW believed strongly on an internal economy
Hugh Sawyer 8th September 2017