It’s now getting to the time where we are all needed to talk about UKIP and UKIP policies wherever we are: in the streets on action days, but also on the doorsteps, in the pubs, in the shops, in the post offices.

We’ve heard often enough that UKIP is anti-immigration and only wants us out of the EU, but has no other policies. It’s up to us to show that this is wrong.

We don’t need a university education in public speaking to do this – all we need is taking one issue, mention it in passing and ask ‘did you know what UKIP wants to do about this?’ Believe me, it works!

So here’s an example which is close to my heart: our Armed Forces and the way the Military covenant – that is, government being obliged to look after our veterans – has been broken by this and the previous governments.

Since there are already hints that there will be more reductions in our Armed Forces should Cameron win, we can ask, can we not, what is going to happen to all those who will be thrown out on their ear?

Mike Hookem has laid out some great proposals at Conference in September, which you can read here. That will give you some ideas, but the man point, to keep it short and simple, is the proposal to give all who have served for 12 years or more jobs in the Police and Border forces.
You may have heard of Rotherham in the last few days, and you may have heard of how the South Yorkshire Police was involved in not investigating properly, for more than ten years, and how some of these officers even did worse.

You may have heard about Nigel Farage being stuck in Jane Collins’ election shop in Rotherham by “demonstrators”, because the same South Yorkshire Police didn’t do their duty Your neighbours, people in the street may also have heard of this. So what can be done? Can something be done? We can ask, and talk about this.

 
This is where one of Mike Hookem’s proposals comes into play: giving jobs in the police in preference to those who have served our country in the Armed forces for 12 years and more. Why would this work? Because these men and women have a personal authority which is lacking in our police forces today. I don’t mean the wielding of batons – it’s about how they project authority.

 
Here’s a personal example – you can laugh and titter, I did so myself: in the gym I had newly joined, one of the trainers who checks out that I don’t do anything stupid, was showing me round, and then told me to get changed. When I was too slow off the mark he said in a loud voice – there’s the door (to the changing rooms). I was through that door like a bat out of hell! No thinking on my part, just plain action.

Sadly it was the wrong door, so we creased up laughing. The point is though that he, a former corporal, knew how to get eejits like me to do what was needed, just using his voice, not even shouting.
Now how would you, how would your neighbours, or the bloke in the pub who is cross about those UAF ‘demonstrators’ messing around, like to have people like that in the police? People who don’t need to threaten verbally but who get people to obey just like that?
That’s what UKIP offers in one of the policy points laid out by Mike Hookem: offer jobs to those who have left the Armed Forces, for example through redundancies (or ‘austerity cuts’). They have learned to get the job done with no fuss, to get eejits to behave, no sweat.

It’s a win-win: our former soldiers get jobs, and our safety is in better hands. What’s not to like!
That’s an example of what we can talk about, in the streets, on the doorsteps … and did you notice this: immigration and the EU weren’t mentioned at all!

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