Two score and two years ago this month, our country joined what was then called the European Economic Community (aka The Common Market). That momentous occasion was portrayed as a beacon of opportunity for our citizens. The passing of the legislation (The European Communities Act 1972, 21 Eliz. II, c.68) came after a long night of shadowy and underhand machinations that was the beginning of our nation’s gradual imprisonment. These 44 years on find us badly crippled by the manacles of edicts from Brussels and the chains of political correctness. Our island nation is suffocating under a vast ocean of bureaucracy and foreign restrictions. Unfettered immigration has caused the indigenous population to feel like exiles in their own land.
The architects of the European project were signing a promissory note to which every Briton was to fall heir. It is obvious today that successive British governments and the current European Union have, in various ways, defaulted on this note as far as many of our citizens are concerned. Instead of honouring the obligation we discover we have been given a bad cheque that has been returned as having insufficient funds.
But I refuse to believe that the bank is empty. I refuse to accept there is nothing in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So, today, we are seeking to cash that cheque, one that will give us, on demand, the riches, justice, security and independence our nation deserves.
We have arrived at a moment of great consequence and particular urgency. No longer can we engage in indecision or take the path of gradualism. Now is the time to make real promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the gloom of despondency and seek the sunlit path of endless prospects in the rock-solid brotherhood of our Commonwealth and the stimulation of the wider world.
It would be fatal for Britain to overlook this moment. The simmering discontent will not pass until there is freedom and equality. Next year, 2015, will not be an end, but the chance of a new beginning. There will be neither rest nor peace until our citizens attain their inalienable rights. The tremors of revolt will continue to shake the foundation of our nation until these are achieved.
In the process of gaining that which is rightfully ours, let us not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst by drinking from the cup of regret. We must conduct our struggle with dignity and discipline. We must meet unthinking emotion with sound, measured judgment. The new vigour in British politics that is engaging our people is to be encouraged but must not lead to mistrust by those who do not, as yet, share UKIP’s vision, for their destiny is tied to ours. We cannot walk alone, nor can we turn back. We can never be satisfied as long as citizens of the EU are free to come and go as they please but our brothers and sisters in the Commonwealth are deemed second-class. We cannot be satisfied that our people have the vote but feel they have nothing worthwhile for which to vote.
No, I am not satisfied with the current state of affairs. I am mindful that many have yet to be persuaded by the strength of the UKIP message. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair – simply know that the situation can and, with help and faith, will be changed. UKIP says that, even though we face difficulties today and tomorrow, it has a dream deeply rooted in the history, culture and values of the British people. It dreams that, one day, this nation will rise from its slumber and free itself, again to take its place in the family of nations; free, independent and equal. It has a dream that, one day, we will live in a nation that is not judged as part of an amorphous group but by the things which make it separate, distinct, unique. It has a dream that the European Union, with its one size fits all approach, will no longer dictate who we are and what we can or cannot do.
And at home, we must shun repressive, deluded Labour, the false friend of the working people of this country that would quickly return us to ruin. We must reject a vindictive, arrogant Conservative party that believes it has a God-given right to rule; willingly corrupts time-honoured principles in pointless stunts; demonises those of its number that have seen the light; shamelessly steals other parties’ policies for its own advantage, not that of the country.
We must restore faith and trust in politics. When a people are free, resolute and enthusiastic, there is no bound to what they can achieve. So, for us to stand a chance to be the best we can, vote UKIP.
“The author acknowledges Dr. Martin Luther King’s Freedom speech of 28th August 1963 as the template for this article, modified to reflect current events and containing his own views”.
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