The Labour party has lost, not only the plot, but continues to lose even the entrenched support of a formerly immovable core. UKIP is well placed to fill that gap but to do this we must continue to be a party of principle.
Governance in the UK today has been fought over by two groups of ‘management consultants’ with some peripheral activity by other parties that, in general, portray a greater commitment to honesty than the main two contenders.
Neither the Conservatives nor the Labour Party are capable of telling the truth or of holding any high principled position, they simply search for policies they think might ‘sell’ and say whatever they think will advance their electoral position. As the 2015 election showed quite markedly the benchmark for election success was reached for the Conservatives because enough people in the South East and Home Counties wanted a degree of security that Labour were unable to match. Added to that was the haemorrhaging of support away from Labour and compounded by a nationalistic surge in Scotland which tipped the balance. Even though the SNP landslide will not, most likely, be repeated in 2020 it is unlikely that Labour will simply reclaim its former position.
Even now, with the inevitable yet somehow irrelevant leadership election the Labour Party remain detached from truth and reality with an improbable belief that if only they can lie more convincingly or elect someone without the obvious defects of Ed Milliband then somehow they will, once again, become electable when the very opposite is most likely to be the case. With the overspending question still a drag on the perception of their economic competence they remain unable to respond truthfully and effectively to real and current concerns of the people.
Now, the line seems to be an acceptance that they perhaps, maybe, spent a tad too much but that it was so worthwhile because we needed the schools and hospitals etc. This line is being followed despite the fact that most (if not all) schools and hospitals were built under the dreaded PFI system (buy now, pay through the nose later) and because of Gordon Brown’s fiddle such expenditure was not and is still not considered part of the ‘debt’, so schools and hospitals could not have been the reason for the overspend. The truth is always best confronted after a massive defeat and the attempts to still conceal it can only accelerate their demise.
[envoke_twitter_link]Today, the party of working people is UKIP[/envoke_twitter_link].
The presentations and interviews by the leadership and deputy leadership candidates are all inwardly looking, struggling with why they lost and assuming that better presentation will win the day in the future yet in all of that there is no sign of principle. All the rhetoric is about winning power, to find something to say that will make people vote for them again but with no vision, no ideas, no integrity and the likelihood that they will again elect a leader with damaging past connections. They cannot see that all of this points to a continued and terminal decline.
A glaring example of their abandonment of working people to their self serving dogma is highlighted by their approach to immigration and the European Union.
Quite simply, people of all backgrounds, including many who historically may have voted Labour, want to see mass immigration reduced. It will not be reduced whilst we remain members of the EU because this flawed concept of free movement when spread across countries with divergent economic success or potential is seen as sacrosanct by an unelected European elite who themselves will never be at risk from the negative aspects of rapid societal change.
People do not want low skill workers compressing wages but, probably more importantly they are worried about their homeland changing around them, where cultural divides grow disproportionately and where their home increasingly becomes alien to them. Too many, too quickly is the precise problem making integration more difficult and confusing national identity.
The rate of immigration is, most likely, set to increase contrary to Prime Ministerial promises and Labour party ambivalence. The complete dismissal of these immigration concerns by Labour and unswerving support for an undemocratic and failing EU project will surely hasten their decline into irrelevance. Their only hope to re-establish a connection with ordinary people would be to wholeheartedly campaign for BRexit, which they are unlikely to even consider.
A significant majority of British people want immigration reduced, many of them current and former Labour supporters. Labour’s message though is:
‘Vote for us and see mass immigration continue to rise unabated’.
Far from regaining ground they can only hasten their decline with [envoke_twitter_link]UKIP being the only party to speak for this material majority[/envoke_twitter_link].
Whilst we have the opportunity UKIP also has challenges ahead. Not only must we become more professional in structure, communications and policy determination but, also continue to seek support based on ideas of principle of which none is bigger than restoring national sovereignty and removing the nation from the control of a declining empire.
However, that cannot be all we should seek to achieve, after all referendums can go either way, and with the EU in/out choice very uncertain we need an approach and a vision regardless of the outcome this time round.
There are many aspects of independence that we could promote and incorporate which are a part of the reasons we exist. For example, a greater self sufficiency in energy and food production, visions to extend mobility through long term transportation strategy, a defence program to fit the threats of the modern era and many more. Perhaps, to also do that, which is normal in many other European countries, which is to ignore EU regulation when it doesn’t suit the national interest.
The difference with UKIP as opposed to all the other major parties is that we exist to bring about changes to society based upon firm principle and that is what people can and will support. We are not here to simply pursue the trappings of political power and self advancement for their own sake which, sadly, but then again wonderfully, a strategy that the Labour Party are intent on pursuing.