Without UKIP at this election, I would despair at the fate awaiting this great little country of ours. I watch the haughty leading parties swagger, bicker, snarl and butt heads as they scuffle to form the next government, both of whom see that as their divine right. The left-right schism that blights this nation jerks us one way, then back, in an arc of destructive oscillations. And the victims of this unedifying slugging match? Who else but the British people (apart from the select band of vested interests, of course). The vacuous Lib Dems may lose about half their seats but still gain power in another coalition. Most of the people in those three parties are bland by-products of assembly line politics and they operate in a largely abstract world. To further their cause they seek to raise fears where often none exist but avoid important areas ripe for concern.
The SNP thrives in, and stokes, the negativity of largely imagined victimhood to continue its misty-eyed quest for independence, wholly indifferent to the destruction of the historic UK. Its narrow and divisive aims are forecast to cause significant post-electoral mischief. The top prize for eccentric policies and woolly thinking deservedly goes to the Green Party. The more I see the more I know things need to change.
In today’s Britain (an increasingly Orwellian dystopia) traditions are distorted; common sense is perverted; patriotism is branded xenophobic;Christianity is marginalised while others religions are endorsed;minorities dictate to the many; the law protects the wrongdoer; public service is often the route to lucrative and conceited self-service; innocuous remarks are readily seized and distorted by multiple self-appointed thought police who, for malicious purposes, ascribe unintended meanings; our charity flourishes abroad and soon, if allowed, the powers will try to persuade us that two plus two equals five.Given all this, I could have lost hope had it not been for UKIP.
In the past two years I have spent time following that party’s progress in the media and online. I also watch the video clips which abound on YouTube, most recently those from the spring conference in Kent. What I see and hear is people much like me; ordinary, decent, patriotic, sometimes fallible folk with good hearts, active minds and a love of and inherent faith in this country. Their ideas and thoughts have been suppressed by apathetic politicians, anti-democratic laws and political correctness. They don’t pine for a past simply from nostalgia; they instinctively know things can be better.They have seen or learned of a Britain which once counted for so much more, did so much more but now has to kow-tow to an unelected, narcissistic, wasteful, corrupt establishment called the European Union or genuflect at the high altar of contorted human rights.
But what I do now know for certain is this; I haven’t somehow been duped into seeing UKIP’s points of view – they are my points of view, ones that I have held for much of my adult life. UKIP thinks what I think, it feels what I feel, has the same worries as me and wants the same things as I do. Moreover, it has the courage, freshness and foresight that others either woefully lack or deride. It has identified what has gone so badly wrong, formulated a plan of action, challenged the establishment, stood firm against a tempest of opposition and is quite obviously winning the arguments in so many areas. No longer the stream of tired excuses and sloth for preserving the status quo; we havea river of fresh reasons and energy for action and improvement.
In the 2005 election campaign, Michael Howard’s Conservatives began asking, ‘Are you thinking what we’re thinking?’ A decade later UKIP has all but perfected saying what people are thinking, those thoughts boldly and doggedly articulated by Nigel Farage (at considerable personal cost) in a direct but mostly measured and statesman-like manner. He and his nascent team are now a welcome breath of fresh air in a political system that reeks of decay and failure.
I am tired of the Establishment ignoring me and breaking its promises; irritated that my values are belittled; piqued that my beliefs are demoted to anachronisms; angry that my country is being betrayed by those whom one would think should protect it; anxious about the integrity of the Union; bewildered that doing the right thing has been denigrated; disturbed at the direction our country could be taking; offended at the ingratitude of some who come to our shores from less happier lands only to abuse us; furious at the derelict public servants, whose failings go unpunished; incensed that my country’s history and culture are treated as second class to others; sickened by our timorous reactions to certain types of serious criminality; annoyed at patriotism being treated as shameful; riled by a rights’ culture devoid of responsibilities; vexed we have so little control of our own affairs. I have, quite simply, had enough. It has led to me to change my hitherto customary voting habit and I am without qualms about it. This decision feels fine as I am now doing it for good reason, not just as a duty or tradition.
To those whose allegiance regularly belongs elsewhere (like mine did) and to those whose loyalty is flexible, I say this: if you are considering supporting UKIP then I urge you, don’t falter; make the switch. To those who believe their vote is a waste of time, I recommend the 7thof May as the opportunity to make it count like never before. Make the move to UKIP because your country needs you. The country also needs UKIP, to hold the cosy Establishment cartel to account like never before.
Defy the detractors reject the rants and dismiss the doom-mongers. To adapt Shakespeare, it is time to stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood and vote UKIP to make Britain a greater, better place once more!