Why? Why would you join a club knowing in advance the consequential effect it would have on your personal relationships, family life, and business? Why would you choose a club that will result in receiving insults, grief and angry interchanges? Why would you join a club where the name tag ‘racist’ or ‘bigot’ is immediately seen in the pound sign adorning your lapel? Why bother when you just want to live and let live, mind your own business and respect other people’s property as you expect them to respect yours?
Many reasons, but one was Charlie Hebdo. I felt sick that day. Sick at the state of the human condition. Sick at the actions of murderous jihadis in Paris, at the cowardly actions and inactions of the ‘Free Press’ and at the lies and crimes of the political classes that continue to undermine Britain, its security, peacefulness, and culture. In modern parlance, I was radicalised. PREVENT needn’t bother wasting their time with me though because this kind of radicalised is good, it is British, and it is honourable.
I felt the sickness later in the year too. Over one hundred souls lost to Islamic murderers in Paris again. On the Monday after I witnessed my culture, my society, my country and so many of my neighbours and friends once again capitulate to a weak repressive and barbaric ideology being enforced through the execution of particular concert goers, draughtsmen, and Jews from France, Theresa May, the then Home Secretary, stood across the dispatch box from Sarah Champion her Labour Shadow. As the amoral media class exhibited their smug gutless faux-sorrow over the television screens and radio channels about the events in Paris, Theresa May updated the House on the Child Sexual Abuse scandal in Rotherham and the actions taken by the government in response. She and Ms Champion managed to do so without an utterance of the words ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’ or ‘Pakistani”, which, considering the contents of the Jay and Casey reports, took some linguistic design.
The catalysts to join UKIP were initially my son Joshua who had joined a year before me and secondly, the result of the 2015 General Election and the promise of a Referendum on the EU. I attended my first UKIP branch meeting as a member, in July 2015.
There was only one political vehicle I could have associated myself with. The LibLabCon is corrupted. Those parties are generationally corrupted, rotting from inside through nepotism and favouritism saved solely by the nature of our Parliamentary electoral system and the inertia and volume of parasites who can continue to fund their parasitical existence through incumbency. The Green Party is also corrupted. Corrupted by hubris, belief, unquestioning self-righteousness and lack of scepticism – they are also misguided on how burning hydrocarbons remains a primary necessity for continuing human improvement. I saw UKIP as the only political vehicle to join in the quest to return sovereignty of our nation to where it rightfully resides – with its people – a necessary first step without which the country would continue to fail and fall. Whether it was corrupted did not matter to me then – it was a means to a righteous end. It matters to me now.
I had a need. A drive to do whatever I could to achieve what I deemed necessary to protect that which it is each generation’s duty to protect – the rights and liberty forged for us over centuries by generations of Britons. Of course, we needed to leave the EU to do our duty and preserve for future generations of Britons that which we are so privileged to have been bequeathed! All equal under one law. That law derived from our history, from natural law, common law, a law of precedent. That sculpted since the Bill of Rights. That which has been defiled by a sequence of actions by political actors who gave away what was not theirs to give, who gave away that which they indeed also had a duty not to give.
Numerous events had influenced the development of my political views – too many to name. The Salman Rushdie fatwa. The behaviour in reaction to a book was not something I could comprehend, and I lived in areas of West Yorkshire with high Muslim populations. People died and people wanted to kill. I was very young and it didn’t fit with my upbringing, at all. It was an alien response, a repulsive one. Running a business and having children to feed whilst wondering why the government are getting such a huge chunk and ‘watering’ the wall with it – these things shape your political outlook. The politicised and substandard education delivered by the state to my sons. 9/11, 7/7, the banking crash 2008 – so many events – so many bad decisions.
Those who wish to destroy the nation state, who reject cultural preservation, continuity and evolution and who favour a fast track cultural, social revolution through large government social engineering, uncontrolled mass immigration, large corporations and large welfare states are represented by excellent orators. And it was beholden on as many ordinary people as possible to get out to where people live and talk to them about the basics of democracy and accountability, and explain to them why we, we British alone, should be arbiters of who determines Law. So I did. In public meetings and in the street. So did many others, not all from UKIP. Thousands took to the task in the face of an onslaught of propaganda and opposition from a political class, a hostile and fear-stoking media and the academic classes in schools and universities. The outcome was fantastic. A battle won, the first rung on the long ladder.
But what of UKIP now? What role has it to play?
My drive is only emboldened by the result of the referendum. Is UKIP going to be the political vehicle that continues to climb the ladder toward liberty and a return to national order from EU chaos?
The structural political problems in the UK have not gone away with a vote to leave the EU. We are not out of the EU for starters. Our national debt clock is approaching £2 Trillion and rising, and nobody talks about it. There is no incentive to save with perma-low interest rates. The value of the currency has been undermined through inflation, quantitative easing, and other verbosely obfuscated mechanisms to mask state theft. Our borders are porous, our social services stretched, our schools are full, and there are far too many people for the country to sustain. This all without mentioning the social cancers of cultural Marxism, postmodernist thought, and Political Correctness.
Who has a plan for Britain, and can I get behind it? Will it be UKIP? Or is UKIP an irrelevance, like a Betamax, to be superseded by the next political vehicle which will have the strategy to wrest power away from the LibLabCon.
I have observed the candidates in the forthcoming leadership election. Two candidates, in my view, are worthy of consideration as a leader in these historically significant times. Each has their particular attributes that have attracted my attention, and each has an understanding of the geopolitical realities of our time and the fragility of peace, civil society and liberty. The other five candidates have demonstrated knowledge; skills and experience in many ways, but each of those five have also demonstrated to me that they do not fully understand what the country needs of the next UKIP leader, or what the future purpose of UKIP should be.