Today’s first letter is from our correspondent Cllr Paul Foyster and is self-explanatory:
To influence politics you have to win at least some elections. As it becomes clear that Mrs May and Parliament intend to sell us out, just like her predecessors intended to do, there could well be a swing back to UKIP. The point is, will we still be here to take advantage of it?
It’s obvious to most remaining UKIP MEPs and councillors that they have now become unelectable, whatever office they stand for or however well they perform their duties. Many of them have now become very engaged with their local communities, fighting bad policy by Tory or Labour councils and making a real difference by drawing public attention to the poor quality of local and national government and forcing improvement. That was always UKIP policy, people before party and it’s mostly councillors who have to implement it.
The general mood of those I know is that unless there is a marked upswing by the time of the May elections they will be forced to consider their options. Sadly some have already jumped ship. It’s a mistake to defect to the ruling party in a council, though tempting when promises of greater responsibility or even portfolios are floated. What communities need are a strong oppositions, not councils without effective groups outside the ruling ones. There is value in just standing but so much more in getting people elected. We have recently seen some very small improvements to our terrible vote share but not enough by far.
I dearly hope Henry and his team will be able to pull us round and still think that’s perfectly possible. There is nowhere else we can go if the new leadership fails, so I urge councillors to stick with us but I admit it’s unrealistic not to acknowledge that time is limited. HQ and the leadership have to do more to put us back in the limelight for the right reasons. We all have to push material onto the social media, avoid criticising each other and present a united front to the public.
Our main problems since the referendum have been organisational failure, confusion, careerism, infighting and a lack of urgency. Electing leaders who seemed well qualified but did not actually want the job did not help either. At least we know Henry desperately wants to do a good job and make a difference. MSM coverage remains restricted to anything negative. I understand it’s not easy but please get a wriggle on guys or yet again we will miss the train. Even one step at a time will help, don’t wait until all the problems are sorted, there are too many and it will take too long. As frequently said, the only thing the really influences politicians is a threat to their seats and right now the level of threat we represent is far too small.
Respectfully, Paul Foyster,
UKIP councillor and Branch Chairman.
The second letter is from our contributor David Meacock, a professional musician, former councillor, and now UKIP’s new Spokesman for Culture and Arts:
on behalf of UKIP, I’d like to congratulates President of the European Council Donald Tusk for proclaiming that “Europe is a ‘cultural community’ whose heritage must be preserved”.
We in UKIP have said for ages that not only should the UK limit migration because the unplanned-for a million net migrants every three years are overwhelming the UK’s infrastructure and State services, but we also need to preserve the British way of life by for example everyone speaking and reading English. So, I’m very pleased that Mr Tusk seems to be beginning to see the light by also recognising ‘the need to rebuild effective control of our [the EU’s] external borders’ – one reason why 17.4 million UK voters voted to leave the EU. We can but hope that Mr Tusk’s recent awakening to share UKIP’s pragmatic views could yet lead to a BREXIT deal which while not imperative would be in everyone’s best interest.
As a newly elected Councillor, I caused consternation in some quarters when saying that his council shouldn’t be contributing to a translation service and that people who expected to live in the UK and be regarded as British citizens should learn to speak English as the first stage of integration and so fund any translation requirements themselves. But it was a view to be echoed a few years later by Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett MP.
British culture is under threat not just from migrants but also from 5th columns within the UK. The Establishment’s Politically Correct multi-culturists, aka no-high culturists Brigade, such as some teachers who are leaving school pupils socially ignorant by even failing to include any traditional Christmas Carols within Nativity plays – sometimes nonsensically ‘justified’ by not wanting to offend people of other faiths, and/or because their school is not a Church of England school. Our shared heritage is also being undermined by the Church’s own Bishops often failing to uphold their canonical vows by adhering to the traditional Christian teaching of right and wrong. The clergy’s inadequacy is even worse than the growing threat from Sharia Law as, just as Mr Tusk has acknowledged, sadly some such as the Islamic community, seem to want to impose other cultures on us rather than accept our Judeo/Christian heritage – which is somewhat ironic given it was presumably at least part of what attracted most migrants to the UK in the first place.
Respectfully, David Meacock,
UKIP Spokesman for Culture and Arts