Today’s letters run the full gamut of issues important to our readers. The first letter, by our contributor Toby Micklethwait, is an invitation to hustings, now even more important because all 11 candidates have officially been nominated:
Dear UKIP Daily readers,
We are pleased to announce the details official South East Regional Hustings:
Thursday August 31, 2017
The Christian Centre, Church Street, Dorking, RH4 1DW
Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start
UKIP members who live in the South East Region and wish to attend should apply for a reservation to: Toby Micklethwait, 01932-873557.
You will need to give your: name, branch name, membership number.
Any questions, please phone me.
Regards, Toby Micklethwait
That announcement is followed by the invitation for the Yorkshire and North Lincs Regional Leadership Hustings just in:
In line with Party instruction I have arranged a Regional Leadership Hustings for 24 August at The Kyte Hotel, Chestnut House, Great North Road, Darrington WF8 3HR commencing 7.00pm and I would ask that you circulate this to all your Branch Members. Could you ask them all please to RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . It is very important that they do this to ensure the room we have is large enough to accommodate everyone. There will be tea and coffee and water available.
Next, our correspondent Cllr Brian Silvester reminds us that Brexit is still not won, and that we cannot relent in our task to make last year’s Referendum reality:
The sell out to the EU over Brexit continues.We now find that the Tory Government are planning to give a whopping £36,000,000,000 of our hard earned taxes to the EU,as a divorce payment.Whatever for? There is no obligation to give them a penny.
When we voted for Brexit we expected to walk away without any further payments to the EU. We have already paid them an amazing net £250,000,000,000 since 1973.Enough is enough.We have paid heavily for all the luxurious EU buildings scattered around the EU, We should be getting our share of the value of those expensive buildings back.
Also we buy £70,000,000,000 a year MORE from EU than what we sell to EU. If we had World Trade Organisation tariffs on that trade the UK would be £7,000,000,000 a year BETTER off. The EU should be paying us for access to our lucrative market.
It beggars belief how weak and supine the Tory Government is over Brexit.
If Maggie or Donald Trump had been in charge of negotiations we would be out of the EU by now and the EU would be paying to trade with us.
Respectfully, Cllr. Brian Silvester, UKIP Crewe and Nantwich
Our contributor ‘Quercus’ sent us this good-bye letter. We hope his absence will be temporary because diversity of opinion is our strength:
Dear Viv and Readers
I must take my leave for more productive pursuits, at least for the time being.
I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to what for the most part has been an interesting, engaging and high-quality debate. Regrettably however so much of it is of the railing variety and not enough the prescriptive. We do need to get the analysis right, but we also have to find imaginative and effective solutions, and that’s what we’re not doing well.
Too many posters seem unable to engage in lateral thinking, or to say with their pet theories where they think the voters are going to come from to put us into any position of influence, or indeed to grasp the tribal realities of British politics. They rarely address the substance of the argument, but bluster at my audacity and go on with the same old conventional predictable thinking.
They are mostly in fact die-hard ex-Tories trying to have their cake and eat it – control of immigration and Islamification, but with Tory economics. They can’t see that running a national economy isn’t like running a household budget, that ‘austerity’ is a ploy to ‘roll back the state’ in some perverted definition of ‘liberty’, that the rich are conning the middle class into supporting their agenda, that the Establishment is rotten to the very top, that our worst enemies are in fact the Tories, because it’s they who have been in a position to save our country but in practice have done nothing to do so, indeed with their selfishness continue to build our nation’s pyre.
Such posters just can’t bring themselves to accept that the only way to save our country is with the support of the common people, and what has to be done to get it. They think ‘cutting taxes’, denying climate change and extending grammar schools will do the trick. Well it might on Breitbart, but not in the real world. The working class will not vote for it.
These posters aren’t typical of the membership, and certainly not of our ex-voters, who are probably 50% Tory / 50% Labour, but my experience on the doorstep indicates there is no doubt where the greater potential lies. We have to get many more working people onside, and that means policies which make their lives better. Accept that or we die.
I’ve tried to suggest ideas in my articles to that purpose. As on the doorstep, revelation is slow to come, but one sows the seeds and gets people thinking. But nothing is of any avail unless the Party and its leaders start a collective move in the right direction – and the hoped-for signs from this leadership election have not been forthcoming.
The only candidate who comes anywhere near understanding the point is Anne Marie, but sadly her economic programme is tentative, piecemeal, unsophisticated and essentially Tory. It’s nothing like the radical, eye-catching, alternative manifesto for the nationalist economics we need in order to get attention and counter the MSM’s denigration, which will inevitably come with being portrayed as leading on immigration and Islamification.
In the absence of any candidate who grasps this, my advice as things stand would be to vote for the one who has the most gravitas and all-round credibility.
My thanks to all who have engaged and contributed, and good wishes for the battles to come.
Yours sincerely, Quercus
And finally, a call to sign a petition sent in to us. We publish the text as received:
I just signed the petition “Teresa May: Ensure all students who voted twice in the General Election are Prosecuted” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition at the link provided.
Thanks! Andrew MacLean