The first letter today is from our correspondent Julian Flood. It’s passionate and speaks to and for many of us:
Symptoms are not the disease! It is not surprising that we in UKIP are not very good at politics. We have had a simple goal, a light to guide us and a leader to follow: get our country back and all would be well. It turns out that the way forward is difficult, complicated and requires subtlety, deviousness and downright low cunning. We have a deficit in all those qualities, especially in the first.
There are several very urgent matters which need attention, all of seeming equal importance, and it is easy in these circumstances to confuse the symptoms with the disease, and easy to choose the wrong treatment. Look at some of the symptoms:
- Isolated communities are trying to live a third world existence in a modern society. It has been obvious for years, decades even, that this situation is causing problems and will become a greater point of friction and violence unless courageous action is taken by current and future governments. Some minorities settle in and adapt, others don’t, but no attempt has been made by those whose job it is to run the country to turn groups which have problems living in the twenty first century into proper members of the UK. This is a symptom.
- A large cohort of politically motivated Brexit deniers are trying to subvert the will of the electorate. Over 400 constituencies voted for Brexit but many of their MPs are busily doing their best to fudge, obstruct and delay our day of freedom. They do this in the knowledge that they will be elected anyway by an electorate which would rather go down into ruin rather than admit that their tribal loyalties are no longer deserved. Strong and determined leadership is required from our elected government to obey the will of the people.
- The debt is now over £1,500,000,000,000 and still we spend thirteen thousand million pounds a year on foreign aid, we are still subsidising the French nuclear industry so that it can learn how to build its poorly-conceived reactors on our soil and on our tab, we are still planning a rail system which will cost upwards of £50,000,000,000 and will deliver a few dozen businessmen to appointments they could just as well fulfil by broadband. A courageous decision needs to be made by government to cut out the spending deadwood and accept that bribing supporters is no way to run a country.
And so on.
The disease is the failure of our governments to represent the people of the UK. When our political class makes a decision, who comes last in the priorities? The British people. Who moves to the front of every queue? Those least deserving. But who votes, over and over again, for the politicians who betray them? The British voter. Courageous action when hundreds of young girls are abused? Dream on. Determined punishment for those who turn a blind eye to electoral fraud, to those who double-vote? Plain-spoken denunciation of those who, just within the rules, give tens of thousands of pounds to would be MPs? You must be joking. They’d rather have a hurried cover-up enquiry by someone who will then be gifted a peerage, or a directorship, or a safe seat in Parliament.
The UK is ruled by a corrupt, self-serving and venal political class.
They are blue and red and yellow and green but they all have their snouts in the same trough, they live in the same streets, go to the same schools and universities and parties, and none of them gives a damn for the people of this country.
There’s your disease. Treat it and the symptoms will vanish.
Break the political class, left and right and centre. Cure the disease.
Respectfully, Julian Flood
The next letter, from our correspondent Roger Arthur, underlines again that we must still fight for Brexit:
MPs would do well to heed Churchill’s advice. In the House of Commons on 11th May 1953, he said:
“We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe but not of it. We are linked but not combined. We are interested and associated but not absorbed. If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always chose the open sea.”
A key Allied objective in WW2 was to restore the sovereignty of nation states, but Van Rompuy said
“The era of the nation state is over.”
Who seriously believes that after all the blood, sweat and tears of WW2, Churchill would have accepted that, not to mention the 400 + constituencies which voted to LEAVE the EU
Respectfully, Roger Arthur
Finally, a communication from Alan Bown, which was sent in to us through Jane Collins MEP’s press office. We reproduce it here as we received it:
I have become aware of some confusion regarding my endorsements for the candidates in the UKIP leadership election and wish to clarify the situation.
I am fully behind both Jane Collins MEP and Peter Whittle AM and would be delighted to see either of them as the next leader of UKIP.
It is not unusual for someone to endorse two candidates, especially when they have been involved in a party for many years and have worked with and respect more than one of the candidates. Indeed, this is what Paul Nuttall did in the first leadership election of 2016. Both candidates have their own strengths and attributes which I believe would make them good leaders and an endorsement of one takes nothing away from the other but demonstrates my positive attitude towards the talent we have in this party.
I am disappointed certain people, not connected with either of these teams, have tried to use my endorsement of Peter Whittle against Jane Collins and would like this letter to draw a line under any negativity.
Yours sincerely, Alan Bown