Today’s first letter is about Tommy Robinson. The writer is our contributor Phillip Smith:
There has been a lot of talk just lately about making an exception to our party rules and admitting Tommy Robinson to UKIP.
I don’t believe that Tommy Robinson is the extremist ogre that he is portrayed as by the media. He has taken up a worthy cause, but has been overtaken by people who have a different agenda, and ended up resigning from his own organisation when it no longer served the purpose that he set it up for.
If we waived the rules and allowed Tommy Robinson into UKIP that would not be the end of the matter. Other, less savoury, ex-members of EDL would demand entry into UKIP, and sooner or later this will result in a lawsuit, accusing UKIP of discrimination under the crazy discrimination laws that exist at the moment. This could become even worse if multiple parties bring a class action against UKIP for discrimination. These lawsuits will have to be defended, at great expense to UKIP, but the judiciary are a part of the establishment and will adjudicate to do as much damage to UKIP as possible, and so will decide that we cannot deny membership to others if we have granted it to Tommy Robinson. If this goes to appeal, and is ruled on by an appellate court, this judgment could become a binding precedent for any future cases.
This would leave us in a situation where granting membership of UKIP is a decision of a court, not party officers. What will happen then is that unsavoury individuals will be able to pour into UKIP and will end up doing to UKIP what Momentum has done to the Labour party, and will destroy UKIP as a viable political party. Just what the establishment wants!
Recruiting celebrities into UKIP has not always benefited the party. I have been in the party for over twenty three years and I can remember the effect of people like Robert Kilroy-Silk. We have seen other people jump on the UKIP bandwagon to try and further their own careers, and then leave when they think that there are richer pickings elsewhere, but all that the really committed UKIP members have accomplished over the years would be thrown away if we lose control of the party to extremists. Admitting Tommy Robinson to UKIP would be signing the party’s death warrant.
Respectfully, Phillip Smith
Our reader Duke Marshall sent in the following letter on Educational Policies:
According to the current manifesto, the “subjects vital to our national life” are “science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine”. Now these subjects are certainly vital to the national economy but is the national life no more or other than the national economy? If so, then, certainly,we can have no reason to care about such subjects as art, music, literature, history, philosophy, criticism or the state of thought and culture at large. But then, in that case, we have no reason to care about independence, self-government and national sovereignty either. I don’t know whether the party leader and national executive mind that the current education policy is an uneducated one but they certainly should mind that it contradicts everything else the party stands for.
Ian Robinson (who is, or until recently was, Secretary of the Newark branch) and I drafted the party’s first education policy? The substance of that policy can still be found in our The New Idea of the University, copies of which can be obtained from http://www.edgewaysbooks.com.
Respectfully, Duke Marshall
Next, an appeal to all our readers, sent in by John Owen:
I’ve just been informed that someone received a phone call last night, conducting a survey of peoples’ attitudes on the EU. At the end of the call the recipient asked who the survey was being conducted by, answer: the EU.
That suggests to me that they are looking to set up some dirty tricks and spread more of their propaganda.
Maybe your readers can find out more.
Respectfully, John Owen
Please let us know if you’ve been approached in this way, or if you’ve heard of this. we all know that in these last weeks and months the Remainers are using all the dirty tricks they can.
Finally, our reader and contributor Stuart Johnson sent in his warning:
While browsing through the latest articles on Brexit Facts4EU, I came across the following, which doesn’t seem to have been reported on in any media, and I found quite concerning:
EU CREATES 5TH ‘FREEDOM’ – UK PARLIAMENT LOSES YET MORE SOVEREIGNTY:
“Yesterday the EU announced that it had created its fifth ‘freedom’ – the free movement of data. Given the trouble that the first four have caused – including freedom of movement of people – readers might have thought this was worthy of a mention by the BBC. Afraid not.
Yesterday in the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs voted by 520 to 81 in favour of the EU Commission’s proposals on the freedom of movement of data. The new EU law, once rubber-stamped by the EU Council on 4 November, will prohibit national rules requiring that data be stored or processed in a specific member state. In other words it stops the UK from having its own rules on data and how it is used, and even lets bodies from other EU countries have access to it.”
Readers can read more on this at http://facts4eu.org/news_oct_2018.shtml#5f
This was reported by Brexit Facts4EU on 5th October, yet while I find the general media silence unsurprising, I find it concerning that I don’t seem to see any of UKIP’s MEPs expressing any concern about or even reporting about this.
I would first of all hope that UKIP’s remaining MEPs in the European Parliament were among the 81 who voted against this, though it is hard to keep track of who actually is still an MEP representing UKIP.
It is however becoming clear to me that all this discussion about Tommy Robinson has allowed UKIP as a party to “take its eye off the ball” and become distracted away from what it should be focusing on. This is the kind of story that UKIP as a party should be jumping all over. The E-i-C put it excellently in one of her articles recently: “look, a squirrel!”. We must be careful that we are not being distracted for malicious purposes.
Respectfully, Stuart Johnson, UKIP Birmingham