After losing the referendum and with a second defeat in their PM selection process, it was a distinct possibility that the anti-democratic EUphile group in the Conservatives had all to play for and the stakes were high.
So in a trice the likes of Leadsom and Gove were swept aside with carefully-timed, deftly delivered media strikes, deadly as any dagger politically speaking, and those troublesome Conservative voters were all conveniently bypassed. Clever? Some might say too clever. Too clever by half!
To be fair Theresa May could surprise us all. However, knowing as we do that she has in the past been soft on Sharia law, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and of course Brexit itself, that would be a BIG surprise.
Many might have preferred to see a committed Brexit campaigner as our new Prime Minister, thinking this would have been better for our country. However, what has happened has happened and we now have an outcome that is certainly best for UKIP.
It also signals the end of our highly successful powerful protest-party phase. We’ve made our mark. We’ve won the country. Now we need to win Westminster. Easier said than done! The really difficult part will not be the doing of it, but the doing of it while retaining our true beliefs and core values along the way. We are and must always be the nice party. The party for the country and above all the party for the people. All of them.
Theresa May has stated that ‘Brexit means Brexit’. However, she has also said that her most important goal is ‘unification’. This seems to imply that the Remain voters who lost will somehow be catered for in the Brexit her government delivers.
We who voted for freedom, many of us having spent days of our time delivering leaflets by the thousand and campaigning, will not forget the scare-tactics that included everything from financial ruin to World War III and much in between, unrelenting media bias and government propaganda delivered through our letter-boxes at our expense.
I’ll never forget the young woman I spoke to while campaigning who told me: “I’m not going to vote because I am frightened and I don’t know what to do.” I told her I was voting Leave. I said my father had fought in Ethiopia, El Alamein and all the way up through Italy and I knew how he would have wanted me to vote. She said that was something she could understand. (Yes he did come home or I wouldn’t be writing this.)
I do wonder how many others were ‘too frightened to vote’ and what the real result would have been had the referendum process been conducted differently. Remainers who bleat about what they see as a small margin of victory should be reminded of this. Frankly I’m amazed and impressed that in spite of it all enough voters came forward on the day with the courage to take that ‘leap in the dark’.
Certainly, as things go forward, many who didn’t vote, or felt bullied into voting Remain out of fear and confusion rather than logic, will I believe, gladly join our ranks and swell our number and should be encouraged, supported and welcomed with open arms. Shame on the bullies, not their victims.
It is vitally important that we continue to put out a positive message regarding the benefits, opportunities and possibilities that our new-found freedom can bring to us and all who live here both as individuals and as a nation.
It is important for us to realise that, in all probability, the Conservatives will have influences and interests pressuring and impeding them, steering them towards a Brexit-lite. After all, there must have been a reason why even moderately intelligent inhabitants of the Westminster bubble often willingly appeared as idiots with their weak arguments in debate.
If this sounds extreme or far-fetched ask yourself a simple question. “What motivated Edward Heath to give up control of the UK’s territorial waters resulting in the almost complete destruction of the UK’s fishing industry?” Did he not foresee the consequences? Did he really just make a simple mistake?
If in this day and age Scotland had had its fish perhaps they would not have felt the desire to hold their Union referendum and even if they did and won they would then surely not have been clamouring to join the EU and have it taken away from them.
Those who, like me, are no longer young will have memories of the slow, steady decline of our heavy industries resulting in the loss of a huge number of jobs and the root cause of social injustice we see all around us today.
Many, I’m sure, will also realise that the UK under new management, this the land of Newton, the Harrier Jump-jet and so much more, could regain much of what we have lost and then go on to gain much more.
On a slightly different note some may have been somewhat bemused at the enthusiastic overseas reaction to our apparently small local victory. Think it was mere coincidence that Donald Trump opened his golf-course in Scotland on the day the referendum result was announced? Perhaps, but then perhaps not.
Those that have been following developments in the US will have observed their loss of jobs due to trade deals like TTIP, and in their case NAFTA, compression of wages resulting in the lowering of living standards for middle Americans caused by an uncontrolled influx of migrants through their borders, crime and terrorism. We are not alone. Some of the details in the US are slightly different but the pattern is all too familiar. Don’t be fooled by the negative image Trump has in the UK, fuelled as it is by our media.
Earlier I hinted that there might be the underlying reasons for what has gone wrong in the UK. In the US, with greater freedom of speech and an absence of EU internet censorship the underlying reasons are much easier to find.
It’s not about left and right. It’s about right and wrong. – Nigel Farage.