Elizabeth Jones, UKIP candidate for Dartford, presents the first of a three-part investigation into global politics.
The British Parliament was once the nation’s sovereign body in which all power was vested – the power of the monarchy, the power to tax, the power to wage war and the power to make law. It has ceded much of this sovereignty to the EU in Brussels.
Its geographically-based elected constituency MP system remains as representative as any other system if not more so, and is much copied around the world. For example it may be mathematically the case that in the UK, which has a huge population, many people vote for a small political party across all the constituencies, but they will not be represented in the House of Commons by an MP of their own choice unless a sufficient number of them all live in and vote in a specific constituency. MPs represent all the people in their constituencies, not just the people who voted for them.
However, governments have to be made up of MPs somehow and the ancient and tried and tested British solution to this is to give the largest single ‘group’ of MPs in a political party the right to form a government if it so wishes. UKIP believes that it is the old political parties that have become stale and corrupt – people can buy influence and honours, and yesterday’s parties offer virtually the same thing time and again, always ending in failure.
The underlying parliamentary system we are blessed with is still the best. It has certainly been representative for many, many centuries and that is why the UK has not had a civil war or violent governmental overthrow for around 450 years – a record of internal peace which not one single other country anywhere in the world can claim. It is the old failed ‘yesterday’ parties which threaten this equilibrium through their failure and corruption.
The word “representative” can also mean other things like whether there are similar numbers of types of MPs as there are certain types of people – old, young, male, female, etc. British democracy does not work on tokenistic gestures like this, and UKIP does not believe that such numerical arrangements would lead to improved democracy.
But Belgium is not that bad. The UK went to war in 1914 due to the German invasion of Belgium, an infringement of Belgium’s neutrality, something we had guaranteed. As a result the UK lost a million lives in The Great War of 1914–1918.
The British like Belgium – they love Tintin, Hercule Poirot, mussels and chips with mayonnaise sauce, their many lovely beers and the extraordinary artistic output of many Belgian painters and cultural icons.
The UK finds Brussels as the seat of the EU, a phoney capital – all our taxpayers’ money going to keep an unelected bureaucracy of power-brokers in the EU fat and rich, stuffed with the finest Belgian food and beer, in order to achieve nothing. The ancient British parliamentary democratic principle of ‘No taxation without representation’ is firmly fixed in British thinking – that is the bedrock of the British Parliament. Brussels does not have that essential quality of democracy. Daylight robbery – that is the basis of the EU.
The UK’s relationship with the USA is not fictitious. Was Augusto Pinochet’s special relationship with the USA fictitious when he overthrew Salvador Allende? Was Winston Churchill’s? Was Ronald Reagan’s with Margaret Thatcher? We could go on. In reality the USA and the UK went through such historic formative links the like of which no other country in the world can lay claim to and probably never will, not whilst English is the principal language of both countries, although that is certainly not a guaranteed matter in the future.
Meanwhile we share an unparalleled amount trade and industrial ties with the US, as well as an unparalleled two-way channel of hard, secret intelligence; we even trade in and share the ultimate military hardware like nuclear weaponry as equals, and we share fundamental values so embedded in our constitutional make-ups as to make us natural allies.
But there is always rivalry and dispute popping up, and self-interest. UKIP is very grateful that by and large the UK and the USA try not to let such influences spoil what is a very productive relationship indeed. One half of all UK trade is with the USA. Without Britain, the USA would not exist in its present form, and vice-versa.
The UK has not escalated any tension in the Falklands. Argentina has done that repeatedly and provocatively. The Royal Navy has only sent HMS Dragon to the South Atlantic sector to protect Britain’s sovereign interests in the area under global international law, in response to the marked increase in military threat from Argentina, including the SU-24s.
We have always got a door open for negotiation with Argentina. The previous Argentine response to our global invitation to negotiate at the United Nations was General Galtieri’s barbaric military invasion. President De Kirchner’s warplanes lease deal with the Russians amounts to the same sabre-rattling military threat – not a symbol of diplomatic negotiation, global or otherwise.
Elizabeth Jones’ investigation will continue tomorrow.