Did you notice? A tipping point? Any tipping point? A point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change?
Firstly, 17.4million people voted to LEAVE the EU. Tip top turnout. It hasn’t happened yet though, despite the promises of the Cameron led Government “We will implement what you decide”. The people decided and the delay in delivering on that promise is duly noted.
Secondly, Donald J Trump was elected. Tip top triumph with a large turnout from the undecideds and the traditionally apathetic. Apathy was challenged in sufficient numbers by the hard work, oratory and positive, firm outlook presented to Americans by the now President of the USA. Many who perceive voting as a pointless exercise were inspired to make a different choice – to take the time out to attend a voting station and ‘pull the lever’ for Donald J Trump.
Two events in one year that I am confident will be looked back upon as significant tipping points in the course of world history. Did one inspire the other? I hope the course of history will be for the better, but ‘the better’ will not come naturally – it will take hard work and unity. Just like the hard work put in by so many diligent and enthusiastic UKIP volunteers in Stoke during the Stoke Central by-election. People in the USA were inspired by Trump and I predict an improvement in the fortunes of Americans. People in Stoke and in the UK are not so inspired by what UKIP currently presents.
A week has now passed. The result of the by-election was disappointing, though I won’t trouble you with further analysis as a sufficient variety of views have been offered by others, including here on UKIP Daily. The Stoke by-election should not have been a tipping point for UKIP, though it may prove to be. It needs to be. Stagnation at this time in history would be a most destructive course for UKIP to meander and the hierarchy of the Party need to wake up to this reality and act decisively.
A tipping point is required: the current leadership needs to take the bull by the horns and lead, or provide a constructive path to facilitate leadership from those who will provide it, whichever members that might entail. The tipping point in world politics passed in 2016 with the election of Donald J Trump. The peoples of the United Kingdom need, desperately need, a political Party that they want to vote for and currently that major gap in the marketplace is not being ably filled by our Party. Trump used straight talking, shoot from the lip, hopeful messages based on patriotism, unity, national pride, putting Americans first and border control. His message was and is an anti-globalist, anti-establishment, anti-corruption message. Trump won.
UKIP needs to be the radical and clearly defined anti-establishment Party, but the delivery needs seasoning to suit the British palette. The messaging needs to give a promise of change, improvement, positive outlook, jobs, control, national interest, law and order, preservation of individual liberty, competence and a focus on the wellbeing of all the peoples of the UK, but most of all the message must inspire.
With petty internal bickering UKIP cannot achieve anything other than getting in the way – only a united Party can deliver for the people and inspire their support, but also, only a ‘broad church’ Party can – one that respects variance in focus and approach within its membership and whose members are courteous and loyal to one another out of respect to the wider membership and those we seek to serve.
There is another nettle that needs to be grasped, firmly, but with fearless and defiant defence of British laws, history, tradition and customs. The nettle that says “Nothing to do with Radical Islamic Terrorism or immigration”, terms only Donald J Trump appears comfortable using and gladly confronting, creating a tipping point in the language of leaders of ‘Western democracies’.
Chancellor Merkel confirmed to her supporters in October 2012 “…We kidded ourselves a while, we said: ‘They won’t stay, sometime they will be gone’, but this isn’t reality.” …and… “And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other… has failed, utterly failed.”
To attempt to square these words with the cyclone of multiculturalism that she subsequently subjected her country to, and other countries by EU extension, is a task of geometric and cerebral futility. The ‘multiculturalism failure realisation’ tipping point has gone, passed by. We are in a post rational European politics, self-destructive by nature, as recent history tells us, daily. People aren’t stupid and they need a radical voice!
Soon the Dutch will be holding a general election. Geert Wilders and his Party, the PVV, could drive another nail in the EU coffin as politics in Europe begins to polarise, not along lines of traditional ‘left’ and ‘right’ approaches to economic policy, but along cultural lines. The French Presidential election will follow, again polarising the Parties along cultural lines – the Front National vs. All others. The cultural divide invades art, theatre; cinema, politics, news and education, and the demographic shift in the voter bases are significant.
The outlook for constructive politics in the coming years in Europe looks bleak and the intensification of civil disobedience and lawlessness is apparent. Racial and cultural issues will continue to dominate publicly consumed political output and governmental inertia and monetary largesse will continue to delay and worsen matters.
Geert Wilders thinks the cultural divide has everything to do with Islam and wishes to de-Islamise The Netherlands as well as leave the EU, a radical message. Marine Le pen wants to withdraw from the EU and control immigration. In Germany and Sweden, nationalist Parties are gaining more support for challenging the perceived wisdom of mass uncontrolled immigration and the creation of multicultural populations of urban, and presumably, eventually, rural regions of countries throughout Europe. Victor Orban in Hungary has already stated his position regarding immigration policy and the Christian nature of his country. The Czechs and the Poles, even the Greeks are glancing eastwards.
Cultural relativism and cultural ignorance dominate the political and academic space. That needs challenging, radically. The reality of the many failures of multiculturalism is obvious, yet no political Party addresses these issues maturely and individuals who do so have, to date, been stigmatised, side-lined and demonised.
The tipping point in British politics will come as it is quickly coming in Europe, whether peaceably as we all desire, or not, as many fear. It hardly seems rational to me, to perceive it to be a radical matter, that of wishing to discuss what Land we wish to conserve and bequeath to our great grandchildren. The compatibility of Islamic ideology and practices and with rapid, mass uncontrolled immigration, with our nation’s future as a home to our offspring, is a political nettle that needs grasping. Soon.