During my membership application I was somewhat surprised to come across the exclusion clause:
“I am not and have never been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party.”
I have never been associated with any but wondered if UKIP might be excluding decent people for no good reason. Thankfully Anne-Marie Waters’ new party, “For Britain” didn’t make the list. I wonder what the response would be to a committed follower of Islam requesting membership.
It might be useful to examine what those other parties say about themselves on their websites:
British National Party:
- On immigration, on capital punishment, on the surrender of British sovereignty to the EU and in numerous other areas, democracy has been absent as Labour, Tories and LibDems conspire in election after election to offer the British people no real choice on such vital issues.
- The BNP exists to give the British people that choice, and thus to restore and defend the basic democratic rights we have all been denied. We favour more democracy, not less, at national, regional and local levels.
- Power should be devolved to the lowest level possible so that local communities can make decisions which affect them.
- We will remove legal curbs on freedom of speech imposed by successive governments over the last 40 years.
- We will implement a Bill of Rights guaranteeing fundamental freedoms to the British people.
- We will ensure that ordinary British people have real democratic power over their own lives and that Government, local and national, is truly accountable to the people who elect it.
There is a good deal more on their website…particularly regarding the control of the growth of Islam.
- One Parliament for the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: an independent, sovereign country.
Members of Parliament to follow the wishes of their constituents, not a party leader or party whip: MPs to be Representatives not Delegates.
- Repatriation of all foreigners.
Foreigners that call themselves “immigrants” shall be repatriated to their own homelands.
For the normal, law-abiding “immigrant”, ample time will be allowed for them to wind up their affairs and leave the country – ‘Humane repatriation’. Students and key foreign workers will require visas.
- Promotion of marriage with the expectation of 3 children per family.
Achieved by removing the current heavy taxation on the young so that they are able to afford housing and children. The tax system will be altered so that the heavy burden on the young is moved on to the general population.
- Abolition of the National Debt.
Borrowing money, at interest, to bribe voters shall be abolished. No longer will the elderly be able to leave a vast debt to the young.
British Freedom Party:
Now apparently defunct so hardly relevant any more.
British People’s Party:
Again largely irrelevant since their website just directs one to the National Front.
English Defence League:
(1) The English Defence League has risen from the English working class to act, lead and inspire in the struggle against global Islamification
(2) The English Defence League stands for human rights
• We stand for free speech in practice
• We stand for free speech in the law
• We stand for the right of English people to their own country over and above people from elsewhere
• We stand for the right of British Muslims to speak freely about problems deriving from Islam
• Our activities are peaceful. We are committed to non-violence
(3) The English Defence League stands for democracy and the rule of law
• We stand for democracy and the rule of law by opposing sharia
• We stand for English cultural norms by opposing sharia
• We oppose the Islamic distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims (kuffar)
• We demand effective action against the threat of terrorism in the UK
(4) The English Defence League educates the British public about Islam
• We reject politically correct depictions of Islam in Britain
• We promote an open debate about Islam in British life
• We promote a balanced depiction of Islam as a religion and ideology
(5) The English Defence League respects English tradition
• We are proud of England’s culture
• We expect migrants to the UK to live in harmony with English culture
• We refuse to tolerate the intolerant
• We support our armed forces
(6) The English Defence League is international in outlook
• We work in solidarity with others around the world
- Britain First rejects racial hatred in all its forms.
- British ethnic minorities regularly attend our events and activities
- Britain First opposes Islamic extremism and mass immigration because they are a danger to the British people.
- Britons from all backgrounds are welcome to join our struggle to put British people first.
UK First Party:
Another defunct party which seems to have been focused primarily on exiting the EU.
Of course the leaders of such parties have been demonised by government and the MSM. Maybe they did step over the line (whose line exactly?) in their speeches at times but mostly were just using the right to free speech which we have enjoyed for hundreds of years. We cannot hold them directly responsible for the hooligans who sometimes participated in demonstrations nor for the often seen hooliganism from the opposing left.
In particular I find the hounding of Tommy Robinson and others, who have sought to exercise their right to free speech and tell the truth about the effective invasion of our country, wholly unacceptable particularly when Muslim hate preachers have been allowed free rein for years to spew forth their bile. Surely all should enjoy the right to free speech equally?
Some of their policies might be a bit extreme, over-simplified and/or impractical but is that sufficient reason to exclude former members with no account taken of years passed since that membership?
It seems to me that the members of such parties were just seeking to protest about the subversion of our democracy and the dangers of mass immigration by aliens whose culture and religion are wholly incompatible with our own.
Isn’t that something which the majority, if not all, UKIP members would support?
Using the same process are we to:
- Exclude former Conservative Party Members for supporting Heath (a known paedophile) in his acts of treason and others who went along with that deception?
- Exclude former members of the Labour Party for their support of Blair (with a criminal conviction for a sex offence) and his admitted intent to shift the vote using immigration from the Third World and thereby also destroy our democracy?
- Exclude former members of the Liberal Democrats for well, just being Libdems…
…and such exclusion to be a lifetime one even if that membership was rescinded years ago.
Hopefully Gerard Batten’s acknowledging the threat from Islam will prevent applications from those of that persuasion but their necessary exclusion needs to be considered in advance of any applications.
As for other applicants surely this policy will result in wholly unnecessary exclusions. I understand the PTB not wishing to be tarred with the same brush as Tommy Robinson but surely we should be standing up for the rights of the native British people and against those who would turn our country into an Islamic state.
[Ed: We want to make it absolutely clear that by publishing the various descriptions of the various parties quoted by the author of this article we do not endorse those parties!]