Something which is fundamental is of central importance. Fundamentalism, although often applied in a religious context, is equally relevant to politics where it may be described as the strict adherence to a basic set of proven, workable principles. Get these fundamentals right and good things naturally follow. Democracy, the rule of law and free speech are three of the fundamentals which once exemplified the Western nations but they and other valued concepts have been betrayed in recent years.
Thus it was a breath of fresh air when UKIP took on the difficult but necessary task of instilling realism and revitalising the overlooked fundamentals which are the cornerstone of a vibrant, healthy and functioning nation. The pages of the manifesto bore ‘Common Sense’ as their watermark. On 7th May this year, the nation was given its chance to restore the fundamentals that made us great and which can make us great again but, sadly, many quailed at the last moment.
One only has to look at the results of the 2015 election to see that democracy, as practised in this country, is hardly worthy of the name. Furthermore, many recent events have shown that the law does not apply equally to all; indeed some sections of society have operated outside it and with shocking impunity. Free speech has become a rarer commodity as we stealthily become a totalitarian state. Government is cowed by noisy, often aggressive, minorities and increasingly stifles what may be freely expressed. Merit is discarded for the sake of filling absurd politically correct quotas. Skin colour, gender and sexuality are among the considerations which compete with ability. Marriage, the union of one man with one woman to form the fundamental biological unit by which to create and nurture a family, has been denigrated. The nation’s defence, the first duty of any caring government, is being risked by inexcusable cuts while foreign aid has become sacred. Our borders leak worse than a rusty sieve and people with no connection to, or love of, this country now believe they can turn up uninvited and then expect to be treated as equals of the long established indigenous population.
More widely, it can be seen that the European Parliament has little power to restrain the ambitious, unelected cartel that is the EU Commission. The seriously flawed Greek economic model and the dubious aspects of that country’s Euro entry were overlooked because the politics of the monetary project superseded getting the fundamental conditions right. As this Greek tragedy unfolds, it becomes yet more clear that the Euro politicians are prepared to go to reckless, almost stupid, lengths to save this wretched, unworkable, dangerous monster of a project. We can see the consequences of that hubris, for which we may all yet suffer.
The years following WW2 developed into the Cold War. The enemy was obvious, its intentions well known but we in the West had a clear idea and strong resolve. For years the free, capitalist nations butted heads with the restrictive straight-jacket of the communist East. Then the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union disintegrated. With them went all the troubled certainty that had accompanied it. It was a momentous time and hopes were high for a grand new order of peace and freedom from fear. After the short period of jubilation and bereft of focus and challenge, we started to flounder in a vacuum of indecision and introspection. With nothing major to confront we started looking inward and began interfering with convention, even questioning our own ideals and purpose. No heed was paid to the notion that if it isn’t broken there’s nothing to fix.
I sense we are at, or fast approaching, another of those pivotal moments in history where a co-incidence or accumulation of circumstances are set to change the world order – and not for the better. It seems too soon for yet another upheaval but I am concerned that the vanity and obstinacy of a handful of obsessive leaders will bring ruin and instability to millions. What we need desperately are leaders of vision, strength and determination but I have no faith in the current Western political hierarchy who, in many ways, have precipitated our present unstable condition. America is on the cusp of losing, perhaps even giving up on, its superpower status and the EU pursues ever more nebulous ideals that are fundamentally of little real importance. Their desire to regularise, homogenise, categorise and sterilise is all-encompassing and has gained an almost unstoppable momentum. UKIP is fundamentally opposed to our continued membership of this failing enterprise, which is quivering on the quicksand of its foundation. We need to get out and quickly.
To the electorate who voted UKIP, I say stay with us. To those who were attracted but faltered on the day I say rediscover your belief in UKIP’s fundamental vision. Vote UKIP in order for us to be a free, independent, prosperous and proud nation once again. In this increasingly irrational, almost Orwellian, world UKIP is the sane, the only choice.