Peter Hitchens (journalist and author) writes in his blog on 22nd March:
I’ll tell you what the Budget (2015) really means for most of us – a continued rush towards a low-wage, low-productivity economy of insecure, part-time jobs made tolerable only by cheap credit. And a crucial part of that will be the continued mass immigration that the Government pretends to oppose but, in fact, hopes for, as it keeps pay low.
And this, of course, will continue to worsen our appalling housing, health and transport crises. Our country was not designed for the population it now has,….
We’re becoming the world’s first third-world economy in a cold climate.
This doesn’t need to be pinned up on every notice board in the country to draw attention to what is happening. The poorest and the younger generation are already visibly suffering from the follies and blunders of our ruling establishment. And while working people are hit hard, the Westminster Bubble plays their somewhat silly and irrelevant political games of deceit, name-calling and spinning ‘promises’ we know they will not keep.
And as the General Election wends its wearying way, our legacy party politicians are trying to destroy the credibility of each other whilst apparently oblivious to the harm this behaviour is doing to their own standing. Worse they are trying to do this without offering anything solid in return. Dave, Ed and Nick and their acolytes omit actual content and explanations. There is no indication that they could govern better tomorrow than they have done in the past, which has got us into our current mess.
Clearly standing aside from the political melee would be following Napoleon’s maxim: ‘Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.’ Yet whilst this distraction fuelled by media hyperbole exists, UKIP are presenting a solid platform of common sense, realistic policies that, given a chance, could create a better future for us in material prosperity, quality of life and security. However, at some stage the media will either turn on the self-destructing parties or escalate mischief towards UKIP.
Whilst economics is a somewhat dry subject requiring analysis of figures, it obviously needs to be got right. Given a choice between UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn and George Osborne, Ed Balls or Danny Alexander it is a clear no-brainer; the latter three have had their chance and, despite the rhetoric, the economy is not in robust health and hasn’t been for many years. The opposite is true as alluded to by Peter Hitchens, productivity is poor and not improving, the national debt is soaring, innovation lags behind competitors, wages especially for the poorest are being compressed, not improving, and the tax and regulatory burdens are devastating competitiveness.
Patrick, unlike the establishment politicians, gets the real world, not the world of spin, and clearly successive governments have been spending more than we can afford, increasing burdens on businesses and individuals, and making inept policies. It was a breadth of fresh air to read of plans (An Economy Believing in Britain) to make real savings on wasteful expenditure, cut the deficit and help the poorest by significantly increasing tax thresholds; things the other parties should be doing. They should also be looking seriously at the problem of wage compression for the poorest, brought on by oversupply of low wage labour, aggravated by uncontrolled mass immigration, and also because of under-investment.
Defence also appears to be a subject the legacy parties don’t want to talk about. And it is easy to see why. Over the years successive governments have failed to make adequate provision for our defence and security, and made appalling policy mistakes embroiling our increasingly overstretched armed forces in successive conflicts. Fortunately Patrick announced plans for extra defence spending of around £3 Billion annually.
The establishment politicians don’t seem to understand the modern world, how it works and how to thrive in it. Their behaviour comes across as increasingly incoherent, shallow, shambolic and bizarre. However, UKIP’s policies announced to date display common sense, prudence and honesty. This is the work of integrity, compassion and competence; what we need for real change and a better future.