Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tim Montgomerie: vote UKIP

Via Timmy (although I also saw Tim saying this on his Newsnight interview), Tim Montgomerie has written an article for The Times which is of interest.
Britain’s mainstream political parties all look set to offer a very similar menu at the next election. It will be the political equivalent of spam with beans, spam with greens or spam with lentils.

I have been saying this for sometime; I'm glad that Tim has caught up. Of course, there are other options; and of those options, one party has politicians elected to a senior levels, albeit in the European Parliament.
If voters reject the idea that climate change is public enemy No 1, they have no political party to represent their views.

Apart from UKIP.
No opposition leader stood for religious freedom during last week’s dispute between the Catholic Church and Labour.

Apart from UKIP.
Think of grammar schools, capital punishment, the monarchy, private healthcare or membership of the EU. On issue after issue the main parties are afraid to offer real choices.

Except, of course, UKIP.
This diet of political spam has encouraged many voters to support smaller parties or to stay at home. A recent poll found 36 per cent in the “none of the above” camp.

Which rather indicates that there is a potential 36% of the electorate which UKIP could tap: it just needs to get its message across.
David had a sling to kill the oppressive giant of his time. The “none of the above” party has the internet to end the dominance of today’s political goliaths.

And, unfortunately, the most viable of those parties, UKIP, simply isn't using the medium properly; it is time that they woke up and started taking advice from those who understand the medium or else they are going to lose a big opportunity.

Because the fact is that whilst the big parties are all offering spam (or, in the case of the Tories, Spam), UKIP are able to provide an alternative. But why?

It's simple: when 80% of our legislation comes from an unelected foreign bureaucracy which the three main parties all support, how can they possibly offer real alternatives? They can only ever put forward different policies within the very limited wiggle-room that the EU leaves us.

UKIP want to leave the EU, and so are not bound by its strictures or vision; hence the fact that UKIP really can offer alternatives. So, you want a country that we ourselves rule; you want lower and simpler taxes and small government; you want selection in schools; you want an alternative?

The message is simple: vote UKIP. And remember, Tim Montgomerie says you should...

8 comments:

And there's more..... said...

UKIP is nothing more than a Tory old boys pressure group. Its members are leaving and some are even going to the BNP. It has a lemming mentality of working to split the Tory vote which will allow Labour federalists to retain power. It has less councillors than the Kidderminster hospital group. It polls at about 1% and its Scottish membership is around 5'10".

Thom said...

oh my christ.

No opposition leader stood for religious freedom during last week’s dispute between the Catholic Church and Labour.

Good. Religious fuck off. That's not a reason to vote for UKIP, it's a reason to send them to an asylum (just for you DK) whilst raping their eyes. and bums.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Thom,

You know very well that I am an atheist; however, I am also a libertarian. If Catholics agencies do not want to place children with gay parents, then that is absolutely fine because they are not the sole provider of adoption services.

If people do not like the church's attitude on this, then they can stop placing the children with Catholic adoption agencies. It really is that simple.

It's called "freedom", you see; it involves personal choice.

And There's More...

UKIP is nothing more than a Tory old boys pressure group.

You just keep believing that, if it'll help you. That's why they have a clearly defined set of policies which are about 10 billion miles away from what the Tories are advocating. UKIP is a broadly libertarian party, and it is a party not a pressure group.

Its members are leaving and some are even going to the BNP.

Yes, thank fuck that some of the wackier ones are, indeed, jumping ship. However, other than that, it is the only political party who's membership is currently growing (some of those are people who have been at least partially converted by this blog, I'm happy to say).

"It has a lemming mentality of working to split the Tory vote which will allow Labour federalists to retain power."

No, it doesn't. There's no lemming mentality here at all. The Tories are pro-EU and their policy is to remain within the EU so displacing the lying opportunistic fuckers is hardly lemming-like.

Further, the majority of UKIP votes in recent by-elections have actually come from poor previously Labour voters and people who have not voted before.

"It has less councillors than the Kidderminster hospital group."

Pedantry, I know, but I think that you mean "fewer". What does that matter: the party is getting organised and it is to the future elections that we must look.

"It polls at about 1% and its Scottish membership is around 5'10"."

Erm... Poll-wise it is now the 4th largest party. In Bromley, it beat Labour into 4th place. In the last Euro-elections it beat the LibDems into 4th place. Yes, it's small, but it's growing.

DK

haddock said...

It looks like my comment has gone into the maw of the ether, so try again.
My mission in life is to "work a few fucks" into those that need a few fucks worked into them; without fear or favour. I joined UKIP two weeks ago and what did I get, welcome note? nope, membership card? nope, receipt for money paid? nope, acknowlegement? nope, request to be a party activist in my area? nope. I have just phoned the regional office and have been told it is due to pressure of new membership applications. I have suggested they put a note to that effect on the (piss poor) website and make a plus of it instead of the minus of seeming to ignore new recruits.
I wonder how long that will take.

Trixy said...

Dear Haddock,

Have just passed your comments on to Head Office and the general manager. Cannot actually do much more without knowing your name, and which branch you are with, but rest assured that we are very happy to have you with us. Soon you will just get bombarded with info I am sure. Campaigning in the rain beckons.

(Tip: go campaigning with Godfrey or Nigel as it involves more pub stops)

haddock said...

thankyou Trixy,
I thought a hoof in the right direction would work, the subtle approach is best I find.

Trixy said...

or, indeed, a wet flipper?

Serf said...

Thom

Why are you so against religious freedom? It is one of the foundations of all our other freedoms.

I do not have a friend in Jesus (or any other imaginary being) but I support individual religious freedom completely.