Clearly UKIP’s rapid progress and imminent coming of age has shocked many who contribute to these columns into feeling uneasy about their stoic allegiance to one or other of the three failing so called ‘main parties’.
So much so in fact that UKIP is often referred to, incorrectly, as a one man band, a one trick pony with no policies other than for rapid exit from the EU – as such just a protest vehicle. For those doubting Thomas’, a comprehensive range of policies (and much more) can be found on the internet.
While the 150 or so new UKIP councillors, me included, are on a steep learning curve, we do at least have the courage of our convictions and do not continue to argue in favour of a lost cause in the forlorn hope that by placing our trust in the discredited old guard one day, as if by magic, all will be well. It is clear that at all five levels of government - the European Parliament, Westminster, county council, district council and parish/town council, there is a fundamental failure of self serving elected politicians to deliver what the people want. That’s because so called democracy ends at the ballot box and the elected representatives then have 4-5 years to avoid fulfilling their manifesto promises. In any case it’s generally accepted our elected politicians can lie with impunity particularly with respect to manifesto pledges.
Abraham Lincoln would be elated to see that his definition of democracy, the rule of the people by the people for the people, is being promoted by UKIP to the extent that, unlike other parties, UKIP does not and will not whip its MEPs, MPs and councillors to vote on any issue according to party instructions. Further, local referenda held two or three times a year will allow the people by majority decision to decide how their taxes are spent and the priorities for such expenditure. A UKIP administration will see an acceptable quality of life restored, honesty in politics and true democracy – a democracy which doesn’t end at the ballot box.
Cllr Dr Alan Latham