I am regularly being asked the question, “is there any point in UKIP now?”
The short answer is, of course there is, but this needs to expanded upon.
Firstly although a majority voted to quit the EU in a referendum around 2 years ago we are still far from achieving the will of the people. UKIP needs to be around to keep the message current and promote any issues as they arise.
Secondly when we have finally withdrawn completely from the grips of the EU the country needs to look at its own internal politics. The Green Party are a sideline group, the LibDems have more or less imploded and Labour has moved so far to the left as to become, nationally, unelectable. The Conservatives live to support big business and the hugely wealthy. For the rest of the working population and the retired any crumbs that fall to them are as a result of conservative policies designed for the super rich. We need a party who is willing to look after the working population who create the current wealth and the retired population who have created the carried forward wealth.
We need to ditch some of the more ridiculous policies , for instance the idea of a legally binding 0.7% of GDP being given in foreign aid. It often goes no further than the government to whom it is given and often to those who are already wealthy countries. In its place, and as we will then be able to make our own decisions as to whom we trade with, we would introduce trade deals where the aid would go in fair prices to the farmers and manufacturers in third world countries. In this way the help would go directly to those people who would benefit and need the support.
Yes there is an on-going need for UKIP and particularly with the current intransigence of the Government’s Brexit negotiating team.
Treasurer UKIP North Norfolk Constituency,
Eastern Daily Press – Published 12 June 2018