” I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians ” Charles de Gaulle, French President 1959 – 1969.
The need for an early referendum on Europe is now urgent. Douglas Carswell, the well respected Conservative member for Clacton has resigned his seat and now hopes to be re-elected as the UK Independence Party’s first MP in Westminster. The inevitable Tory response, “Vote Nigel [Farage] : get Ed [Miliband]”. But increasingly, people are ceasing to be fazed by this threat given the lack of tangible action by David Cameron’s government on matters of serious public concern. And firing well respected members of the cabinet such as Owen Paterson and Michael Gove has increased negative sentiment.
The priority action for any government to regain the public’s confidence as set out below is well rehearsed but the key word is action – specifically on immigration.
- Strict and effective border control – this means restricting the overall number of immigrants permitted to enter the UK annually and the immediate deportation of illegal immigrants. Appeals against deportation must be conducted from outside the UK. Many people in Britain feel that their customs, traditions and even their safety are under increasing threat – a situation recently highlighted by the appalling child abuse case in Rotherham.
- Better internal security – with the escalating threat to British citizens’ safety especially from Muslim extremists and eastern European crime rings, more effective deterrents need to be put in place coupled with appropriate emergency powers to weed out the aggressors. The police should receive all necessary support to enforce the law and not be encumbered by gratuitous accusations of racism driven by officialdom and political opportunists.
- Leave the European Union after the General Election in 2015 – there can be no competent border control and immigration quota policy until Britain exits the EU. The General Election next year represents the ideal opportunity for the British nation to decide on its future relationship with Europe and regain sovereignty.
The electorate has become disillusioned with the main political parties with many finding it hard to differentiate between David Cameron, Ed Milband and Nick Clegg. The old tribal differences which determined party support are no longer clear cut and people are much more concerned about the massive demographic change which the country is currently experiencing – hence the interest in UKIP.
The party which sets down concrete proposals for effective border control, better security for British citizens and makes EU exit a manifesto pledge will definitely be THE vote winner.