“It’s easy to be fooled when you want to believe” – Ferdinand Mount
In the run up to the Scottish independence referendum there’s been a lot of talk about voters being driven by sentiment – and why not? The vast majority of people in the UK want Scotland to remain in the Union. Perhaps not enough of the general public (i.e. non-politicians) have spoken out to express their genuine belief that Scotland is a vital part of our great nation and we want it to remain as such.
The practical issues associated with separation have been well publicised although no-one seems to have focused on the timetable of specific action following a “Yes” vote. The list of matters to be addressed is massive and will directly impact us all. Just consider passports, border control, defence, public sector employment, pensions, currency, the relocation of HBoS and Royal Bank of Scotland, public debt, the BBC and a legion of other consequences arising from Scotland severing links with the rest of the UK.
The perplexing thing is that those seeking for it to leave the UK hope that Scotland can become a member of the European Union. In other words the plan is to replace Westminster (where Scotland is represented) with Brussels (where Scotland or indeed anyone else is not democratically represented).
Far better to remain part of the UK “family” and press for continuing autonomy from within – definitely a nationwide vote winner.
” 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.
“Sir – We are often told by Europhiles that the reason Britain must stay in the European Union is that, if we left, we would have no influence; the naming of Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission shows we have none anyway. We might just as well leave at the earliest opportunity and pocket the £50 million-plus-per-day it costs us to be ignored.” Ian Goddard, Letters to the Daily Telegraph Editor, June 2014.
After Junker’s appointment as the new president of the EU, Ed Miliband said David Cameron had suffered a “humiliation” – a word of which he seems to have had no comprehension when in government. So, the Brussels circus has chosen a new ringmaster. None of the main performers wanted him but allegedly, the main German press (with whom Juncker has co-operated in the recent past) decided he was the man for the job, so common sense didn’t prevail. Bad news for the countries in the southern Eurozone – good news for the bars of Brussels, according to some reports.
Also, good news for Britain. Apparently, there’s an EFTA style deal on the table and we should start negotiations with the EU immediately and seek to exit before the UK’s interests are further marginalised. The British people are totally over taking instructions (EU directives) from a disparate group of overseas based career politicians – Juncker in charge of Europe conjures up thoughts of putting a sommelier on the bridge of the Titanic. The reality is that the people of Germany, Scandinavia and Holland know and accept the economic facts of life but from France down and elsewhere, national finances are a disaster and a break-up of the currency union is the only sensible answer.
The UK does not need to be involved in this impending gravy-train crash. An uncomplicated trade deal instead of full EU membership would change nothing in terms of our relations with the EU, other then returning government accountability to Westminster and driving a major lift to our economy by giving us greater flexibility to trade freely throughout the world. Exit from the EU linked to a trade deal would be a vote and election winner.
“The UK is still the sixth biggest economy in the world, larger than Russia or India.” Roger Bootle, Managing Director,Capital Economics
So, the political class and mainstream media started by ignoring public opinion as reflected in UKIP’s stance on Europe. When that didn’t work and safe constituency voters started jumping ship, the next step was to adopt the never-fail ridicule and smear tactic. And still UKIP is gaining support.
Why? Because the escalating power grab by Brussels is unacceptable to the British people. The Europe Britain joined was a free trade association made up of nations with similar income per capita – the electorate was never asked to agree to becoming part of the United States of Europe incorporating a growing number of low income countries and a bloated expensive administration. It costs Britain billions to be a member of this disparate Eurozone driven club which increasingly controls our lives.
Why not just trade with it like the rest of the world does? A landslide victory for UKIP in the European Parliament elections would give traction to the prospect of an orderly and planned exit from the European Union. Britain as an unencumbered global free trade country would be able to accelerate growth in GDP and despite illogical scaremongering to the contrary, would be in a position to increase employment significantly – definitely a vote winner.