Nigel Farage Shouldn’t Accept a Peerage
In recent weeks, and months, it has been suggested that Nigel Farage could make it to the House of Lords. It has been speculated about so much that during a recent session of Prime Ministers Questions, Theresa May was asked about it and REFUSED to rule it out as a possibility. See the video below:
Now I want to go on record by saying that I am a huge supporter of Nigel Farage. He is, after Ronald Reagan, my political hero. He is the man that inspired me to become politically active. He made politics interesting, inspiring and exciting. I was with him all the way through the General Election, the EU referendum and the American election. He is, in my opinion, a national treasure, and we should be thankful to all he has done for this great nation and its people. However, I cannot support the possibility of a Lord Farage. There is no way that I can support a man, who has rallied people against an unelected elite, joining an unelected elite. While the name Lord Farage rolls off the tongue quite nicely, I honestly think Farage entering the Lords would be more of a hindrance than a help to the UKIP brand.
I believe this for a few reasons, one of which is the fact he would be going against his own battle cry of democracy and having elected officials run the country, instead of the unelected unaccountable elites. I think it would be a hypocritical move for Farage to make if he did decide to become a HoL member. For years he has rallied against the political elite who are not elected by the people, running the country without any kind of accountability. So would it really be the best thing for Nigel to become part of this unelected political elite that is unaccountable? I say no. Not only would it make him look like a hypocrite, but it would also make us, his followers and supporters, look like hypocrites too.
This issue dives into a more pressing one, however, and that is the HoL itself. When we look over to our cousins in the USA we can see that they too have two houses of representatives. The Congress and the Senate. However, the difference is that the USA fills their houses with directly elected representatives, whereas we in the UK only elect the representatives to one house. The members of the HoL are appointed by the state and not elected by the people of the country. This, to me, is anti-democratic to the core and means members of the HoL are unaccountable to the people of Britain. For representatives of Britain to actually represent Britain, it seems obvious to me that they should be elected by the people of Britain. In my opinion, we in UKIP should be campaigning for radical HoL reform, whereby the members are voted in by the people. This would mean they would have to act in the interests of the people as they would be beholden to the people. We should, in my opinion, try to emulate the US system whereby both houses are filled with elected representatives.
UKIP should be at the forefront of this fight. We have already fought and defeated one undemocratic institution and we can do it again. We should be fighting for HoL reform and we should be unrelenting in our resolve for it.