David Allen Wants Party To ‘Move On’ From Brexit as he Launches Leadership Challenge
David Allen (pictured above) might be the rank outsider in the forthcoming battle to be the new leader of UKIP, but the man who stood as the party’s candidate in Mark Reckless’ old seat of Rochester & Strood still has some thoughtful observations on how the purple party needs to move forwards. Here he gives his assessment of the current situation:
‘Let us just consider, for a moment, the reality of our position. We have lost support dramatically and the rate of this exodus is increasing. Ironically, the only ‘cliff edge’ associated with Brexit, is the one our members are falling off.
‘We have no parliamentary presence and have lost our standing as a major party. We have little influence in Brexit negotiations and fewer media opportunities. We lost all but one of our county councillors, 337 general election candidates lost their deposit and only 40 saved theirs, as I did. If things do not change we’ll probably lose most of our borough councillors as well in 2019. We cannot wait and hope for Brexit to go wrong. We must, above all want Brexit to succeed; so to begin a return to political relevance, we must pursue a different message with equally profound ramifications. Quite simply, it is time to move on.
‘The internal party, is of course, a reform in parallel. We need an appropriate and functional structure and the will to create that, but it is of no interest whatsoever to a wider public. Candidates who major on party reform are just naval gazing. The fundamental problem for UKIP is political, and not administrative in nature.
‘We must have a clear destination and present that with an intellectual clarity that has, so far, been absent. We must have a view across the political spectrum, but firstly, we have to garner more support; the best way to do that is to focus on something people already agree with, then make the argument for a fundamental change in our political system.
‘Our society, whilst being successful, suffers fundamental problems that are worsening and are beginning to threaten our social and economic order.
‘We want to be economically stable and have a quality of life that is commensurate with that. We want the ability to provide homes for our children and their children. We need a healthcare system that embodies personal responsibility, is patient focused and offers a substantive and integrated way to care for our older generation. We need a secure environment in which to live, knowing we are well defended against threats from within as well as without.
‘However, what we actually have, is a population which is growing faster than we can cope with, threats from within by those we feed but who wish us harm simply because of who we are. We have a reactionary health service that is creaking at the seams, that makes life very difficult for those who work in it and breeds and encourages a culture in which the patient has a very low priority. We have created an economy full of jobs that pay so little that people cannot properly live and politicians have sought to correct that by making others subsidise businesses by an ever-greater expansion in the cost of welfare.
‘When we need substantive and innovative change, we get instead: sticking plasters. Do take note, that our existing political system is directly responsible for a failing healthcare system, an economic underclass, the inability to house our own children and the development of ‘home grown’ terrorism. They have presided over this for decades, things really do have to change.
‘Our present political system is incapable of addressing the fundamental structure of our society, because the artificially created and opposing polarity of our parliament is much more focused on their own electoral projections than they are in tacking society’s structural problems and creating the stable future we all want to see.
‘As if that weren’t debilitating enough, each of the two major parties hold deep rooted obligations to powerful vested interests, reinforced over time,again and again, with massive financial inducements. Being beholden to paymasters does not allow this political establishment to do what is right, only to do what is allowed. Ironically, the fear of one and the hatred of the other has further polarised the voting public with a resultant weakness that has left us with a situation and a government that will do nothing substantial, because they cannot, and an opposition who will promise anything to get into power. It is clear, that our problems will simply get worse.
‘If we maintain this selectively artificial parliament, it will continue to swing wildly from one extreme to the other. Once one, or two, or three parliaments have passed the Labour party will, once again, be in power, whomsoever is leader, because that’s what always happens.
‘The 2017 general election saw the dogmatic ‘left’ resorting to unsustainable spending commitments, yet gained significant support from those who do not care about the consequences of breaching the ‘debt wall’ (that point where further borrowing requires the surrender of some sovereignty), whilst the other side wallow in a political swamp of their own making, not yet quite sunk, but too scared to try and get out.
‘Quite simply, our electoral system too often produces inept government. That impotence is amplified because they never ever have the support of the majority ofthe people. The solution, therefore, is to:
- Create a parliamentary mix that leads to a government that does have majority support and
- Mitigate the wild swings from one incomplete ideology to an equally incomplete, yet opposite one.
‘In short, wider representation, a broader mix, the reengagement of millions of voters and a resultant coalition government that truly represents what we want and need is a very, very good thing indeed.
‘Imagine how successful we would have been had we had something like this 50 years ago.
‘My vision, my purpose, and the principle reason for me standing in this election, is to bring about this fundamental change in the political landscape.
‘If you also believe in this, then come with me’.
We wish David luck with his challenge which, honestly speaking, he will probably need.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com