Henry Bolton’s Promises & What to Expect From the Bolton Leadership
I have summarised and commented on the promises of Henry Bolton OBE, to help inform members of UKIP what they can expect from our new leader. I would like to offer my congratulations to him on his victory. He was not my candidate of choice, but he received the most votes so I will support him.
Professionalise structures; better select, train and prepare staff; improve planning; improve financial management; improve internal communications and boost membership.
“Involve all levels of the party in developing policy.” (This is most welcome after the disastrous integration agenda was incorporated into our recent manifesto without any consultation with members.)
Pursue the most effective policies regardless of which wing of politics they reside in.
Establish unity and purpose beyond Brexit. (I fear he will struggle to unite supporters of Anne Marie Waters, but I wish him luck with this endeavour.)
“Avoid discrimination and extremism.” (This could have been better worded by replacing avoid with eradicate.)
Constructively debate difficult issues that others fear to address. (This should include Islamification and Sharia Law.)
Retain a patriotic belief in Britain.
Providing Pro-Brexit Opposition
Hold the government to account for Brexit.
“UKIP should aspire to be the flag bearer of choice for all LEAVE campaigns.”
“Vigorously demand that the government delivers” on: controlling our borders and immigration; signing trade agreements; and leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court Of Justice. (I’m sure you’ll agree that these are core UKIP principles.)
Demand the government plans, prepares and sufficiently resources for benefitting from the massive opportunity that leaving the Customs Union and Single Market creates.
Propose credible solutions to the problems we highlight, drawing on expertise from within our membership and outside the party and undertake “vital strategic planning” that the government neglects.
Delivering change – Involving Members
Initiate meaningful change in four principle areas:
Improve organisation – decision making, planning, membership recruitment and management, fundraising and financial management. (I believe that this will be Henry’s strongest area, based on his vast experience.)
“Ensure that we become a model example of outstanding internal communication at all levels.” (Initiating something akin to UKIP Connect would be ideal.)
“Introduce selection and training processes that ensure” that our candidates are well trained and prepared.
Improve “the method by which we determine our party’s policies and involve branches in the process.” (For those who, like me, wanted UKIP to be run with a system of Direct Democracy, I hope this will be an adequate substitute.)
Purpose And Unity
The desire for a proper Brexit has always united the party, no matter what other opinions members have held. People ask what we will do after Brexit and “we are already seeing extremes of opinion being expressed within the party.” (If he is referring to AMW, I would argue that she merely could choose her words slightly more carefully on occasion, a problem I believe Henry must also overcome himself.)
“We must carve out a clear place for ourselves in British politics” “that endures long after we have left the European Union” which unites UKIP and is widely supported by voters. (I hope we come to be seen as representative of the working class, as Labour care more about foreigners than they do about British citizens.)
The Tory government is distracted by its problems and neglecting our public services and security. “The Labour opposition is confused and continues to rip itself apart. Its policies are incoherent even if some are superficially attractive.” If Labour comes to power, Britain will be “plunged into debt and chaos.” “The Grenfell Tower tragedy has revealed systematic failings” and “a worrying lack of crisis preparation.” (This does not bode well for when Britain suffers terrorist attacks, which will become ever more common until we dismantle multiculturalism.)
Our communities have been neglected. Badly managed immigration and integration have divided our society. (Our nation contains “no-go zones” and ghettos. Something must be done to rectify this situation.)
Our nation’s institutions have been neglected and poorly managed by a succession of governments for decades. “As a result, they all now suffer from systematic failures: healthcare; social care and welfare; education; defence; policing; prisons and probation services; local government.” (This passage shows that, despite rightfully stating that Brexit should be our primary cause, Bolton will not allow us to be a one-issue party.)
“UKIP has a tradition of straight, honest talking; addressing problems that others are afraid to discuss.”
We traditionally don’t conform to left, right or centre. “We will not be constrained from applying the best solution by a political philosophy.” (He is correct to say this. There is at least one good idea being espoused by each party. For example, the one Lib Dem policy I approved of was to legalise cannabis, though I would do it differently.)
You can view the webpage from where this information was transposed here. While not exactly a detailed manifesto, Henry has compiled sturdy building blocks on which to base his leadership. I sincerely hope that his intra-party appeal grows and inspires our members to constitute the cogent political force that UKIP has the potential to be.