UKIP Sends Out An SOS – Save Our Services
UKIP under Henry Bolton today launched its first national campaign. It is a bold move and a sign that under Henry the Party means business, it is the first nationally focused campaign, with its own dedicated website that UKIP has championed.
The awful neglect of our public services by the Conservatives in government is something that impacts all our lives. It is also an issue that Labour have tried to opportunistically capitalise on in opposition by providing solutions which to be honest are simply fantastical and in the long run will end up causing more suffering than the Conservatives neglect.
UKIP’s campaign will cover all of the public services and seek to provide practical solutions that ensure that the services we have come to expect are provided in a sustainable way.
Mike Hookem MEP opened the meeting pointing out that the “state had consistently failed to repay veterans of previous wars”. He said:
Ifyou were to treat a dog the way the government treats some veterans you would be prosecuted.
UKIP will create a Veterans Department within the Ministry Of Defence, headed by a Minister, and the Veterans Covenant will be strengthened to ensure not one veterans will be homeless and will guarantee a job for veterans within public service for any veteran with a 12 year plus service record. Many of our veterans are betrayed and UKIP is determined to be the change that is so desperately needed, Mr Hookem said.
Henry Bolton OBE was next to speak. It is “outrageous and shameful” that our veterans are homeless while returning jihadis and asylum seekers are given preferential treatment by the housing system. Recruitment to the armed forces is a “significant challenge” with the biggest problem being the outsourcing of recruitment to private companies. A UKIP government will end the outsourcing of recruitment. The recruitment function will be handed back to the armed services themselves.
Defence cuts are “seriously harming” Britain’s defence capability and it is significantly weaker than it was 10-15 years ago. Citing the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Mr Bolton argued that Britain still needed strong traditional defence capabilities. The nation is “unprepared” to face current let alone emerging threats. In UKIPs first five years in government, increased defence spending of £5 billion will be phased in.
Turning to PESCO, Mr Bolton said that the government was prepared “right up until the last minute to sign-up” but the fact that they did not made Mr Bolton “thankful” but we “must not be complacent”. PESCO represents a clear move in the direction of a federal European superstate and is a “threat to NATO”. Propaganda pumped out by Brussels is “entirely misleading”, the EU is not the reason there has been no major conflict in Europe but NATO is as it “has deterred external aggression” and “prevented war in Europe”. The EU has, if anything, “exacerbated and created conflict”. The risks of the British government selling out our armed forces remains as strong as it was before Monday despite it not signing up to PESCO. It continues to “delegate authority” our defences to the EU. UKIP will continue to fight against the entanglement of our armed forces with EU institutions and continue defend British sovereignty over its own defence.
The Conservative government have also compromised our police force through swinging cuts and are compromising the “enforcement of the rule of law” and we are all “less safe because of this”. UKIP would halt these cuts and promote investment to the police force and fire service. Cuts to the Border Services risk chaos on the day of Brexit and show how negligent the government has been in planning and preparation for Brexit.
UKIP is the only Party pledging to reverse dangerous cuts, oppose the subordination of our armed services, support veterans and protect our protectors. In response to a question from the floor, Mr Bolton said there is no passionate voice speaking out for our veterans, and that the Royal British Legion have been “drowned-out” by left-wing voices calling for homes for asylum seekers etc. The idea of 6,500 asylum seekers getting housing when 7,000 veterans are homeless is “appalling”.
Mr Bolton is “not confident” that the Conservative government wants to enact Brexit in March 2019. The Conservative rebels are “stabbing the British people in the back” and they “need to lose their job”. He promised that UKIP would “ramp up the noise” on this issue in the New Year.
In response to Breitbart, Mr Bolton pointed out that UKIP is the only Party that will reverse operational cuts to the armed services but that the defence budget was now complicated and included aspects, for example, of the Foreign Aid budget. The 2% NATO target should be met but it was complicated by this fact and the budget needed to be purely for operational defence. He was then asked about Syria. In the case of Syria intervention has been a “debacle from beginning to end” and British policy has been “misguided”.
The Save Our Services website is here.