Indigo Group Look To Make A Mark On UKIP
Robert Mcculloch Martin is a former member of Henry Bolton’s campaign team.
On April 20, 1968, a certain Enoch Powell went to a meeting of the Birmingham Conservative Association and gave one of the most infamous speeches in political history. His speech strongly criticised mass immigration, especially Commonwealth immigration to the United Kingdom and the then-proposed Race Relations Bill. It became known as the ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech because it prophesied that this is what mass immigration would lead too, he quoted Sibyl’s prophecy in the epic poem Aeneid, 6, 86–87, of “wars, terrible wars, / and the Tiber foaming with much blood.”
It is was in the exact same location that Mr. Powell spoke that the Indigo Group met this Tuesday and they were again talking about immigration. They propose to provide regional areas with the means to hold a referendum on how much immigration they would like to have in each their area and if a yes vote is cast a minimum bid in system of £50,000 where each region allows this visa style immigration and they will be the funds raised by each visa that is given.
I personally feel that although this is a basically sound idea there are some kinks that need to be ironed out. For example, in my region, the south-east, which includes London, there is the strong possibility that London would be able to dictate to the rest of the region, outvote it in any referendum and then pass the buck when it comes to distributing the accepted immigrants. This is a real issue in this region and could well be in others where big cities, potentially more liberal, would be able to use electoral muscle to impose themselves on surrounding areas and not accept any of the consequences of their vote. However, since the policy is still work-in-progress, it will be interesting to see how it develops.
One other major announcement was made at the meeting. Former leadership candidate and Kipper Centrals own Ben Walker was announced as the Group’s lead spokesman. Congratulations to him. The Indigo Group clearly means business when it comes to being a fresh voice for libertarian policy initiatives so we will follow developments with interest. You can visit the Indigo Group website and get involved here.