DAVID ROWLANDS AM: If UKIP is Bold and Espouses These Policies, We Will Have a Very Bright Future Indeed
Those of us who are elected representatives for UKIP are constantly being asked, what is the party’s relevance now that it original raison d’etre of leaving the EU, has been achieved.
The short-term answer to that is of course that Brexit, and what form it takes, has not yet been fully achieved. UKIP is the only party which is willing to say that a hard Brexit is preferable to a Brexit which concedes to too many Brussels demands.
But supposing we do achieve the Brexit which we in UKIP, and I believe those who voted for out envisaged, what then is the long-term future for UKIP?
The answer to this question is very simple. The long-term survival of UKIP depends on our ability to fundamentally differentiate ourselves from the other parties. We have already, to a certain extent, established our different identity through our outspoken stance on certain issues. We were, and still are, the only party implacably opposed to mass immigration. We are a party which refuses to espouse political correctness with its attendant stifling of free speech. The return to Grammar schools, though I wish we had used a different name, such as academic establishments. We are adamant that we re-establish our historic fishing grounds in their entirety, including the 200-mile exclusion zone. There are, of course, a number of other policies which go some way to establishing UKIP’s unique identity in the UK’s political arena.
One question we should, therefore, be asking ourselves is, do we articulate these differences strongly enough, and are they radical enough to get those who supported us in the past, to return and support us in the future?
Perhaps the question should be how radical should we be? History shows us that if we are to win over the sort of numbers we need to get elected representatives we cannot be too radical. The collapse of the BNP and the continuing failure of the Communist and the Green parties are testaments to there being no appetite amongst the British Public for ultra-radicalism. On the other hand, the rising influence of the far left (we should on each and every occasion refer to them as the Fascist Left, but more of this at some later date ) shows that there is an appetite for more radical ideas than those espoused by New Labour and the Conservatives. I therefore believe that measured radicalisation of our policies is both desirable and necessary.
I am calling for measured radicalisation of UKIP policies, which of course raises the question what do I mean by this term. In other words what sort of policies should UKIP adopt to achieve this objective?
Mass immigration is still a huge factor in UK politics, and because we were the first party to speak out against it, we became associated with a strong stance on this influential topic. In truth, it was this mantra which catapulted Nigel Farage and this party into the political limelight. It also allowed us the opportunity to establish ourselves as the only party willing to take radical steps to stop this phenomenon. Lately, however, we have allowed the Conservative party to usurp our clothes with regard to immigration. This, despite the fact that figures show they are failing to deliver on this vital issue. It is time we retake this ground and with it the vast section of working-class people who voted for us on just this issue, which they rightly perceived as the direct result of our EU membership. This issue above all allowed us to rock the political establishment in the European Elections of 2014. It is imperative that we re-establish ourselves as the party which recognises the negative impact mass immigration has on the British working classes. We must vigorously establish the links between mass immigration and the problems the working classes face with regard to housing, health, schooling, and last but not least the effect on jobs. We must point out that Zero hour contracts were unknown prior to mass immigration, and are indicative of big business willingness to exploit over supply in the labour market. The facts and figures are there, we must explore them, exploit them, and ignore the implications of political correctness which may ensue.
I would also suggest we steal the policy of renationalising the railways, but go one step further than the left under Corbyn. We should call for the renationalisation of the utilities as well. From my long years of campaigning, I am totally convinced this is a huge vote-getter, and that is the game we are in “vote getting”. It would also have the effect of “wrong-footing” the left
UKIP must openly and unashamedly address the exponential rise in the Islamic influence, both radical and moderate, in the cultural, economic and political fabric of the UK. We should be unafraid to ask questions such as what is the take up of benefits amongst the Muslim community compared with the population as a whole. Indications are that it is highly disproportionate to the average UK citizen. We can ask these questions in the light that they should engage more fully with British customs and traditions. We should be forceful in pointing out that it is for ethnic communities to engage with the indigenous population, and not for the indigenous population to make a one-sided effort to engage with them. The question of the huge spread of halal registered food products and their placement in schools, places of work etc, much without the knowledge of consumers, must be brought to light and vociferously challenged. We should totally and utterly oppose the use of Sharia courts in our country. This can be done on the premise that inequality between the sexes should be challenged whenever and wherever it is practised. The use of the Burka should be challenged on the basis that wherever it is used, other than in the Western democracies, it is a symbol of subjugation of women. The sort of subjugation which can encompass virtual slavery, sexual exploitation, verbal and physical abuse, and complete inequality of women before the law. We must make It clear, Sharia Law has no place in Western civilisation.
If UKIP is bold and espouses these sorts of policies we will re-establish our contact with the working classes of this country, and UKIP will have a very bright future indeed.