REECE COOMBES: Britain’s Youth Want Radical Change. Let’s Paint That Change Purple
Young people are, by definition, the future of Britain. What they represent are the values that will become entrenched in Britain’s future and it is crucial that UKIP is not only able to reach out to this generation to get their vote, but to get them involved in our brilliant party and give their opinions and ideas a true meaning and purpose.
Over the last few years, in particular, we have seen a huge shift in young voters towards Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party (and I stress that they are not simply moving towards just the party) which resulted in the destruction of a Conservative government’s majority, and near-Marxist socialism swamping our education system, destroying any relic of free speech as it goes.
Some claim this is because young voters are stupid. Some claim it is because they are uneducated. Some claim that it is because they want ‘free stuff’. While these points all have unquestionable merit and truth to them, I believe there is something more to it. Young people, like all people, have their natural instincts; they want to do what is right not only for themselves but for everyone and when they are shown a path that leads to that outcome, they will take it. Unfortunately, Jeremy Corbyn has managed to become an embodiment of this idea with deceit and lies.
This, I would argue, is where the radical right (by which I mean UKIP and similar parties across Europe and globally) has to focus in the coming years. We must become the movement of hope and opportunity, in what is becoming an increasingly pessimistic political sphere. We will never defeat socialism by simply saying how bad it is (regardless of how clearly true this is) but instead, we must show the glory of capitalism and how it will benefit us all. We cannot slap globalism’s grubby paws off of our planet by just groaning about the EU but instead we must tell tales of lands where supranational bodies are but myths in a nation of freedom and democracy.
Of course, we must never stop our brilliant demolition of socialism, globalism and the establishment, but this alone will never win over the youth. We must talk about the great freedoms that come with capitalism and nationalism and how a vote for UKIP is the ticket to empowerment of the individual. Let’s not be afraid to stand up and say that we envision a Britain where we can all see our beautiful Union Jack flying in our streets up and down the country and where we are honoured to have the privilege of singing our national anthem in a Britain which we are truly proud of.
UKIP’s youth wing, Young Independence (YI), must stand up for what we believe in and not only defend it but promote it. We have members far and wide across Britain with so many talents, so many dreams of a better Britain, and so many aspirations of a youth that is not only radical and sensible but one that is proud of who they are and unashamed to call themselves British. We must give these members a reason to support YI and get active within our excellent movement such that we can truly shape the face of this party, this country and even begin to reach out across the globe.
Our members have a vision (which I hope has been at least partially outlined in this piece) and a certain determination that is not found anywhere else. We are truly a unique set of people in every way and while some will tell us that this is a bad thing, I would argue the contrary. We are able to escape the narrow political outlook of the establishment and see the magnificent opportunities that we can present ourselves with if we work for them.
The general youth, far beyond the reaches of YI, are not too far from this vision. We all want a Britain where everyone has an opportunity to follow their dreams, but many young people are seeing this dream through smashed, dented and polarised lenses. If you’ll excuse my sad humour, they should’ve gone to Specsavers. But what if YI could become their Specsavers? What if we can open the doors to an ideology that one’s wellbeing and pride is based not upon some international government that nobody understands but instead that it is based upon the individual brilliance of every single one of us?
However, YI cannot expect these young people (members or not) to simply make political shockwaves by themselves, regardless of the great skill and determination which they might possess. They have to not only feel like they are making a difference, but they have to see, hear and sense the difference. The radical change they so rightly desire has to become the essence of their involvement in our movement and party, and this can only happen where they have real power as an individual to influence our direction.
We have to utilise their infinitely far-reaching and capable skills and experiences in their separate lives and combine these into what will become the most radical but most effective youth movement not just in Britain but in the world.
This, I would argue, is best achieved by giving them a very tangible power as an individual to propose, debate, amend and vote upon policies which will affect their lives. These policies I speak of are youth affairs, and the means by which I propose we grant their origins to the members is a Direct Democracy overhaul of YI and a Directly Democratic Young Person’s Manifesto which will achieve three things.
Firstly, it will give our members a very real sense of influence in party policy and the direction of their youth wing. This will keep members active within YI and UKIP and ensure that they are not campaigning because they think they have to but rather campaigning because they are inspired to.
Secondly, it will give young people who might not have a history of being hugely sympathetic to UKIP’s aims a reason to join our wonderful party and truly influence the shape of their nation. This increased membership will increase the number of activists, the amount of funds and the overall image of YI and UKIP in more ways than this 1,200-word piece could even attempt to describe.
Thirdly, it will allow UKIP a vessel with which we can reach out to young voters with reasons to support our revolutionary party. Very quickly, we will see a trend in youth politics towards UKIP’s newfound inviting and attractive vision of Britain.
Incidentally, this is the flagship policy of one young man who is standing for the position of Chairman of Young Independence, and I couldn’t be more honoured to be standing alongside him as his Deputy. The man in question is Nathan Ryding and the campaign in #YIRevival. If you are a member of YI, I would urge you to register to vote at https://www.myukip.com/yi-election.html and vote for Nathan and I to make YI into the powerful, influential and optimistic embodiment of our shared vision of democracy that it can be.