LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 04/03/18: Upcoming Local Elections Are Vital
As a County Organiser, one question is coming up more and more, sparked by the Aaron Banks article a while ago about giving a free run to the Tory Party, certainly those Brexit minded Tory Candidates. As always there are a number of possible scenarios, my own view is that we should stand candidates where possible. My reasoning is very simple, these are “only” local elections, UKIP are the only 100% Brexit supporting party, so, if we campaign in the right way, it should be an opportunity for every one of the Leave voters to express their solidarity with the Referendum vote and, whoever they normally support, to vote for the Party of Brexit–UKIP!
Of course, there are dangers with this course of action, a strong vote for us could be seen as a weakening of an already weak May administration, and Liebour demanding a VONC. It could unseat Mrs Maybe/Maybenot, with no guarantee that a Jacob Rees-Mogg would take the Tory Leadership or another strong Brexit candidate. The real danger is that the Tory government falls, opening the door for a Marxist takeover, but assuming the Tory campaign is for a strong Brexit, which could not happen with a Labour administration, a strong UKIP showing in the Locals would more or less force the “right” line from the Conservative campaign. As many of you will appreciate, we, UKIP, always seem to leave candidate selection and campaigns to the last minute, but we really should be starting now, with our headline policy being Brexit, and the local policy taking a supportive role to that aim.
We should use these Elections not to punish the government, but remind them that a majority voted for leaving the EU and that the public demand that their decision is acted upon without further delay.
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I speak to many people, and even Remain Labour voters have indicated, that, in the privacy of the polling booth, they would send the message that they, together with every Leave voter are totally fed up with all the time wasting, they accept we are going to get out, so just want it over with so they can get on with their lives.
We do not have very long before we need to field candidates, so now is the time to decide how we are going to play this vital set of elections.
Over to you, the Kipper Central contributors, for comment and debate. I hope to be meeting with our Party leadership soon and will relay your thoughts to the GB Team for their consideration.