UK Independence Party has become a force to be reckoned with

by Gramfan on May 4, 2013

in European Union, government spending, Gramfan (team member), PC MC, political correctness, same-sex 'marriage' / LGBT agenda, taxes, UK

Andrew Bolt
Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt: The rise of a British conservative party

British council elections have revealed Ukip is now a true electoral force, despite media sneering:

The UK Independence Party has achieved its best showing at the polls yet by winning almost 150 seats in the council elections

Nigel Farage, the party’s leader, was jubilant after it emerged that one in four voters supported Ukip in the elections in 35 councils in England and Wales…

By late on Friday Ukip had seen 147 councillors elected, of whom 139 were gains…

[Mr Farage] told The Daily Telegraph: “I can’t believe it. I have had so many disappointments. I thought I was the patron saint of lost causes.”

Ukip seems keen to offer voters what the Conservative Party does not – a conservative party:

They can broadly be seen as right wing, with a strong libertarian flavour and a dash of social conservatism…

EUROPE: Nigel Farage says he wants an “amicable divorce” from the European Union…IMMIGRATION: An end to the age of “mass uncontrolled immigration”. It wants a five year freeze on immigration for permanent settlement – and any future migration must be strictly limited to those who can “clearly be shown to benefit the British people as a whole and our economy”. Immigrants would not be able to apply for public housing or benefits until they had paid tax for five years…

TAX: UKIP favours a flat tax – a single combined rate of income tax and national insurance paid by all workers…

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: UKIP is sceptical about the existence of man-made climate change and would scrap all subsidies for renewable energy. It would also cancel all wind farm developments. Instead, it backs the expansion of shale gas extraction, or fracking, and a mass programme of nuclear power stations.

GAY MARRIAGE: UKIP supports the concept of civil partnerships, but opposes the move to legislate for same-sex marriage, which it says risks “the grave harm of undermining the rights of Churches and Faiths to decide for themselves whom they will and will not marry”…

THE ECONOMY: UKIP is proposing “tens of billions” of tax cuts and had set out £77bn of cuts to public expenditure to deal with the deficit…

SOCIAL ISSUES: UKIP has been vocal in its opposition to what it sees as “political correctness” in public life. It also argues that multiculturalism has “split” British society.

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Selling out social conservative principles to win elections is a loser’s game.

DaTechGuy: An Electoral Earthquake Across the Pond

Peter Ingemi, DaTechGuy
Peter Ingemi, DaTechGuy

…One of the things social conservatives are told in the US by the GOP establishment is we have to give up on social issues, on Gay Marriage, on Immigration and on Guns if we are to have any chance to win elections in the future. Meanwhile the media and our liberal friends constantly point across the pond to say the way of Europe is the wave of the future and that people and people & parties who don’t support efforts to “modernize” and “diversify” like the UKIP (who the Prime Minister once refereed to as “Fruitcakes” & Closet Racists” are simply Jokes.

They’re not laughing anymore:

The UK Independence Party has made huge electoral gains and declared itself the “official opposition” – largely at the expense of the Tories – as Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to win back Conservative voters who had defected.

With UKIP averaging 26% of the vote in county council polls, leader Nigel Farage said he was “astonished” by the party’s breakthrough, and put it down to what he described as the “total disconnect” between the “career politics” of Westminster and ordinary people on the streets.

“UKIP is actually speaking the language of millions of ordinary voters,” he told Sky News’ Boulton & Co programme.

Mind you there were clues this was coming both from polling:

Election expert, Professor John Curtice, says UKIP has gained support from voters who are socially conservative on issues like gay marriage.

A poll by ComRes earlier this week showed that all three main parties would lose votes because they support the redefinition of marriage.

In particular the Conservative Party would lose hundreds of local council seats, with much of that support going to UKIP.

And pastors throughout England:

An alliance of pastors and elders which includes the leadership of the UK’s biggest so-called “black majority” churches, rejects the Prime Minister’s claims to be acting in the interests of “equality” and “diversity” by redefining marriage.

They accuse the Conservatives of turning their backs on traditional values to satisfy the demands of a “white, liberal elite” while ignoring growing ethnic minority communities who might otherwise be part of their core vote.

“Conservatives” appeasing liberal elites? Sounds like the type of people who cling to guns and Bibles. No wonder Tory Minister Ken Clarke’s attacked:

Voters who back the UK Independence Party are racists and its politicians are clowns, Ken Clarke claimed yesterday.

The veteran Tory Cabinet minister led attacks by all three main parties as he said UKIP is merely a protest party and those attracted to it are ‘waifs and strays’ who are simply ‘against’ foreigners and immigrants.

Mr Clarke took aim not just at UKIP leaders and their candidates, but also at voters who are considering backing the party, many of whom are disillusioned Tory supporters angry about David Cameron’s stance on immigration and gay marriage.

Well those “Clowns” are laughing now:

By late yesterday Ukip had seen 147 councillors elected, of whom 139 were gains. More than one million people voted for the party, according to a spokesman.

That is a 1750% increase! Not bad for a bunch of “waifs and strays”. As the headline at the Australian said: Voters send in the UKIP clowns

The system in America makes it all too easy for tyrants to gain a lock on political power.

…England is not America and a parliamentary system gives a bigger advantage for 3rd parties than ours but the Major Parties should take note, voters are your customers and if you don’t stop taking them for granted they just might take their business elsewhere.

You have been warned.
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