Why I am proud to be UKIP
There’s been a bit of fracas since it emerged I had joined UKIP. This was revealed by an article on a Thurrock website recently. Since then, I’ve had several people write to me to ask me why I joined (including lots of support and congratulations, for which I am grateful). So here it is. I’ll try to keep it succinct.Freedom of Speech
Of the major parties that exist in British politics today, there is only one – one – which is genuinely committed to preserving freedom of speech. That party is UKIP. It is the only party with the courage to denounce the dishonesty and hypocrisy of ‘politically correct’ and disingenuous political speech, and to understand its dangers.
We live in a country in which ordinary people are frightened to speak their minds, frightened they might say the “wrong” thing. This is a dangerous situation for any society. A frightened population which cannot say what it thinks is a population under tyrannical control.
Furthermore, this widespread fear has resulted in a fearful and politicised police force. The consequence is a police force that is often more concerned by what is “correct”, than with prosecuting crimes.
As a direct consequence of this, crimes against women and girls in ethnic minority communities carry on with impunity, because too many people will jump up and down with accusations of “racism” if a police officer (or a school teacher or a social worker) were to make a fuss about a young girl who has turned up at school unable to sit down because her genitals have been mutilated, or if she goes missing from school altogether. But where is the true racism? Is it in prosecuting offenders regardless of race or ethnicity, or in ignoring such crimes and therefore the victims? Don’t all people deserve equal protection under the law?
The fear created by this ‘political correctness’ has blood on its hands – most of it female.Democracy
This of course ties in closely with free speech as one cannot exist without the other. There are several reasons to worry about the European Union but the main one, at least for me, is that it has shown itself willing to trample on the democratic voice of the people. Take the Lisbon Treaty for example. When this was proposed, the Irish people were given a chance to vote on it. They voted ‘No’. What happened? They were forced to vote again. This treaty only came about following the rejection of a similar one by the Dutch and French people three years previously.
Under the headline “EU Constitution author says referendums can be ignored”, the Telegraph reported in 2008 that the creator of the EU Constitution, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, had stated: “What was done in the [Lisbon] Treaty, and deliberately, was to mix everything up. If you look for the passages on institutions, they’re in different places, on different pages.”
The Telegraph further reported: “France and Germany are putting pressure on Ireland to hold a second referendum which would allow the Lisbon Treaty to come into force before European elections” and that the Irish ‘No’ vote needed to be “sorted out” soon.
Then there was Switzerland. Switzerland is not a member of the EU and yet its people were quickly bullied, and threatened with economic sanction, for daring to express themselves democratically and demand control over their borders.
When the power of the voice of the people is so eroded, and they are bullied and subdued in this way, they are living not in a democracy but a repressive dictatorship. Those who criticise UKIP, and its call for the restoration of democratic European nation states, might do well to remember this.
The bullying and oppression of ordinary people is however no more evident than on the issue of immigration. Here is the number one reason why immigration should be controlled: because it is what the vast majority of the people want, and it is not an immoral or unreasonable position to hold.
Poll after poll demonstrate that the bulk of British people want their borders guarded, but this has so far been ignored by all parties. Thus democracy is undermined (no doubt the intention) and the people disempowered.
Border control is an essential characteristic of nationhood and it is for that reason that many people want it restored; it is also the reason many others want it destroyed.
Not only have the people been ignored on this issue but they have been insulted, slandered and vilified by an arrogant political elite and a “chattering class” which sees the ordinary 9-5 taxpayer as beneath them. If you don’t like open borders, they imply, then you are the moral equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan. That is the message. It is designed to demonise, to frighten and to confuse.
Border control has nothing to do with racism of course, just like the word “racist” now has nothing to do with racism. It is a weapon of the powerful to beat the powerless in to submission. That is its role. If border control or immigration regulation were organised along racial lines, then it would represent a racist policy. But of course it isn’t – immigration restrictions apply to all, irrespective of race. Indeed, UKIP seeks to level the playing field on immigration and to give no country or countries an automatic advantage – it is the opposite of a racist policy, it provides all people with the same opportunity irrespective of where they come from.
The entire situation is deceptive and ugly and UKIP is the only party with the courage to confront it.
I have many times been asked about secularism. I worked proudly with the National Secular Society because I believed, as it does, in freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the right of people to live with or without religious influence in their lives, however they see fit. I still believe wholeheartedly in these things and I see no conflict with my new role, because UKIP believes in our freedoms also.
The above are my political priorities – without our freedom and democracy, all other political aspirations are unattainable. But let us be clear about what is meant by democracy. Democracy is not an election. Democracy is what happens between elections, it is not the election itself. A tyrannical regime which once won an election is still a tyrannical regime.
Democracy is a way of life. It comprises many features but there are some without which it cannot exist – these are freedom of speech and equal citizenship. An election cannot be free or fair if the people are not free to put themselves forward as candidates on an equal footing, or if they are not free to say what they like when they do. If a candidate’s speech is restricted, they cannot put their case to the people and the people are therefore denied a free choice. Similarly, if all citizens are not entitled to vote, on an equal footing, for their lawmakers, and the laws not applied equally to them all, the entire process ceases to be fair.
In short, without free speech and universal suffrage, free and fair elections cannot occur – this is true irrespective of how many “elections” have been held.
Democracy is not a minor matter – without it, we are nothing, and we have nothing. We are merely servants who spend our lives in submission to the will of others. It is our voice, our right, our basic dignity, and nobody has the right to take it from us.
The UK has a long tradition of democracy, and it is the duty of those living today to protect it and pass it on to future generations.
In conclusion, I simply do not recognise the UKIP that is so dishonestly portrayed by the press. It is a party overwhelmingly comprised of decent people with political conviction. They believe in democracy, in standing up for ordinary people, in restoring their right to speak, and restoring the power of the ballot box. These are precisely the reasons I am so glad to be a member.
Bring on 2015!