Your post surprises me for two reasons:
1. You are voting
2. You are voting for UKIP, you racist son of a bitch.
Do appreciate you're voting UKIP for reasons other than immigration (I presume), but do you think the reasoning behind your vote will be lost in what they're really about?
I’m going to vote this year ‘cos I think 2015 is going to be a “Special” Election.
After 25 years of living in staunch Conservative constituencies, where any vote I might have cast would have made precisely zero difference to any outcome anywhere… 2015 is shaping up to be the year that the Two-Party, First-Past-the-Post System finally fractures.
I mean, let’s not forget that we’ve had to have a Coalition (in name, at least) Government for the past five years, ‘cos no one party was strong enough to even get “Past the Post”. This year, with the fall-out from the Scottish Devolution campaign, UKIP on the March, Lib Dem’s evaporating and none of their votes likely to go Tory or Labour, and any number of other Single Issue and “Fringe” candidates… The chances of any one Party producing anything like a workable majority are next to zero.
Fuck’s sake, even senior Tories are putting out the feelers for a Conservative-Labour Coalition
, of all things.
So, worth voting this year, just to make sure that a vote that *ISN’T* for the Tories or Labour is recorded.
As for why I’m looking at UKIP…
Well, it really was those two comments about the situation in Ukraine (and elsewhere), and the situation with Corporatism in Politics that twigged my radar.
Then I started thinking…
How do I know that UKIP is a bunch of mental, eccentric, bigoted fascists..?
And I realised that I could only answer that honestly by saying: because that is what the Media and Mainstream Politicians have told me.
And it does kind of make sense, given the threat posed by UKIP candidates in many marginal constituencies, that the Conservatives and Labour would do their best to discredit UKIP as a viable threat.
Here’s what UKIP actually has to say about immigration:
Controlling and managing our borders
– UKIP recognises the benefits of limited, controlled immigration.
– UKIP will leave the EU, and take back control of our borders. Work permits will be permitted to fill skills gaps in the UK jobs market.
– We will extend to EU citizens the existing points-based system for time-limited work permits. Those coming to work in the UK must have a job to go to, must speak English, must have accommodation agreed prior to their arrival, and must have NHS-approved health insurance.
– Migrants will only be eligible for benefits (in work or out of work) when they have been paying tax and NI for five years and will only be eligible for permanent residence after ten years.
– UKIP will reinstate the primary purpose rule for bringing foreign spouses and children to the UK.
– UKIP will not offer an amnesty for illegal immigrants or those gaining British passports through fraud.
– UKIP will return to the principles of the UN Convention of Refugees which serves to protect the most vulnerable.
As you know, I’m a One World kind of a guy, who thinks that all National borders should (and will) be abolished.
So I don’t support any aspect of UKIP’s stance on immigration: personally, I’d eradicate the UK’s borders altogether, and look after anyone who came to stay.
There’s no chance that UKIP will form a government following the 2015 General Election. So I’m not at all concerned that a UKIP government will institute an immigration policy that I find objectionable… This year.
Though I don’t agree with any of UKIP’s Immigration Policy, I can’t say I find any of it irrational or unreasonable, in the same way as, say, that of the BNP
- Deport all the two million plus who are here illegally;
- Deport all those who commit crimes and whose original nationality was not British;
- Review all recent grants of residence or citizenship to ensure they are still appropriate;
- Offer generous grants to those of foreign descent resident here who wish to leave permanently;
- Stop all new immigration except for exceptional cases;
- Reject all asylum seekers who passed safe countries on their way to Britain.
I’ve long railed against the absurdity of parcelling up the myriad of Social, Economic and Diplomatic policies, and sharing them out amongst the Blue, Red, Yellow, and now Green and Purple Parties.
I don’t agree with UKIP’s policies on Immigration. And I *REALLY* don’t agree with the Conservative and Labour Party policies on Nuclear “Defence” *OR* continued N.A.T.O. Membership.
At least the BNP (and possibly UKIP) are only nasty to those foreigners who make it to the U.K. The Tories and Labour seem to support the concept of killing foreigners in their own countries..!
Point being, that whilst UKIP does have that one aspect of their manifesto I find objectionable, they also have other policies:
Repairing the UK Economy
– UKIP will increase personal allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings (approx £13,500 by next election).
– Inheritance tax will be abolished.
– We will introduce a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000, whereupon the 40p rate becomes payable.
– UKIP will set up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax to ensure big businesses pay a minimum floor rate of tax as a proportion of their UK turnover.
That last point being a vast improvement over anything the Tories or Labour are suggesting.
The National Health Service
– UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.
– We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.
– We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.
– UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.
Who’d have thunk it? A British political party that is actually proud of the NHS..!
Democracy and the Constitution
– UKIP will overcome the unfairness of MPs from devolved nations voting on English-only issues.
– UKIP supports the recall of MPs as was originally promised in the Coalition Agreement, whereby 20% of the electorate in a constituency must sign a recall petition within eight weeks. The approval of MPs will not be required to initiate a recall petition.
– UKIP will introduce the Citizens’ Initiative to allow the public to initiate national referendums on issues of major public interest.
Sounds like fun!
Employment and Small Businesses
– Businesses should be able to discriminate in favour of young British workers.
Now that I come to think of it…
I probably *WON’T* vote UKIP…
But my point still stands: I should decide for myself who the reactionary fascist bastards are..!