Putting the fun into campaigning – my speech to the UKIP North East Brexit Rally, held in Middlesbrough on Saturday 21st May, 2016.
What is the definition of a fascist? A simple enough question, you might think. There are various definitions on the internet, and academics are always arguing about the nuances, but the one I am going to use here is from The Free Dictionary: a fascist is (someone who believes in the) violent suppression of the opposition.
UKIP supporters are frequently described as being “fascist” by the hard left, but have you ever heard of Ukippers behaving in a violent manner towards those who disagree with us? No! Yet here are some examples of the many incidences of the hard left behaving in a “fascist” manner towards UKIP:
- UKIP shops being vandalised, daubed with graffiti and windows smashed, such as that which occurred in the UKIP shops in Chorley, Kidderminster, Herne Bay, Basingstoke and Blyth.
- Vandalism of homes belonging to Ukippers, including hate attacks on the home of Trevor Shonk, a UKIP Kent county councillor who is now the Mayor of Ramsgate. It would appear that the cowardly attack on Trevor’s home was an attempt to intimidate UKIP activists.
- A “demonstration” by the hard left when Nigel Farage was attempting to open a new shop for Jane Collins MEP in Rotherham. Nigel had to abandon his planned public appearance because of protests outside his party’s office. He had been due to cut a ribbon at the office but on police advice he was forced to remain inside for his own safety.
- Nigel Farage was also forced to abandon a press conference at the Canon’s Gait pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh when he was visiting Scotland, due to ugly protests from SNP supporters.
- Nigel Farage and his family, including his children, were forced out of a pub at the Queen’s Head in Kent by anti-UKIP demonstrators, who even jumped on the bonnet of his car as he escaped.
- Douglas Carswell, our MP, was jostled and taunted by “anti-austerity” (aka hard left) protesters whilst he was waiting for a bus near the Houses of Parliament. Had the police not been on hand, he could have suffered serious injury or worse from the “lynch mob” he found himself surrounded by. Ironically, as Douglas tried to leave, he was confronted by one of the protesters, who repeatedly told him “don’t come this way, fascist”.
- Most recently, UKIP has been banned from representation at the annual Gay Pride Parade in London. Reading between the lines, it appears that the organisers were originally happy for UKIP LGBT members to attend. However, whilst the organisers maintained that Pride in London aims to be “an inclusive event”, their “paramount concern” was “the position (they) would be putting (their) volunteer stewards in.” In a nutshell, some of the hard left were expected to cause trouble were UKIP supporters allowed to attend and the organisers therefore felt they had no option but to capitulate to the bullies.
So I return once more to my original question, in today’s Britain, who are the fascists? It’s certainly not the UKIP supporters.
The first past the post electoral system has been clearly shown to not be fit for its purpose since the results from the 2015 General Election were announced. The travesty that is our electoral system, which allows the SNP to get 56 MPs for 1.5 million votes, yet gives UKIP just one MP for 4 million votes, must be revised and anyone, from any party which believes in democracy, should agree with that. The infographic from 38 Degrees, on the left, clearly illustrates what has happened.
However, this isn’t where the disparity ends. Had UKIP got 2 MPs elected, it would have received a share of the public funding allocated to parties by the Electoral Commission to help develop policies. However, because it only got one MP, it is not entitled to this.
UKIP was entitled to what is known as the “short money” for getting one MP, Douglas Carswell, elected to parliament. However, the strict use of this money is not to help fund the party, but to provide assistance to the elected MPs. This money would have been £650,000 a year, but the party decided that, as Mr Carswell does not need a staff of 15 in order to function as an MP, and because UKIP is different to the other money grabbing parties, it would turn this money down.
However, the reality of this situation means that UKIP has not received the funding, that by anybody’s standards, it should have received.
The cold hard facts of running a party and campaigning are that you need money to do this. That is just a fact of life. And we currently have a system that funds the SNP, which received less than half the votes of UKIP, but not UKIP. Do you think that’s fair and right?
The BBC Challengers’ Debate has convinced a good friend of mine to vote UKIP on May 7th. I asked her why. She replied:
“When they all said that immigration wasn’t causing housing shortages etc etc etc… So we live on an island, which has a finite amount of space, we have net immigration of 300,000…and they all said it had nothing to do with anything. It’s not racist – it’s mathematics!”
With such common sense, you can see why she’s now a Ukipper 🙂
Not only is Stockton North a “two horse race” between UKIP and Labour, but many of the other constituencies in the North East are too. This was the theme of last Thursday’s campaign launch and the above article appeared in the Northern Echo on Friday 10th April (click the image to see a larger version). Vote UKIP – get UKIP.
The UKIP North East campaign was launched today in the Marriott Hotel at the Metro Centre. All the UKIP parliamentary candidates for the region were invited and the region’s MEP, Jonathan Arnott and parliamentary candidate for Hartlepool, Phillip Broughton, gave rousing speeches on UKIP policy.
Here are some photos we took of the occasion.
UKIP Home Affairs Spokesman Diane James and Deputy Party Chairman Suzanne Evans today launched a raft of policies to demonstrate that UKIP have a range of women and child friendly policies.
- 3,000 more midwives and 20,000 more Nurses for the NHS
- £130 million per year more to research Dementia, the leading cause of death among women (5th for men)
- No to the tampon tax (cost £15m)
- Ensuring all pregnant women and mothers of all children under the age of 12 months have direct access to specialist mental health treatment (Postnatal depression is suffered by 1 in 10 women).
- Plans to reduce childcare cost and improve wrap around childcare for all school-age children.
- Full support for current maternity and paternity rights, as well as adoption leave.
- Taking the lowest-paid (often women choosing to work part-time) out of tax altogether
- A points-based immigration system ending excessive competition for minimum wage jobs, again mostly taken by women
- Increase the transferrable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners to £1500 to benefit spouses who do not use all of their personal allowance either because they are at home looking after children, or work part-time and earn less than the threshold for income tax.
- More support for 6.5 million carers in UK, most of whom (58%) are women. They will get:
- An additional five-day leave entitlement
- Commitment to increasing Carers’ Allowance in line with inflation
- Commitment to keeping Carers’ Allowance at or above Jobseekers’ Allowance rate.
- Require faith-based tribunals to inform attendees of their rights under UK law, including making it clear they cannot be forced to attend and that the rulings from such hearings are not legally binding, to protect women in ethnic minority communities who may not know their rights.
- A zero tolerance approach to cultural practices that are either illegal or which conflict with British values and customs, including forced marriages, female genital mutilation and honour killings. We will enforce the law and prosecute where necessary.
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation):
- Introduce mandatory reporting for known FGM cases for front-line professionals such as teachers, GPs, nurses and police.
- Include awareness of FGM to the schools’ curriculum and make FGM awareness a mandatory part of safeguarding training for teachers.
- Provide mandatory training for all midwives on FGM
Read the unabridged article here.