Nigel Farage – Watch This Space!

It seems that Nigel Farage is not just a beer-drinking MEP after all – he actually thinks about democracy, and the disconnect with the British public, and is proposing some measures to overcome the problems, which I find very reassuring.

Nigel Farage wants to give voters a greater voice by extending referendums

“The Ukip leader said that voters should be able to veto planning decisions, sack bad MPs and challenge council tax rises”.

“Nigel Farage has said that his party will be an advocate of direct democracy by giving voters the power in a referendum to block local housing, environmental or transport schemes. He also said he wanted voters to be given a more direct say in foreign affairs issues, arguing that Swiss-style referendums can bind countries together.”

This is definitely the start of a move in the right direction. The Swiss system must be the envy of the world, as the people are regularly consulted on matters of importance. There is no other British politician that would contemplate such a concession!

“Asked in what circumstances he envisaged a referendum being held, the Ukip leader said people should be able to call a vote “to stop something from happening” to which they objected.”

“He said “I see direct democracy working as a valuable safety net when the political class have got too far out of touch with political opinion.”

“By giving people the chance to call a major national referendum or sack a rotten MP, people might feel more empowered and more favourable to government and what they are doing.”

“He revealed that he is nervous about involvement of private companies in delivering public services, saying he regarded himself as a traditionalist in terms of the relationship between business and government.”

This has to be streets ahead of what we have now – which is absolutely nothing!

Now its early days, I know, as the next election is in 2015, but the UKIP manifesto needs to be fleshed out. If this is an indication of where it will be going, I’m all for it.

Compared to the usual stench of British politics

this is definitely a breath of fresh, clean air!

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3 thoughts on “Nigel Farage – Watch This Space!”

  1. How can he claim to be “nervous about involvement of private companies in delivering public services” when his deputy congratulated the coalition “for bringing a whiff of privatisation into the beleaguered NHS”? (http://tompride.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/ukip-nhs.png).
    The coalition government has introduced plans for voters to be able to remove their MPs, and referendums are far too costly to be feasible on a regular basis. I would love to have the opportunity to tell the government where to stuff HS2, but as referenda aren’t currently regulated by the Electoral Commission it would be another campaign of lies like the No to AV one.

      1. Nuttall isn’t the only one in the party to share that opinion. Part of UKIP’s problem is that it’s a catch-all for anyone on the right of the spectrum who’s fed up of the Tories, so there’s those who don’t want to lose more public services to privatisation, but a lot more who do want to see them privatised, and too many who’d like to see a lot of the human rights we’ve gained in recent years rolled back. At the EU elections they managed to take very little from the major parties, but almost everything from the Christian Democrats, English Democrats, BNP and other racist, homophobic and sexist parties – candidates as well as votes.

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