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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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A Shot Across the Bows!

The European election is nearly on us, and its time to cast an Anti-Establishment vote.

My previous post “Desperate Times Require Desperate Measures” welcomed the impact of UKIP on the UK political stage, as it has provided the “Shot Across the Bows” to the Conservative, Lib-Dem, and Labour parties that was undoubtedly necessary.
Whoruns
(UKIP’s last billboard poster nearly gets it right, but the clock face should be showing fat cats from big business!)

I did indicate that I was not too sure that UKIP would be up to the job of forming a government in Westminster, and after reading through their Manifesto, I am still of the same opinion. It does lack a vast amount of information on policy towards the rest of the world, as is borne out by the following article:-
All UKIP needs now is a manifesto. Try this

Note that I am not saying that I agree with everything in the article – I don’t – but it is a starting point that could be considered.

One of the biggest things I miss is a definitive statement on blocking the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a disgusting travesty conceived in total secrecy and designed to IRREVOCABLY remove the last vestiges of democracy from subservient countries.
EU-US trade talks – 5th round to start on 19 May
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
TTIP: EU and US Prepare to Enhance Global Corporatocracy With Free Trade Deal
Brussels: Water cannons turned on anti-TTIP protesters fighting the Son of ACTA
The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal
‘TTIP will only be to the benefit of industries’
Transatlantic trade talks hit German snag | FT.com

It may be that outside the EU, the UK would automatically escape the brunt of this terrible treaty, but I would much prefer written guarantees than pure conjecture.

The Greens, on the other hand, are quite adamant about Fair Trade, not Free Trade, and will oppose anything which weakens democracy, and allows private companies to take legal action against governments for democratically chosen laws and rules via the I-S dispute settlement mechanism. See their Manifesto, under “Fair Trade, Building a Better Economy”

This article by Richard Heller is also of interest:-
Comment: The Green Party are now the real threat to Labour

On balance, for the imminent EU election, it doesn’t seem to matter which of the two you vote for – The Green Party, or UKIP – but unless Nigel Farage can up his game, and come up with a viable manifesto for the longer term, at the general election I recommend the Green Party.

And what about the Conservatives, the Lib-Dems, and Labour?

Its time to sink them, once and for all!

Desperate Times require Desperate Measures!

If you have ever seen a video of PMQ’s, (Prime Ministers Questions), you will understand full well why I say that desperate times require desperate measures. It is reminiscent of baboons squabbling over a choice piece of fruit, and about as productive.

I am certainly not the only one to think so.

Apparently Jenny Willott, the Equalities minister, has declared she hates prime minister’s questions with a “total passion”. More on this here:-
Equalities minister decries male-led Westminster and ‘hateful’ PMQs

Now I maintain that the so-called ‘Democratic system’ in the UK is no longer fit for purpose, and is in dire need of a total revision. If you have looked at my site “The Challenge of Democracy”, you will understand why.

We can’t call on the obvious person for help – Guy Fawkes – as he is long since dead. Curiously enough, he has been described as “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”, and I can fully understand why. (Wikipedia).

No, we have to rely on somebody who is currently alive, and in a position to do the job that needs to be done. The job I have in mind is certainly not to blow up the Houses of Parliament, but to decimate the parties that currently hold sway in it.

It doesn’t really matter which one you look at, they are all incapable of governing the country in the interests of the electorate, and that is why the system is failing us.

In order to achieve the change that is needed, it is first necessary to break the stranglehold that big business has over the parties in the system. We need a disruptive factor.

Enter Nigel Farage, and UKIP!

What you think of him doesn’t matter. Nigel is pushing the three main parties onto the defensive, and current polls show that UKIP is in a very strong position prior to the European elections on May 22nd.

Camerons latest invective, “David Cameron brands Nigel Farage and Ukip a threat to Britain
is a case in point. It is a total misrepresentation of what UKIP is all about. Cameron is scared, and Cameron is scaremongering!

As for Bill Drummond, (who on earth is he, by the way), his asinine splurgings have probably contributed to an increased vote for UKIP – exactly the opposite of what he wanted to achieve. See:-“Why I covered a Ukip billboard poster with my international grey paint

Quite honestly, I am not at all convinced that UKIP would be able to form a viable UK government, even if they were able to win a majority in an election.

But that is not the point!

UKIP just has to provide the disruptive factor we need, and the job is done. What happens to them after that is not relevant to this discussion.

Love him or hate him, Nigel Farage is Necessary!