Gerard Batten MEP – What is UKIP’s future?

UKIP North DownWhen UKIP was founded over twenty-four years ago, the people in the room did so with two main objectives: to make UKIP a force in national politics, and to bring about the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The second was dependent on the first.  Following the General Election in 2015 we had certainly succeeded in the first objective, and by 23rd June 2016 it looked as though were close to succeeding in the second.

Nineteen months after the Referendum, UKIP has managed the political equivalent of repeatedly shooting itself in the foot with a pump action shotgun. Brexit is actually no closer than it was on 24thJune 2016, and indeed genuine exit from the EU is uncertain to say the least.

Regarding my first point, I have never underestimated the practical difficulties that we have faced. I never unduly criticised the Party or its officers concerning the genuine mistakes and shortcomings that have occurred. We all make mistakes, and over the years I have held my peace on many occasions for the good of the Party and our cause.

However, someone has to say it: some of the decisions made in the last few years and months can only be accounted for by either total incompetence or sabotage. Three recent examples being:

  1. Deliberately preventing candidates being selected in time to prepare for the 2017 General Election.
  2. Changing our long-established pound logo.
  3. Allowing us to be become liable in legal actions that could yet financially ruin the Party. Some of the officers responsible for those decisions are still in place or still exerting influence.

Despite all this (and more) UKIP did indeed become a force in national politics, so much so that we were able to force David Cameron to promise and hold the referendum. It was UKIP that brought about the referendum and UKIP activists’ boots on the ground that won it. It was not just the leadership of Nigel Farage that achieved and won the referendum, but also the incalculable time, effort and money of our activists and members. Those dedicated people have been let down – to say the least.

As I predicted in my book The Road to Freedom (2014) if a referendum were held, if the Leave side won, and if the government chose to leave using Article 50, then we would see a relentless campaign by the Remain side to delay and impede our exit in the hope of eventually overturning the result. This is precisely what has happened since 24th June 2016.

Many of our members, supporters and voters believed, quite wrongly, that we had achieved our reason for existing by the mere fact of winning the referendum, and they drifted away. However, it is now becoming clear to all that Brexit is in danger of not happening, and that a strong UKIP is needed more than ever.

Can UKIP salvage itself, and does it have a future? Our country certainly needs a political party that stands up for the ordinary working person and small business owner. It has been my conviction from UKIP’s beginning that our natural constituency is the patriotic working class. Those people (mostly, but not exclusively) were the people who voted leave in the referendum.

UKIP’s survival is about giving those people a voice. UKIP does not deserve to survive for its own sake but because those people are not represented by the old political parties.

I believe that to rejuvenate itself UKIP needs to continue doing certain things and to do some new things

  1. To say thank-you and goodbye to those senior officers who have caused so many of the difficulties we currently face.
  2. To reorganise our Party structure so that the National Executive Committee is not elected on the basis of two-hundred words and a flattering photograph. One idea is for regionally elected activists whose job is to recruit new members, raise funds, and organise elections, and who will be judged on results.
  3. To continue (as we have done since Paul Nuttall’s leadership) to promote a complete and unencumbered exit from the European Union. No Article 50, no more billions paid to EU, no transition periods and continued open borders. Brexit must mean Exit!
  4. To ditch the new ‘Lenny the Lion’ logo. Why would an organisation change its brand that has taken so many years to establish? Why confuse our voters at the ballot box? Incompetence or sabotage?
  5. To continue to argue the case for a strictly controlled and limited immigration system. We must have a commitment to end the age of mass uncontrolled immigration once and for all. We also need policies for housing, benefits, and the NHS that put our own citizens first.
  6. To promote economic policies that make ordinary working people feel that the economy works for them, not against them by reducing their livings standards in the interests of enriching a global elite. We need policies to address a reindustrialisation of Britain providing jobs for ordinary working people.
  7. To face up to the threat posed to our way of life by radical Islam. This means a policy of no more mass immigration from Islamic countries and policies to neutralise the influence of Islam; e.g. no more overseas funding of mosques and imams from overseas.
  8. To speak up against political correctness and cultural Marxism that are undermining all sense and sensibility in public life. We need a dedicated spokesperson on this subject.
  9. To increase our membership by adopting policies appealing to those who feel disenfranchised and unrepresented by our current political establishment; for example the police, the military, the prison service, the ordinary law-abiding tax-payer, small business owners, and the victims of crime.
  10. We need to use social media to recruit new members and spread our messages. I am the first to admit I know very little about how to do that but we need people who do.

Some of these things we are already doing but we need to do them all – and more. We cannot hope to beat the political establishment at its own game, or expect the politically correct left-wing media to promote us. If we bend to accommodate them, we will be irrelevant.

One thing we could do to appeal to a wider audience is to change the name of our magazine to ‘UKIPPlain Truth’.  If the British people need one thing, it is that. Our magazine needs more political and policy content to attract a wider audience.

The essential issue is not just the survival of UKIP, but also the survival of the UK itself.  Our country is in danger of not leaving the European Union at all; of selling its soul to the interests of global corporations; and of submitting our civilisation to what Winston Churchill called ‘the most regressive force in the world’, namely Islam.

UKIP came into being out of necessity: it filled a political vacuum. It was needed in 1993 and it is needed now. The question is can we reform ourselves to deserve to survive and serve our country?

No Second Referendum

Henry Bolton has reiterated his and his party’s opposition to a second referendum, “UKIP policy on a second referendum remains unchanged. The party opposes a second referendum.”

“I am convinced that the Leave side would win a second referendum, should one be held, with an even larger majority than before. Many remain voters can now see that the campaign led by the then Prime Minister and Chancellor as deliberately misleading. We have also seen greater investment and growth in a number of sectors since the summer of 2016. We are already seeing the benefits of leaving the European Union.

“None the less, to hold such a referendum would be to call into question the decisive importance of the largest democratic exercise ever held by this country and the unambiguous mandate the people gave the government on that day – the mandate take us out of the European Union. Such a second referendum would set a precedent for revisiting any democratic decision made in future; it would undermine the fabric of our democratic principles and would weaken the clarity and effectiveness of democratic decision.

“A second referendum would be damaging to the nation.”

Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP’s Brexit spokesman said, “We had a clear result in the referendum, everybody knew what they were voting for and the Government made it plain that it was a once and for all decision that would be implemented.

“The government needs to get on with the long overdue job of getting us out of the European Union without further delay”

UKIP Continue Campaign for Longer Jail Terrm

The release of a violent sex offender, known as London’s Black Cab Rapist, after serving just eight years in prison, has been condemned by UKIP’s new Shadow Cabinet Member for Home Affairs.

Richard Bingley, a security expert who has campaigned to scrap early release schemes for violent offenders, said:

“The release back into the community of this debased and dangerous individual is an indictment of our ineffective Crown Prosecution Service and this government’s continued cuts to police investigators.

“Moreover, the fact that his many victims were not informed prior to his release, is potentially itself a breach of law. There is a duty to warn and a duty to protect by public authorities and I’m sure victims’ and their lawyers will be looking at this.

“There can be no excuses within the CPS. It doesn’t matter how under-resourced staff and managers are. Those responsible for this appalling lack of judgement should be sacked.”

Mr Bingley added:

“This serial rapist was sentenced to an indefinite sentence only back in 2009. Yet he was convicted by a jury for several rapes and police detectives have linked him to several dozen more. The ‘indefinite’ sentencing tariff needs changing. Too often it’s used to get violent offenders out of secure units and back onto the streets.”

“Time and again, Labour and Conservative MPs and pretend to be surprised when awful crimes are committed by repeat offenders. But they are the MPs who do nothing over decades about these absurdly soft and hazardous laws.

“In the interests of public safety a basic jail sentence of 30 years should be the bare minimum for such a disgusting and dangerous individual. Instead, the human rights of a rapist are put before those of vulnerable women in Theresa May’s delusional ‘strong and stable’ Conservative Party.”

Small Business Saturday

Shop Local This Christmas

Although this article refers to North Down your local traders will appreciate your support in the run up to Christmas, but dont forget the rest of the year too!

The great range of boutiques and speciality stores, convenient parking and the opportunity to support the local economy are just some of the reasons to shop in the borough this Christmas. Saturday 2 December is Small Business Saturday and Mayor Councillor Robert Adair said “Many retailers make more than half of their sales and profits in the three months before Christmas.  Our local traders depend on residents to purchase their Christmas shopping in the area to help keep their businesses viable”.

Have a great day out in your local town or village and enjoy some retail therapy!

European leaders have no place stirring up old troubles in Northern Ireland

It is a disgrace that the European Union is using the tragedy of Northern Ireland to try to split Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. Worse still that the inexperienced Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar is allowing himself and the prosperity of the Irish people as sacrificial lambs on the altar of European Union ambition.

David Coburn MEP said, “Of course we can have a soft border between the two parts of Ireland by mutual consent and reasonable behaviour which the EU does not seem inclined to do through reasons of bitterness and arrogance.

“The European Union has no business trying to interfere in the internal arrangements of the United Kingdom in either Northern Ireland nor Scotland.

“Great Britain has not tried to exacerbate or exploit the EU’s problems regarding Spain and Catalonia for political advantage over Brexit as the EU has done.

“The EU should respect our territorial integrity.

“I discussed these matters in a private meeting with President Juncker who told me it would be improper for him and the EU to interfere in the internal affairs of nation states  in regard to both Scotland and Catalonia. This should also apply to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

“Perhaps Monsieurs Barnier and Verhofstadt have failed or do not care to understand this concept.  They seem particularly bitter Euro enthusiasts with an axe to grind and the last people to be conducting negotiations.”

David Coburn meets Jean-Claude Juncker

 

Public realm work dumped

Following what appears to have been an accident at the Post Office roundabout in Bangor the highly prized railings have been unceremoniously dumped in the adjacent flower beds.

Wouldn’t you think, given the no doubt considerable cost of the fittings, someone in authority would have taken the railing into storage whilst the damaged barrier was being repaired.

As we see with the pavement lighting, which seems to almost constantly in need of attention, the public realm works appears very high maintenance.

FIFA Precedent is clear – Northern Ireland should get replay

On 12th November 2016, South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 due to the awarding of a penalty for a non-existent handball. After reviewing the incident, the referee admitted afterwards that an error was made.

The immediate FIFA response to the public outcry was to investigate, then ban the referee. A ruling was also made that the tie in question should be replayed as soon as possible.

Northern Ireland suffered an almost identical fate when this poor decision was made by the match official in the home tie of their World Cup playoff with Switzerland.

Other senior referees and officials, current players, former players, experts, journalists and the vast majority of neutral observers managed to spot that this penalty should never have been awarded in the first place.

Crucially, the match referee himself has now admitted that he made an error in awarding this penalty. Cruelly, this poor penalty decision was ultimately the deciding factor in the fixture and has cost Northern Ireland dearly.

Given there is a clear precedent for reviewing such a contentious decision; we fully endorse the petition and the calls for an investigation into the match official’s handling of this decision – and we support calls for a replay of this tie to take place as soon as possible.

The petition can be found at this link: https://t.co/ygDf9bJQ83

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Help Stop The Great Brexit Betrayal of our Fishing Communities

In our update yesterday, we gave details of a press release by our Assistant Deputy Leader, Mike Hookem MEP. You can see the full release below.

Mike has been working tirelessly to support out beleaguered fishing communities and now,  those communities have received another slap in the face after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the Common Fisheries Policy will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Mike will continue to give his full commitment to supporting our fishing communities, to ensure they get the 200-mile exclusive economic zone that we are entitled to under international law

This petition has been launched specifically to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’,

Play your part now in helping to give our fishing communities the future they deserve. Sign the petition below  and encourage anybody you can to do the same thing. If we achieve 100,000 signatures then the Government have to consider the petition for debate. Let’s get them dancing to our tune again!

Sign the petition by following this link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/204098

We must stop the betrayal of Brexit

Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem, has launched a petition to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’, saying, “the inclusion of the Common Fisheries Policy into UK law is an abject betrayal of Brexit.”

Mr Hookem, UKIP’s fisheries spokesman, launched his crusade after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the CFP will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.

Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “the response to the petition has been amazing so far, with over 6,000 signatures in the first 48 hours. However, we still have a long way to go if we are going to get the 100,000 signatures we need to force a Commons debate.

“Throughout the referendum, the fishing community of Great Britain was one of the loudest voices in the Leave camp, as they have seen first-hand how disastrous EU policy can be to our country.

“The fishing communities simply want the right to make a living through reclaiming the 200-mile exclusive economic zone we are entitled to under international law and repatriating the 70% of the total allowable catch in British waters that are currently taken by EU vessels.

“I for one will support our fishing communities all the way, as I believe, post-Brexit we can achieve the £6.3 Billion boost to the UK economy that the fishing industry is estimated to be worth.

“Fishing means skilled jobs; income into coastal communities; and a huge boost to the national economy.

“However, by taking the CFP into British law using the Great Repeal Bill, the Tories risk handing the EU the opportunity to take the UK to court under the Vienna Convention, citing continuity of rights in the post-transition era.

“This Brexit betrayal must not be allowed to happen, and I urge the whole country to get behind our fishing communities and sign my petition.”