McNarry takes Northern Ireland into heart of National Politics at UKIP Autumn Conference
People are crying out for leadership right across the country.
UKIP are connecting and putting to shame those old parties that are out of touch and hanging onto power. Tepid Tories and lacklustre Lib-Dems see governance as a form of over loaded social engineering and political correctness. They don’t get it – they never have – they never will.
This nation is unsettled – unsure and unsafe. We do not have Government by consent but Government by default.
What people desperately seek today is a party to vote for which embraces the collective similarities of the four home nations as a whole and demonstrates fair and equitable polices for all. They are turning their backs on politicians they don’t trust. Discontent is rampant.
Take freedom of expression. Ordinary decent people fear repercussion when they speak out and recrimination kicks in. People are reluctant to say what they think because what they say may cause offense where none was intended. They see the rogues and wasters doing what they like – yet you mustn’t disagree or it is you who end up in trouble. People need a new sense of direction.
In my political experience these things ring true – never attempt to sell something you wouldn’t buy yourself – don’t take on a fight you can’t win – and DIVIDED PARTIES DON’T WIN ELECTIONS
UKIP must make unity our rock – our opponents will use every dirty trick in the book to unsettle, divide and conquer. I say to you have no fear, be confident – unity is our strength – our purpose – our spirit, unity is unshakeable – unbreakable – demonstrate it to the people and they will reward our passion.
Right across the nation we are blessed with a wide diversity of views of cultures, heritage, faiths and beliefs, not forgetting humour. Individually and collectively these beliefs nurture a sense of responsibility which brings accountability. To someone like me that means that the very best of diversity is worth protecting. Sectarianism and racism are servants of ignorance and wickedness ; they have no place in my politics.
As far as Cameron, Milliband and Clegg are concerned – not one of them have political representatives in Northern Ireland. But Nigel Farage does – he has me in Stormont, four Councillors in local Government and, from a standing start, 25 thousand votes in the European election. What is this United Kingdom they glibly talk about?
At home Milliband doesn’t put up candidates, Labour affiliates with the SDLP Irish Nationalist Party. Clegg doesn’t put up candidates, he aligns with our version of politically-correct, shut-eyed fence sitters. Cameron does run candidates – they were annihilated in June. Not one of them have a mandate in Northern Ireland.
We are fed up fighting other people’s wars, policing other people’s terrorists, feeding the world whilst setting up food banks in our own High Streets. We are fed up finding there are no spaces to make a home, fed up that primary school classes are crammed full, fed up that parental choice for grammar schools is being systematically removed.
In addition to this litany of misrule is the shambles of longer hospital waiting lists. People are fed up with escalating crime – with importing other people’s problems and baffled and bewildered why we are creating and giving jobs to the unemployed of every country but our own.
Fundamentally Scotland’s Devo Max could mean maintaining the Union at the cost of breaking up the Westminster system. It could mean top heavy representation managed by over-powering bureaucratic mandarins. It will not be one size fits all and it will not be the panacea some expect.
I have some experience in negotiations inside the hot house of a constitutional convention. I agree with Nigel Farage’s initiative, campaigning for a new constitutional settlement within the United Kingdom. Nigel Farage has already started the constitutional convention ball rolling.
While the Scottish vote was to stay or leave the United Kingdom, a referendum in Northern Ireland would not be about Northern Ireland going independent – it would only be about coercing 1 million pro-union people into a foreign country, namely the Irish Republic. Its outcome is known. At a constitutional convention my people could neither depend on or trust Cameron, Clegg or Milliband to fight for us – but we will look to UKIP to champion our cause in any constitutional convention.
Finally I say to UKIP : hold the line – make the difference count – and when Douglas Carswell strides boldly back into Westminster with a UKIP mandate – others will be shaking in their boots. Let’s make sure it’s their walking boots and they are taking a long hike into political oblivion