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UKIP fills the gap

With all this talk of Labour’s demise in the European elections and the rise of the BNP, too little attention has been paid to the rise of UKIP. In Nigel Farage, the party has an eloquent individual who gave the best (and most non partisan) assessment of the election results over the last 48 hours. His press conference did not gloat and correctly identified the weaknesses in the Conservative’s position of Europe. The promise of a referendum on the Lisbon treaty has had too many caveats. Whether or not and to what degree the UK stays in the EU, a greater degree of honesty MUST be employed by all parties with the public.
– What proportion of legislation employed per annum originates from the EU?
– What proportion of those EU laws emanate directly from the elected (by the public) officials?
– What do the UK parties intend to do about the wasteful Common Agricultural Policy which:
: pays the farmers of the ‘old’ EU more than that of the new EU?
: is a direct obstacle in each and every free trading round with the rest of the world?
: increases the poverty of the lesser developed world?
Is there any button which the CAP does not press when one is looking for an insiduous use of public money? The CAP is the figurehead of a wasteful system whose few good policies are outweighed by its many unnecessary and poorly thought out ideas. There is not enough space in this blog to express my disgust at the largesse of the many officials.
By perverting the traditional axis of UK politics, UKIP will increase its share of the vote in the general election, votes which could prove crucial in the North West for David Cameron. Mr Cameron need not change into some snarling anti EU-phobe. But what he must do is transplant the ideas he has put forward for the UK to the EU. That of, transparency, the idea that politicians are public servants; and subsidiarity, the idea that decisions will be made at the lowest feasible levels.

Cameron launches Europe Manifesto

Somewhat dwarfed by the Speaker’s speech, David Cameron launched his manifesto for Europe today. He impressed with the first half of his brief oratory. The euro sceptics of the country have long called out for a representative who is not a europhobe. There is a clear distinction to be made between reform within Europe and leaving the cosy club (but that should always be retained as a possible outcome should change not take place). The direct connection of the rebate to CAP reform is vital if a CAP solution is to be found. It is a collective disgrace that farmers of wealthier nations receive more than farmers of poorer nations in what is supposed to be a club of equality. A commitment to attack the gravy train of the Eurocrats was also welcoming.
The second half of the speech was less inspiring. The call for a general election seems ill timed. The reaction of voters in a general election at this time is very much an unknown. Whilst DC has responded well to the expenses debacle, the Conservative vote is still down in polls and may lead to less seats than expected. In twelve months, DC’s reaction will be seen to be a sign of a man in touch with the nation but general disdain for politicians will have subsided resulting in a withering of the votes for the minor parties ensuring a smoother election result. Mr Cameron’s desire for government is understandable but in this case, patience is a virtue.


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