Why Vote UKIP?
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) was set up in 1993. It was originally founded by Alan Sked, who had been a member of the old Liberal Party. Alan Sked along with others from different political parties, helped form the cross party think tank The Bruges Group (because they couldn’t pronounce the local Flemish name Brugge), before moving on to form the Anti Federalist League, followed by UKIP. Alan Sked, along with other people from various parties, was opposed to the Treaty of European Union, commonly called the Maastricht Treaty, but he left UKIP after the 1997 election because it had strayed from his vision. He said it had become racist and far right. UKIP was eventually taken over by a group of people who, against its original principles, agreed to contest seats in the European Parliament, then they managed to get some MEPs.
UKIP policy is all about isolationism, mainly leaving the EU, a policy previously supported by the Labour Party, as well as a popular policy with some members of the Conservative Party. Their supporters wrote lots of books against The Maastricht Treaty, etc. UKIP also rejects the idea of membership of the European Economic Area (EEA), and even EFTA because those organisations require there to be free movement of labour from the EU and other EEA and EFTA countries (the EU plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein).
The EU was formed as the EEC in 1957, originally made up of just France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The original ideas behind it were to provide trading opportunities and some protection against the USSR or Soviet Union, and the USA, as well as to help prevent another war in Europe, or at least between its members.
As For benefits, UKIP has insulted benefit claimants, calling them “a parasitic underclass of scroungers”, planned to stop them from buying alcohol, and has admitted plans to continue with slave labour schemes.
At the end of the day, UKIP is more or less an offshoot of, or the loony right wing of the Conservative Party. Their leader Nigel Farage has praised Mrs Thatcher, so that says it all really.
According to UKIP, there would be lots more jobs for British citizens, simply by leaving the EU. This could mean that there would be little or no harassment of unemployed or unfit people, because hardly anyone would be unemployed or unfit, thanks to deporting most people who aren’t British citizens, thereby creating a lot of job vacancies which they could fill. Unfortunately, this theory doesn’t seem to be true.
The new Labour government was criticised for allowing people from the eight former Communist eastern European countries of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia, to work in the UK as soon as these countries joined the EU, although the normal practice before this was always to wait seven years for economic conditions in new member states to improve. Poland has by far the largest population of these. Britain was one of only three EU member states, along with Ireland and Sweden, to allow these people to work there from 2004 without work permits.
Unfortunately, I noticed that even before Poland became an EU member there were lots of Poles over here working in Bed & Breakfasts. How did they get these jobs? Apart from this, I saw there were lots of handwritten ads on noticeboards and newsagents’ windows in Russian, or perhaps they were in another language using the same or similar alphabet, such as Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, or Ukrainian. None of these countries are members of the EU, so how did they get in and how could they work here? Years later, I noticed that were were loads of handwritten ads in Portuguese, as well as magazines and other indications that the people who wrote these ads weren’t Portuguese, but Brazilian. Obviously Brazil isn’t in Europe, let alone the EU, so how did THEY get in?
The answers to these questions are as follows. There are other legal ways to come and live in Britain without being an EU citizen. These are Tourist Visas and Student Visas. People can enter Britain on a Tourist Visa, which forbids them from working here. After they’re here, they can go onto a course to learn English or some other pathetic course, then apply for a Student Visa, which also gives them the legal right to work here for as much as 20 hours per week! Of course, new Labour encouraged this instead of doing anything to stop it, while harassing their own citizens half to death for being unemployed!
Another way that foreigners from it seems like any country in the World can come and work in the UK, is because of employers. Under the current system workers don’t have the right to work, but employers have the right to employ whoever they like. If employers claim that there is no one available with the automatic right to work in the UK who can do their jobs, then this entitles them to offer these jobs to people from any country in the World and bring them over here! It seems that no party is advocating any plan to stop them from doing this. UKIP have said that to come and work here people must be “highly skilled”, but I’m fairly sure there are a lot of people in the whole World who either are “highly skilled” or could soon become “highly skilled”, so that won’t stop them.
I can’t help wondering what would happen to Britain if it left the EU. I think it would be totally isolated, threatened in one way or another by Russia, the EU, the USA, and even far off China, at least economically. Some people think that Britain could become a state of the USA, but that seems unlikely. There are already a few US territories, such as Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, which might become states. Puerto Rico voted in a 2012 referendum to become a state, but not much has happened since then. As a US state, Britain would have a larger population, therefore more influence than any other state, so this is why it’s not likely to ever be allowed to join. Perhaps millions of British citizens would be allowed into the USA to escape the invading Russian army though.
As for an alternative to the EU, Britain could apply to join NAFTA, but this would only be possible after negotiations, or even renegotiation of the whole NAFTA system, so it’s not certain that Britain would get in.
Of course, one thing to remember is that in the EU if you don’t like the current British government, there’s always the option of leaving to go and live elsewhere in the EU. You may even still be allowed to vote in UK elections after doing this.
Why vote UKIP? Don’t bother!