Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Life In The Old Kipper Yet?

UKIP never was any good at winning elections, and it declared Mission Accomplished as prematurely as George W. Bush had done. Its voters went home to the Conservative Party last year even though, as everyone could see, that party had absolutely no intention of delivering Brexit in any meaningful sense of the word.

As for the areas that swung the referendum, the last thing for which we voted was UKIP's Thatcherism In One Country. We had pretty much had that for 39 years, under all three parties, ever since Callaghan's turn to monetarism in 1977. We voted to reject it, and thus to demand a great deal less, rather than even the slightest amount more, of what UKIP, or indeed Vote Leave, was offering.

Stewart Jackson, who embodied that position and who lost his marginal seat last year, has been been blocked from reappointment as a Special Adviser at the Department for Exiting the EU, despite Dominic Raab's desire to keep him on. Raab deserves to be treated with all the seriousness of a man who is not allowed to choose his own staff, and his Department with all the seriousness of one that is nominally headed by such a figure.

There is going to be another hung Parliament. We need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I need £10,000 in order to stand for Parliament with any chance of winning. My crowdfunding page has been taken down without my knowledge or consent. But you can still email instead, and that address accepts PayPal.

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