Wednesday, March 12, 2014

You kip if you want to; UKIP's not for turning

I’ve just had an email from David Cameron, along with trillions of others who haven’t managed to ditch his spam, insisting the Tories are the only party we can trust to deliver a referendum on the EU.
He has, not unreasonably, taken advantage of Ed Miliband’s announcement that a referendum would be unlikely under a Labour Government.
Miliband's decision is disappointing and somewhat perverse.
But now, with the Lib Dems led by a fully paid-up Citizen of Europe, you might think Dave’s pledge might be of some importance.

But after reneging on his ‘cast iron’ promise to hold a referendum following the signing away of more sovereignty in the Lisbon Treaty, surely any pledge has to be worthless.
He has seen the Referendum Bill thrown out in the Lords and shows no sign of trying to give it another chance. And anyway he decided to leave it to a backbench MP to push through rather than giving it the impetus of Government.
He has no idea of what ‘renegotiation’ he might achieve before putting it to a referendum (incidentally if there ever were a plebiscite we know with absolute certainty that he and his party would combine with Labour and the Lib-Dems to skew the question and campaign to keep Britain in Europe).
Cameron has also rejected the chance to hold a referendum before 2017 . There is no good reason why it couldn’t be held this year but the few brave souls in the Tory party who suggested it were comprehensively rubbished by their own colleagues.
The odds are slowly and deliberately being stacked against anyone who might campaign for withdrawal from the EU. But the chances of ever getting one are minimal.
There is only one party which could demolish this cosy consensus and force a referendum on the Europhile triumvirate taking it in turns to run this country under orders from Brussels and that’s UKIP.
Nigel Farage’s party may have its drawbacks – more than a few loose cannons, little money and even less organisation – but only UKIP would deliver a referendum.
The Conservatives have been a massive disappointment. Even William Hague seems to have gone native since his elevation to the Foreign Office.
You can argue about electoral tactics. A vote for UKIP may, in some places, be a vote for Labour. But that doesn’t matter any more because a Miliband Government will be scarcely any different from a Cameron-Clegg one anyway; certainly not in relation to the EU and that means in relation to everything from purchase taxes (VAT) to prisoners' rights.
Cameron is Blair by other means (only Gordon Brown, let’s not forget, stood between us and the Euro). But an overwhelming vote against the tripartite status quo would force at least two of the losers – Labour and Conservatives – into a reappraisal of their Europhile policies.
I still think UKIP should not fight every Westminster seat. It should enter into a constituency-by-constituency non-aggression pact with those MPs, whatever their colour, who pledge to support a referendum at the earliest possible date.
Complete withdrawal from the EU may be the aim but the first step is to secure a referendum. The bigger the UKIP vote – at Euro elections and at the General Election – the greater the pressure there will be on mainstream politicians to offer us a chance to escape the evil empire.
You kip if you want to; UKIP's not for turning.

3 comments:

Anne said...

As we know-without doubt-all three major Political Parties want to remain in the EU-Forever, there is absolutely NO POINT in voting for any of those three in an election, so, come the General Election in 2015 use it as the REFERENDUM we have been denied and only put into the House of Commons those Organisations and Political Parties that want out of the EU completely.

It matters not if none have ever "GOVERNED" before, for lets face it, all those three alleged major Political Parties we have elected since 1972/3 have just obeyed EEC/EC/and now EU orders.

Anne said...

I do not believe the Conservatives will get into "Office" in 2015 to ever have that PROMISED REFERENDUM.
However, as we know-without doubt- all three major Political Parties want to remain in the EU-FOREVER, come the General Election in 2015-we should place our cross by any Political Party or Organisation that wants OUT of the EU completely. We cannot continue to pay for those two full Houses in our Parliament that can no longer Govern our Country by our very own Common law Constitution. 2015 is the FIRST AND LAST time we MAY be able to get out of the European Union-without anyone being killed. I am shore you too are aware that the EU has already got legislation for 2020, 2030, and even some for 2050. PLUS the EU has given itself the right to trade with other Countries on behalf of all its 28 Member States (TTIP) so what is indeed the point in voting and PAYING towards a UK Government that allows foreigners to speak for us? Perhaps also as important, (Or perhaps more so) for a few years now the EU has not been allowing all documentation to be seen by certain people ("EU RESTRICTED" slashed across the Documents) WHY?

Anne said...

Why a REFERENDUM on an "IN" or "OUT" of the EU in 2017? According to the Treaty of Lisbon, new rules will be in play by then, and even if the people vote to come out of the EU, all other EU Countries would have to agree.

On 1st November 2014 the following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only, one of which is allegedly: Withdrawal of a member state – Lisbon: QMV

Can you confirm if this is correst Nigel please?