A UKIP flyer appeared on my doorstep yesterday. Quite a few people who think like me politically might well be tempted to vote for them in the Euros, partly because they don’t think it matters very much, partly because they think they’re just patriotic types, untainted by sleaze and expenses. As the link below shows, they are so mired in both that the miscreants in Westminster look as pure as the driven snow by comparison.
It might be worth pointing out that the sole MP UKIP has ever claimed as a member (though he denies it, apparently), Bob Spink, was the only person on the Opposition benches to align himself unequivocally and noisily with failed Speaker Michael Martin.
UKIP says ‘No to European Union’, yet it is fielding a Danish national as a candidate this time, and, I have it on good authority that, in 2004 one UKIP candidate was French. You can’t get much more European that that, and, of course, it’s perfectly consistent with the Rules from Brussels!
UKIP has the gall to festoon its leaflet with a portrait of Winston Churchill on both sides, understandably, as it hopes to use his image to con Conservatives into voting for it. This is in spite of the wishes of Sir Winston’s living relatives that his image should not be used in such a manner.
As for the record of achievement by UKIP’s MEPs elected in 2004, I have never heard of or from Gerard Batten, who tells us he has represented London for the past 5 years, and I am very active in politics. I have heard of Kilroy-Silk, who was all the rage 5 years ago, but who, once elected, failed to become UKIP leader and flounced off to start his own party (Veritas – remember it?), which bombed in 2005. Since then he has spent 4 years perfecting his sun tan in Spain, while remaining an MEP on salary and ‘exes’ galore! Two more are reputedly residing somewhere at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
For further reading I recommend this site.
I am afraid I cannot commend this party to you for support. Voting for it will not achieve any of the aims that Eurosceptics cherish. It will, in fact, do those aims considerable harm. Their claim to have ‘fought for Britain for the past five years’ is all baloney!