Saturday, May 4, 2013

UKIP are not the Tories...

I left the following as a comment on this post by the Very British Dude—I said that I understood the thrust of his argument, but that I thought that his assessment of UKIP's policies left rather a lot to be desired.

First, the British people are worried about a particular sort of immigrant—those that they see as "foreign". This is a loose term, but essentially includes people who don't speak English—almost nobody that I have spoken to has any problem with New Zealand, Australian or US immigrants, for instance.

UKIP can pledge to target the immigrants that people fear because their policy is to leave the EU: the Tories cannot do the same because, even with the promise of the referendum—which will only happen if the Tories are re-elected with a majority and if Mars is in the House of Ares when a pig flies across the Thames in a dirigible, or something—their stated position is that they think we should stay in.

Second, UKIP believe that lower taxes will bring higher growth—not surprising when you consider that their fiscal policy was largely written by Tim Worstall (with contributions from other libertarian/minarchist bloggers). The Coalition is shifting the burden of tax away from the poor (good) but not actually changing the total tax take (bad).

UKIP also have a credible energy policy (again, much of it originally drafted by libertarian/minarchist bloggers (hem hem)): whilst most people may not realise that we are in severe danger of rolling power cuts next year, they do understand that their energy bills have soared. UKIP have a credible answer for this—the government should stop artificially forcing up energy prices.

Unfortunately, much of the legislation doing so comes from the EU (although successive governments of the last 20 years have added their own price-raising policies too—Osbourne's carbon floor price, for instance, is utterly, industry-fuckingly insane).

There are quite a few other differences too; however, one of them is that people can see themselves having a drink and a bit of a giggle with Nigel Farage.

And that's not simply because he likes to be interviewed in pubs; it is because he comes across as a guy who enjoys himself, and who genuinely thinks that the people of Britain should, in the end, also enjoy themselves.

This philosophy is miles away from the pinch-faced, high-voiced, bigoted, boring, public-health fascists and shrieking snobs of the Islington set—of which Cameron is perceived to be a member (alongside most other politicians).

UPDATE: it seems that Marina Hyde also agrees with this last point.
Farage wears pretty much everything lightly, from blazers to budgetary black holes. And this, one can't help feeling, is his deadliest weapon. He does possess a genuine political superpower: the ability to make it look as though his critics are taking things far too seriously.
Yup. I've had a good few pints (and a fag or two) with Farage, and he's highly entertaining. Furthermore, he always stands his round...


Twenty_Rothmans said...

Well, I like him (he came to Stony Stratford) and his party offers an approximation of what I'd like.

It seems to me that the Conservatives (of whom I was a member) now follow the doctrine of "this is what you're going to get, and you'll like it".

Penetrated by the Coalition, the wiser heads of the Tories are shouted down by their aptly-coloured yellow bedmates. The result is a milquetoast administration, incapable of righting their predecessor's wrongs.

After their elimination at the 2015 polls, there will be insufficient resources for the Tories to ever regain power. The gerrymander will remain in place, and like any good farmer, Labour will ensure its most valuable livestock, the fecund underclasses and immigrants, will cement its place as the party born to rule, as we sail into a Fabian paradise.

The most rational solution is to flee while you can.

SimonF said...

Come the next election I will be wearing a tee short that says "I'm a fruitcake" or words to that effect"

Anonymous said...

can you share this please?

Anonymous said...

Stands his round?

That's enough for me!

The Stigler said...


"Penetrated by the Coalition, the wiser heads of the Tories are shouted down by their aptly-coloured yellow bedmates."

Please don't fall for that line.

This all started before the coalition. One of Cameron's first political moments was admonishing WH Smith for selling chocolate oranges instead of real ones.

The tories voted for him because of a single, dodgy focus group on the BBC, where some people said they thought he seemed likeable and trustworthy based on a speech. They thought they could get Blair Mk2 and win on presentation (forgetting that the New Labour team actually had a very good grip on the policies that swing voters care about). They abandoned any principle for win, and unfortunately backed the current trend (bigger government, more spending) just as the trend was about to change.

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