Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Wild Geese

Former Thanet District Councillor, Colonel Roger Latchford, the new leader of UKIP at Kent County Council, announced today that he would be looking to repeal the new Gay Marriage Act, while another new UKIP councillor declared that he would be seeking to remove the vote from the unemployed.

A few days ago, I warned: "Be careful what you wish for" and in Thanet, this may have proved clairvoyant.

UKIP's success, may be a present day expression of the Peasants Revolt or simply an appeal or a sudden lurch to the more respectable right of British politics. Many people increasingly believe, that rather than playing a part of the political system in this country, politics is something that is inflicted upon them by distant figures in London. However, the charming and charismatic 'pub landlord' style of Nigel Farage remains a long way off from what looks vaguely like a retired colonels' military coup here in Kent.

There's no doubt that the politics of the Westminster village had become decoupled from the aspirations and worries of people in places like Thanet or Hastings or Sheerness but I don't believe that the rag-tag and bizarre, right-wing policies of UKIP, outside of its pledge to leave the European Union, really represent or address the real interests of the people who voted for them last week and that has to surround the economy above anything else.

This strikes me as the last hurrah of a generation alarmed at what this country has become and fearing for what the future may hold in less than twenty years, when the union with Scotland has been broken and there's the hovering spectre of, Islamic Sharia courts operating in cities such as Bradford. These are good people who want to say 'enough' and not just disillusioned Conservative and Labour voters, looking to turn back the clock to another age, reminiscing over Margaret Thatcher, black and white television and the right to smoke in pubs.

What people want everywhere is a return of common sense politics, control of our borders, the Human Rights Act reinserted back into Tony Blair and real leadership and vision from the top, not sound bites and condescending platitudes from what they view as a privileged class. They want a voice to express their real worries about their future. What they don't want is more of the same bland, teflon-coated career Westminster politicians,of all Parties who have visibly and steadily lost so much of the public's confidence.

The Great County Hall Coup
UKIP isn't going to give them this and in Thanet, it's going to offer them very little at all, outside of that protest vote and the sound of marching boots at County Hall. The real answers can only come from Westminster and there, the choices are every limited indeed. David Cameron is in a strained coalition with Nick Clegg and the latter has already said he will block any attempt at loosening our ties with Europe or changing the Human Rights Act. Ed Miliband is no different as Labour is committed to both.

So what does David Cameron do next I wonder? It's clear that that the public's trust deficit in respect of a promised European referendum in the next Parliament, remains an unbridgeable chasm. Such a powerful loss of confidence as expressed so tangibly in the polls, last week, needs to be remedied urgently but between now and then UKIP will muddy the waters as Nigel Farage uses his charm to eat away at the divisions between the two coalition partners.

And in Thanet, Mr Farage is becoming the bookies' favourite to contest either Roger Gale's Seat in North Thanet of Laura Sandys in South Thanet. If asked for an opinion, I think he may go for the former as he was born in Herne but I may yet be proved wrong. Certainly, the rumour mill is now working hard and the General Election is still two years away. I had quite forgotten until reminded by Jenny Matterface, that Mr Farage ran in South Thanet in 2005 and lost to Dr. Steve Ladyman, so maybe a second attempt is on the cards.

On Thursday, we have the district by-election in Cliftonville East, the disgraced Sandy Ezekiel's former seat. The result will send out a strong message locally in anticipating the landscape for the next set of local elections in two years Who would have thought, though, that Sandy's deputy leader would have ended-up leading UKIP at Kent County Council?

"May you live in interesting times" is the well-known Chinese curse!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I'm not an unemployed gay!

Anonymous said...

Removing votes from the unemployed is surely a non starter. Government policies often impair as well as improve the chance of staying in employment. An unemployed person must be able to have a say in who runs the country. Is this same councillor in favour of votes for those in prison?

Col said...

Surely the UKIP result is simply that the 'three main parties' have promised much and delivered little and that is why they've totally lost the trust of the voters ... that and all the lies over the years of course!

Simon Moores said...

I welcome comments but please give attention to my acceptable use policy. "Henchman" and "Black Shirts" really isn't clever enough when describing UKIP at KCC. I can use these words here but I can't allow individuals to be 'named' in the same breath, so please be a little more imaginative or even humorous if you are going to try and get your argument across.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we could ban from voting those who have never had a proper job but have achieved their lofty status via an anagram of "SPIN ME TO"

William Epps said...

Clearly the British people have expressed once again that they are by nature right of centre politically, something recognised even by Tony Blair. What needs to happen is for David Cameron to take that on board on stop trying to fight Labour for the centre left.

One only needs to look at newspaper circulations, dominated by the right of centre populars and with the Telegraph comfortably the most read of the broadsheets. Meantime, the Mirror has half the circulation of the Mail and the Guardian and Independent are close to extinction.

Danger exists that unless Conservatives and UKIP work together they could split the right vote and plunge the country back to the gloom of a Labour government. Worse, one led by a left leaning Milliband with the Balls terrier snapping at his heels and seeking his job.

Anonymous said...

Simon,

You reflect my view of the situation almost exactly, except you do not include the effect of the dismal failure locally of TDC.

Simon Moores said...

I was looking at a bigger picture but would agree that recent events at TDC have not inspired confidence at the polls!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was fantastic that UKIP want to ban non-working people from voting. I'm assuming they actually mean people who aren't contributing taxes and will therefore be banning City bankers and others with offshore accoiunts from participating in our democracy.

Simon Moores said...

You may be confused here 4:25

Offshore accounts are a thing of the past with very heavy penalties up to and including prison for tax avoidance.

City bankers pay almost half of their bonuses back in tax these days. I know several and while I would dearly love to earn the same, envy doesn't get the better of me!

Anonymous said...

"Offshore accounts are a thing of the past."

So, the company doing the Pleasurama development (or not) is an offshore company for what reason? And who will be going to prison?

Simon Moores said...

You are confusing apples with Oranges 6.53

If you are employed by a UK bank domiciled here and are hiding your wealth in an offshore bank account without declaring it to the revenue, then you're trouble.

If you are a business operating legitimately with an offshore bank account or domiciled abroad, as many do, then that's not unusual

Anonymous said...

I think it is about time that people who do not bother to vote, particularly at General Elections, should be removed from the Electoral Register. When they can't get credit, perhaps they will bother to cast a vote. It is unforgivable that many people just can't be asked to make an effort yet these same people have the most to say about how the country is run.

Anonymous said...

Simon, I think you may need to re-word one of your replies (unless you actually mean what you've said). You can be employed by a UK bank that's domiciled here and remain non-dom. You then can keep all of your 'wealth' in the country you are dommed in (paying tax there) and only pay UK tax on the actual income you earn in this country. It should be easier for foreigners to do this than Brits, but I'm not sure anymore, it seems easy for Brits too (dragon James Caan for definite and quite possibly Mr Tony Blair himself). Maybe I've just misread what you've said. If I haven't then what I've written will come as a shock to you. regards Former Inv Banker who wasn't non-dommed.

Bernie said...

can you advise the name of the UKIP Cllr who wants to remove the vote from the unemployed please? x

Simon Moores said...

4:04 - I don't think there's any ambivalence in:

"If you are employed by a UK bank, domiciled here and are hiding your wealth in an offshore bank account without declaring it to the revenue, then you're trouble."

Anonymous said...

Apparently the UKIP Cllr is a Tom Bursnall who is a Cllr for Windsor and Maidenhead, and is a defector from the Conservative party. He was a former chair of something called Conservative Future. His comment re unemployed was made in April 2012. He went on to say that rich people should have more votes. I found all this out with a google search for "Tim Bursnall unemployed vote" having got his name from another local blog (Off Road Driving).

Anonymous said...

Simon, that comma makes all the difference. Agreed.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right in quoting - "Be Careful What You Wish For" - I once wished to see Tony Blair replaced by an honest Prime Minister, who didn't lie to the public and who really understood what the great British voter wanted. I don't make wishes anymore, I got another liar. Where is the EU Referendum that Cameron promised us ? There is no honesty in politics these days and I see not a lot of difference between Blair's lies and Cameron's lies.

Anonymous said...

6.57: "I once wished to see Tony Blair replaced by an honest Prime Minister, who didn't lie to the public and who really understood what the great British voter wanted. I don't make wishes anymore, I got another liar."

I think you're saying that Brown was a liar as it was he who replaced Blair.

Anonymous said...

6.57 - Blair, Brown, Cameron - what's the difference ? They have all brought politics into disrepute (if that's possible) and they all lied.