“Over this past few days it has been interesting to hear and read the General Election manifestos of both Conservatives and Labour. Interesting because there is a feeling of deja vu, having seen most of them in the UKIP manifesto from 2014. Yesterday Labour announced they would cease tuition fees. Again a UKIP pledge.
What makes this interesting is so many of the political pundits and analysts, both locally and nationally, are hell bent on declaring ‘UKIP is Dead’ and ‘UKIP’s job is done with Brexit’.
If we look at the evidence some different conclusions can be drawn.
Arguably, in the history of British politics, there has never been a Party that has welded so much influence on all Parties policies, while effectively sitting outside Westminster. Few can disagree that without UKIP there would not have been an EU referendum or Brexit. This in itself prompted a sea change in Conservative and even Labour thinking.
Now we find UKIP ideas and policies are being taken up by the main Parties. This should not be a surprise as UKIP, over the years, has adopted a ‘bottom up’ approach whereby they have listened to the ordinary person in the constituencies and not been a member of any exclusive group, mostly based in London.
Now the Conservatives have followed the UKIP path, where will that leave the pathfinder? Much will depend on the General Election results. UKIP could win fewer votes but win a number of seats. The current Westminster voting system does not work in UKIP’s favour, however for now we have to work within the present system.
From its early days when it opposed the introduction of the Euro, UKIP has sought to represent all the people and areas of the United Kingdom.
News of the UKIP’s demise is certainly premature. Now more than ever the Party needs not only to be present, as it will continue to be, both in the European Parliament to secure Brexit but also at home to ensure no backsliding by the Government.
UKIP looks forward to completing the job of leaving the EU and establishing trade and commerce with the rest of the world. It needs to continue its work to strengthen the United Kingdom and its component parts. Above and beyond Brexit; UKIP’s Common-sense Policies are called that for a reason – they are common sense.”
According to UKIP’s David Jones “UKIP is not finished. In fact it is only beginning”.