We Cannot Cuddle UKIP

We Cannot Cuddle UKIP

  Picture the scene, it is the 8th of May 2015 and our new Prime minister sweeps up in front of number 10 Downing Street. Nobody expected him to win, but due to each of the main parties pandering to him and preferring to attack each other, we now have a UKIP government and Nigel

UKIP needs to be taken head on

 

Picture the scene, it is the 8th of May 2015 and our new Prime minister sweeps up in front of number 10 Downing Street. Nobody expected him to win, but due to each of the main parties pandering to him and preferring to attack each other, we now have a UKIP government and Nigel Farage is Prime minister. In this admittedly unlikely scenario, he comes into office and within a matter of months the following policies are put in place:

  • Withdrawal from the EU
  • Cuts to the NHS
  • Strict limits on immigration
  • Cuts to the NHS and International development
  • The scrapping of Inheritance Tax
  • The end of “political correctness”

These are not policies I would wish to see. The withdrawal from the EU would impoverish and isolate Britain, and the problems that would arise from cutting the NHS are clear to see. The quality of service would be poorer and people would suffer. And if that weren’t enough, cutting foreign aid would simply be immoral, especially when considering that this year there are 400 million more children in absolute poverty worldwide than last year. To say the very least, we would intend to do nothing to stop absolute child poverty. That is not to mention the cutting of inheritance tax would make the government lose £4bn a year.

These policies would be disastrous but they are not the worst of it. The UKIP candidate in the Newark by-election Roger Helmer has said that he understands why people would hate homosexuals. Nigel Farage has said that he doesn’t like to hear foreign languages on public transport. This party employed a comedian at a fundraiser who imitated an Indian accent and called the Muslim call to prayer “a traditional Midlands folk song”. UKIP candidate and election broadcast star Andre Lampitt tweeted that “Africans should kill themselves”.

This is what they see the end of political correctness as.

UKIP is a nasty part of nasty people. We cannot give them the respectability they crave. We must fight them head on and we must win. We cannot hope that UKIP grows and takes a chunk out of the voter base of whichever party we oppose, be it Tory or Labour. What we face now is more important, a battle for the future of British politics. Now, do we let UKIP become mainstream with it all the people just mentioned? We should not. Every vote they get pushes them towards the outlandish scenario outlined earlier, or at the very least, into being the junior party in a coalition. We should stand up and we should fight them. UKIP cannot

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