5 things voters should know about UKIP

UKIP are more than a man in a pub drinking a pint. Behind Farage's Cheshire Cat grin are some dangerous policies.

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You don’t have to have real political power in Britain to shift the terms of the debate. Just look at UKIP. Despite the fact that the party is expected to do well in this year’s European Elections, it is unlikely that this will translate into anything meaningful come next year’s General Election – although don’t bet against Nigel Farage overturning Laura Sandys’ majority in South Thanet.

And yet despite this, the Tories and to a lesser extent Labour appear to be running scared of the eurosceptic party – each week both seem to unveil new ‘tough’ announcements on UKIP pet issues such as immigration and welfare.

However while having a risible influence on the mainstream, UKIP’s distance from any real political power allows the party to retain its radicalism (not actually radical at all, but rather reactionary) which those closer to the summit of power are forced to abandon (remember when Lib Dem conference used to vote to hammer the rich and unilaterally disarm?)

Behind Nigel Farage’s charisma, however, the madness remains. Farage may come across like the mildly amiable chap from everybody’s local, but he leads a party which, from a policy perspective, is completely off the scale.

UKIP aren’t simply ‘anti-politics’, but they actually stand for things, such as:

Charging NHS patients to jump waiting lists

Back in July, UKIP’s ‘health spokesperson’ John Stanley penned an article in which he argued that people requiring urgent NHS treatment should be seen within two hours – a reasonable enough proposition. However he added that those requiring non-urgent treatment should be given the option of paying so as to jump the queue ahead of those who cannot afford to:

“We should accept that if a triaging clinician feels we don’t need treating within two hours required for standard cases then we be either willing to pay or willing to wait longer so cases most deserving are treated best. People should pay a higher charge if they haven’t registered with a GP as being directed back to primary care avoids unnecessary A&E visits.”

Stanley also endorsed GPs charging to see patients and said that, under UKIP, people who qualified for free prescriptions would be exempt from the flat fee – but only if they had not been drinking.

Banning all teaching of climate change

UKIP would ban the teaching of climate change in schools were it to win the 2015 General Election, according to the party’s education spokesperson. This, despite the fact that there is a 97 per cent consensus among climate scientists supporting global warming and the fact that human emissions are behind it.

Climate ‘sceptics’ don’t publish many scientific papers (I wonder why), and UKIP doesn’t want children to know about the vast majority of papers which overwhelmingly support the idea of man-made climate change.

Last week UKIP Education spokesman MEP Derek Clark told Index on Censorship:

“We will still ban Al Gore’s video for use in schools if I’ve got anything to do with it. I will not have much opposition within the party. It is, of course, not just this video which needs banning; all teaching of global warming being caused in any way by carbon dioxide emissions must also be banned. It just is not happening.”

The party has the laziest MEPs in Europe

UKIP’s attendance record in the European Parliament is worse than that of their counterparts from the three major parties. Happy to sign-in and collect their allowances (beer money), UKIP’s nine MEPs missed around a third of the votes in the European Parliament between 2009 and October 2013.

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The complete abolition of inheritance tax

Just 2.6 per cent of those who die every year pay inheritance tax. The average taxpaying estate is worth £875,000, according to HMRC. Inheritance tax raises £2.9bn a year for the Treasury from some of the wealthiest people in the country, while estates worth less than £325,000 don’t pay a penny.

And yet UKIP wants to abolish it completely.

At a time of rising inequality, redistributive policies such as inheritance tax are a symbolic bulwark against US-levels of inequality. In this respect, UKIP policy panders to the 2.6 per cent of the population who have some of the biggest estates in Britain. Play the world’s smallest violin.

Has friends on the European far-right

UKIP is part of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament (EFD). The EFD is comprised of 10 parties and one independent MEP. These include the anti-immigrant Movement for France, the ultra-nationalist Slovak National Party and True Finns.

The leader of the Slovak National Party has said the best policy for dealing with the Roma is “a long whip in a small yard”. In December 2011, an opinion poll of True Finn voters revealed that 51 per cent agreed with the statement: “People of certain races are unsuited for life in a modern society”.

Apparently this is ok with UKIP, though. In fact, anyone objecting to such alliances is liable to face severe repercussions. In 2010, UKIP expelled MEP Nikki Sinclaire after she objected to working with “extreme views” of UKIP’s political allies.

  • Paul M

    He’s quoting their operating budget, and claiming it’s all spent on climate change alarmism.

  • Paul M

    Watts is nothing more than a former local weather PRESENTER. He has been forced to admit he’s been paid in the past by Heartland institute.

    Oil companies are simply using the same techniques that tobacco companies did.

  • DoRightThing

    Exxon’s biscuit budget! ROFL!!! :-)

  • petey

    “Scientists” predicted that the earth was flat several hundred years ago… after some research I think they found it to be otherwise…

    By UKIP rationale, all scientific research should be halted because people were wrong once….
    THIS IS UKIP, EVERYONE!

    The level of your ignorance, delusion and antidiluvianism really is not worthy or the time and effort of the REAL human beings that have taken the time to so obviously prove you wrong.

    Crawl back under vile stinking rock that you emerged from and stop spouting your ill founded, base, nationalistic hate speak. Go read a book about world war 2, and look at how the Nazi galvanised public opinion in the same underhand way that UKIP does.

    I hope that it upsets you that you are now the reason I will now immediately go and join the Labour party and get out into my community and voluntarily steer people away from your party. I may just do the same for the Tories and the Greens. UKIP is the enemy of freedom, with ignorance the blooded scythe it wields, leading us ever onward toward its glorious dsytopia.

  • petey

    Sorry, made this comment as a reply to someone else, but it was meant for Mr. Conway…
    “Scientists” predicted that the earth was flat several hundred years ago… after some research I think they found it to be otherwise…

    By UKIP rationale, all scientific research should be halted because people were wrong once….
    THIS IS UKIP, EVERYONE!

    The level of your ignorance, delusion and antidiluvianism really is not worthy or the time and effort of the REAL human beings that have taken the time to so obviously prove you wrong.

    Crawl back under vile stinking rock that you emerged from and stop spouting your ill founded, base, nationalistic hate speak. Go read a book about world war 2, and look at how the Nazi galvanised public opinion in the same underhand way that UKIP does.

    I hope that it upsets you that you are now the reason I will now immediately go and join the Labour party and get out into my community and voluntarily steer people away from your party. I may just do the same for the Tories and the Greens. UKIP is the enemy of freedom, with ignorance the blooded scythe it wields, leading us ever onward toward its glorious dsytopia.

  • liam

    mark ukip is right wing and is pretty much the same old stuff repackaged in a way that would apeal to the masses “immigration” so guys like you will vote for them thinking there voting for change when in fact your voting the same old right winged unequal bullshit like last time they have you fooled my friend just because someone cant answer a question well dosent mean they are telling the truth or are right we should always fear the seemingly flawless.

  • liam

    *can

  • Guest

    The one thing everyone is missing is that climate change DOES NOT mean the earth getting warmer. Climate change is the general description of the mean tempture and climate of the earth changing, so climate change can mean the earth getting colder and the earth getting more stormy instead of it just being the earth getting hotter.

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    I have studied climatology in depth. If a scientist is employed in a position and asked to prove that there is Global Warming, Climate Change, Hole in the Ozone Layer etc., Would he/she risk losing their job by showing evidence to the contrary?
    There is constant climate change and has been since the beginning of time. Remember, Ice Ages last for thousands of years, we are in an interglacial period at present. There are lots of examples and too little space to explain. Suffice to state that Climate Change introduced yet another tax from the people!

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    In every report a writer can cherry pick details to fit any scenario. For instance in that NASA report it states ‘ Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps heat and largely controls Earth’s
    climate.’ That is true, without the greenhouse gases the earth would be much colder than now. But the report conveniently omits that ‘water’ itself contributes to the greenhouse gases! Why does the report only cover a period of 150 years? The Earth is a bit older than that!

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    Stephen – If you have researched Climate Change in depth – then you obviously have not understood it!

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    Stephen – with the greatest respect, would you please expand on your response. Do you actually understand Climate?

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    Because they do not want people to pay taxes unnecessarily?

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    Henry – you are very welcome to vote for any party you want to. I am glad you are against UKIP because UKIP have a huge number of professional and knowledgeable supporters!

  • http://www.gobbledegooked.wordpress.com/ Henry Page

    So where are they, on Mars? The party doesn’t even have more than ONE primary politician! Let me ask you a question: Who is the UKIP shadow Chancellor? Who is the UKIP shadow Home Secretary? The UKIP shadow Defence Minister? You all live in what seems to be like a zombie dream world, spouting nonsense and detached from reality. Let’s examine on thing that dork Farage has said over the last week: he said he wants to reduce unskilled migration (EU and non-EU) to below 50,000 and even mentioned a figure of 25,000 as probably ‘about right’, but currently the fruit and vegetable farming sector employs 67,000 a year and then you have all the other industries and their migration needs. Sorry, but you lot are completely soft in the head.

  • http://www.gobbledegooked.wordpress.com/ Henry Page

    Obviously a known and easily tested combustion accelerator like carbon couldn’t possibly be affecting global warming: what’s next, rain doesn’t actually make us wet?