UKIP wants to ban the burqa because of Vitamin D deprivation – and other manifesto highlights

Manifesto showcases a party that deserves its demise

Classy as ever, UKIP launched its manifesto this morning while the other parties’ campaigns were suspended as a mark of respect to the victims of the Manchester attack.

The launch itself descended into chaos as activists and even MEPs shouted at any journalist who asked a question. According to Business Insider:

“UKIP MEP Earl Dartmouth yelled ‘what a stupid question’ and ‘don’t you understand English?’ at BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg while one activist told her to ‘go back down your hole’ in a heated question and answer session.”

However, we shouldn’t let the chaos of the launch event distract from the manifesto itself, which is jam-packed with ideas so crazy that only UKIP could come up with them. Here are just a few of the best.

1. Compulsory vitamin D for Muslims 

It’s no surprise that the UKIP manifesto contains a pledge to ban religious face coverings such as the burqa and niqab. However, this year’s manifesto does include an interesting twist on the justification. Defending against accusations of Islamophobia and authoritarianism, UKIP clarifies that there is nothing liberating about clothing that ‘prevents intake of essential vitamin D from sunlight’.

Have you got that? A vote for any other party is a vote against vitamin D.

 

2. Immediate Brexit without Article 50 negotiations 

‘UKIP believes the UK should have already left the EU’ by immediately repealing the European Communities Act, insisting that there is ‘no legal or moral obligation to use Article 50’.

Without even arguing the legal point, surely it would be immoral to devastate people’s livelihoods by driving the British economy off a cliff edge? Or to risk essential security cooperation, cut off supplies of essential goods, drastically endanger the peace process in Northern Ireland and render people’s savings worthless by collapsing the pound.

 

3. Blue passports

This is not serious policy. We don’t care what colour passports are in 2019, but please stop talking about it.

 

4. Climate change denial

UKIP’s continuing, shameless climate denialism is the ultimate reminder that it’s a party with regard for evidence, science, or the lives of the world’s most vulnerable. In today’s manifesto, Nuttall and friends pledge to repeal the Climate Change Act because it ‘has no basis in science, and its aim of cutting greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050 is unachievable.’

The party then calls for a return to coal-fired energy, an end to subsidies for renewable energy and withdraw’ from the Paris climate agreement and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

 

5. Compulsory FGM checks for ‘at risk’ girls

This one is too sinister to joke about. As was widely reported last month, UKIP is proposing annual FGM checks for ‘girls identified to be at risk’ up to the age of 16, with additional check-ups ‘when they return to the UK from trips to countries where FGM is known to be customary’.

There is no glossing over the grotesque nature of this policy: UKIP are proposing compulsory, invasive physical examinations of brown girls.

Thankfully, none of this has any chance of becoming policy since Nuttall’s party looks set to crash to even further lows in this election.

This manifesto is a reminder of how richly-deserved the UKIP collapse is.

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5 Responses to “UKIP wants to ban the burqa because of Vitamin D deprivation – and other manifesto highlights”

  1. Fred

    In case you’d forgotten, UKIP was set up with one aim alone: to take Britain out of the European Union, which it achieved.

  2. Fred

    It’s very telling that there’s nothing on this site about what we can do to combat Islamic Terrorism.

    Nothing. Not a single word about the biggest threat that this country faces.

    So far, we’ve had an article calling for Katie Hopkins to be sacked, how Manchester needs a strong mayor, how communities must be strong and compassionate, and an article about UKIP’s manifesto.

    Notice a pattern here?

    The people behind his site are cowards. They’d rather children die that risk being accused of racism. They’d rather children die that risk offending Muslims. They’d rather we lit candles and made heart-shapes than try to take real action that will protect us.

    Idealistic, juvenile, passive, politically-correct cowardice.

  3. Mike Stallard

    “UKIP’s continuing, shameless climate denialism is the ultimate reminder that it’s a party with regard for evidence, science, or the lives of the world’s most vulnerable. In today’s manifesto, Nuttall and friends pledge to repeal the Climate Change Act because it ‘has no basis in science, and its aim of cutting greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050 is unachievable.’

    The party then calls for a return to coal-fired energy, an end to subsidies for renewable energy and withdraw’ from the Paris climate agreement and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.”
    All the rest of what you have written is spot on.
    If you are so sure of your facts, though, why has all debate been shut down on the BBC? Why is it almost impossible to question “Climate Change”,AGW and Global Warming without getting my head blown off?

  4. Greg

    “climate change” – aka AGW – is not denied; as climate changes, and has done so for millions of years.

    To deny the awesome cosmic forces at work, that are beyond our control, is foolish; and to deny that this planet has heated and cooled many times over millennia is quite wrong – even fraudulent.

    CO2 is a beneficial gas, and assists in creating the thriving bio-diversity and flora and fauna on this planet.

    The demonisation of this beneficial gas in nothing more than some sort of religious dogma.

  5. patrick newman

    Who are the cowards – those who wont use their proper name. Well ‘Fred’ we are all ears. Do you have a final solution? Perhaps you believe that for Muslims work makes you free (cant quite re-call the German translation)!

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