From the admirable to the downright laughable, here is my critique of UKIP’s official website manifesto for next year’s general election.
Taken from the official UKIP website here.
The Economy Abroad – “Protecting jobs and increasing prosperity”
We would review all legislation and regulations from the EU (3,600 new laws since 2010) and remove those which hamper British prosperity and competitiveness.
You can’t do that. No really, you actually can’t. These rules and regulations are not a pick and mix bag where you select the ones you fancy and leave the bitter ones on the shelf. Besides, if UKIP actually left the EU, all this legislation would presumably become defunct anyway, so they’ve got two choices: Abandon all the EU legislation, or keep some of it. If you keep some of it, you’re going to either need to put it all before Parliament to vote on, or pass it all yourself, in which case you might as well have stayed in the Union, since sifting through all that legislation involves an enormous amount of bureaucracy.
We would negotiate a bespoke trade agreement with the EU to enable our businesses to continue trading to mutual advantage.
So you’ve left the EU and now you’ve come straight back to Europe and asked for a new deal. Good luck getting past Angela Merkel.
UKIP would not seek to remain in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or European Economic Area (EEA) while those treaties maintain a principle of free movement of labour, which prevents the UK managing its own borders.
See above. You cannot leave the two biggest European trade agreements and the EU itself, and then ask European countries to sign a new deal with you. UKIP greatly over-estimates Britain’s sway in the international community – what makes them think Europe is going to care what we want when we’ve just pulled out of three European agreements altogether?
We would reoccupy the UK’s vacant seat at the World Trade Organisation, ensuring that we continue to enjoy ‘most favoured nation’ status in trade with the EU, as is required under WTO rules.
The WTO seat is not vacant, the UK just has less need for it when it’s part of the EU. It’s not the 1800’s any more UKIP. Britain doesn’t own a third of the world any more. Expecting to waltz back into the WTO and be given a golden cigar to go with your shiny new trade deal is just downright ridiculous.
The scorecard: UKIP’s economy abroad policies would reduce the already shaky standing we have on the world stage by burning all our international bridges and then expecting countries to rebuild them for us. The world doesn’t need Britain, but Britain needs the world. If you isolate yourself from all existing trade agreements, you may have a negative impact on foreign economies, making them far less likely to do things on your terms in the future.
The Economy at Home – “Repairing the UK Economy”
UKIP will increase personal allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings (approx £13,500 by next election).
This is a start, but a higher minimum wage is the real solution.
Inheritance tax will be abolished.
Foolish. Ridiculous. Elitist. Inheritance tax is only paid by those who can afford it, i.e. dead people. Abolishing it reduces your revenue and serves only to favour the rich.
We will introduce a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000, whereupon the 40p rate becomes payable.
Minor posturing. Little to say about this, as it won’t really have a grand effect on the economy. The upper-middle class will like you more though.
UKIP will set up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax to ensure big businesses pay a minimum floor rate of tax as a proportion of their UK turnover.
This is actually one of UKIP’s partially sane proposals. It could ensure that companies like Google and Amazon pay tax as is proportionate to their sales, but it doesn’t go as far as clamping down on tax avoiders, which is the real solution.
The scorecard: Aside from the sprinkling of anti-corporate populism, UKIP’s economy at home policies are pretty much in line with the Conservatives, that is to say they overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy.
Debt – “Reducing debts we leave to our grandchildren”
UKIP will leave the EU and save at least £8bn pa in net contributions.
Leaving the EU will save us £8 billion a year. It will also save hundreds of EU doctors, nurses and teachers from entering the country and contributing to the economy, and save us from having to export goods to keep up with EU countries’ demands. Leaving the EU is full of savings!
UKIP will cut the foreign aid budget by £9bn pa, prioritising disaster relief and schemes which provide water and inoculation against preventable diseases.
Remember the previous policy about demanding that the WTO treat us like a superpower? Good luck getting all the countries whose aid you’ve just cut from hearing those demands. That said, a lot of foreign aid doesn’t reach those who really need it, but reforming aid is the answer, not slashing it.
UKIP will scrap the HS2 project which is uneconomical and unjustified.
Finally, we agree on something. The HS2 is an enormously expensive project that could cost up to £100 billion to complete. In times when people cannot afford to pay their bills, an expensive railway line is not the answer.
UKIP will abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and scrap green subsidies.
Because the UK is somehow immune to the impending effects of climate change, right? UKIP really is living in the 19th century. Green subsidies provide an enormous incentive for businesses and homes to go green, and they help create an industry of climate friendly products, machines and energy sources. Scrapping them and the DECC will not only deliver a huge blow to an up-and-coming green industry (and all the people it employs), but prevent us from tackling global warming which will kill us in the end.
UKIP will abolish the Department for Culture Media and Sport.
This will have a negative impact on tourism, on people’s access to the higher arts, and to people’s access to playing sport with their schools or local clubs. A moronic suggestion.
UKIP will reduce Barnett Formula spending and give devolved parliaments and assemblies further tax powers to compensate.
I’m open to the idea of reforming the Barnett Formula, but would need more information about which tax powers would be devolved before I could comment on whether UKIP’s actually got it right.
The scorecard: UKIP’s reshuffling of departments and budgets, as well as leaving the EU, is not a proven method for saving us money or pumping life into our economy. These are overwhelmingly isolationist policies and the ones with elements of common sense are soon destroyed by ridiculous right-wing amendments.
Education – “Prioritising Education and Skills”
UKIP will introduce an option for students to take an Apprenticeship Qualification instead of four non-core GCSEs which can be continued at A-Level. Students can take up apprenticeships in jobs with certified professionals qualified to grade the progress of the student.
Actually a semi-admirable idea. It will reduce the burden on Sixth Forms to cater to students who are only there because they don’t know what else to do, and it gets those students learning a profession that might actually interest them. But it should start at AS level, not at GCSE level.
Subject to academic performance UKIP will remove tuition fees for students taking approved degrees in science, medicine, technology, engineering, maths on the condition that they live, work and pay tax in the UK for five years after the completion of their degrees.
This is absolutely insane. Dangling the carrot of free education in front of students with the proviso that they renounce their right to live abroad is tantamount to imprisoning people in the UK (presumably to make up for the huge skills shortage left by cutting immigration). What a draconian idea. Notice how it doesn’t apply to humanities subjects, which are also vitally important for a versatile economy? Figures.
UKIP will scrap the target of 50% of school leavers going to university.
May stop Sixth Forms from harshly pressuring students to go to university, but will also inevitably result in fewer people going to university. Overall, a bad policy.
Students from the EU will pay the same student fee rates as International students.
Burns another bridge we have with our neighbours. Great idea.
UKIP supports the principle of Free Schools that are open to the whole community and uphold British values.
This paves the way for educational institutions that are not subject to the restrictions imposed on them by the state. That is to say, allowing schools to be privately funded and to push agendas that aren’t properly scrutinized. “British values”? Sounds like the start of introducing propaganda into the educational system. You know who else loves Free Schools? Michael Gove.
Existing schools will be allowed to apply to become grammar schools and select according to ability and aptitude. Selection ages will be flexible and determined by the school in consultation with the local authority.
More elitism. This would cast out poor-performing students and provide an educational system that allows schools to pick naturally smart students and abandon those who need extra help. This could create an enormous educational imbalance.
Schools will be investigated by OFSTED on the presentation of a petition to the Department for Education signed by 25% of parents or governors.
This is populist and democratic, but I would raise the level of signatures to 50%, and introduce limits to how often petitions can be submitted in a school year.
The scorecard: UKIP’s education policies are again somewhat in line with the Conservatives, but seem to be further right-wing. Policies like stopping people from leaving the country if they opt not to pay tuition fees and expanding school’s access to pick and choose pupils should leave students, parents and teachers feeling cold.
Defense – “Honouring the Military Covenant”
We will resource fully our military assets and personnel.
This doesn’t actually make much sense. Resource fully? You mean kit out? Who knows.
UKIP will guarantee those who have served in the Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 years a job in the police force, prison service or border force.
Given that the personnel would have a job provided for them, I’m assuming they wouldn’t be able to turn it down? Admirable to ensure ex-military personnel have a job, but it seems limiting to think they’d only want to continue doing muscle work, and doesn’t account for the actual worker needs of the police, prison and border force.
UKIP will change the points system for social housing to give priority to ex-service men and women and those returning from active service.
Looks good on paper but this may fuel inequality. Everybody has the right to social housing regardless of their profession.
A Veterans Department will bring together all veterans services to ensure servicemen and women get the after-service care they deserve.
Good. Veterans are quite often left to the mercy of charities. Ideally I’d like to live in a country where we don’t keep creating veterans, but if we insist on involving ourselves in war, we must care for them when they come home.
Veterans are to receive a Veterans’ Service Card to ensure they are fast tracked for mental health care and services, if needed.
Similar to what I’ve said above, everybody has the right to mental health care regardless of their profession. Perhaps including mental health care in the newly-created Veterans Department would be more appropriate than shoving everybody else to the back of the line.
All entitlements will be extended to servicemen recruited from overseas.
Provided they have lived in the UK for five years, as the law currently states?
UKIP supports a National Service Medal for all those who have served in the armed forces.
Again, looks good on paper but seems like a waste of time and money.
The Scorecard: UKIP’s defense policies look like something out of the 1940’s, and they seem to think we’re still at war with Germany. For a party that occasionally adopts populist elements, it’s ironic that these defense policies make no mention of illegal wars, wasteful overseas military exercises, enormously wasteful military bases, Trident, or imperialism.
The National Health Service.
UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.
This is directly contradictory to a video that recently surfaced of Nigel Farage arguing in 2012 that the NHS needs to turn into an insurance-based system that is not free at the point of use. I’m not sure I believe this.
We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.
Private finance initiatives are basically ways of funding public services with private money, and have been controversial for some time. I would like to see a reduction in PFIs, so I agree with this policy.
We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.
Doctors are gonna love you for that. Expanding access to healthcare is always good though.
UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.
We will ensure that visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid NI for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn pa. UKIP will commit to spending £200m of the £2bn saving to end hospital car parking charges in England.
Usual anti-immigration hogwash. Studies have consistently shown that migrants contribute far more to the economy than they take out in public services, regardless of their National Insurance contributions. The NHS does not need to save money by forcing migrants into the private system, it needs to have the funding gap closed through further expenditure. This policy could also negatively effect tourism too. What you save on the NHS will cost you in economic growth.
We will replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers.
Devolving power seems to be a cornerstone of UKIP’s populism, but without the scrutiny of the state, health boards may be free to recommend privatization, should they find that the local services are failing.
UKIP opposes the sale of NHS data to third parties.
We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.
More anti-immigration posturing. Is this really a national priority for an NHS that is a melting pot for people from different cultures working together? Is the NHS currently run by people who can’t speak English? Stop creating a solution for a problem that barely exists.
UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise.
More detail is needed on this before I can comment on its efficacy. Accommodating medical professionals is important in itself though.
There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.
There already is.
The Scorecard: A great number of eyebrows have been raised about UKIP’s proposed treatment of the NHS, and the health policies here are a hearty attempt to quell the fear. Whether you choose to believe what UKIP’s saying here or not is entirely down to you. I for one, am not sold.
Immigration – “Controlling and Managing our Borders”
UKIP recognises the benefits of limited, controlled immigration.
Only when one of your candidates gets caught being a racist though, right?
UKIP will leave the EU, and take back control of our borders. Work permits will be permitted to fill skills gaps in the UK jobs market.
Our borders are not out of control. We’re an island. It’s funny how the borders between some European countries pass over cafés and pavements and nobody bats an eyelid, but as an island we feel under threat from “out of control” immigration and scary foreigners.
We will extend to EU citizens the existing points-based system for time-limited work permits. Those coming to work in the UK must have a job to go to, must speak English, must have accommodation agreed prior to their arrival, and must have NHS-approved health insurance.
This is so draconian. Enjoy your enormous skills gap.
Migrants will only be eligible for benefits (in work or out of work) when they have been paying tax and NI for five years and will only be eligible for permanent residence after ten years.
If you seriously expect skilled migrants to come to this country and contribute to the economy for 9 years before they’re allowed to become permanent residents, you’re kidding yourself. And what would a right-wing manifesto be without shaming people on benefits? Migrants are far less likely than UK nationals to use benefits at all, and yet making sure they don’t use them seems to be a top priority. It’s almost as if UKIP is targeting immigrants without evidence, and again, creating solutions for problems that only exist in the minds of Daily Mail readers.
UKIP will reinstate the primary purpose rule for bringing foreign spouses and children to the UK.
The primary purpose rule divides families, causes untold misery and creates an enormous disincentive for skilled migrants with families to come to the UK. Skilled migrants will be turned off coming here if they think their family will have to undergo an Orwellian procedure like this.
UKIP will not offer an amnesty for illegal immigrants or those gaining British passports through fraud.
Send them back to their own bloody countries! Sure, they’re escaping violent persecution, war or extreme poverty, but that’s not our problem, is it? Way to set the standards for caring for other human being so low, UKIP.
UKIP will return to the principles of the UN Convention of Refugees which serves to protect the most vulnerable.
A minimalist interpretation of the Convention, no doubt. What good is honouring the Convention of Refugees if you’ve scrapped the Human Rights Act and left the ECHR? The Refugee convention is an empty shell without backing from legal bodies.
The scorecard: UKIP is most famous for its anti-immigration stances, but the policies here largely ignore any positive contribution that the average migrant has on the British economy, and they smack of unscientific bigotry. UKIP seems to think Britain’s woes are caused by immigration and the EU, when the evidence points to the opposite.
UKIP will target foreign aid at healthcare initiatives, inoculations against preventable diseases and clean water programmes with a much-reduced aid budget administered by the Foreign Office.
Spend less money and make sure that reduced amount gets to where it needs to go. Giving with the one hand, snatching away with the other.
British organisations will be offered the contracts to deliver the remaining aid following removal of the EU Procurement Directive.
Paving the way for British organizations to profit from poverty without the pesky EU getting in the way.
The scorecard: UKIP giveth, and UKIP taketh away. It’s a great idea to ensure foreign aid money goes to those who need it, but drastically cutting the budget down seems to cancel out any benefits of giving it to actual poor people.
UKIP will repeal the Climate Change Act 2008 which costs the economy £18bn a year.
Who needs to save the planet by creating a generation of green jobs when there’s 18 billion quid to save instead?
UKIP supports a diverse energy market including coal, nuclear, shale gas, geo-thermal, tidal, solar, conventional gas and oil.
UKIP supports four incredibly dirty ways of getting energy, two dangerous ones, and three renewable ones. What a mixed bag. Any benefits of using geo-thermal, tidal and solar are far outweighed by the amount of black smoke you’re pouring into the atmosphere.
We will scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive and encourage the re-development of British power stations, as well as industrial units providing on-site power generation.
Yeah, power stations should be allowed to pollute the planet as much as they want, right?
UKIP supports the development of shale gas with proper safeguards for the local environment. Community Improvement Levy money from the development of shale gas fields will be earmarked for lower council taxes or community projects within the local authority being developed.
Shale gas exploration, or “fracking”, is an expensive, inefficient, and dangerous method of forcing natural gas up to the surface. It takes millions of gallons of water and a toxic mix of cancer-causing chemicals and sand to complete each fracking job. The process has a proven track record of inducing earthquake-style events and poisoning water supplies. The high pressures involved in forcing this toxic mix of chemical sand water into the earth causes noxious gases and chemicals to seep out and poison the surrounding soil, and only about 50% of the foul fracking fluid can be recovered – the rest is left in the ground. What good are lower council taxes when your drinking water can kill you?
There will be no new subsidies for wind farms and solar arrays.
So much for the “diverse energy market” described above. That leaves four incredibly dirty ways of getting energy and two dangerous ones.
UKIP will abolish green taxes and charges in order to reduce fuel bills.
UKIP will save you money in the short term by destroying the planet in the long term. But hey, if the planet heats up to unbearable highs, you’ll save money on your winter fuel bill!
The scorecard: UKIP has now positioned itself as one of the dirtiest political parties in the UK, environmentally speaking. We already know that it’s teeming with climate change deniers and is funded by energy firms, so it’s no great surprise that this is reflected in their policies. Recall the Great Smog of ’52? UKIP will do their level best to make sure we get another one, no matter what the damn environment says.
Agriculture and Fishing.
By leaving the EU, the UK will leave the Common Agricultural Policy. Outside the EU UKIP will institute a British Single Farm Payment for farms.
The Common Agricultural Policy is a mixed bag so I can’t really say that I oppose or support opting out of it, although it may cause trouble if you want to trade with countries who are still in the EU. Also, why does every UKIP policy have to have “British” in the title somewhere? British tax, British energy, British oxygen, British birds, British woodwork, British Britain. It’s lisp-inducing.
UKIP will let the British parliament vote on GM foods.
That’s fine, but it would be helpful to know if UKIP is for or against GM foods.
UKIP will leave the Common Fisheries Policy and reinstate British territorial waters.
In other words, UKIP will unnecessarily antagonize our closest neighbours and trash our relationships with seafaring nations to make sure we get all the fish. Again, good luck with those new trade agreements while you’re treading on everybody’s toes.
Foreign trawlers would have to apply for and purchase fishing permits to fish British waters when fish stocks have returned to sustainable levels.
Because we own the sea now, you goddamn foreigners!!
Food must be labelled to include the country of origin, method of production, method of slaughter, hormones and any genetic additives.
Food businesses and supermarkets aren’t going to take kindly to that. Country of origin is usually already included on most foods, but genetic additives, hormones and method of slaughter should all be on labels.
UKIP will abolish the export of live animals for slaughter.
Good, but they’re still being slaughtered.
The scorecard: UKIP’s food policies again mistakenly see Britain as some kind of global superpower that can just simply decide what it does and doesn’t own. The truth is that the UK would face enormous opposition if it expanded its territorial claims in order to get more fish, and would probably be the final UKIP nail in our international relations coffin.
Welfare and Childcare.
UKIP opposes the bedroom tax because it operates unfairly, penalising those who are unable to find alternative accommodation and taking insufficient account of the needs of families and the disabled.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Child benefit is only to be paid to children permanently resident in the UK and future child benefit to be limited to the first two children only.
Anti-immigration posturing that will save us barely any money, and anti-benefit posturing that will serve only to put third onwards children in poverty.
UKIP will ensure there is an initial presumption of 50/50 shared parenting in child custody matters and grandparents will be given visitation rights.
Interesting proposals. Rightly or wrongly, custody battles do favour the mothers, but I’d need to see hard evidence for changing that, which UKIP hasn’t provided. Grandparent visitation rights are a nice idea at face value though.
UKIP supports a simplified, streamlined welfare system and a benefit cap.
That sounds just like something David Cameron would say.
The scorecard: Just like Labour, the Tories and to a lesser extent the Lib Dems, UKIP is in favour of capping benefits and cracking down on claimants in one form or another. Here, there is very little variety between UKIP and the establishment parties it supposedly loathes.
We will scrap HS2.
Yes, you’ve said. Good.
UKIP opposes tolls on public roads and will let existing contracts for running toll roads expire.
I’m neither for or against this one because it’s not particularly significant, although road use may go up as a result.
UKIP will maintain pensioner bus passes.
Good. Bus-using pensioners who hate black people are probably your core voter base.
UKIP will require foreign vehicles to purchase a Britdisc, before entry to the UK, in order to contribute to the upkeep of UK roads and any lost fuel duty.
Expect small foreign businesses to protest this, fail, and take their business elsewhere. Expect big foreign businesses to protest this and win.
UKIP will ensure that speed cameras are used as a deterrent and not as a revenue raiser for local authorities.
Those things are not mutually exclusive purposes of speed cameras. What better way to make sure they act as a deterrent than by increasing the fines?
The scorecard: UKIP’s transport policies are largely about getting back to the good old days, with one or two helping hands for those who aren’t uber-rich.
Housing and Planning.
UKIP will protect the Green Belt.
Not much use for green belt land when you’ve fracked the hell out of it though.
Planning rules in the NPPF will be changed to make it easier to build on brownfield sites instead of greenfield sites. Central government is to list the nationally available brownfield sites for development and issue low-interest bonds to enable decontamination.
Towns and cities may experience further strain on their public services if you preserve green belt land to this extent.
Houses on brownfield sites will be exempt from Stamp Duty on first sale and VAT relaxed for redevelopment of brownfield sites.
Stamp Duty is a very small tax on the purchase of your home, and is only really significant for those buying multi-million pound estates. If the home you buy is between £125,001 and £250,000, you pay a whopping 1% on Stamp Duty tax.
Planning Permission for large-scale developments can be overturned by a referendum triggered by the signatures of 5% of the District or Borough electors collected within three months.
Nice idea with democratic elements, but I much prefer a referendum triggered by people who live in the area where the large-scale development is being proposed. Cut out the council middle-men and let the residents decide directly.
The scorecard: For a party that is so hell-bent on destroying the environment as fast as possible, they sure do love green belt land. These policies are largely about creating solutions for problems that don’t have any significant impact on the nation.
Democracy and the Constitution.
UKIP will overcome the unfairness of MPs from devolved nations voting on English-only issues.
In that case Wales, Scotland and NI should expect full devolution in return. What’s the point of having MPs from the three other regions sitting around and waiting for you to finish voting on English-only issues before they can do their job?
UKIP supports the recall of MPs as was originally promised in the Coalition Agreement, whereby 20% of the electorate in a constituency must sign a recall petition within eight weeks. The approval of MPs will not be required to initiate a recall petition.
In principle I agree with this, although I would expand the time you can recall an MP to ‘any time from their election to 6 months before their next election’, but to balance that out, raise the threshold for a recall petition to 60%, since MPs don’t tend to get 50% of the vote and we may end up in a situation where MPs are constantly being hired and fired, limiting Parliament’s efficacy.
UKIP will introduce the Citizens’ Initiative to allow the public to initiate national referendums on issues of major public interest.
Good idea, but I’d limit the number of referendums to 10 per year with a minimum of 1,000,000 signatures needed on a petition to initiate a referendum.
The scorecard: Very much a win for UKIP here, who have expressed their populist roots and promised a great deal of democracy. Ironically, this actually makes them more left-wing than Labour (in this one particular policy area, that is).
Law and Order.
UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
Yes because there’s far too much protection against human rights abuses.
UKIP will reverse the government’s opt-in to EU law and justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. We will replace the EAW with appropriate bi-lateral agreements.
Again, the assumption here is that European countries are going to negotiate fairly with a now-independent nation that no longer has a seat at the EU table. That’s a hefty assumption to make about such an important jurisdictional question.
UKIP will not give prisoners the vote.
That’s your call. I actually believe in universal suffrage, that is, every human being over the age of 16 getting a vote.
UKIP believes that full sentences should be served and this should be taken into account when criminals are convicted and sentenced in court. Parole should be available for good behaviour on a case-by-case basis, not systematically.
Who needs rehabilitation measures when you can just lock people up for a lengthy amount of time? Why bother with re-introducing past offenders into society at all, so long as they serve the amount of time they’re given?
We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals.
I don’t suppose hate crime laws will play a big part in the new constitution, will they? UKIP’s Bill of Rights will be a minimalist interpretation of what people are entitled to as human beings and will only serve those writing it – that is to say, old white straight men and women with grey hair who love Enoch Powell. Re-affirming your commitment to treat prisoners like dirt doesn’t lower crime rates and will probably only result in human rights abuses, since prisoners will most likely be exempt from the new Bill of Rights.
The scorecard: Perhaps UKIP were afraid that all the policies in “Democracy and Constitution” were too liberal, because now we’re met with harsh draconian law and order policies that probably even make Theresa May shudder.
UKIP recognises and values an overarching, unifying British culture, which is open and inclusive to anyone who wishes to identify with Britain and British values, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.
UKIP recognizes that everybody wants to be just like us, and if they don’t well fuck ’em they’re probably Commies anyway. British Britain for Brits who love British Britain’s Britishness. Say that ten times in front of the mirror and Nigel Farage appears behind you wearing an off-yellow coloured tweed jacket.
Official documents will be published in English and, where appropriate Welsh and Scots Gaelic.
Official documents won’t be accessible to anybody who doesn’t speak English, Welsh or Gaelic as their first language. Take that you bloody foreigners!
UKIP will ensure that the law is rigorously enforced in relation to ‘cultural’ practices which are illegal in Britain, such as forced marriages, FGM and so-called ‘honour killings’.
Good. I have to say though, it’s a shame you’re probably doing this to increase Islamophobic sentiment, not out of a genuine concern for female welfare.
We will review the BBC Licence Fee with a view to its reduction. Prosecution of non-payments of the Licence Fee would be taken out of the criminal sphere and made a civil offence.
Good. The BBC behaves like a criminal gang where licence fees are concerned.
UKIP will amend the smoking ban to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms properly ventilated and separated from non-smoking areas.
What an expensive waste of time. What kind of pub has the money to build a separately ventilated room, presumably with an air-lock connecting it to the main building? You wanna smoke, you go outside.
UKIP opposes ‘plain paper packaging’ for tobacco products and minimum pricing of alcohol.
I also oppose plain paper packaging for tobacco products but I support minimum pricing of alcohol.
The scorecard: In a starkly Orwellian move, UKIP’s culture policies are about bringing people together by dividing them. No mention is made of the positive contribution that other cultures can make. No mention is made of the shared values or ethics that we have with other cultures. It’s all blind patriotism and arrogance with a quick “we don’t hate other ethnicities” disclaimer thrown in for good measure.
Jobs – “Employment and Small Businesses”
Businesses should be able to discriminate in favour of young British workers.
Any manifesto which positively uses the word “discriminate” should be approached with extreme caution.
Repeal the Agency Workers Directive.
To make sure Agency workers aren’t guaranteed a minimum wage, health and safety, freedom from discrimination, and paid annual leave. Yeah, take that Agency workers!!
Conduct a skills review to better inform our education system and qualifications.
Never in my life have I seen a manifesto policy that is so devoid of meaning it says nothing at all.
Encourage councils to provide more free parking for the high street.
Another expensive waste of time.
Simplify planning regulations and licences for empty commercial property vacant for over a year.
Why? Who does this benefit? Is this a national issue? Number of expensive wastes of time included in this manifesto? Four.
Extend the right of appeal for micro businesses against HMRC action.
More detail is needed before I could comment on whether there’s a point to this.
The scorecard: Many small business owners may be attracted to a party that allows them to discriminate, while others may be turned off by a party that hasn’t got a clue what to do with small businesses.
The overall scorecard:
“Excellent” policy groups: Democracy and the Constitution (1/17)
“Good” policy groups: Housing & Planning (1/17)
“Questionable or Mixed Bag” policy groups: NHS, Transport (2/17)
“Bad” policy groups: The Economy at Home, Debt, Defense, Foreign Aid, Agriculture & Fishing, Welfare & Childcare, Culture (7/17)
“Awful” policy groups: The Economy Abroad, Education, Immigration, Energy, Law & Order, Employment & Small Businesses (6/17)