Batten: What type of party is UKIP?

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What type of party is UKIP?

By Gerard Batten MEP – Leader of UKIP

Since being saved from near destruction in February – UKIP’s fortunes have been rising: membership is growing markedly locally and nationally, substantial donations are coming in, and we have gone from 1%-2% in the polls to around 7%-8% nationally. Once again UKIP threatens the political status quo.

Our political and ideological opponents have not failed to notice.  The ‘UKIP is dead’ narrative has had to be updated. The new narrative being pushed is that under my leadership UKIP is being taken to the ‘far-right’ or the ‘hard-right’.

What these terms actually mean is not explained.  As far as one can gather –  this is anyone who is not in line with the accepted politically-correct, culturally-Marxist consensus. That is hardly what most people would understand by those terms.

The labelling is of course just used to shut down comment and chill debate on subjects that are not supposed to be mentioned or debated. So, what do I and UKIP actually stand for? I’ll tell you.

I have been involved in UKIP since the day it was founded –  25 years ago.  My motivations are the same as everyone in UKIP. They are as follows:

I want to live in a United Kingdom that is a free, sovereign, independent, democratic nation.  Outside the EU – I want to live in a UK where we work  to grow and strengthen the bonds of our historic Union.

I don’t want to live in a nation where our laws are made somewhere else. Which is why, as part of UKIP, I have campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.  I want to live under laws made by our own democratically elected Parliament, led by a government elected by the British people and answerable to the people through the ballot box.   I want to live in a UK governed under our own statute and Common Law – not in a nation governed by Rules, Regulations and Directives from a foreign power.

I want to live in a United Kingdom that has restored its traditional liberties and freedoms. For example: The freedom from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment – liberties now set aside under such EU legal instruments as the European Arrest Warrant.

I would like to live in a nation that restores the best of our British legal and political traditions and uses them protect our own people; while moving forward to embrace global trade, friendship and co-operation with all the nations of the World, where it is in our national interest.

I want to live in a country where we have free speech and can talk about ideas, ideologies and practices – without fear of infringing so-called ‘hate-speech’ laws and a visit from the thought-police.

Apparently, if you want any of these things –  it now makes you ‘hard-right’ – at least as designated by some of our political opponents and some in the mainstream media.   And of course, if you dare to speak out about the Dark Age ideology rapidly gaining ground in Britain –  then you will certainly be called uncomplimentary names.

The many thousands of people who have joined and worked for UKIP in the past 25 years across the United Kingdom, and the many thousands who will join in the coming months and years, all believe in the things above.  The fact that we are being labelled means that we are once again making progress.
Far from being ‘done’ as certain naysayers have commented, UKIP’s job in all corners of this nation has only just begun.
 

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Notes:

-3200 members joined UKIP nationally last month, marginally more than joined the previous month. The surge in membership shows no signs of abating
-In line with the national growth; UKIP in Northern Ireland has just had its most successful month of recruitment in approaching three years.
-A 33% Rise in local Membership in four weeks.

-Ten members have joined the local branch so far this week and further applications are being processed by HQ now. 
-We will be fielding candidates across NI in the Council Elections next year.
-We have several new events on the horizon and some news coming soon.
-We held a successful and packed event with Gerard Batten in Belfast on the 25th September. This event was essentially a relaunch of UKIP in Northern Ireland and a new policy document will be made available soon.  (Gerard will be returning for another visit soon. Several new members, and some former local candidates have joined back up as a result of this event.)