So what do UKIP actually stand for?
So UKIP have won about 25% of the vote in the local council elections and took second place in yesterday’s by-election, but do they stand for anything beyond “Lets’ get out of the EU!” The short answer is, “No, not really,” but let’s actually take a look at some of their policies, which can be roughly summarised as, “We don’t like those awful foreign people and we’re not too keen on the gays either, also let’s not pay tax, eh?”
I went on their website and looked through their policies, and here’s a rough guide to UKIP, the “acceptable” face of the far right in the UK:
Scrap the Ministry of Defence (yes, really) and replace it was a new “streamlined” ministry while spending a lot more money on everything, more guns, bombs, planes, tanks, etc.
While UKIP state that their Immigration Policy is “currently undergoing a review and update,” they do say that they will put a stop to ALL immigration for five years (yes, really) and after that there’d be a strict cap on immigration (by which time, presumably, all of the UK businesses who currently rely on employing immigrants would have shut down). They also say they would withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Convention on Refugees, because fuck people and their rights. We should be able to oppress whoever we want to oppress, right? We’d need to leave the EU to be able to do any of this.
Food, Farming and the Countryside
Unsurprisingly, UKIPs policy here can be summarised as “leave the EU and magically everything will be good.” But, in more detail, despite that they somehow want to make sure that farmers don’t immediately lose their subsidies from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. I’m not quite sure how they expect that to work…if we leave the EU then the subisides will stop, so presumably that money would have to come direct from the UK Government instead. They also want to support GM foods research while simultaneously opposing the production of GM foods…cognitive dissonance much? And, finally, labels…labels on foods telling you lots of things about them…sounds like the sort of thing they complain about the EU doing.
Look…UKIPs tax policy is here - http://www.ukip.org/content/ukip-policies/2993-ukip-tax-proposal and it is so laughably absurd that I can’t be bothered explaining it (and neither, it would seem, can they, really…). It basically boils down to, “Tax is bad, let’s not have any of that.”
Same sex Marriage
Gay people are icky. I’m summarising here.
Basically not all that different from the Tories, they effectively plan to privatise the NHS. There is, also, a mention of not offering treatment to any dirty foreigners who dare to come to the UK and fall ill.
Climate change is a myth. More nuclear power stations! Fracking! Nuclear! Coal! What overwhelming evidence for climate change? La la la, we can’t hear you!
So, you know…don’t vote UKIP…not even as a protest vote.
10 lies we're told about welfare
Comedian Rick Tomlinson writes:
Welfare reform, my arse. Has Jim Royle parked his chair, feet up, telly on, in the corridors between the Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions? Employing him as adviser can be the only explanation for the utter rubbish that boils forth from this government on welfare.
Who else could have dreamed up the bedroom tax, a policy so stupid it forces people to leave their homes and drag themselves around the country in search of nonexistent one-bedroom flats?
That one has to be the result of too many hours in front of Jeremy Kyle (no offence) with the heating on full and a can of super-strength lager. It seems as if that is how this government views ordinary people: feckless and useless – poor, because they brought it on themselves, deliberately.
Maybe the cabinet is confused. Twenty-three millionaires in the one room can get like that. But do you know what, enough. Let’s call this government’s welfare policy what it is – wrong, nasty and dishonest.
Off the top of my head, I can list 10 porkies they are spinning to justify the latest stage of their attack on our 70-year-old welfare state.
1. Benefits are too generous
Really? Could you live on £53 a week as Iain Duncan Smith is claiming he could if he had to? Then imagine handing back 14% of this because the government deems you have a “spare room”. Could you find the money to pay towards council tax and still afford to eat at the end of the week?
2. Benefits are going up
They’re not. A 1% “uprating” cap is really a cut. Inflation is at least 2.7% . Essentials like food, fuel and transport are all up by at least that, in many cases far more. Benefits are quickly falling behind the cost of living.
3. Jobs are out there, if people look
Where? Unemployment rose last month and is at 2.5 million, with one million youngsters out of work. When Costa Coffee advertised eight jobs, 1,701 applied.
4. The bedroom tax won’t hit army families or foster carers
Yes it will. Perhaps most cruel of all, the tax will not apply to foster families who look after one kid. If you foster siblings, then tough. But these kids are often the hardest to place. Thanks to George Osborne and IDS, their chances just got worse. And even if your son or daughter is in barracks in Afghanistan, then don’t expect peace of mind as the government still has to come clean on plans for their bedroom.
5. Social tenants can downsize
Really, where? Councils sold their properties – and Osborne wants them to sell what’s left. Housing associations built for families. In Hull, there are 5,500 people told to chase 70 one-bedroom properties.
6. Housing benefit is the problem
7. Claimants are pulling a fast one
No. Less than 1% of the welfare budget is lost to fraud. But tax avoidance and evasion is estimated to run to £120bn.
8. It’s those teenage single mums
9. We’re doing this for the next generation
No you’re not. The government’s admitted at least 200,000 more children will be pushed deeper into poverty because of the welfare changes.
10. Welfare reforms are just about benefit cuts
Wrong. The attack on our welfare state is hitting a whole range of services – privatising the NHS, winding up legal aid for people in debt and closing SureStart centres and libraries. All this will make life poorer for every community.
Some call these myths. I call them lies. We are being told lies about who caused this crisis and lied to about the best way out of it. But I know one thing to be true: this government’s polices will make millions of people poorer and more afraid. To do that when you do not have to, when there are other options, is obscene. That’s why I’m backing union Unite’s OurWelfareWorks campaign in its efforts to help highlight the truth about our welfare state.
Take action against mandatory anti-choice "counseling" services for people seeking abortions in the UK. Please reblog & spread the word.
I just sent (another) email to my MP calling on them to oppose new restrictions to abortion access if they are debated at the at Report Stage of the Health and Social Care Bill on 6-7th September.If you’re from the UK please take the time to do the same. All you have to do is visit this site and put in your postcode, there is a model letter that you can edit and the website automatically picks out your MP’s email adress.
This is vitally important.
If you’re not from the UK please reblog and otherwise highlight this issue.