Sunday, 23 September 2018

September Branch Meeting

The meeting was held on the evening of Monday the 17th and it was encouraging to see that there were six new members present at the meeting.

Gill Bailey chaired the meeting and provided feedback on a visit to Rushmoor Council which was made by several members. One item of news is that The Elles Hall building (where we meet) will be closing at the end of the year. The council does have plans for a new centre although the timescale for this is unclear.

The lack of progress on Brexit and what we can do locally to help was discussed. Gill had been to a meeting with Gerard Batten and he emphasised that money, votes and membership are the things to matter to politicians. They do not see anything else as a threat. So building up UKIP's funds, voteshare and members are the main way to put pressure on our MPs. The mess caused by the proposed Chequers deal is making voters more receptive to UKIP again.

To make people aware of what UKIP is doing, it is planned to distribute "The Outpost" newspaper locally. This is produced by UKIP's Surrey branch but is broadly relevant to the area. Some other leafleting is also intended.

There was a long discussion about Tommy Robinson and whether or not he should be allowed to join UKIP as a member. It is fair to say that the meeting was split on this with some enthusiastic that he should join and others determined that he should not.

However everyone did agree that the cake which appeared with the cups of tea, was very good.

Ken McNair

PS: In the event the UKIP conference, which was held the following weekend, did not debate a motion about Tommy Robinson's membership. Perhaps we should have avoided the topic after all.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

UKIP Website

UKIP have reworked their website and the results look not bad at all. You can see the results at this link: https://www.ukip.org/

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Brexit means Brexit (or not as the case may be)
- a letter to Leo Docherty MP

Dear Leo

Firstly let me take the opportunity to thank you for your recent efforts to campaign for fairer legal treatment for servicemen past and present. I know how important this is to many in the local area.

I shall admit up front that I am a member of UKIP and I hope you will not hold that against me too much.

Until last Friday the Prime Minister had maintained a consistent (if somewhat ambiguous) platform in regards to Brexit. She campaigned to be the leader of your party. She set out a programme as Prime Minister. She then campaigned in a General Election. Throughout this period she said that we would leave the single market, that we would leave the customs union, that there would be an end to freedom of movement and that "Brexit would mean Brexit". Her mandate to govern is based on what she has promised the nation during the last two years.

However, last week the Prime Minister announced a harmonised common rulebook, a facilitated customs agreement and a mobility framework. It takes little analysis to uncover that these are in fact the single market, the customs union and freedom of movement. Brexit now means tweaking a few rules and carrying on as before.

I am tempted to think that Theresa May is a devious machiavellian schemer. In the aftermath of the referendum did she hatch a plan to promise Brexit and then reverse course when it would be too late for anyone to object? On reflection I fear the truth is that she is unable to make any decisions for herself and is entirely reliant on whichever of her advisers has spoken to her most recently. Whichever may be true, you can not allow this woman to remain in power at such a critical time for the nation.

Let me be blunt, if the Conservative party wishes to remain in power then it must retain the confidence of the voters. If the voters believe that the Conservative party has been intentionally disingenuous with its promises, or that it lacks the commitment to implement its strategy, then it will be a long time before it wins another election. I am unclear why the Conservatives would want to implement a plan to revive the electoral fortunes of UKIP but it seems that the leader of your party is doing just that. Indeed as I am writing this to you, an e-mail has arrived from Gerard Batten saying that UKIP membership is growing by 1000 a week and that our poll ratings are starting to recover.

I will be happy to see UKIP doing well but I will be even happier if you take this opportunity away from us and do what is right for the nation. I think the first step must be to elect a new leader for your party.

yours sincerely

Ken McNair

Friday, 11 May 2018

Petition for a referendum on the abolition of the Lords

The House of Lords has now inflicted 14 defeats on the Government's Brexit bill. Some of these defeats are trying to reverse the fundamental objectives of Brexit rather than to clarify the finer points of the bill. In other words the House of Lords is not carrying out its role as a 'revising chamber' but is attempting to define policy. We think it is time to remind their Lordships who pays their expenses. So why not sign the petition at the following link: Petition to abolish Lords

Friday, 4 May 2018

Election Results

Thanks to everyone who voted for UKIP at the local elections. In West Heath Chris Harding got 464 votes. In Cove and Southwood Jenny Parsons got 142 votes. In Blackwater and Hawley Mike Gascoigne got 86 votes. Unfortunately, this time round, this was not enough to return any UKIP councillors.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Local Elections on Thursday 3rd May

Dont forget to vote in the local elections. The polling stations will be open from 7:00 in the morning till 10:00 at night.

In case you dont know where your polling station is, Rushmoor Borough Council have a guide here: WWW.Rushmoor.gov.uk-useyourvotetoday

Friday, 27 April 2018

Local Election Manifesto

With the local elections fast approaching on the Third of May, UKIP have published a national manifesto. You can find this at the following link: UKIP Local Election Manifesto 2018

On this blog we have also posted statements from all of our candidates standing in Rushmoor, which set out what they see as their priorities and you can find them in the postings below.