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What motivates the leaders of the United Kingdom Independence Party?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 

Frederick Forsyth's Referendum Push

I have just finished reading the speech recently given to the Bruges Group, which may be read in full from this link.

The idea of pressurising Cameron's conservatives into accepting a commitment to an EU referendum within twelve months of being elected and thus compelling New Labour to follow suit seems to require either party being considered electable in other respects. Watching unfolding events, including Cameron's feeble attack on the government upon his return from Corfu, I am seriously beginning to question whether that can be really taken for granted.

I can imagine the Lib/Dems possibly under a younger leader soon nudging ahead, the legacy of the most recent Tory and Labour administrations now demonstrably having passed far beyond straightforward negilgence or the previously assumed total incompetence.

Surely even the supine British electorate mentioned by Mr Forsyth, must soon begin to twig that the leaderships of both the main parties are directly reponsible for mismanagement on such a grand scale that the continuing smooth running of even the most basic elements of a civilised society are now being thrown into question. The suspension of prison warders at Pentonville and consequent reduction of inmates is but one less publicised of recent fiascos underlining the terrorist headlines and resulting airport chaos.

Readers of this blog might appreciate my highlighting the reference to UKIP from the following question session, which was as follows:

I think UKIP could be an umbrella generating support for the referendum that you suggested. What do you think?

UKIP has not won one single parliamentary seat. They continually lose all their deposits and the cost of that is very high. I do not see Mr Farage as our Prime Minister in Downing Street. Therefore he is not an APR, he is not an achievable political reality, his premiership is not going to happen. Neither is that of Menzies Campbell. And therefore I do not see the point of wooing. We know what the position of UKIP will be. It will be wholly in favour of BOO, which it is, and, I hope, wholly in favour of a referendum and every ally is welcome. I do not think it will be the target of the referendum campaign because I do not think they will be in a position to grant us a referendum. Only two parties I think in my lifetime will be able to grant a national referendum at the moment. One is headed by Gordon Brown and the other is headed by David Cameron. Some changes are going to have to be made.

posted by Martin |3:41 PM
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