Thursday, November 29, 2012

Today, all freedom-loving people are UKIP

If His Grace were resident in Rotherham, today he would vote UKIP. Not because he agrees with all of their policies (see here); not because they’re more intuitive conservatives (see here); and certainly not because they’re necessarily any nicer than Conservatives (indeed, there are utterly repugnant people in both parties, for in politics it rains on both the unrighteous and the even less righteous).

No, today His Grace would break with his life-long political allegiance because Rotherham has become a microcosm of overbearing statist bureaucracy, illiberal interventionism and egregious political correctness. When a local authority presumes to remove vulnerable foster children from two loving parents solely on the basis that those parents are members of UKIP, all freedom-loving people everywhere must realise that we are all UKIP, or we are all in chains.

Nigel Farage has his faults and detractors, but no-one can doubt the fact that he has steered his ship to double-digit delight in many opinion polls, often surpassing the approval ratings of Nick Clegg and the ‘official’ third party in UK politics. This high tide of support is overwhelmingly coming from despondent Conservatives, who ae slowly waking up to the fact that David Cameron is actually more Social Democrat than Conservative; more third-way Blairite than convicted Thatcherite; and, for all the glorious rhetoric, just as Europhile as the most enthusiastic of his prime ministerial predecessors.

If UKIP were to develop anything like the LibDem machine of local activism, focusing on community priorities to take seats in local government, they would be well on the way to winning seats in Parliament. But they don’t think strategically: their scatter-gun approach is damaging the Eurosceptic cause just as much as Cameron’s obsession with ‘modernisation’ and ‘detoxification’ are clouding conservatism and alienating Conservatives by the thousand. Apparently, even if it were to be offered, there will be no election 'pact' with the Conservatives until Cameron has apologised and been replaced as party leader. How are such dogmatic ultimata in the national interest?

Nigel Farage’s decision to stand in Buckingham against Speaker Bercow was more theatre than politics. And his show was a flop, especially considering the number of (former) fishing constituencies which are crying out for a concerted UKIP campaign tour around their decimated/eradicated industries. With the right candidate, UKIP could win there. But they have neither strategist nor strategy: there is no UKIP Lynton Crosby, as there is no dedicated core of local activists with the time, means or tenacity to think and plan patiently in long years rather than simply entertain over a few ephemeral weeks.

Recent by-election polling has been encouraging, but a loss is still a loss: a national electoral breakthrough remains something of a distant dream. Or perhaps not too distant, for 2014 sees the next round of Euro elections and, this being the only election when people are thinking about ‘Europe’ more than health, education, the economy, law and order and immigration, UKIP might well top the poll. In 2009, they came second to the Conservatives, so it’s not at all inconceivable, especially if they were to become the repository of those thousands of protest votes which traditionally went to the LibDems. The death of the yellow parrot may be good news for the purple meerkat.

So, to Rotherham, and today’s parliamentary by-election. It has been safe Labour territory since 1933, and the shame of Denis MacShane would not ordinarily have been sufficient to wrest the seat from whichever donkey-with-a-red-rosette was selected to stand there. But the UKIP fostering row has changed the perception of Labour in its white, working class heartlands, which are already grumbling about the rising number of Eastern Europeans taking their houses, jobs, dentist appointments and school places. And people don’t like an officious council bully, especially when children are involved. Where two or three are gathered together in political disaffection, there is UKIP in the midst of them. The electorate might even now prefer a crank, gadfly, fruitcake, loony or closet racist to any of the bland, uniform ‘mainstream’ candidates.

Did His Grace say ‘mainstream’? Ah, the real ‘third force in British politics’ has at last been recognised by inter alia Michael Gove, who has done more in a weekend to detoxify UKIP than David Cameron has managed in seven years with his own party. It is no longer sad, mad or bad to oppose mass immigration, reject multiculturalism or insist that marriage is heterosexual. It is no longer bigoted or backward to demand racial integration, selective education or low taxation. It is no longer extreme to wave the union jack, criticise the burqa or express a desire to leave the European Union. After the Olympic flag-waving fervour of this past summer, the people’s consciousness of sovereignty has resurfaced; patriotism has gone mainstream; nationalism is reasserting a political identity.

UKIP may profess a muddled libertarian philosophy, but their politics are increasingly coherently conservative. And no other ‘mainstream’ party is defending the liberty of the individual and freedom from the state. On the contrary, we appear to have a Conservative/LibDem coalition which is about to propose state regulation of the press. Enough of this. Today, in Rotherham, His Grace would vote UKIP.


Blogger Span Ows said...

Good stuff. I still think the council dimwits are probably more keen to split the 'racist' vote. BNP got 10% last time round (when Conservatives and Lib DEMs only got 16% each). I think Labour, to lose this seat, will have to be unimaginably bad...oh.

29 November 2012 at 09:42  
Blogger Tommy said...

I'm from Gods favourite County in England ( Durham of course ) and I'm voting UKIP. However when we are out of Europe England needs to get out of Britain,

29 November 2012 at 10:09  
Blogger bluedog said...

Well and bravely said, Your Grace. The sand and sandals epic caption picture had your communicant thinking; 'There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.'

Is Rotheram the flood tide for UKIP? It seems possible, and if the party can win the confidence of the working class with sensible local candidates, a remarkable transformation in British politics may be in the offing.

UKIP has famously been portrayed a as a party for disaffected Tories, but what if UKIP now proves to be the party of choice for the equally alienated Labour voter? As your communicant frequently says, the High Tories and the working class have more in common than either are able to admit, and UKIP may unite them.

If Dave ever thought he was going to win the next election on the back of aspirational working class votes, according to the Lynton Crosby play-book, his dreams may be shattered tonight.

Your communicant feels that Dave will go down in the record of British politics as a remarkable failure. In 2010 he was presented with an open goal after the George Brown debacle, but he failed to win an outright majority. Since then, Dave has destroyed the membership of his own party and seen his vote plummet.

On the other hand Nigel Farage, whom Dave would regard as a social and intellectual inferior, has out-manoeuvred Cameron at every turn.

It seems very likely that the third way is UKIP.

29 November 2012 at 10:12  
Blogger Jon said...

Oh God. Just wait till the Inspector sees...

Leaving aside their tactical naivete, and their bizarrely anti-libertarian social policies (see Alex Massie in the Spectator), they have a lot of uncosted promises which will cost the working classes money and save tax for the rich. Now, I'm all for saving taxes for the rich on a personal level, but to expect Labour to lie down and not point out that flat taxes mean higher taxes if you're poor is a bit much, surely? Even Miliband can join those dots....

29 November 2012 at 10:22  
Blogger Preacher said...

Well said Dr Cranmer, Spoken like a true Englishman & a real Conservative (unlike some who sport the Blue flag).
Get your heads out of the sands of time Rotherham & strike a blow for England that will sound the death knell of politicians that think they know better than the people who elected them & pay them. Who promise the Earth to gain power, then break all their promises & lie through their teeth.
To quote a line from another classic film, Rotherham, cry "Freedom!".

29 November 2012 at 10:37  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

One of the problems for UKIP at local level is their name.
People say "Yes, I agree with getting out of Europe", but that's nothing to do with local politics.
Somehow the party has got to change the image of "Independence" to not only independence from Europe, but independence from unnecessary government and council interference, which were once Tory policies.

29 November 2012 at 10:44  
Blogger IanCad said...

Terrific post YG,

Now, let's cut to the chase.

Who is the best man to replace Cameron?

David Davis??

29 November 2012 at 10:49  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Concisely put, but you would wonder about UKIP if you were to believe Mathew D'Ancona in the Evening Standard yesterday, Wednesday. "UKIP is a state of mind, not a Party".
How do these idiots get to write such rubbish. He suggests that the social services might have been right over the foster children. God help all free thinking people.

29 November 2012 at 12:13  
Blogger John Henson said...

Matthew D'Ancona ... "UKIP is a state of mind, not a Party"

You've got to be a fellow of All Souls to write tosh like that

29 November 2012 at 12:22  
Blogger Ahab`s Leg said...

In the 1960s the SNP was a joke party supported mainly by a few kilt wearing caber tossing loonies. It might not achieve its goal in 2014 but it has changed Scottish politics for the foreseeable future. There is no doubt that given time and the right people at its head UKIP could also bring about a similar major change in England.

29 November 2012 at 12:38  
Blogger Marcus Foxall said...

I knew and predicted - I think a few of us here did - that we would one day see these words from HG. Yes,it's qualified within the context of a single by-election , but I think the cracks have appeared and will only get bigger.

29 November 2012 at 12:55  
Blogger Unheard Melodies said...

Just in case your penultimate para be misunderstood, Michael Gove does not "insist that marriage is heterosexual". Exactly the opposite, in fact.

29 November 2012 at 12:56  
Blogger John Knox's lovechild said...

English nationalism on the march, eh.

Alex Salmond will be loving this.

29 November 2012 at 13:07  
Blogger Dole Finger said...

UKIP and the BNP should merge for glorious future of Britain.

The BNUKIP will crush all before it!

29 November 2012 at 13:22  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

UKIP doesn't want the BNP to join us, we are not racialists. But the more reasonable and fair minded of the people who have voted BNP as a desperate protest against the liberal elite who ignore their concerns about uncontrolled mass immigration will, if they have any sense, vote UKIP today.

29 November 2012 at 15:25  
Blogger IanCad said...

Jon @ 10:22,

Thanks for The Spectator heads up.

It will take very little for UKIP to descend into Populism.
Farage showed his colours during the London riots.
The temptation to play to the crowd will be too much to resist.

We must get new leadership in the Conservative Party.
Someone who can articulate a platform based on traditional liberty and respect for established constitutional practice.
And that means no referendum on anything.

29 November 2012 at 16:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is no longer extreme to wave the union jack, criticise the burqa or express a desire to leave the European Union"

Was it ever

29 November 2012 at 18:06  
Blogger Lord AnonymousInBelfast said...


I read that piece in the Speccie too - the only criticism I'd make is that Massie conflates Liberalism with Libertarianism rather too freely, so that much of what he critiques as "un-Libertarian" is really "un-Liberal". UKIP is Libertarian more in line with Guido Fawkes, and possibly Ron Paul, than it is classically Liberal (in fact, I'd agree with Massie that it's not at all Liberal, except possibly on free trade).

The flat taxes one very much depends on how you measure tax burden. It means that a greater proportion of an individual's wealth is taken if they earn less - but in fact, the opposite is true overall. The flatter the taxation, the more the richest account for the tax burden.

This is universally the case. In every country in the G48 with progressive taxation, the ratio of percentage of GDP taken to percentage of tax payed overall is far far worse. In almost all socially democratic countries, the rich collectively contribute a smaller share of the tax burden than they take of GDP. The two countries with the best ratio in those terms (i.e. the rich contribute a greater percentage share of tax than they take of the GDP) are the UK and the USA.

Quite obviously, countries like Sweden are not collapsing in flames - so I don't make it out to be a kind of apocalyptic choice - but it is quite simply the case that flatter taxes almost always result in the collective burden being shifted towards the higher end, even though as individuals they will be taking home a greater amount of their gross income.

If you want progressive tax, it is simply a fact that the burden is carried by the middle income earners. People like yourself, I suspect. That's fine - so long as you're made aware of that, but I rather take issue with what seems to me the fundamental deception behind the "tax the rich" rhetoric.

Tax the rich, and chances are, the ordinary worker, and of course the TU rank and file, will end up carrying the buck.

29 November 2012 at 18:57  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace

All right minded people who are free are UKIP today. We await the count with double interest.

An observation from the Inspector. It has always appeared to him that our mainstream politicians have always ‘represented’ the people’s wishes by imagining them to hold and adhere to politicians own standards and trendy liberal ideas. These are invariably a nice house, two or three children often privately educated , dinner parties on a Saturday, when not at the theatre. When discussing migration and for example, the astonishing sight of a struggling maternity unit nearly full with Poles, blacks and sub continent types, a few nodding heads and knowing words, and talk of ‘more resources’. That’s it.

Well, won’t go on, old chap, though plenty more sentiment like that, don’t you know. But one final thought. UKIP have been gifted a magnificent platform. They should be able to turn themselves into the recognisable party that puts the residents of this country first. A country, England, that is FULL UP. Everyone, and that means the electorate, know that foreigners come here to live off the fruits of a successful economy and the comfort of a welfare state. The electorate will applaud any politician who is prepared to say “Sorry, we are now closed to immigration. The future of our own must come first”.

29 November 2012 at 19:13  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Jon. The spendthrift party are the socialists. From this we can deduce that as you slide from the left to right, state spending reduces accordingly and so does the tax burden. It is a law, not a theory. It works that way EVERY time.

UKIP will actually reduce taxes. Once the EU people are sent home, and the world’s piss poor flown back, we won’t have to carry so much dead weight. The English out of work can do the jobs the foreigners vacate. It’s either that or the soup kitchen. You see, the benefits party is nearly over, and some people are going to do what they, and possibly their parents never had to. Get up in the morning and leave the house, whether it be wind or rain or shine out there.

The very idea is likely to cause those ‘resting from the burden of work’ apoplexy, but after counselling, they will cope…

heh heh

29 November 2012 at 19:14  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"The English out of work can do the jobs the foreigners vacate"
And if all the English who live abroad are sent packing?
How are you going to create a million jobs?

30 November 2012 at 05:15  
Blogger Manfarang said...

In the cold light of day this morning I think many people will want to vote-with their feet.
In the last two years more and more are heading abroad to live and work.

30 November 2012 at 07:36  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Results now in ....
UKIP came second in one poll & 3rd in another ......
Some people in the "main" parties are going to need changes of underwear, real soon now!


30 November 2012 at 08:55  
Blogger John Knox's lovechild said...

So Labour won easily.

UKIP is a big noise about nothing much and come a General Election it will be business as usual.

30 November 2012 at 10:38  
Blogger Dave said...

Labour didn't win easily. The vote for the parties of the right was significant. In my youth there was no right in South Yorkshire. There is now. Labour wil be very afraid. Respect will continue to draw on the muslim vote and the unrepentant cultural Marxism of all the lilabcon will continue unabated. With very little money the English Democrats were very near to producing a small 'c' conservative anti eu, common sense view to regional policing.

There will be change - soon.

30 November 2012 at 12:20  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Cultural Marxism? The Communist in Croydon North got 110 votes.
In my youth the Communist Party of Great Britain was the fourth party.

30 November 2012 at 13:29  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Manfarang dear fellow. An Englishman abroad is a prized commodity in that country. The very idea of being ‘sent packing’ indeed. However, economic refugees and asylum nuisances in the UK are not prized commodities. The very opposite, in fact.

Really, a fellow does wonder about you sometimes…

30 November 2012 at 17:41  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Dave mentioning Respect has minded the Inspector to update himself on that crowd. Courtesy Wiki…

The coalition has the support of:

Members of the Muslim Association of Britain and Muslim Council of Britain.

The Socialist Unity Network.

The Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) RCPB(ML).

Rather like someone has knocked a bin over, and all the rubbish is strewn everywhere. An absolute shower, what !

But wait, it was worse… “Before the 2007 split, it included the Socialist Workers Party.”

Its leadership appears Islamic, and indeed it seems to be putting itself forward as the muslims party. One produces a wry smile imaging the lefties and the Islamists shaking hands and getting on like the proverbial house on fire, as one muslim says to another, smiling in front of the commies, in their own language of course, “How much longer are we to tolerate the presence of these infidel unbelieving dogs”

Ah, the stuff of wondrous amusement and personal delight, don’t you think ?

Chars !

30 November 2012 at 17:43  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

It just gets better…

“Respect has been accused of abandoning some traditional liberal-social issues, including women's rights, abortion, gay rights and fighting homophobia in order to attract Muslim support.[66] While Respect included opposition to discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation in its founding declaration,[67] critics claim Galloway has tended to avoid Commons votes involving equal rights for gay people”

And better…

“Respect's second largest single financial donor, Dr Mohammad Naseem,[70] was accused in an article by Peter Tatchell of being homophobic due to his senior position in the Islamic Party of Britain,[71] which he claimed advocated the "banning of gay organisations" and the "execution of homosexuals".[

Now really Inspector, it would be quite unbecoming of you to spend the entire evening laughing your head off. Come on old man, shape up. Think ‘drowning kittens’. There - that’s more like it. Er, by the way, haven’t you got anything better to do than hovver over this contraption all night ?

hic !

30 November 2012 at 17:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm Submiticus!" Oooh, somthin's just popped up in it's place. Kiss it and make it better. KISS IT AND MAKE IT BETTER.

This seems to be the trend.

30 November 2012 at 18:00  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

UKIP still didn't win Rotherham. It has still never won a seat anywhere. Labour's share of the vote went up. The real story is that a party with five Cabinet Ministers came eighth. Quite who the six between it and the winner were is pretty much academic.

Yet, to take only one among many examples, since the General Election, Farage has been Question Time more often than anyone else apart from Vince Cable, who is a Cabinet Minister. Farage has been on more than all trade union leaders, with six million members, put together! Paul Nuttall has also been on twice. Not bad for never having won a seat.

The BNP beat Respect by only 26 votes. If either a win or a lost deposit had been involved, then that would have meant several recounts. As for postal votes, they are mostly old white people voting as they have always done. Yes, in Rotherham, that means Labour. What of it?

30 November 2012 at 20:33  
Blogger John Magee said...


I know this is old stuff but the Marxist's have gone mainstream since the 1930's when they had control of some unions and a few "kooks" were on their side at our finest colleges and universities. Not to mention a handful of our Christian clergy who lived comfortable lives in Western Europe, the UK, and the USA who played at being reds. Instead of being on the fringe at our universities they now dominate there as well the media. No need for the Communist Party to exist any longer by that name. It's the left wing establishment today in your country and mine too.

There's even one in the White House in Washington.

30 November 2012 at 20:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UKIP result was excellent for those who would sooner dump the system

Other corrective methods are commonly known

1 December 2012 at 01:16  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"Manfarang dear fellow. An Englishman abroad is a prized commodity in that country. The very idea of being ‘sent packing’ indeed."
Oh yes. In South Africa?

1 December 2012 at 11:55  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Manfarang. South Africa’s relative success comes from the white community there. If you have been following the Inspector’s posts over time, you should have learnt that the white presence in Africa is preventing the place descending into total chaos and depravity.

By the way, Jo’berg used to be described as the murder capital of the world. Probably still is, it just that it’s no longer news. What a damnable ‘achievement’ !

1 December 2012 at 12:12  
Blogger John Magee said...


Don't forget South Africa also has the highest percentage of rapes per capita for any country in the world.

It's enough to make one cry thinking about how South Africa and Rhodesia have been turned into cess pools by the natives.

Today's Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa, is a catastrophe Western liberals don't want to talk about.

I'm sure Archbishop Tutu manages to live in great style though.

Progressive Uganda is in the processing of passing anti homosexual laws as a 2012 Christmas treat for it's gay population. The death penalty for gays has reportedly been removed from this bill. Uganda's parliament divides homosexual behavior into two categories: "aggravated homosexuality", in which an "offender" would receive the death penalty, or "the offence of homosexuality" in which an offender would receive life imprisonment. I rather imagine this law dims any hope for gay "marriage being made legal in Uganda for the time being.

1 December 2012 at 20:58  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Africa, with a population expected to roughly double by mid-century, has become recognized as the world's fastest growing continent. But the less-told story is of Africa's economic rise. In the last decade Africa's overall growth rates have quietly approached those of Asia, and according to projections by the IMF, on average Africa will have the world's fastest growing economy of any continent over the next five years.

Seven of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies are African. The continent is famously resource rich, which has surely helped, but some recent studies suggest that the biggest drivers are far less customary for Africa, and far more encouraging for its future: wholesale and retail commerce, transportation, telecommunications, and manufacturing.

2 December 2012 at 12:12  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Manfarang. “Rates” of growth are misleading in Africa. You see, after the Europeans left, the economies there mostly crashed to the floor and remained there. Africa is the richest continent for mineral wealth, and the Congo is the richest country in minerals.

The good news is that multinationals feel able to go there now, without their investment being destroyed by civil and or international war. Well, at the moment they can...

2 December 2012 at 14:29  
Blogger John Magee said...


If what you said is true and I have no doubt it isn't why isn't there a rush of 3rd world emigration TO Africa rather than from it?

2 December 2012 at 18:14  
Blogger Manfarang said...

John Magee
2nd world emigration- from China.
This is what is bringing about a new wind of change that the inspector is unaware of.
A number of Portuguese are returning to Angola but many of the white people are leaving South Africa.The affirmative action programs of the government make it is difficult for a white person to get a job although I know a Briton who got a job as a wine taster there.

2 December 2012 at 19:52  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Manfarang. Africa suffers because in many countries the intellectual cream have left on the ‘asylum’ ride. For example, the Somalian elite live in the east end of London. Around ten thousand of them. As soon as their country is restored to order, they need to be sent back to rescue it.

Sure you’ll agree old fellow...

2 December 2012 at 21:30  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Britain suffers because the intellectual cream-the brain drain-left for greener pastures and many are still leaving. I don't think they will come back.
Mediocracy abounds typified by UKIP.

3 December 2012 at 02:26  

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