UKIP only looks back

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HUBRIS is such fun. UKIP polls a total of 8,038 votes across three constituencies on a dark November day and Nigel Farage announces they are the third force in British politics – in a nation of 63 million.

He isn’t the first politician to transform a tiny acorn into a mighty oak and he won’t be the last.

I hope that before long the British people see through UKIP’s isolationist posturing and recognise that the UK’s future is not to be found in trying to turn the clock back to some imagined age when there were no pesky foreigners on English soil, when the Continent was two days’ sail from Blighty, and when fields were measured in furlongs and wheat in bushels.

The world has changed. In the 19th century they couldn’t burrow back to the 18th century to avoid the industrial revolution; they had to move forwards, and so do we.

Our climate is changing (it really doesn’t matter who is responsible) and the world’s population keeps growing while our planet’s resources are finite. We can either hide in a corner clinging to our possessions or we can work with our neighbours to adapt and ensure a sustainable future for all.

Christian Vassie, Blake Court, Wheldrake.

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9:45am Wed 5 Dec 12

Zetkin says...

UKIP are making their modest advances because disenchanted Tories can no longer register a ptotest by voting Liberal in by-elections.

In truth UKIP is a more natural recipient of disillusioned Tory support; it's deeply reactionary, backward-looking, anti-working class, and has racists, sexists, and homophobes in senior positions.

Small wonder that fascists from the splintering BNP are being welcomed with open arms by Farage's little mob.
UKIP are making their modest advances because disenchanted Tories can no longer register a ptotest by voting Liberal in by-elections. In truth UKIP is a more natural recipient of disillusioned Tory support; it's deeply reactionary, backward-looking, anti-working class, and has racists, sexists, and homophobes in senior positions. Small wonder that fascists from the splintering BNP are being welcomed with open arms by Farage's little mob. Zetkin
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11:42am Wed 5 Dec 12

inthesticks says...

I think over £50m a day to the EU is what people don`t like, especially when most of it is benefiting less wealthy countries in the EU and not our own citizens.
There`s no reason why we can`t still work with our neighbouring countries without being part of the EU.
This letter could have been written to the Aberdeen Herald about Alex Salmond and SNP a few years ago!
p.s. not really sure that there is an Aberdeen Herald but i`m sure there really is an Alex Salmond who is putting the interests of Scotland first.
I think over £50m a day to the EU is what people don`t like, especially when most of it is benefiting less wealthy countries in the EU and not our own citizens. There`s no reason why we can`t still work with our neighbouring countries without being part of the EU. This letter could have been written to the Aberdeen Herald about Alex Salmond and SNP a few years ago! p.s. not really sure that there is an Aberdeen Herald but i`m sure there really is an Alex Salmond who is putting the interests of Scotland first. inthesticks
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12:06pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Firedrake says...

Wasn't it the Aberdeen Herald which famously reported the loss of the Titanic under the headline: LOCAL MAN DROWNS IN BOATING ACCIDENT ?
Wasn't it the Aberdeen Herald which famously reported the loss of the Titanic under the headline: LOCAL MAN DROWNS IN BOATING ACCIDENT ? Firedrake
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12:31pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Ichabod76 says...

Zetkin says...
9:45am Wed 5 Dec 12

"backward-looking, anti-working class, and has racists, sexists, and homophobes in senior positions."

Do you have any proof of this, or is this just your opinion ?
Zetkin says... 9:45am Wed 5 Dec 12 "backward-looking, anti-working class, and has racists, sexists, and homophobes in senior positions." Do you have any proof of this, or is this just your opinion ? Ichabod76
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6:12pm Wed 5 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

Ichabod76 wrote:
Zetkin says...
9:45am Wed 5 Dec 12

"backward-looki
ng, anti-working class, and has racists, sexists, and homophobes in senior positions."

Do you have any proof of this, or is this just your opinion ?
No point going there with dyed in the wool lefties icha.....however where do you put your mark when you are utterly disiluisioned with the conservatives. ?
[quote][p][bold]Ichabod76[/bold] wrote: Zetkin says... 9:45am Wed 5 Dec 12 "backward-looki ng, anti-working class, and has racists, sexists, and homophobes in senior positions." Do you have any proof of this, or is this just your opinion ?[/p][/quote]No point going there with dyed in the wool lefties icha.....however where do you put your mark when you are utterly disiluisioned with the conservatives. ? capt spaulding
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7:09pm Wed 5 Dec 12

MadHaxMan says...

How being part of the EU offers a greater chance of a sustainable future is beyond me.
The EU administration is characterised by endless greed, inefficiency,fraud and waste. The auditors have been unable to certify the EU accounts for 18 straight years, and fraud is estimated at £6 billion per year. We could send a chimp to the European parliament as an MEP, and it would come back a millionaire due to the incredible level of allowances etc.
A Company that operated in this way would be closed down by law and its directors prosecuted. Give me the chance to make our own decisions unfettered by another 26 nations anyday.
How being part of the EU offers a greater chance of a sustainable future is beyond me. The EU administration is characterised by endless greed, inefficiency,fraud and waste. The auditors have been unable to certify the EU accounts for 18 straight years, and fraud is estimated at £6 billion per year. We could send a chimp to the European parliament as an MEP, and it would come back a millionaire due to the incredible level of allowances etc. A Company that operated in this way would be closed down by law and its directors prosecuted. Give me the chance to make our own decisions unfettered by another 26 nations anyday. MadHaxMan
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