Okay then Mr Crace, or should I say Crazy judging by this utter bilge you have written... I will answer your article (if you can call it that).
Tim Aker was (up until a couple of months ago) writing UKIP's 2015 manifesto, added to that the responsibilities of being a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
He was then elected by the members of Thurrock to be UKIP's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the up-coming 2015 General Election.
Then UKIP's lovely Councillor Maggie O'Keefe-Ray died. Tim Aker was very close to Maggie and decided to, in her honour, stand for election to replace her.
So he was MEP, PPC, Councillor and writing the manifesto.
Obviously he had to much to do, and decided the best thing to do was hand over the finishing of the manifesto to Suzanne Evans so he could devote more time to his other duties.
This was the sensible thing to do, rather than taking on way too much.
As for the rest of your article I shall bite.
"In 2010 Ukip laid out its policies in a 486-page manifesto compiled by a few delinquent party activists."
No actually it was put together (poorly) by the previous Party leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch with 'Think Tank' research and hurriedly assembled research.
It was, as Nigel Farage said, "garbage", I became a UKIP supporter for the record in early 2012, when the 2010 manifesto had been disowned. I actually listened to what people are the party were saying, what they were aiming for and wanted and what was happening.
No, I didn't pay any notice to what the establishment media were saying about UKIP members, because previously as a supporter of the Liberal Democrats. I knew how the media liked to turn a blind eye at some parties members, and pour scorn on other parties members.
Take the week before last for instance. A Conservative Party Councillor in Hampshire referred to members of his constituency as "n***ers" in a full council meeting, he is until this moment still a councilor, and still a member of the Conservative Party.
This story gained minimal coverage by the media.
Meanwhile, a UKIP councilor had been removed from her position and had her membership taken away, for reasons unexplained other than she had said something in a radio interview that was unacceptable.
This UKIP story gained widespread media attention completely out of context with the other Conservative Party story.
A week later her comments were revealed which opened UKIP up to another barrage of smears. Regardless of the fact that they had taken swift and a zero tolerance attitude to what was simply unacceptable.
The 2010 manifesto policies do not matter, so their is no reason to review them, the manifesto was as Nigel Farage "torn up, and not fit for purpose".
"Ukip insists the manifesto is still fully on track; if so, Aker is the only person who knows what is in it, and is keeping it a secret. No one else in the party apparently has a clue."
Really? Well a sample of some of the policies in the 2015 Manifesto have been available on the UKIP.org website now for 3 months... http://www.ukip.org/policies_for_people
As for full manifestos.
It really does amaze me when people say "well UKIP haven't even got a manifesto for 2015 out yet", fully well knowing that no party in the UK has released theirs yet!
It is none of your business what is in the entire manifesto until UKIP are ready to release it, that much is to be expected of the media with regards all of the political parties. So stop acting like you can judge or have a divine right to know its contents!
"With two sitting MPs and more hoped for in May, it is proving a great deal harder than expected for Ukip to come up with something credible, fully costed and which everyone can support."
How the Hell do you know?! You haven't seen the manifesto.
For goodness sakes, UKIP are the party, who have so far managed to show where they'd cut money. They are the only party to come up with answers. But you completely ignore this fact and let your establishment bias get in your way.
"Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless and Farage find it hard enough to agree on anything as it is: coming up with something that will appeal both to the neolibertarians and the former BNP members who make up its grassroots is a near impossibility."
...and here it comes. The accusation that UKIP are trying to appeal to former BNP members and supporters.
NEWSFLASH to the author. The Labour Party are the only party to have benefited from BNP defections.
Look up Trevor Maxfield.
But of course, everyone who is a former BNP supporter is a lost cause! Abandon them now! They are not worth the oxygen in their lungs are they?! Pathetic!
Surely it is better to offer former members of the Far Right a sensible, common sense and moderate choice on Mass Immigration as opposed to the disgusting policies that the BNP put forward such as paying people to leave the country and removing British Citizenship from people based on their heritage and skin colour.
These are policies that I would never back. Yet people like the author try and attach them to UKIP like some kind of cheap, tacky and nasty joke/smear.
The obvious point is that UKIP are a Libertarian party (as much as I am sure the author would fiercely deny it). He has all but proved it by highlighting how UKIP have a range of different policies and opinions.
Farage himself said, "their shouldn't be a left and right in politics, only a right and wrong". That is what UKIP are.
They are a party who try to come up with sensible common sense policies that will appeal to people allover the country. Not just the London-centric areas, south coast/south west, east coast and northern areas.
We want to get it right for everyone. Give everyone a second choice.
"So here’s my modest proposal.
Get out of it and stay in it. All international trade deals with EU countries will continue on exactly the same terms as if we were in the EU except we won’t be in it."
For a start, stop trying to fool people UKIP want the UK out of "Europe" (continental and island mass of 50+ nations), because we don't. We want out of the EU (political Union of 27 nations in which you have to pay a high membership fee per day to remain in).
UKIP have already said they want to continue trading with the EU. UKIP also want to reconnect properly with the Commonwealth, something you have completely missed out which is rather surprising considering it is something that UKIP have been constant on for a great many years.
UKIP also want to improve trade deals with the likes of America (away from PFI) and the likes of China. They also want to create new trade deals with the emerging powers/nations of the world. Be it the likes of India.
We also want to help poverty stricken countries build up renewable trade deals to help dig themselves out of the mires they find themselves in. Instead of just lobbing them money yearly and inviting them to sort it out themselves.
Surely it is better to give countries the tools to rebuild rather than the money for the tools, which in many instances gets redirected to more selfish means.
The inbound section of the Channel tunnel to the UK will be closed, apart from on Sundays so that British expats can return from Spain. This will reduce net immigration levels to about 12."
The above segment on "immigration" is so daft it is not worth replying to.
In reality UKIP have spoken of having a Global migration system that will have around 50,000 net come here, based on skills, good health and intention.
The borders will be properly managed (which they are not at the moment) which will cut down on people trafficking and the child sex trade which should be worrying more people than it currently is.
UKIP immigration spokesperson Steven Woolfe has already explained UKIP's initial immigration policy.
It would not be region/nation, ethnic background, religious background or sex biased.
In fact a person from the middle-east or Africa who is a skilled trained worker, would be put on a higher footing than an unskilled worker from Europe.
Again this is just common sense.
We have somewhere in the region of 2 million unemployed at present. Many or most of which are unskilled workers. Surely they should be afforded the chance for work. By prioritising skilled workers as outlined it would give the unskilled people of the UK a chance to find work.
Then if we have a lacking of jobs still, we could allow more people in on Visas to do that work, and then if they decide they want to stay long-term they can apply properly, instead of just disappearing into the country.
The written policies released so far are:
– UKIP recognises the benefits of limited, controlled immigration.
– UKIP will leave the EU, and take back control of our borders. Work permits will be permitted to fill skills gaps in the UK jobs market.
– We will extend to EU citizens the existing points-based system for time-limited work permits. Those coming to work in the UK must have a job to go to, must speak English, must have accommodation agreed prior to their arrival, and must have NHS-approved health insurance.
– Migrants will only be eligible for benefits (in work or out of work) when they have been paying tax and NI for five years and will only be eligible for permanent residence after ten years.
– UKIP will reinstate the primary purpose rule for bringing foreign spouses and children to the UK.
– UKIP will not offer an amnesty for illegal immigrants or those gaining British passports through fraud.
– UKIP will return to the principles of the UN Convention of Refugees which serves to protect the most vulnerable.
Excise duty on booze and fags will be abolished. We’re not sure about any of the other taxes because we don’t really understand them. Sorry. But Ukip believes it is better to tell the truth about this than lie to the electorate."
Again. UKIP have revealed some of their tax policies in 'Policies For People' and the author has deliberately ignored them.
- Increased personal allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings (approx. £13,500 by next election).
- Abolish inheritance tax.
- The introduction of a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000, whereupon the 40p rate becomes payable.
- Setting up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax to ensure big businesses pay a minimum rate of tax as a proportion of their UK turnover.
Any foreigners who are already in the country with a UK passport can stay here providing they do all the low-paid jobs that any self-respecting True Brit wouldn’t get out of bed for."
Pathetic from the Guardian journo. "Foreigners"...
Anyone who is in the country legally shall remain, regardless of treaty being signed with the EU or not.
Nobody in the UK legally shall be deported.
Anybody in the country illegally will be evaluated should they apply or hand themselves in.
Hell, Steven Woolfe has spoken about the immigration policy so frequently, I can only presume that the author is intentionally trying to mislead people.
The NHS will remain free at the point of access providing everyone has paid enough into a new health insurance scheme. Every patient will have the right to choose the skin colour of their doctor."
The implication of ethnic bias is pathetic. Even for the Guardian.
UKIP's National Health policy has been detailed and spoken about in detail since it was announced at the Doncaster Conference last year...
- NHS shall remain free at the point of delivery at time of need for ALL UK residents.
- UKIP would stop further use of PFI which has been used to readily by the Labour Party (insurance based privatisation), and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.
- UKIP would ensure GP's surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.
- UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP's (as proposed by a Labour Party peer and a Labour Party Lord).
- UKIP would ensure visitors to the UK, and migrants (new applicants) until they have paid National Insurance for 5 years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition to entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2 billion pa. UKIP has pledged that they would spend £200m of the £2bn saving to end hospital car parking charges.
- UKIP would replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers.
– UKIP opposes the sale of NHS data to third parties.
– We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.
– UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise.
– There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.
Each village will have its own grammar school and matron. Universities will not be funded to teach foreign languages or any other subjects – such as philosophy, sociology, art and English – that are inherently a bit cissy and therefore not very British."
In reality... Which this author seems to be further more detaching himself as this article goes on...
– UKIP will introduce an option for students to take an Apprenticeship Qualification instead of four non-core GCSEs which can be continued at A-Level. Students can take up apprenticeships in jobs with certified professionals qualified to grade the progress of the student.
– Subject to academic performance UKIP will remove tuition fees for students taking approved degrees in science, medicine, technology, engineering, maths on the condition that they live, work and pay tax in the UK for five years after the completion of their degrees.
– UKIP will scrap the target of 50% of school leavers going to university.
– Students from the EU will pay the same student fee rates as International students.
– UKIP supports the principle of Free Schools that are open to the whole community and uphold British values.
– Existing schools will be allowed to apply to become grammar schools and select according to ability and aptitude. Selection ages will be flexible and determined by the school in consultation with the local authority.
– Schools will be investigated by OFSTED on the presentation of a petition to the Department for Education signed by 25% of parents or governors.
There will be a policeman permanently stationed on every street corner to ensure that a person’s right to intolerance is rigorously enforced."
Otherwise known as 'Law and Order'...
– UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
– UKIP will reverse the government’s opt-in to EU law and justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. We will replace the EAW with appropriate bi-lateral agreements.
– UKIP will not give prisoners the vote.
– UKIP believes that full sentences should be served and this should be taken into account when criminals are convicted and sentenced in court. Parole should be available for good behaviour on a case-by-case basis, not systematically.
– We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals.
Martello towers along the south coast will be restored and equipped with the latest weaponry to ward off the threat of imminent invasion."
Yawn... That moronic sarcasm is something an avid Green supporter would be proud of...
Honouring the Military Covenant
– We will resource fully our military assets and personnel.
– UKIP will guarantee those who have served in the Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 years a job in the police force, prison service or border force
– UKIP will change the points system for social housing to give priority to ex-service men and women and those returning from active service.
– A Veterans Department will bring together all veterans services to ensure servicemen and women get the after-service care they deserve.
– Veterans are to receive a Veterans’ Service Card to ensure they are fast tracked for mental health care and services, if needed.
– All entitlements will be extended to servicemen recruited from overseas.
– UKIP supports a National Service Medal for all those who have served in the armed forces.
"Promoting cultural awareness
All British people have to put aside their differences and remember to be a bit more British. To get the ball rolling, I have invited Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, the Polish Nazi who so kindly came to the party’s rescue last year by enabling us to access another £1m from the EU, to give an annual lecture reminding everyone the Holocaust wasn’t as bad as all that when you really think about it."
"The Polish Nazi"... I wonder what Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz would think of you saying that. Considering he has never commented on World War 2 other than to say; "Hitler was an evil man".
I also wonder how the people of Poland who vote for Congress of the New Right think of a British journalist sumarising a chunk of Poles as "Nazis" for the party that they vote for.
The funny thing is I remember in the last European Parliament, The Guardian calling EFD (UKIP group's) member parties Danish People's Party and the Finns Party "Nazi's" and "Fascists". They don't anymore.
Why is that?
Could it possibly be because they joined the European Conservatives and Reformists group? (The Tory Party group).
As for Congress of the New Right.
A couple of things you and your readers should be made aware of, yes the Congress's leader made some atrocious comments about the Holocaust. The mans name is Janusz Korwin-Mikke, he quit as the parties leader 2 months ago.
The Congress of the New Right was sumarised by the National media as a "Right-Wing" party up until one single MEP joined the EFDD, then they were re-categorized as "Far-Right" to serve a purpose.
If you don't believe me, look at this article by the Huffington Post; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/26/far-right-europe-election_n_5391873.html
The author of this article also forgot to mention that the reason UKIP had to find a new MEP, was because the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz breached his presidential guidelines, breaking is neutrality as a President and telling one of the UKIP group members to leave if she wanted a promotion (to be come a delegate to a new nation joining the EU).
UKIP never spoke to Janusz Korwin-Mikke, nor any of the other MEP's in the Congress's group. They put forward a proposal to the singular MEP and told him that he would have to conform to the groups written guidelines.
He talked to the party and accepted.
As for "Nazi's", I think it's a bit rich that a party that so happily supports the Labour Party, so readily forgets that the Labour Party are the only party in the country that has a serving former Nazi. Not only is she a member, she is also a councillor in Milton Keynes by the name of Margaret Burke.
You also have several BNP members who have joined the Labour Party, such as (earlier mentioned) Trevor Maxfield (councillor in Blackburn).
As for promoting cultural awareness, UKIP's actual released policies on the matter are as follows...
– UKIP recognises and values an overarching, unifying British culture, which is open and inclusive to anyone who wishes to identify with Britain and British values, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.
– Official documents will be published in English and, where appropriate Welsh and Scots Gaelic.
– UKIP will ensure that the law is rigorously enforced in relation to ‘cultural’ practices which are illegal in Britain, such as forced marriages, FGM and so-called ‘honour killings’
– We will review the BBC Licence Fee with a view to its reduction. Prosecution of non-payments of the Licence Fee would be taken out of the criminal sphere and made a civil offence.
– UKIP will amend the smoking ban to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms properly ventilated and separated from non-smoking areas.
– UKIP opposes ‘plain paper packaging’ for tobacco products and minimum pricing of alcohol.
The author also forgot to mention; Protecting jobs and increasing prosperity, Repairing the UK Economy, Reducing debts we leave to our grandchildren, Foreign Aid, Energy, Agriculture and Fishing, Welfare and Childcare, Transport, Housing and planning, Democracy and the Constitution and
Employment & Small Businesses which are all categories UKIP have released policies on, in 'Policies For People'.