UKIP are often seen by many in Britain as “BNP-Lite” or “Racists in suits”. This is both a gross misrepresentation and in reality a bit of a slur. Yes, there are xenophobes in UKIP, not helped by the perception that they are a one issue party – namely the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. But, there are bad eggs in every group.
But this post isn’t a defence of UKIP. I want to expose some of the problems with their other official policies. In fact, I won’t even talk about Europe.
UKIP on Same-Sex Marriage
UKIP members on Twitter at least are proud to claim that UKIP is the home of the “natural conservative” – well today they’ve proved that. If you are in fact socially conservative and you are against same-sex marriage, then yes, UKIP is for you. And yet, UKIP claims to be a libertarian party. Libertarians’ response to same-sex marriage would be that it is no business of the state, and people can do as they please. UKIP’s stance is totally illiberal and socially conservative. Sadly for UKIP this is an outdated, archaic argument only really being proposed by people who miss the bigoted days of the 1970s. Read a great piece on why they are wrong to do so here.
UKIP on Taxation
UKIP want to merge Income Tax and National Insurance. This is actually a great idea. Its an idea supported by the Tax Payers Association.
The next bit though, not so much. They want a flat tax of 31% on any income over £11,500. Whilst taking people out of tax all together is admirable, it is already being done by the Coalition to £10,000. The problem is that a flat tax is disproportionally harsh on lower income earners. It doesn’t take a lot to tweak this policy. Raise the threshold even further and implement a smaller progressive tax breaks.
UKIP on Immigration
They want to “end mass, uncontrolled unemployment”. Well sadly for them, they can’t. EU law allows freedom of movement, that wouldn’t be a problem for when they leave the EU. (Okay one mention of the EU) Immigration is good for the UK economy. Don’t believe all the bile that people come out with that claims otherwise. It’s false. One UKIPer comments underneath their policy that “Brits are losing they’re ‘Britishness” – Face and palm! Jesus Christ. There’s a brief critique of UKIP’s Conference’s talks on immigration here.
UKIP on Health
Definitely one of UKIPs strong points. They want to reduce bureaucracy and make no front line cuts to the NHS. This SHOULD be the Coalition’s policy. I don’t understand why it is isn’t. They want to “improve patient choice by introducing ‘Health Credit Vouchers’, which will enable people to opt out of the NHS public healthcare system entirely if they so wish. UK citizens will apply to their GP for vouchers that can be paid to the private health insurer of their choice.” Another good policy, its almost a piece-meal move to David Laws’ National Health Insurance Scheme.
Of course this is just a few points on UKIP policies, sadly I don’t have time to continue. Maybe soon I’ll edit and repost this!