It’s my opinion that democracy in this country is completely broken.
In a healthy democracy we should vote for a representative who takes our opinions and directives and then works on our behalf to present and champion those views to government.
Sadly, in practice, the opposite happens: We vote for a representative, but that person has a primary allegiance to a political party. Our representative then becomes lobby fodder for that party and spends their time representing the party line irrespective of what the voters asked for or what the representative promised the voter. The political party has become the dominant element, and worse than that has simply become a tool of corporate and vested interests.
So along come UKIP. I know perfectly well that some of their policies are a mess but unlike most political experts I see this not as a problem but a sign of strength. It's not as though they will be running the country next week however well they do so there isn't much of a downside. But importantly they are a party of independence, and we should celebrate the fact that their candidates also have independent ideas and independent views. They coalesce around a set of ideas and attitudes rather than a set of policies dictated from on high, and to my mind that is exactly as it should be, definitely it’s enough to be going along with at this stage of the game.
Maybe some of their candidates are a bit dodgy, but hands up which party doesn’t have a share of criminals and fraudsters! In UKIP’s case it’s to be expected in the rushed circumstances, the other parties have far less excuse.
Until recently this country has always celebrated the eccentrics and outsiders in society, it’s an attitude that is quintessentially English. True, eccentrics often tend to be some of the most annoying people around, but they can also be some of the most creative and preceptive. The past decades have increasingly marginalised and denigrated outside ideas, by always defending the ‘consensus’ and the mainstream ideas against anyone who dares to disagree.
UKIP are determined to disagree with the consensus, discuss the otherwise unmentionable without being hamstrung by political correctness and in the process kick the 3 old main parties where it hurts. For that reason alone I wish them well tomorrow.