Perhaps voters are finally wising up to the cruel deception that accompanies mainstream politics. Even the most die-hard supporter can only suffer so many broken ‘promises’.
The two and a half main parties have all, in the past, promised a referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the EU – while in opposition, of course. Cameron’s latest ‘promise’ to hold one in 2017 doesn’t amount to anything as his previous ‘cast-iron guarantee’ resulted in a three-line whip ordering his MPs to vote against it.
And they always ensure us that the NHS “will be safe in their hands”. If that were the case and as we have had consecutive Labour and Tory Prime Ministers since its foundation, why is it in such a state? The truth is that the NHS is not safe in the mainstream parties’ butterfingers.
And it isn’t even just “bigots” who are concerned about uncontrolled immigration.
As a result, Douglas Carswell romped home in yesterday’s Clacton by-election to become UKIP’s first elected MP by attracting just short of 60% of the votes thus increasing his share of the vote by 7% compared to when he stood in the constituency for the ‘Conservatives’ in 2010. The full result (with changes from the 2010 General Election):
Douglas Carswell (UKIP) 21,113 (59.75%)
Giles Watling (C) 8,709 (24.64%, -28.38%)
Tim Young (Lab) 3,957 (11.20%, -13.84%)
Chris Southall (Green) 688 (1.95%, +0.71%)
Andy Graham (LD) 483 (1.37%, -11.57%)
Bruce Sizer (Ind) 205 (0.58%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 127 (0.36%)
Charlotte Rose (Ind) 56 (0.16%)
UKIP majority: 12,404 (35.10%)
Turnout: 35,338 (51.13%, -13.05%)
Nick Clegg, especially, appears to have ensured that the Lib Dems will be fortunate to be the fifth most popular party, taking just 1.37% of votes, down from nearly 13% in 2010.
And UKIP came within a whisker of winning the other by-election in the Labour heartland of Heywood and Middleton, losing out by just 617 votes.
Liz McInnes (Lab) 11,633 (40.86%, +0.75%)
John Bickley (UKIP) 11,016 (38.69%, +36.06%)
Iain Gartside (C) 3,496 (12.28%, -14.88%)
Anthony Smith (LD) 1,457 (5.12%, -17.59%)
Abi Jackson (Green) 870 (3.06%)
Lab majority: 617 (2.17%)
Turnout: 28,472 (35.96%, -21.57%)
With such a low turnout, all it would have taken for a double whammy against the Establishment was for a few of the many thousands of (potential) voters who feel disenfranchised to have given UKIP a chance.
But at least it means that Labour, along with the Tories, are now running scared of UKIP and with the unpopular Ed Miliband as leader and a shadow cabinet comprised of many proven failures, the presumption that they would romp to victory next year doesn’t look so certain now.
I mentioned Scottish ‘independence’ as well because due to the extra tax-raising powers the Scottish ‘Government’ has been handed as a ‘reward’ for Scotland staying in the Union, they are introducing a replacement for Stamp Duty and slapping on 10 per cent of the purchase price between £250,001 and £1 million and 12 per cent on anything paid above that.
We also read,
The LBTT [Land and Buildings Transaction Tax] was the most high-profile part of the 2015/16 Budget, which Mr Swinney unveiled yesterday, as it is the first tax set by a Scottish Finance Minister in more than three centuries.
Ominously for better-off Scots, he indicated its “progressive” structure would be the template for future taxes set by the Scottish Parliament, which is on course to get significant extra powers.
This is why I wrote in a previous post, As New Poll Puts ‘Yes’ Camp Ahead, Do Scots Know What is at Stake?
“Scotland could be rich, like Norway and Switzerland, but I’m sure we would end up like an impoverished Soviet satellite state. I think it’s the wrong time and definitely the wrong people who will be ‘leading’ us.”
Even with limited powers they already seem intent on driving out the big earners, who only have to move as far as England to escape from them.