Inevitable UKIP Win

May 26, 2014

UKIP winning the Euro election will have come as no surprise to anyone who has been out canvassing these past few weeks. The mood of the electorate was very apparent and an anti-establishment/Westminster vote was always going be registered.

What was surprising was the decimation of the Liberal Democrat vote, and is ‘just reward’ for a string of broken manifesto promises and for taking a pro EU line that was bordering on the ridiculous. I suspect that there is more woe to come for the Liberals at next year’s general election.

The opening up of our borders to immigration from new member states in the EU was always going to lead to a backlash from voters especially at a time when the economy has more room to recover. While unemployment is significantly down and important economic indicators are all pointing in the right direction it will nevertheless take time for the full effects of this recovery to filter through especially to those areas which were hurt the most during the recession under Labour.

While the principle of freedom of movement of persons between EU members is a sound one, it only works effectively when this movement is between people in states with similar living standards and similar incomes. Where there is a divergence in these factors between nations, then the movement of persons primarily in one direction with an obligation to also provide benefits to those arriving will inevitably create difficulties and tensions within communities. Those arriving and settling in specific areas of the country also leads to pressure on the education and health services and can lead to additional problems, and when a political party incessantly highlights these concerns then it is inevitable that its message will resonate with voters which is what UKIP has effectively done.

As things stand the hands of any government are tied in dealing with this problem. Either there is an effective re-negotiation with other EU states in this and in other areas where there is a plethora of diktats and legislation emanating from Brussels or we simply pull out of the EU -anything else is simply tinkering at the edges. The Conservative Party is the only party committed to re-negotiation and to holding an in/out referendum and unless it gains a majority at the next general election we’ll be having more or less the same debate and discussion at the next Euro election.


Brown Cuts

September 16, 2009

Record Unemployment

July 15, 2009

Unemployment increased by 281,000 to hit 2.38 million in the three months to May and is the largest rise since records began in 1971. It seems highly likely that the total number of unemployed will get close to 3 million within the next 12 months with the new Conservative Government in 2010 will have to deal with the issue of getting people back in to work.


Unemployment Up Again

June 17, 2009

The number of people out of work increased by 232 000 in the three months to April 2009 with unemployment now at at 12 year high of 2.36 million.

At this rate of increase, Labour will leave office with more people out of work than when it came into power!


Unemployment Up to 2.22million!

May 12, 2009

Unemployment rose by 244,000 to 2.22 million in the first three months of the year which means that the jobless rate rose from 6.7% to 7.1%.

While our MP’s are embroiled in the expenses scandal, the UK economy continues to deteriorate.


Two Million Unemployed

March 18, 2009

Unemployment has topped two million for the first time since 1997 and is confirmation of how severe the current economic slump is and how devastating its effect has been on working families. The consequences of unemployment are truly tragic with social breakdown, welfare dependency, family tensions all adversely increasing.

The number of jobless people is set to increase with the IMF predicting that the recession in the UK will last longer than any of the world’s other major economies. Already there are ten jobseekers for every vacancy advertised with this figure increasing to as many as 30 in some parts of the country.

The Labour Government promised to spend its way out of recession by undertaking huge public works programs but there seems to be little evidence of this actually happening as we see the unemployment figures rising rapidly on their march to the three million mark.


The Effect of Brown’s Economic Stimulus

January 29, 2009

Fraser Nelson at the Spectator has produced this excellent analysis of the effects of all the economic measures announced by Gordon Brown in recent months. It’s essential reading and another indicator to show the ineffectiveness of Brown’s economic stimulus and proves that Brown has no idea what he is doing except announcing measures for the the sake of a few days publicity and in the hope of an increase in the polls.

Hat tip: Coffee House