On 16 April 2012 I posed the question 'Is UKIP moving forward'? Yesterday in South Shields we received confirmation that UKIP is moving forward and the movement is gaining momentum. I predict a real fear within the Political Class because democracy has become so corrupted in this country that they fail to recognise honesty and decency.
They are dismissing the vote for UKIP as a 'protest' vote which of course it is. The people are protesting against the corruption of Westmonster and the corruption emanating out of Brussels where they still refuse to countenance an audit. Why is it that our mainstream politicians continue to ignore this lack of accountability?
One other thing concerns me. Our political system has returned an MP from South Shields who only has the support of one fifth of her constituency. Only 40% turned out and she only got 50% of the turn out! That means that 80% of her constituency have no faith in her politics and that reflects South Shields the bedrock of socialism. So Mr Miliband how do you explain that away?
This is exactly the impression that I got wandering around the centre of the town and observing the canvassing on Tuesday. Nobody was really interested! In particular the young seemed not even to understand what was happening.
Surely it is time that we put a limit on the level of support that a candidate must receive from the constituency before they gain admittance to the luxuries of the taxpayer funded club called the Houses of Parliament. Surely 40% of the vote is not too high a figure to ensure election. If the public do not turn out then they do not warrant an MP!
If people deserve an MP they must vote. It would then be the role of the committed and the educated to persuade the others, particularly the young, that voting is a duty and if they do not vote they forfeit representation. Until we face this problem our democratic process will continue to be a joke and will favour the mainstream parties.
Even so fear is now in the air! The smearing of UKIP will increase so courage will be necessary but yesterday proved that the public are rebelling in large numbers. Just remember when you hear the words, 'Nazi', 'racist'or 'homophobic' it is actually the sound of mainstream politicians losing votes!