Yesterday I walked through the front door with my son. As ever the post was there waiting. While I put our coats away he did his sorting of the mail, and suddenly he stopped. He threw one piece on the ground. He shouted, angrily. It was weird because usually he tries to eat the post, but on this occasion this one piece was going nowhere near his mouth.
I should probably explain here that my son is just over a year old. He’s like a hyperactive puppy on amphetamines. Usually such a happy kid, but right now he was angry. He was shouting (and by now stamping on) a flyer from our local UKIP candidate, who is of course trying to drum up support before May 7th. In our house, like in many UK households, we’ve all been paying close attention to the debates and the interviews from all the politicians. Like all the pundits are saying, it’s a really close call. Yet as claims and counter-claims between political parties, putting out policies only to have them criticised and debunked, it’s become difficult to trust or believe any of them. You could probably argue this is the natural progression of any democratic election campaign. I trust Nigel Farage though.
Let me clarify; I do not trust any of the political parties to be able to solve our problems in the UK. I do trust UKIP, however, to run our country in to the ground. My reason is very simple; their slogan of “Believe in Britain”, while catchy, is completely misleading. They are asking us to believe in a Britain that doesn’t exist.
Famously UKIP’s target for blame with all the problems in this country lies with immigrants. Mr. Farage has even had the audacity to claim that “the immigrants” are the reason our National Health Service is overstretched and in seemingly endless debt. Every time I have been in to A&E (the rate has increased slightly since the kids came along) I have never, if rarely seen “the immigrants” sat waiting for attention. Mind there was one who looked like his broken his arm. Think we can all agree that’s pretty serious. Most of the other “non-immigrants” were, yes, waiting with quite serious injuries too– fractured skulls, concussions. Then there were those with “a cold that hasn’t gone away in two days”, or their “hair was turning grey”. Someone even had “itchy teeth”. And no, I’m not making this up. And no, these people were not immigrants. They were UK nationals who felt that they deserved to be seen for these “conditions” because they pay their taxes. That it’s their right to be seen.
Immigration is not destroying our NHS – lack of education is. Kids are receiving sexual health lessons, why not general health education? Teach our kids about the NHS, how it works, which services to use when. This would work against people developing some kind of self-entitled hypochondria and turning up with a diagnosis they themselves found on Google, demanding anti-biotics for a virus from a trained medical professional whose time could be much better spent attending to people with serious conditions. Most people, and I include “the immigrants” in this statement, speak to people, ask friends, family members about their concerns. They do not waste the A&E service. It stands for Accident and Emergency, not All & Everything.
In other UKIP news, the European Union is bad. We should leave it. No, we shouldn’t. Now I realise that a referendum is a fair way off, but I wanted to get this off my chest. No, the EU is not perfect, and it does need reform. Britain should be at the forefront of that reform, not running off sulking in a corner when they don’t get their way.
The EU is like one giant childs birthday party at a creche. Young Britain has been invited by all his friends to come and roll around in the softplay. But Britain doesn’t want to go in the softplay, he wants to see a magic show instead. When he doesn’t get his way he threatens to leave. The other kids don’t like Britain when he behaves so naughty, so they turn away leaving him to cry in to his juice box. Now because Britain has been so rude, Little france and Germany and all the other children don’t like him any more. They don’t want to play with him. This is what I see happening if we leave the EU, and I firmly believe it will do more harm than good to leave the ‘party’ in a spoilt huff, rather than getting in there with the softplay and slowly convincing the others to maybe see a magic show later.
I do not believe that UKIP is lying in it’s manifesto, in it’s debates. To lie about something is to have full knowledge that what you’re saying is untrue. They believe in their policies because they cannot see the UK’s position in the real world. Yes, we’re in dangerous times, often feeling like we’re on the brink (largely thanks to a media system that thrives on promoting fear to create a need for control. More on Rupert Murdoch in a future article from me I’m sure!). If we start denying “the immigrants” access to our country simply because they are from another country, if we do not take responsibility for our own actions as UK nationals and how we treat our own fragile resources and services instead of blaming others, if we don’t stay part of an admittedly flawed system and try to fix it, we are simply denying our responsibility and place we have in this world. We would be outcasts, forgotten and left to regress back to the dark ages, rather than trying to forge a better future for the next generation.
It’s always easier to turn back against a head wind, rather than push on against the elements to where you could go.
I was going to put up a picture of that UKIP flyer I mentioned. Unfortunately my wife came home, picked it up and tore it to shreds, so sorry about that. She always hated crap in the house.