Can UKIP actually WIN the May 2015 UK General Election? It seems slim. And it probably won’t happen without a game changer.
Yet, there is a game changer. The perfect manifesto, written by UKIP’s first elected MP: Douglas Carswell’s political study The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain (it was co-authored with Tory MEP Daniel Hannan) UKIP need go no further than this book for its manifesto.
A few highlights:
- Get rid of unelected boards and commissions (called quangos) in Britain.
- Repeal many laws that burden the people and economy with regulation – both from the EU and Westminster. (I particularly like this idea and it is worth reading in Chapter 8)
- Curb activist judges, whether the EU or British variety and get rid of all EU laws and treaties that authorize such interference by European judges.
- Reform the NHS and eventually replace it with a Singapore-style medical savings accounts plan with some subsidies for the poor.
- Sheriffs should be established and directly elected.
- MPs should be subject to recall.
- Parents should run the kids’ education.
- Devolve local power back to local leaders, including a sales tax to replace the national VAT that the local governments would administer and set the rate of (just like states do in the US) so that they will be accountable.
- Localize the welfare system like what occurred in Wisconsin under Gov. Tommy Thompson and Florida.
- Adopt a free trade pact with the EU instead of EU membership.
Carswell uses the example of former Speaker Newt Gingrich as a method to win power in a parliamentary system.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage should adopt immediately all the Carswell manifesto other than the NHS privatization. I would promise to reform the NHS but that no changes in the NHS would occur without extensive debate and possibly a referendum.
It’s not too late: Note that immigration is a very small part of this matter. It’s liberty, devolution, and national sovereignty. This will empower people and local governments and MPs. UKIP should adopt it immediately and they will have a good chance to win the General Election. But the time is drawing short.