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UKIP DID IT: THE PLEDGE to BRITAIN!

I recently was privileged to be published in the UKIP Daily with this article (an adaptation of this blog post) with this in it:

The UKIP manifesto needs to be turned into a bullet point summary that will be able to be a short succinct message suitable for a post card.  I draw some inspiration from the wonderful political manifesto in its own right – The Plan:  Twelve Months to Renew Britain.  In The Plan, former Tory Solon (now UKIP’s first elected MP) Douglas Carswell (along with Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan) discusses how the UK could be won over by a simple manifesto that would be a promise to renew Britain.  Some highlights of the Carswell/Hannan book are these:
  • 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.

  • 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.

Think about this summary for example as a simple read for every Briton.  (This is not of course the official summary of the UKIP manifesto!)  But the summary should be titled:  An Official Summary of the UKIP Manifesto:  A Contract with Britain.  It could be printed on billboards.

So guess what?  A few days later this comes out:

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I lifted this from the UKIP website.  Here is UKIP’s take on it.  And another view from the Independent (UK) with a billboard with the same message.

Now I am sure I had little if anything to do with this – they were surely planning to do it anyway.  But it is a great move on UKIP’s part.  I commend it to our candidates here in the US.  We need this kind of thing.  Is it May 7 yet?

One warning:  Everybody should stay on message.  Take every question from the media and turn it back to the Pledge to Britain.  No side issues (other than maybe local ones for each MP candidate) but the Message.  Stick to the message.  Let’s hope and pray UKIP wins the General Election on May 7.

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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