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I was reading about UKIP’s new MP (Yes he immediately resigned his seat to stand in his district in a by-election) Douglas Carswell and I like what I read:

First, Carswell’s young:  Born in 1971 in  the UK.

Second, he was raised in Africa (Uganda of all places) because his parents, both medical doctors were there and did not enter politics until 2001.

His first foray into politics was against PM Tony Blair in 2001 and while he had no chance to actually win, he did cut Blair’s margin enough that he was awarded a good Tory seat in 2005:

Mr. Carswell first stood for Parliament in 2001, taking on Tony Blair as the Tory candidate for Sedgefield. Despite apologising for coming second he still managed to cut Mr Blair’s majority by more than 7,500 votes.

In 2005 he was elected as MP for Harwich, defeating Labour’s candidate by just 920 votes. By 2010 he defeated the same opponent by 12,000 votes – although boundary changes had seen the seat renamed Clacton.

During that contest UKIP did not field a candidate, supporting what they saw as the re-election of a kindred spirit.

He appears to be willing to take on even sacred cows in the British electoral system.  He demanded the Speaker of the British Parliament resign for abuse of expenses:

A free thinker, who led the campaign to unseat Commons Speaker Michael Martin, Mr Carswell has never hidden his disdain for the “job for life” culture among some MPs in safe seats and the “cosy cliques” that dominate decision-making in government.

He also co-wrote this book (available at both Amazon and Amazon UK) with Tory MEP Daniel Hannan called The Plan:  Twelve Months to Renew Britain.  This book is breathtaking in its vision for the United Kingdom, calling for increased local government power, referenda, sovereignty for the British Parliament and giving ministers in the government real power to get something down.  He cites the 1994 Newt Gingrich Contract with America by quoting it in its entirety as an appendix.

Carswell also wrote what appears to be a manifesto called the End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy that I was quite impressed with (I am ordering both of them as we speak; see my beloved readers, Sandy can multitask!) but not sure what he says.

This is the kind of future leader UKIP needs.  Like the Scots Nationals, who go out of business whether they win or lose the independence referendum, UKIP has to adapt to governing the post EU Britain if they win the Better Off Out referendum.  Libertarianism is the answer to that identity crisis.  Farage can then retire, say my work is done, and Carswell can be a major player in UK politics.  Maybe PM or Deputy PM in a coalition government.  But is he an opportunist?  Is he really in it for himself – for personal glory?  That’s always the risk in politics; you have to have a fire in your belly to be in politics whether for self-glory or for ideas, and politics can be all-consuming (Ask Bob McDonnell!) and obsessive to its adherents.

But this is a remarkable MP and he has made a courageous decision to walk across the aisle and cast his lot with UKIP; a prior MP to cross the aisle like that (from Conservative to Liberal back to Conservative actually) was a guy you might have heard of – even here in the USA:  Winston Churchill.


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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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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