Rayleigh and Wickford UKIP leaflet
February 17, 2015 Leave a comment
This will be John Hayter’s second attempt at convincing Rayleigh and Wickford voters to back him. In 2010 he stood for the English Democrats; another right-winger casting around for a flag of convenience. UKIP was not that in 2010 – his opponents included a UKIP candidate then.
His election leaflet reads like a parody – no immigrants, no travellers, no houses. It is wrong on so many levels.
UKIP almost appear to want to turn the clock back, although conveniently ignoring a British past that was outward looking on the world.
Whilst our corner of Essex does seem overcrowded, it is the proximity to London and Europe that has encouraged this. I am not sure that putting a stop to house building will attract voters whose growing children face the prospect of unaffordable housing. House prices are a feature of basic supply and demand economics.
Tackling crime and terrorism require international cooperation, and leaving the EU will not make this battle any easier for the UK. I am not sure whether Michelins Farm is an appropriate place for the travelling community, but they have got to be able to set up camp somewhere; everyone saying ‘not here’ is unworkable and unfair.
As for governing by referenda – I find this an idea that leads to nothing ever getting done. It is also an expensive way to run a democracy, buck-passing by a voter-hungry candidate who is not prepared to take tough decisions. Developments will always upset someone, but developments must be allowed.