As a Ukip member I am taking up blogging on this site to defend and explain the policies of Britain’s third party of politics, and to debunk some of the lazy journalism that is written about us. Too often Ukip’s political enemies and those in the media take swipes at us by branding us racist and homophobic and for having ill-thought out and un-costed policies. It is understandable when you are a threat to the established, cosy tripartite system at Westminster.
I fought the last election as a Tory PPC in a key marginal seat (Batley and Spen under my previous married name of Small) and joined Ukip 18 months ago. I left the Conservative party when Cameron’s Conservatism left me, when I wasn’t allowed to speak the ‘evil’ of the European question and told to shut up on my support for grammar schools and uncontrolled immigration. More on this in subsequent posts.
Our enemies claim we are a one-man, one issue party. No so. The party is not just Nigel Farage, human dynamo that he is. We have eleven MEPs and tipped to do even better in the 2014 Euro elections, knocking the Tories off the top spot. Most of our MEPs have been in business, a rarity in Brussels and for most British Euro MEPs, who are mostly party apparatchiks or ex-Brussels officios. Of course, like any party, we have disagreements on policy; some members holding more libertarian views than others and those that hold the opposite views to some policy issues such as gay marriage.
CONTINUED at the Huffington Post UK.