general-election-2015-what-you-need-know-100-days-go-before-polling-dayThis week I received a flyer from the Scottish Conservative candidate for Moray.  His name is Douglas Ross and I know him personally.  I respect Mr Ross as a politician; he has done great work for me in dealings I’ve had in the past with the breathtakingly inept and incompetent bureaucrats who wield most of the power in Moray Council.  On the flyer that arrived on my front doormat, Mr Ross penned a few words asking me if I would support his campaign for election on 7 May.  I decided to respond to Mr Ross by writing to him an open letter that I expect to be published in the local rag, The Northern Scot on Friday this week.  Here is the letter I wrote to Mr Ross.

Thank you very much for sending me your election flyer and in particular the note you wrote at the bottom inviting me to support your campaign.  First, I should like to say what I’ve said to you before privately and publicly: that I think you’re an unusual politician in that you come across as decent, straight-talking and having the very best interests of your electorate in mind.  I like especially your wariness of bureaucrats and bureaucracy which, in my opinion, are becoming dangerously more powerful than should be the case in a democracy.  I’m eternally grateful to you for the assistance you have given me in the past in my dealings with Moray Council.

Bureaucrats increasingly dictate how we live our lives whether that be from the unelected, unaccountable European Commission in Brussels, or indeed from the offices of Moray Council in Elgin.

On the specific matter of my voting intentions, I was for 35 years or so a loyal Conservative voter and, indeed, a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

Over the past 5 years, perhaps longer, I have become spectacularly disillusioned with the two main political parties, Conservative and Labour, who have homogenised in to one indistinguishable, Big State, Europhile political class.  I don’t really care about the trajectory of the Labour Party as such. However, it’s been awful to watch the Conservative Party lose all sense of its conservative roots and slowly but steadily reject the notion of our society being ordered by custom, tradition and, above all, national loyalty.

I’m supporting UKIP not to put one over on the Conservative Party, but for positive reasons.  UKIP is a libertarian political party; it favours national sovereignty over rule by an unelected bureaucratic elite in a foreign country; it is wary of the state in all its forms; UKIP seeks to control the nation’s borders in the interests of the good governance of our society and sound economic management; above all else, UKIP wants to extract the UK from the European Union and remove the prospect of our country being drawn in to the ‘ever closer union’ that will eventually result in a European superstate.

Quite simply, our small island nation cannot absorb indefinitely the arrival of one million new citizens every 5 years: our education services are buckling; our health and social care services are being strained to the limits; our transport infrastructure is hopelessly inadequate; we need to build over 200,000 new dwellings every year at which we’re failing miserably; wages are being driven down across the piece.  No society, however tolerant, can withstand the uncontrolled arrival of hundreds of thousands of new citizens every year, year in year out, without there being a price to be paid, be that purely economic or in terms of the nation’s culture and quality of life.

Neither the Conservative Party nor the Labour Party intends to tackle these issues which threaten the very fabric of our society – because both of those political parties are resolutely in favour of the UK’s continued membership of the European Union.  The same can be said of the SNP, of course. Membership of the European Union means, by definition, that the UK’s borders will remain open; that we shall continue to pay £50 million per day to have most of our laws made by bureaucrats in a foreign country; that we remain in a club whose overriding goal is to eliminate the sovereignty of its individual members and absorb nations in to a European state bureaucracy.

So, my vote at the General Election will not be a tactical vote, a vote against the Conservative Party, nor a vote to prevent the SNP from piling in to Parliament and stirring up a constitutional hornet’s nest.  My vote will be expressly for a political party whose values I recognise and with which I associate, and whose policies offer the best prospects for the UK as a self-governing, sovereign nation. I shall vote UKIP.

I offer my best wishes to all the candidates standing for election and trust that democracy will prevail, bearing in mind that the European Union doesn’t do democracy.


  1. I wholeheartedly concur with your view.

    I too have voted Tory in the past in my London constituency but I can no longer tolerate being governed from Brussels/Strasbourg by foreigners who have next to no interest in the UK and no conception of democracy.

    We are quite capable of running our own country, thank you.


  2. Hysteria · ·

    Good post-


  3. Craig · ·

    Well said that man!


  4. I genuinely think the polls are wrong when it comes to UKIP. I suspect the swivel eyed loons,.. fruitcake jibe(s), that the media pushed out many months ago, was a not so subtle, form of passive aggressive bullying. The net result of that bullying is that a lot of folk I’ve spoken to on the UKIP campaign trail, are reluctant to openly say that they are UKIP minded, for fear of being labelled fruitcake. But, in the privacy of the voting booth,… they *will* vote UKIP
    In short, the polls are missing the group of UKIP voters that might be defined as : ~ *bullied but defiant and determined to vote UKIP*.
    And if johnbickley, is the John Bickley UKIP of Middeton & Heywood, then good luck in closing that 617 vote gap in May.
    I remember the campaigning day in Middleton, a few weeks ago when Stephen Sanderson , I and you got *Edith* (if you remember?), who was suffering blackouts re-housed? Hopefully, lots of extra (grateful) votes from Edith’s extended family for you as prospective MP and Stephen who is also standing as a Councillor.
    Good Luck


  5. · ·

    Well argued as usual MM. However, I take issue with your figure of 1m ‘new arrivals every five years’. New arrivals number 500,000 plus every year. It is only the departure of Brits for foreign climes that tempers the number of NET immigrants to UK to 200-300 thousand p.a. Furthermore, I would venture to suggest that those entering UK don’t follow the generally accepted financial situation of those leaving. eg. To cite my own case as typical, I retired at 52 on an RPI pension of 1.5 UK NAE. (National Average Earnings). We continued to educate our two children privately here in Spain and ensured we were all covered by PHI (private health insurance). In short, we haven’t cost the Spanish system a ‘bean’ and have indeed contributed to it immensely, buying property here, integrating into society and pumping some 750,000€ into the Spanish economy over the last 14 years.From memory of my 52 years in England, I don’t recall any of the hundreds of incomers with whom I came into contact following a similar pattern.Keep up the good work.REL.  El Ma 28/04/15 18:54, Moraymint Chatter escribió:moraymint posted: “This week I received a flyer from the Scottish Conservative candidate for Moray.  His name is Douglas Ross and I know him personally.  I respect Mr Ross as a politician; he has done great work for me in dealings I’ve had in the past with the breathtakingl”


  6. Gillian Fry · ·

    I concur 100 per cent with your comments Moraymint. Did you notice this morning on the BBC News channel that Nigel’s speech was interrupted by a “newsflash” about the demise of a notable ventriloquist!!. Would the BBC have interrupted a speech by Miliband, no I don’t think so. Disgraceful and typical of the BBC.


  7. Peter · ·

    Well you have said it all! A very nice summary of where our nation currently stands. I think this election may have come a bit too soon for UKIP, but I feel confident that, as the penny of realisation drops, support will build strongly for the 2020 election. I just hope the party leaders can stay the course.


  8. Mark Deacon · ·

    Very good moraymint enjoyed the article as it reflects the loss of principals across society, in all areas and what has been lost!

    On the conservative point I think with great fondness of the “tory principles of old” before it got sucked into the new form of society THEY created.

    The new Tories like NU Labour are what I term NeoCons but voting for a decent one (as you mention) gives power to those who would wield it.

    For the 1st time ever I will not be voting on the principal of not giving my consent to those who would betray all I believe in. In addition I am not on the electoral register anymore because I now fully believe Democracy is now a sham mainly from the point that lies are told to obtain office and no consequence ever for the lie.

    You can vote for me if you want because I can promise all they do but a wasted vote if I do not honour every promise made or resign.


  9. Good points, well made.

    My focus at the moment is on the betrayal of the public by both established parties in the single most important role of government – defence and foreign policy.

    Both want to replace Trident, yet the system isn’t even secure – anyone can loiter off Faslane and track departing boats, because this government stripped away maritime surveillance when it bulldozed (literally) Nimrod into a pile of scrap metal. Our hunter-killer subs cannot exercise the necessary “vague menace” because there are now only six of them, meaning just two or three deployed at any one time. Of our 100 Tornado aircraft, it is said that only 6 can be deployed. We cannot carry out power projection because Labour took away the carrier-borne aircraft whilst the Coalition took away the ships as well. We are building new carriers for which we can neither afford full air groups or provide vital escorting ships.

    Not even the very different threats posed by Putin and ISIS has woken these people up. Foreign policy is silly – witness the fuss over Assange – and seems to put corporate profit before the national interest. The public will not trust the executive to wage war until they get the full facts about Iraq, so policy has been abdicated to a Parliamentary vote, which inevitably results in paralysis.

    On foreign policy, the coalition has been utterly clueless. Fertile ground for Labour, you might thinbk, but no – Labour’s big idea seems to be Envoys on matters of religion and sexuality. The Tories want to replace Trident on what can only be macho grounds, and US experts seem to be unanimous that the UK shouldn’t be spending on Trident when it can’t (or won’t) afford sufficient conventional defence.

    This is really serious. No party which fails to understand this should have any role in government. Farage alone does seem to “get it”.


    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Tim and as a retired commissioned officer of 20 years service myself, I could not agree more with your observations. Perhaps I need to turn my own attentions to the detail of the looming disaster that is British foreign and defence policy. Again, for me, it is a tragedy to witness the Conservative Party – of all British political parties – betraying the defence of the realm in favour of pumping up and sustaining the welfare state … despite all their huff and puff about gripping health and social care costs.


  10. eye, bull’s


  11. Old Goat · ·

    Bravo, sir.

    May I have the temerity to publish that elsewhere?


    1. moraymint · ·

      Yes of course, sir.


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