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 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.