Standing Up For What You Believe In
This is about standing up and being counted. A number of my friends, good friends, are dismayed at my decision to join The Brexit Party, still more dismayed at my decision to stand as an election candidate – which I have done. Nigel Farage called me at home a couple of weeks ago to tell me that I was a promising potential election candidate and that The Brexit Party would be following through with my application to stand in the next General Election.
At the risk of putting words into their mouths, by and large those dismayed friends of mine seem to believe that the EU Referendum decision of the majority of the British electorate, that the UK should leave the EU, was some sort of grotesque political aberration which we’ll live to regret. I may be wrong in that assertion, but it’s the impression I get from at least some of my Remain-voting buddies. I don’t seek to change their minds; we’ve had the Leave/Remain debate and the democratic decision for the UK to Leave the EU was made on 23 June 2016. In my last post, however, I did seek to persuade the ‘Don’t Knows’ of the case for recovering the UK’s sovereignty.
If my friends or anyone else for that matter continue to feel strongly that the UK should be a member of the European Union, then they should press their case after the UK has recovered its sovereignty, per the decision of British voters in the EU Referendum. Let’s fulfil the original democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom before campaigning for a new or different democratic mandate. By all means make the case for a United States of Europe if you will but do it after the UK has left the European Union. If you wish to make your case on this blog, please feel free to send me your essay at any time.
Standing as a Brexit Party Election Candidate
In applying to be a Brexit Party election candidate I was asked, inter alia, two key questions:
Tell us why you should be considered as a candidate for The Brexit Party.
Tell us the political messages you would like to deliver.
Here’s how I answered those two questions.
Why Vote for Moraymint?
First, I’m not a politician. I’m an ex-RAF Regiment officer and past company director-shareholder. Today, I’m a business consultant and I also work from time-to-time hosting guests from all over the world travelling on the Belmond Royal Scotsman train. I control my own diary.
I base my eligibility to be a Brexit Party candidate on the following: my diverse and extensive real-world experience; my active interest in politics, economics and the workings of our society; my political philosophy (see below); my education – I have a Joint Honours degree in Physics & Applied Physics and I’m a Master of Business Administration; my personal organisation skills; my writing skills; my public speaking skills and experience; my energy and integrity. I would stress my belief in the Nolan Principles of Public Life.
My Political Messages
In terms of my personal political philosophy, above all else I believe in the sanctity of the free and democratic sovereign nation-state. Bluntly, I abhor the anti-democratic, artificial political construct that is the European Union.
Furthermore, I value and believe in the following: small government – the smaller the better consistent with effective national security, the rule of law, public order and protection of the weakest in society. I believe in free enterprise, in personal and economic freedom. I believe in property rights and in individual judgement as opposed to the ‘Nanny State’. I believe in voluntary association (join any club, political party, society or religious group that you like). I believe in freedom of the press.
As a bottom line, I believe in patriotism (as opposed to nationalism) and I believe in the UK’s constitutional monarchy.
A Call to Arms
‘A call to arms’ means a call to make ready for confrontation. That said, I believe in pursuing and achieving change through peaceful confrontation and the power of the ballot box, the power of democracy.
Hey look, if you believe that the best possible future for the people of the United Kingdom lies within a United States of Europe governed by unelected, unaccountable, overpaid bureaucrats like Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Michel Barnier et al, then please ignore everything in this post. Make a compelling case for the United States of Europe to your friends over a beer, in letters to the editors of newspapers local and national, across social media. Tell people why living in a free and democratic sovereign nation-state is anachronistic and all rather passé. Instead, tell people why living in a vanilla, geographic region within a federated superstate under an unelected government is the bee’s knees, the way to go, the best possible future for the people of the United Kingdom. You’d struggle to persuade me of your case but who knows – millions might agree with you.
Alternatively, you could swing in behind the only political party in the UK today that stands for democracy: The Brexit Party. Here’s The Brexit Party’s election broadcast – why not watch it and give some serious thought to rallying to the call?
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