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Quote of the Week.

The current political class is fighting yesterday’s battles: ones that began when we were living with the illusion of unearned wealth and unconditional security. But now the party’s over. The boom busted and all we’re left to show for it is New Labour’s mega-state and its decadent moral code. Those who continue to defend these artefacts offer no hope for the future. They are destined to repeat the same mistakes unto destruction. If UKIP offer the slightest prospect of change, they have to be worth a punt.


Russell Taylor


  1. Sam Duncan says:

    I had another one poised on the blocks, but that’ll do too.

    I think there’s a lot of truth to it. Rather like the SNP up here, UKIP’s current success has as much, if not more, to do with ordinary everyday politics – in a manner of speaking – as genuine enthusiasm for their raison d’etre (I’m not sure anyone outside the party itself really believes the 2014 “Yes” campaign stands a snowball’s chance in Hell). The Nats rode a wave of disgust with Labour’s sense of entitlement to power, and UKIP is experiencing a similar pheonomenon directed at all three major parties.

    In other words, both are protest votes, but not necessarily the short-term, single election, type that we usually see. The protesters really mean it.

    By rights this means UKIP should repeat that success in Scotland, since for all that they aren’t the Labour establishment, the SNP are still political-class professionals who don’t seem to have noticed that the game has changed. Indeed, the other main factor contributing to their popularity is a widespread state of denial among Scots that the 20th Century welfare state is no longer sustainable; the idea that austerity, debt-reduction, and small-state denationalization are simply hotheaded whims of the English. But for that very reason I’m not holding my breath.

  2. John says:

    They’re different. That’s it.
    They’re not better, they still have the same vagueness as the others.
    At heart, they are the same.
    Look at their health policies:

    • maintains the existing principles of the NHS
    • scales down the Department of Health
    • creates elected County Health Boards
    • devolves budgets and responsibilities straight to CHB members who answer to us
    • restores traditional nursing training and roles whilst safeguarding skills and knowledge
    • gives everyone a joint responsibility to improve standards for all
    • restores free eye and dental checks

    Maybe they should look at the health service in the light of the Health and Care reform act ?
    Dept of Health no longer in charge of the health service (I do not mention NHS, since with the passage of that act it ceases to be)
    With contracts already signed it would take a GDP amount of cash to buy-out those contracts.

  3. Mr Ed says:

    @ John, any contractual issues can be resolved in two ways (i) statutory novation, i.e. declaration of variation or, (ii) a statutory withholding tax on payments.

    Say a new PM looked at Private Finance Initiatives and said ‘Right, we’ll pay the (say) £90,000,000,000 due this year for the defence contracts, or hospital gardening, but our 101% withholding tax means that you pay us £900,000,000 within 30 days’ and the State issues a voucher showing the payment made and tax deducted.

    Of course, this may deter future ‘investors’, from rent-seeking via the State, oh dear, never mind.

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