It’s hard to be objective about the outcome of the elections, having been in the thick of the battle. This post is more about my personal experiences of the campaign and reflections on the aftermath. I joined UKIP because it is the only party with a sane energy policy, and as an engineer with a degree in the history and philosophy of science, I’m only too aware of the danger to our country’s economic and social well being of the insane energy policy pursued by successive Labour and Conservative governments. Although the main parties avoided the energy question during the election campaign, I believe it to be the most important issue underlying UK politics.
Which brings me face to face with the green influence which has captured the ear of the progressive wings of both main parties which have held sway over the last two decades of global warming fevered politics. The civil service is strongly infected with the bug, as is academia, the media, and the arts. As Nigel Farage pointed out recently, all these areas of public life are dominated by people who attended the fee paying schools and did PPE degrees at the top universities. Commonsense and the injection of climate realism is sorely needed, and this is why I entered the political fray. I got attacked with a tirade of abuse for my views on the economic upside of fracking and non-dramatic climate change at a hustings in Leeds a couple of weeks ago by the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition candidate (and Bunny la Roche impersonator) Liz Kitching. In the event she polled 323 votes to my 4687.
But despite beating Liz by an order of magnitude, I only got 9.2% of the vote in my constituency of Pudsey. The positive spin on this figure, is that it’s a fourfold improvement on the result achieved by the previous UKIP candidate in Pudsey. Not that this is any reflection on our relative abilities, since that fourfold improvement is the same as that seen countrywide, enabling UKIP to achieve over 100 second places, firmly establishing us as the real opposition to the pro-EU/green progressive establishment. I did marginally better in the local election, where I gained 13.5% of the vote as the council candidate for Pudsey town itself.
Clearly, this election was dominated by the same old main parties, and the reasons for that are largely speaking; fear, ignorance, apathy and loyalty. Fear of change and of the nationalist insurgence in Scotland. Ignorance of what UKIP really stands for. Apathy about politics in general. Loyalty to the party your parents voted for. These are the factors we must overcome if we are to effect the change we sorely need.