I am taking the time to write this because I think you may in fact be a good candidate to be the next UKIP leader in general. What I feel however is that there may be a huge blind spot in your thinking which troubles me greatly. To be fair to you its the same blind spot that most prospective politicians in the UK seem to also suffer from. We never find out what politicians really think about it because its practically a taboo subject in UK politics currently.
WHAT BLIND SPOT?
The blind spot is Islam. I conclude this from your comment:
“UKIP is the only party that doesn’t care what religion you are…”
in this video:
By the way there is nothing racist about objecting to a person’s religion as you seem to be implying by your remarks here. I also think it is extremely unwise to allow people into our country whose stated beliefs are that they should strike terror into our hearts by smiting our necks and cutting all our fingertips off (Quran 8:12). Even, or perhaps especially, if they are qualified doctors.
You may not feel you have time to listen to my arguments about Islam but that is part of the problem here – our politicians never do. They are too busy talking about Brexit (rightly), immigration (rightly), “modern slavery”, transgender rights, the national debt (occasionally) and then whatever trivialities the mainstream media are fussing about today (donkeys?!?). Islam is a grave threat to our way of life. Islam incites its followers to commit acts of violence including terrorist attacks, murder, rape against us non-Muslims. I explained in more detail how it does this here:
Islam also threatens our way of life because it is not just a religion but also a supremacist political ideology – a blueprint for brutal totalitarian rule following the “beautiful example” of Mohammed. If Muslims ever become the majority of UK citizens our democracy and freedom of speech will be doomed. Even a large Muslim minority could spell the end of a truly free society – in fact measures proposed by the Conservative govt. have threatened this already, supposedly as a response to the threat of “extremism”. There are already areas of the UK that are in practical terms no longer part of the UK, having their own courts and even police. We can fully expect this trend to continue under the feeble current political establishment’s policies.
EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW
Equality before the law has been eroded by a number of trends in recent decades, a subject I wrote about here:
Do you intend to address incitement law? Currently we have the problem that followers of religions (particularly Islam) are free to incite violence/murder/rape against the rest of us. If the law was applied logically and consistently then mainstream Islamic preachers would be arrested for suggesting that the Koran is the unquestionable word of the only god. The Koran incites violence, murder, terror, rape as I explained in the post linked to above. We can never have equality before the law as long as there is one law for the religious and another for everyone else.
HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THE PROBLEM CALLED ISLAM?
CLOSE SHARIA COURTS?
You apparently have promised to close Sharia courts but you will be unable to do this except in a few isolated instances when complaints are made to the police by those affected. Sharia courts can take place anywhere, behind closed doors. They also often take place in areas that are practically no-go zones for the police. Therefore any efforts you make in this direction will be futile and never amount to more than a token gesture. You will not be able to close most of them down and it is very unwise of you to promise to do this – you are raising expectations that you cannot deliver.
BAN MINARETS AND THE CALL TO PRAYER?
This is certainly worth considering and would have some effect. As someone reminded me today, the process of direct democracy could enable the people to bring forward a measure such as this. By this route we could minimize the diplomatic difficulties that would be involved if our government proposed this directly. A ban on minarets was actually implemented in Switzerland by this route. I fully support direct democracy but we must also address voting fraud before we launch direct democracy.
Closing mosques would have an effect on reducing Islamic influence in general because they are very visible symbols of the religion. They embolden the preachers who encourage their followers to think Islam is going to replace our way of life. They cause non-Muslims to leave the areas where they appear because non-Muslims feel alienated by them and there are often “parking problems” (something Gavin Boby has referred to as parking jihad – cars blocking private entrances and so forth).
Of course closing mosques would be quite an inflammatory thing to do, although certainly not nearly as inflammatory as a lot of things that go on in Muslim majority countries. Somehow I doubt that you will want to contemplate this course of action – perhaps direct democracy could also deliver this.
Another softer approach would be to covertly encourage councils to block all future planning applications for new mosques and mosque extensions, this would be better than blithely approving the applications as seems to be the current policy. Unfortunately due to the rate of change such measures would only likely slow the growth of Islamic influence a little. That is not good enough, we need to reverse this trend.
This is in fact the most significant area where something can easily be done right away. I am very pleased to see UKIP wants to limit child benefit to 2 children, although I would go further all the way down to zero. I just don’t think we should be paying people to have children that they cannot support (or cannot be bothered to support in many cases). This policy will likely meet great resistance from the left, especially when it is implemented and the inevitable sob stories start to be published. You need to be prepared for that, reintroducing responsibility into society is going to meet a lot of resistance I believe.
THE DEATH PENALTY FOR MOHAMMED?
Apparently you have called for the death penalty for those paedophiles who target pre-pubescent children, a suggestion which many Muslims may find offensive, as I explained here:
UKIP AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH
A return to a sensible degree of freedom of speech is one essential thing we must have. I am glad to hear this seems to be high on your agenda. Then we can talk more openly of such subjects as that awkward one I just referred to, which is never mentioned at the BBC.
PRIVATIZE THE BBC
We need to do this urgently. The BBC is brainwashing the UK population into believing that Islam is nice when its really not, among other things. Perhaps privatizing the BBC is another policy that can be achieved through your proposed direct democracy.
THE UKIP AND ISLAM PROBLEM
A news article seems to illustrate this problem rather starkly – a UKIP candidate is banned for making this sensible suggestion:
“Ban Islam and knock down all mosques”
Candidates should not be banned from your party for making sensible suggestions like that. The recent leadership campaign does seem to be finally raising the question of what the contenders are referring to as “radical” Islam, a religion that is known to those of us in the know more simply as just plain ordinary Islam.
A BILL OF RIGHTS?
Another more radical way we might address these problems is by adopting an equivalent to the US constitution. We would also have to recognize that with greater freedom comes greater danger – if we allow Islamic preachers to continue to incite violence against us then we must be able to protect ourselves, with an equivalent to the Second Amendment. This would be a momentous change in our society that would need to be thought about long and hard. It may become necessary in any case however due to Theresa May’s immigration policy (let them all in while pretending to be tough on immigration).
A SHORT STORY ABOUT A DONKEY AND A HORSE (OR WAS IT A BBC PRESENTER?)
Serious people do not care if you make a joke about a donkey raping a horse. Serious people do care about the ever growing influence of Islam in the West. Don’t worry about what BBC presenters think of you, the public at large is increasingly skeptical about everything the BBC represents, as I think was demonstrated by the Brexit vote.
Please, get educated about Islam. I’m not asking you to become the UK’s answer to Geert Wilders necessarily (its very, very dangerous to do what he is doing of course). However we do need to care about what religions people follow, we really do. The links to my posts above should be enough to convince you about that.
Perhaps politicians should stay out of the debate about Islam, but what they certainly should NOT do is to try to suppress that debate, as Theresa May has been doing. Perhaps the best way forward is for greater freedom of speech and direct democracy, to allow incitement in fact. In that case we also need to consider allowing people to defend themselves properly, as I suggested above, in case those incited decide to act.