The simple statement that one will vote UKIP is often associated with unfair and unjustifiable connotations. Nationalism, fascism, racism along with other ideologies associated with the far right. Yet these are not the reasons why the majority of UKIP supporters voted for UKIP, such as myself.
For decades the political environment has been grey and lifeless. A dull consensus of wishy-washy politics. The Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives all populate the centre ground and differ from each other very little. However, UKIP offers the electorate a very different choice; a choice of true conviction.
The EU has become a bureaucratic beast that has been sucking out the life of European democracy. The Euro has wrecked economies throughout the Mediterranean; immigration has been ignored while the idea of self-government has been largely thrown out of the window. Furthermore the British people have never had a true say on our costly membership of this undemocratic conglomeration. The 1975 referendum was nearly 40 years ago and many generations have since passed, not to mention that vote was for membership to the European Economic Community rather than a political union. The people of today need a say as they begin to voice their new found Euroscepticism.
But how can somebody vote for a ‘racist’ party? UKIP have been labelled as being a racist party during the past six months, despite the three established parties being plagued by issues over similar allegations of racist and abusive members. Also, since the recent rise in support for Nigel Farage, UKIP have been targeted by the political and media elite due to their fear of the party’s increasing success simply because it is a party that used to be on the fringe of politics that is now becoming a major player. Being to the right of the Conservative Party, the assumption has been made that they must affiliate with ideas of nationalism, and by extension is intrinsically racist, but to claim that UKIP is a racist party simply because it opposes some forms of immigration is simply ludicrous and wrong. If UKIP were truly a racist party they would halt all immigration, but they continue to insist that they think immigration is good. The influx of skilled people has proven since the end of the Second World War to strengthen our public services and economy, UKIP strives to have this at the forefront of its political agenda.
Finally, UKIP offers some a return to the traditional political system. Not too long ago the British political system was divisively partisan. Liberals would vote for the Liberals, socialists would vote for Labour and conservatives would vote Conservative. As UKIP becomes a greater force in politics, Britain’s parties will have to truly define themselves. Perhaps by 2015 we will be living in a much more colourful political system.