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UKIP was founded in 1993 to campaign for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Not because we hate Europe, or foreigners, or anyone at all; but because it is undemocratic, expensive, bossy – and we still haven’t been asked whether we want to be in it. But the EU is only the biggest symptom of the real problem – the theft of our democracy by a powerful, remote political ‘elite’ which has forgotten that it’s here to serve the people.
It is true that the end of the year saw a dip in our polling as Cameron gained a bounce. While I congratulate David Cameron, what is in all honesty could have done differently? The slow realisation will however dawn, that not a single power has been brought back from Brussels and that amidst the new mood of retribution in Brussels, British businesses are under greater threat than they were before the 'veto'.
There is now an overwhelming desire of the British people to have a referendum on this issue, a referendum that Cameron, Clegg and Milliband steadfastly refuse to grant. In 2012 we will continue our progress in local government elections and focus heavily on the London Assembly polls in May.
London needs growth, London needs jobs, London needs the deregulation of employment legislation and London needs control of the mass legal and illegal immigration. UKIP will provide that voice and win seats at the London Elections. Given my views I sadly cannot promise you a prosperous New Year, but one in which the political class further lose their grip on both reality and the country. With all best wishes for 2012,
At the last election we opted to merge 20% basic income tax with 11% national insurance to create a 31% flat tax on all earned incomes over £11,500. As a tax cut for all, with a higher threshold, it would also take the poorest paid out of income tax altogether. It would also mean abolishing the existing 40% and 50% income tax brackets, the latter actually costing the economy rather than taking in revenue. For employers, UKIP aims to abolish employers’ national insurance across a parliament to end the tax on jobs. This will undoubtedly boost employment and simplify the process of employing people.
· UKIP believes that British forces should not be involved in the Libyan situation.
· Strengthen our commitment to NATO, while withdrawing from all EU operations
· Introduce better pay, conditions and medical care for the British Armed Forces personnel and their families
· Introduce a ‘National Defence Medal’ respecting the service of all armed forces personnel and not just those who saw combat
· Reappraise our operations in Afghanistan to create a single, clear and achievable mission or seek to negotiate a withdrawal with our NATO partners
· Restore historic regiments, such as the Highland regiments, which are being subsumed into planned European battle groups