Recently, I have been canvassing as the UKIP parliamentary candidate for the Harborough Constituency. I have made some observations.
Interactions with voters fall into questions and statements, and they may present on social media or in person. The latter are either in the form of criticism with prejudice or agreement based on shared sentiments, while the former is around an intrigue that many find odd.
Why did I resign from the Conservatives, only to join UKIP in just a week? There is of course no mystery in that. I have been against Britain joining the EU in 1973. As a citizen from the Commonwealth, I felt Britain took the wrong decision abandoning its close post-colonial ties with Commonwealth countries including Malaysia where I grew up as a boy. My late father, who served in the Malaysian diplomatic service, would have approved of my stance. In our view, Britain’s hegemony as a world power was diminished by its subsumption into the European Union.
The progression toward EU federalism only hardened my resolve, that if I ever chose to become a serious politician, I would join the ranks of those who seek severance from the EU project. As the EU Referendum approached, I used to remind those with whom I discuss politics the importance of restoring our sovereignty as the paramount and over-riding consideration.
Post-EU Referendum, the position of Brexit proved vulnerable to sabotage by those reluctant to leave the EU. Mrs May, as I predicted, would have to call a General Election and I thought it would coincide with the local elections in May 2017. However, what was becoming concerning for me was that while I was removed from the Candidates List of the Conservative Party prior to the EU Referendum, the Conservative Party fielded even more Remainer candidates to safe and winnable seats to contest the General Election.
If Mrs May was to evince to the electorate that her credentials as a Remainer had now been truly shed and she is firmly and irreversibly converted to a Brexiter, she should have appointed to every safe or winnable vacant seat a Brexiter.
From such observations of Mrs May’s strategies and actions, I believe that Britain’s position at the end of the negotiations would be a compromised Brexit with contentious consequences. I resigned because I could not live with my Brexiter conscience, given such reservations over the Party’s request for a voters’ mandate in the form of a huge majority to complete Brexit yet contradicting that ambition with a potentially large cohort of Remainer Conservative MPs.
If I were to continue playing an active part in politics, I decided I would have to join UKIP, the party that was, after all, established with its focus to leave the EU.
In conclusion, I believe Mrs May will get her majority but the real paradox being that she does not need an oversized majority for Britain to get a full Brexit.
Britain needs UKIP to have parliamentary representation in order to monitor and ensure unadulterated Brexit. To that end, I would urge the public to extend their support to patriotic UKIP candidates like me to get elected.