James Delingpole

UKIP is patriotic, fiscally conservative and socially libertarian – what’s not to like?

30 March 2013

9:00 AM

30 March 2013

9:00 AM

‘A conduit for pissed-off protest voters.’ ‘Farage’s Falange.’ ‘Fascists in blazers.’ These are some of the things friends have said about Ukip recently and I don’t want to embarrass them by naming names, for the last thing I’d wish on a mate is the queasy feeling I had this morning after a particularly bizarre anxiety dream. I dreamt that I’d agreed to let a (male) autograph hunter photograph my penis and that, rather than keep it to himself — as I’d trusted him to do — he sold it to all the newspapers.

No, I don’t understand the dream either. But still less do I understand those criticisms of Ukip, which only make any sense if a) you’ve never troubled to acquaint yourself with Ukip’s policies or b) you’re stuck in a bubble marked 2009 and haven’t twigged how radically the world has shifted since.

Let me tell you about my own political journey and we can compare notes. Up till recently, like a lot of ‘natural conservatives’, I’ve held dual political nationality: my heart with Ukip, my head with the Tories. This seemed to me the pragmatic position and gelled with what I’d been advised shortly after the general election by one of the Conservative party’s senior dark arts operatives.

‘Look, I know you hate what Dave is doing and you may be right,’ he said. ‘But you’ve got to realise there’s no point in going elsewhere, we’re your only hope. So instead of knocking us all the time, why not encourage us when we do things you like — and help trigger the right-wing counter-revolution?’

Sometimes I remembered to do this. I went to Owen Paterson’s constituency to explain to his local donors (who are so right-wing they thought I was a pinko) that here, at least, was an MP more than deserving of their loyalty. I also wrote occasional blogposts congratulating the Conservatives when they managed to do something vaguely conservative.


But such opportunities didn’t present themselves very often. Scarcely at all, in fact. There are only so many blogposts you can write saying how marvellous you think Michael Gove is or what high hopes you have for the new energy minister. Especially when, as it turns out shortly afterwards, that the new energy minister has been emasculated by his potato-faced departmental head.

Every Ukip-er can probably describe his Damascene moment. For some it goes right back to Cast Iron Dave’s broken promise; for others, it might be HS2 or the Tories’ dismal apologiae for the Mid-Staffordshire hospital report. In my case, it was energy.

When I stood down as the independent, anti-wind-farm candidate in the Corby by-election, it was on the understanding that my work was done. The Tories, having parachuted the no-nonsense, wind-sceptic John Hayes into the Department of Energy and Climate Change, were ready to row back from the disastrous policies written for them by an earlier environment minister, one Ed Miliband. Or it so seemed.

Then nothing. Or nearly nothing. There was a bit of Toryish tinkering here and there: noises about wind farms in the wrong place (and the right place would be where, exactly?), a mooted reduction in renewables subsidies (yeah right: they’re about to be increased massively), vague nods towards the possibility of thinking about maybe sometime exploiting the 200 trillion cubic feet of shale gas beneath Blackpool alone.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the destruction of the British landscape with bat-chomping eco-crucifixes has continued apace; and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has just blown £50 million of our money to help some fund called Greencoat buy six new wind farms. Our shale miracle remains a distant mirage. Energy prices continue to rise, our economy continues to tank, old people continue to shiver and die in fuel poverty while ‘global warming’ has remained stubbornly on hold for the past 16 years.

This is the point where some Cameroon chips in: ‘But you’ve got to understand, we’re in coalition with the Lib Dems. If we’d won the election outright it would have been different.’ Oh, shurrup, no it wouldn’t. Many of the politicians who’ve been pushing for the most extreme green energy policies — among them Lord Deben, Tim Yeo, Oliver Letwin and Greg Barker — are Conservatives. Our insane energy policies are no unhappy accident: they’re part of the Conservative plan.

But not the Ukip plan. Have a look at the manifesto sometime. You’ll be amazed. It’s like your wish list of all the things you’d like to see happen to Britain but never dared imagine possible. Not extremist stuff: just policies which honestly reflect the dire state the country is in and seriously, reasonably, decently attempt to address it.

So Ukip’s spending budget — more on defence, police, prisons and infrastructure — hasn’t been properly costed yet. Well, of course not. Nor has George Osborne’s. And anyway, it’s beside the point. Ukip will have plenty of time in the coming months to tinker with the detail. What matters far more is its stated direction of travel: patriotic, fiscally conservative, socially libertarian, tougher on crime, stricter on immigration — the kind of stuff many if not most voters want but have been denied by the Hobson’s choice of LibLabCon.

Those policies have been in place since 2010, so it’s not as if Ukip has suddenly become something it wasn’t. What has changed is events: that magnificent second place at Eastleigh; the March snow mocking the coalition’s global warming alarmism; the emergence of plausible, articulate representatives like the superb Diane James. No one I’ve met who joined Ukip recently did so as a protest vote: they did it because Ukip believes what they believe; because they see it as the future — the natural party of government in a brave new world where politicians are the people’s servants, not their masters.

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  • thejollygreenman

    James, a way to stop the raft of wind farms that is currently on the drawing board is for UKIP to state that they will exercise the Cyprus option when in power. The Cyprus option? Yes, all the electricity subsidies will be cut, and all suppliers will be paid the going – coal costed – rate for power. And that includes the father-in-law of Cameron and the Prince of Wales. Cut the subsidies, Cyprus showed that it can be done!

    • Mike Scott-Hayward

      Actually, UKIP’s Lord Monkton said just that. Yes indeed, in fact our aim is to STOP SUBSIDISING wind energy. Full Stop. And whingers who took the freebies would simply have to admit they invest in an uneconomic con. Like all bad risks…they deserve to lose. Do read the policy – end of DECC, and Climate Change Act repealed.

      • Daniel Maris

        That’s a good start. What do you think will happen? There are contracts with landowners already in place. So you think the electricity companies will decide to reduce dividends to their shareholders and carry the pain themselves? Or do you think they will add the extra cost to people’s bills?

        Of course there may be force majeure clauses in place which simply allow companies to stop using the wind turbines. What do you think will happen then? Will the gas providers all say – oh dear, poor UK, they are going to need extra gas, let’s give it to them quickly at a low price? Or do you think they will milk the ensuing crisis for every penny they can get?

        If this is an example of UKIP economics then I think I was right to say they will be worse than Osborne.

        • http://twitter.com/MisterQuintus Tony Quintus

          The subsidy is already on the bill, and is costing everybody a fortune.

        • blingmun

          Left to their own devices the gas providers would compete to extract as much shale gas as possible because the current high price of fuel makes it highly profitable to do so. As long as there are subsidies for wind farms, the energy companies will continue to produce overpriced energy using technology that makes no sense economically.

    • John Morgan

      Jollygreenman, I am a UKIP supporter, more so since the Blitzkrieg on Cyprus, 25 March. I do not think you can draw comparisons with energy sector in Cyprus. The Electricity Authority of Cyprus is a State Utility. The high tarrifs pay for the inflated salaries and pensions of the workers and to a lesser extent subsidise development of the large photo-voltaic arrays. Our previous President, after running up € 7.5bn State debt (42% of GDP), used Syrian munitions to destroy the main power station. The windfarms in Cyprus kept the lights on and the airports running. They are owned by a private investor. The exploitation of the offshore gas reserves is for the account of the Oil majors.

      • ArchiePonsonby

        I suppose that it would be too much to ask that ALL of our national Utilities be taken back into British (the Scots we can talk about) hands, ehr kid?

        • http://twitter.com/MisterQuintus Tony Quintus

          The transmission networks certainly should at the very least, but then so should passenger rail services and telecoms
          And I consider myself a “small c” conservative

    • Daniel Maris

      LOL, coal is more expensive than gas or onshore wind in most sites. Do your research. And are you going to withdraw the subsidies from super-expensive nuclear?

  • http://twitter.com/rengarclassic phil davis

    i was disappointed when UKIP/Farage stated they would not support gay marriage. that is their one policy which still belongs in the past.

    • last_brit_standing

      Why does it ‘belong in the past’ to not want to change the definition of marriage? Your opinion on it presumes that the future involves allowing it.

      • Brent

        Why should any government entity be involved in defining what marriage is or should be? I feel that we need to stop accepting the premise everything needs to be defined or controlled by government.

        • last_brit_standing

          I don’t agree with the premise of government control over everything; but I do think that we need to have official recognition of marriage, otherwise anyone could marry any animate or inanimate object they want and it wouldn’t be worth a tinker’s toss because there’d be no fiscal advantage and many of the couples getting married wouldn’t be able to produce children anyway. If that’s your idea of the future, it’s not mine.

          • Brent

            The word and meaning of marriage stood for 2000 years or more before government ever started involving itself and issuing licenses. It’s a sacrament and can’t be re-defined by anyone just because they don’t like it’s meaning. If there were no tax issues etc. it would go back to being a sacrament/religious rite and not some social experiment.

          • last_brit_standing

            Yes, but in the past it relied either on people’s religious beliefs to define what was acceptable and what wasn’t; or alternatively, a sort of ‘gun law’ which prevailed in less advanced societies. I don’t think our society can manage to rely on either of those things.

    • http://twitter.com/kevint1972 Kevin T

      Personally I could care less whether we rename civil partnerships (which UKIP has always supported) gay marriages. Nor apparently did gay people until after the Tories announced this. I don’t recall a single demonstration or even petition about the grave injustice.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bill.rollinson1 Bill Rollinson

        Aren’t the yanks having a go at this as well? Some kind of ideology flying around perhaps? Could it be money orientated? Why anyone wants to change things is beyond me, while we have so much more IMPORTANT things to worry about? Employment, the economy, growth, energy……….

    • david.geddes1

      UKIP are not pro-gay or pro-Christian. They’re pro people with differing outlooks getting on with each other whilst agreeing to disagree about their lifestyles. This used to be called tolerance.

      In labelling ideas as ‘belong in the past’ it is clear that you don’t think that they deserve to be given any form of consideration. This used to be called intolerance.

      • LEngland

        This IS called tolerance and that IS called intolerance. Cut the fatuous euphemisms and don’t give succour to troublemakers. I know many practicing homosexualists ( the noun ) who are anything BUT gay.
        How can someone ( anyone) be adequately defined if they insist on hiding behind an unsuitable, stolen euphemism ?

      • http://twitter.com/AbbeyLane5 Abbey Lane

        The question of ‘allowing’ gay marriage yes or no,does not represent a glaringly urgent, vital, siesmic issue right now. They marry anyway, it’s called a civil partnership, I don’t see every gay couple in England protesting on the steps of number 10 Downing Street right now crying and begging for the right to hitch themselves together, forever in holy matrimony. Far more important is England’s urgent need to secure a DIVORCE from the EU. Sometime after that happy event, sympathetic persons could, perhaps, untangle the strange religeous beliefs surrounding the thorny issues of ‘Marriage’.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.hodge.9 Pete Hodge

      Even if were not a member of ‘Nigel’s Army’ I would be opposed to same sex marriage. Why is that there are those who want to change things? Homosexuality was rightly, illegal and considered immoral and unnatural. It is still immoral and unnatural. Where do we go next. As in the future other groups will force a change in social mores. Paedophilia will become legal, humans will be free to ‘marry’ animals. No chance? 50 years ago that was said about homosexuality becoming accepted. Actually it is not so accepted. Opponents are scared to speak out because of a law system that denies the right to oppose immorality. It is good tat one party is prepared to stand up for morality.

    • LEngland

      Every wedding I have attended has been a very gay affair.

    • http://www.davidbennett.dk/wordpress/ dpbennett

      you can still pass it in law without supporting it

  • donkeypunch

    have a look at the UKIP manifesto, and laugh heartily more like. some of it is 7 years old and is so vague it’s almost like Farage wrote it down the pub once it was pointed out that most sane people aren’t as obsessed with the EU as he is. It’s a single issue party pretending to give a stuff about other things. I’m sure Farage is a top bloke to have a beer with, but really, come on…

    • fubarroso

      If you look at a 7 year old manifesto you would expect it to be 7-years old wouldn’t you? Try going to their website now and you will find up-to-date policies on most of the important topics. Roger Helmer’s recently released policies on Energy being one such http://ukip.org/media/policies/energy.pdf

      • http://twitter.com/radsatser radsatser

        Wasting your time talking to some of them, they have been repeating the same old rubbish for years, although to be honest the more intelligent amongst them have finally realised that spouting rubbish just makes them look stupid. Obviously donkeypunch is not one of them.

        • Boudicca_Icenii

          The clue’s in his name.

      • Kubizek

        Interesting to see how much Helmer relies on Olkiluoto


        The launch of a flagship nuclear power station in Finland has been delayed for a third time, officials say.

        Finnish electricity company TVO says the Olkiluoto 3 plant will not be ready by the latest deadline of 2014 and a new timetable has not yet been set.

        The plant will be powered by a new generation of nuclear technology called the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR).

        China looks set to be the first country to operate an EPR reactor with one due to enter service in 2013.

        Olkiluoto 3, originally due to be ready by 2009, is being built by French nuclear company Areva and German engineering giant Siemens.

        • napiersabre

          The days of the Zillion GW nuclear monstrosity are over. They are one offs therefore always subject to delay and cost overruns. The future is with smaller submarine sized nuclear generators based on a variety of new technologies such as fast fission and molten salt thorium reactors. These can be manufactured on an industrial scale where we get the economies of scale and built in quality at sensible cost. They can be placed near to where the power is requires and produce heat for hospitals and schools. What’s more these advanced reactors produce almost no waste and even better can burn all our current waste. WIN WIN WIN Shale will power our economy whilst we get this up and running and Britain will once more lead the world.

        • Daniel Maris

          Yep, it’s been a financial disaster. Let’s hope that’s all it stays.

    • ogga1


      There is a pie looking for you.

    • Fasdunkle

      The same could be said for any party manifesto

    • James

      Unsurprisingly, the other parties are now copying UKIP? Popularity is not just the EU either. However, hardly anyone wants to be in the EU if you exclude bankers who earn more money out of it and immigrants doing low paid jobs.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S7LUOD2P3JFRDSG2SL7YKQVY7E fred smith

        Not really. They are pretending to copy UKIP a bit, as with Miliband’s statement that their immigration policy may not have been an unalloyed blessing and Cameron’s now you see it, now you don’t position on controlling immigration and the EU referendum.

        The thing is that we know they are only hinting at these things. They don’t mean any of it. What they intend to do is business as usual.

        • James

          Our governments have been privatised. Now Europe is being privatised and people are being oppressed. We live post-demoracy with enforced political correctness and social engineering that is destroying Britain, or England as I like to call it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      At which parts of UKIP’s manifesto are we to laugh, specifically?

      I remember the Conservative manifesto from a lot less than seven years ago, and I laugh heartily. Especially that bit about repatriating powers from the EU. Gosh, what a rib-tickler!

      And all that stuff about the “Big Society” — zany and anarchic as any Spike Milligan sketch!

      Recognising traditional marriage in the tax system.

      Repealing inheritance tax.

      Eliminating the budget deficit.

      Support the armed forces.

      Devolving power to the lowest level.

      Pure comedic genius, all of it.

  • TheVoiceofReasonII

    Good for you James. For me it was the expenses scandal, I hadn’t really been interested before and could not decide whether to lay down my voting baton forever since non of the usual suspects cared to have anything like my wishes in their manifesto.
    I don’t agree with absolutely everything and no doubt there will be change but the override button for me is the €U it trumps any other policies since without that one the rest is meaningless anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damian-DeWitt/100000143081032 Damian DeWitt

    James, are your going to be the Shadow Cabinet Minister for the Dismantling of Environmentalism?

    • http://twitter.com/JamesDelingpole James Delingpole


      • Boudicca_Icenii


        • Daniel Maris

          Great!!! Pea soupers here we come! And while we’re about it, let’s harness up the ponies for the pits. 🙂

          • Remittance Man

            Stuff the ponies. Children require much smaller tunnels.

      • ArchiePonsonby

        THAT’S the stuff, ehr kid, in’t it! You should definitely be in the forthcoming UKIP Cabinet!

  • last_brit_standing

    “For some it goes right back to Cast Iron Dave’s broken promise”

    For some it goes back a little further than that. To being not a natural Tory voter and seeing no point in voting Tory if they weren’t conservative. It’s a process that really started under Thatcher with the liberals and europhiles in her cabinet, but it only relly became out of hand under Cameron. Now, they’re like salt that’s lost its saviour, and is only fit for the dunghill.

  • http://twitter.com/kevint1972 Kevin T

    Where would be good places for wind farms? Notting Hill. Islington. Clapham. Chelsea. Camden. Pepper every expensive area of London with the things. Pleased to hear you’re in UKIP.

    • oldsteph

      You forgot Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park!

      • Birger_Skruddusvingen

        “You forgot Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park!”

        You both forgot Buckingham Palace and Whitehall.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Wright/718338123 David Wright

          Downing Street

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.mousley.10 John Mousley


    • http://twitter.com/bbcgoogle Rockin Ron

      He isn’t. Just said he likes UKIP. I think he is leaving himself some wriggle room to champion the Tories.

    • http://twitter.com/MisterQuintus Tony Quintus

      How about offshore, preferably in mixed use farms with tidal/wave power to maximise the value of the additional infrastructure.

    • dalai guevara

      In the meantime, German Handelsblatt reports that ‘for the first time in history, the Easter period could see a 100% provision of energy by renewable sources’.

      Worlds apart – mentally and on the ground.

  • http://fenbeagleblog.wordpress.com/ Fenbeagle

    Where would be a good place for wind folly arrays?….Where they are putting them if UKIP wants to increase it’s strength politically.

  • losingthewilltolive

    Can you give us a link James to where they are going to increase subsidies massively for useless wind farms?

    • http://twitter.com/JamesDelingpole James Delingpole

      I’m writing it up shortly. Watch my Telegraph blog over the next few days.

      • Simon Mason

        James, i can see why most UKIP policies attracted you. But there’s nothing “socially libertarian” about their stance on gay marriage, immigration & locking lots more people up.

        • http://twitter.com/JamesDelingpole James Delingpole

          I love it when non-libertarians try to define what libertarianism stands for. First, there is an excellent libertarian case for UKIP’s stance on the gay marriage issue. As someone else has pointed out above, its none of the government’s bloody business and homosexual couples already had equality before the law. It was in fact, a Europe-driven stunt cooked up by EU apparatchiks and gay activist groups. Why on earth would UKIP want to endorse that?
          Second, its only possibility for liberty to thrive within a structure of property rights and law and order. If you think we’d enjoy more liberty with more criminals loose on the streets then good luck to you. But it’s not libertarianism you’re advocating there. It’s anarchism.

          • David Lindsay

            Farage was in favour of same-sex “marriage” until Cameron decided to legislate for it, and he remains on record in support of legalising drugs and prostitution. More people ought to know these things.

            Meanwhile, one of those “Friends of Israel” outfits has materialised in order to dictate UKIP’s foreign policy, and the party is very close to The Commentator, which in turn is very close to the Henry Jackson Society.

            Traditional Tories, these are not.

          • Curnonsky

            Traditional Tories being anti-Semites, presumably?

          • Jelly Jim

            So why not just push for the state to minimise its role in the sanctification of formal relationships altogether? That would at least be intellectually honest.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

            Have you seen the difficulties involved when a court has to decide the rights of an unmarried couple splitting up, as opposed to a married couple? There are rules governing the division of assets between a slitting couple that is legally recognised. Where the couple was merely shacked up, there are no rules, and the only people who benefit are the lawyers.

            It’s not as simple as you might imagine. Besides, is there a public demand for a wholesale abolition of marriage? We do live in a democracy, after all. The government exists, in theory, to implement the will of the People, not to impose on the People.

          • Jelly Jim

            Well that doesn’t quite address my point, as you’re working on the assumption that I advocate the state not recognising any sanctification at all, alongside the ‘wholesale abolition of marriage’ (I don’t). I don’t see any good reason as to why we can’t take an approach in the same spirit as the South African one. My point to James was that it isn’t as contorted a position as UKIP’s current one in favour of marriage for some, but not for others. This would be sound from a socially libertarian position, which he is advocating for.

            However, that said, it sounds like one of the fundamental reasons for the state being fully involved in marriage is for its own convenience in splitting assets, which chimes with the Law Commission’s position on auto-marrying cohabiting couples after a period. Whilst I think this is weak, there’s no reason why a more minimalist approach in sanctification would see any difference in the application of this reason.

    • ogga1


      When the windmill scam is on it;s last legs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.ellis.5817 Mike Wulfesheafod Ellis

    Personal political allegiances; M.A.G, Referendum party (Sir James Goldsmith), English democrats (due to WLQ and BF) now UKIP

  • http://www.facebook.com/keithmgilroy Keith Gilroy

    There seems to be a denial of global warming and climate change as one of the main arguments for supporting ukips energy policy citing snow/cold weather. Which begs the question why does the author think we are having such unseasonal weather?

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.pearce.902 Matthew Pearce
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506656213 Ben Johnson

      like we had in 1962 – before global warming was invented

    • http://twitter.com/radsatser radsatser

      Because their theories are just that theories. When they started blathering on about global warming, they were saying that the UK would warm up to a meditteranean climate, and then we had all the cold and wet winters. So Global Warming became Climate Change and we were told we would have more cold and wet weather.
      They haven’t a clue, and let’s be honest anybody can tell us whats going to happen after the event. Climate has changed through geological time long before man appeared, and it will continue to change whatever we do. If you want to go back to a pre-industrial society, then that’s fine carry on, but don’t expect the rest of us to follow you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Rockape34 Stun Conlin

        Actually they don’t have theories, the AGW propagandists have a hypothesis with no empirical evidence to back said hypothesis.

  • http://twitter.com/nbyward john ward

    Re ‘what’s not to like?’ how about Nigel Farage? Everything else Ukip has spot-on:


    • fubarroso

      OK, i’ll bite. What has Nigel Farage done to upset the Slog? Don’t tell me you are yet another failed leadership challenger?

      • napiersabre

        I don’t always agree with the slog, but Farage doesn’t have a very good record of listening, and has surrounded himself with yes men. He needs to be more encompassing and needs the detail men and women on board who can steer us through the mire of withdrawal from the EU. At present he has pushed those people away as he doesn’t like what they have to say.

        • fubarroso

          I will agree he needs to listen more, but only to the right people. He obviously gets bombarded with advice left, right and centre and most of it is bum advice. I think he was mistaken to fall out with likes of Dr Richard North, whose knowledge and insight is a great loss to the party. However it is under Farage’s leadership that the party is finally coming of age. No other leader has ever had the remotest chance of achieving much. While Richard North occasionally has a go at Farage and UKIP on his blog he has never been vindictive. The bile that emanates from some of the failed challengers convinces me that the party is better off without them. They are not nice people!

  • DGStuart

    James, I have never voted Lib, Lab or Con (except Con at one council election to remove Libs – it worked), and only considered voting Con in the couple of years running up to the 2005 GE but was unable to do so due to working abroad at the time. Shortly after I was easily disabused of the conservative nature of the Conservatives by Peter Hitchens and had no intention of voting Con at the 2010 GE and voted UKIP (having done so at the 2009 European parliament elections).

    Hitchens proved 100% correct re the non-Conservatives (as he called them), who he had been sceptical about for several years prior to Cameron’s election as leader.

    Do yourself a favour and read Peter Hitchens blog (assuming you don’t already). He is on the money – especially as regards Cameron.

  • lennart

    “Your wish list of all the things you’d like to see happen to Britain, but never dared imagine possible,” is exactly right James. Exeter was buzzing with people like us, so glad to be given hope for a bright future, when we were living is such dread.
    Best of British, Lennart

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tickover5 Raymond Jones

    The British have been doing “clever” for years” but they are only just starting to do “Intelligence” but it is speeding up, you can tell by UKIPs popularity,because they are “Intelligence”The big three do not come in to this category.

  • John McEvoy

    What I like about James’ writing is the way you hear the plain unalloyed truth. No other politician (except Gove and Farage) can open his mouth without a well-spun, guarded, too-f*cking-clever-by-half, self-interest-protecting, back-minding, fork-tounged, manipulative, group-think lie emerging from it. I can’t include Hannan because he is secretly too interested in collecting his £480k per annum from the public purse to genuinely want to change anything. That’s why he goes strangely quiet on real issues, like why do you support Dave, or why don’t you support UKIP.
    Imagine if a person such as Farage ran the country. Lefties, who’s entire way of life is predicated on porkies, would be like fish gasping for air. Common sense and truth would prevail. The lies of the Climate Scam would wither and die; people could start making money again and we could all be happy, healthy and wealthy. Anyone who wanted to join in would simply have to get off their fat arses. In fact, if you wanted to eat and live somewhere you would have to get off your fat arse. The State would shrink and dispappear from view. The hordes of officials who currently demand a large share of whatever you do would be also be required to get off their fat public-sector arses and do something productive, as judged by the market – i.e. the rest of us.
    Please may the momentum build…

    • pedestrianblogger

      Well said, John.

      • Lee maggs

        John, perfect. Could not of put it better myself!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tam.nightingale Tam Nightingale

      Well said John. I myself was a life-long Labour supporter who has now woken up and supports UKIP. We let these creepy bureaucrats continue to build a United States Of Europe at our peril.

    • Ian D Edwards

      Totally agree John, well said. And a ‘well said’ to public people such as James Deliingpole for standing up for the public’s Human Right to have ‘Small Government’ and freedom from ‘Insane Government’ that imposes the daft LibLabCon ideologies we currently endure.

  • oldsteph

    I recall the phrase “Well, nobody’s perfect!” UKIP isn’t either, I peersonally disagree with the policy on renewable energy as well as the ideas about smoking in pubs. BUT, I joined, and have made contributions since!
    Why? Because – rather as Yorkshire people tend to – they speak their mind, and I have not caught them uttering a SINGLE LIE! By comparison with LibNulabCons, they are the only party fit to be trusted with government. So we can agree to disagree, but mainly I say to any British voter, if you want to keep on being a British voter, for God’s sake help us to get out of the morass that is the EU! Join UKIP. Contribute. Help. NOW!

  • Putinov

    James, I think you need capitalism before ukip, bank bailing economics renders ukip counting angel on pin head.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      So try looking at the Tories’ record. Not at what they say — look at what they DO.

      Far from being well on the way to eliminating the budget deficit, they’ve reduced it by barely a quarter, almost entirely by raising taxes through the roof. Government spending has hardly changed at all since the height of Gordon brown’s lunacy. They’re still spending, spending, spending like a drunk, hosing money all over the place at everything. In some cases, they’ve actually INCREASED spending hugely, giving vast sums away in foreign aid, money that we don’t have, can’t afford, and that has to be borrowed at interest! The irresponsibility is breath taking!

      George Osborne expects to borrow more money during the five years of this government than Labour did during the entire thirteen years of the Blair/Brown administration. Actually, by 2015, they’ll have increased the national debt by more in five years than every British government has done put together in the history of the national debt!

      To put that in perspective, British governments of the past did not borrow as much as George Osborne in order to finance:

      * World War 2

      * World War 1

      * The Napoleonic Wars

      * The Welfare State

      * The NHS

      * The British Empire

      * The railways

      * The canals

      * Every coronation, royal funeral and royal wedding combined for the last 300 years (and probably ever, but there’s no reliable data prior to the civil war)

      All of this, combined, did not require as much debt as the Tories aim to take on in five years! You call this “bank-bailing economics”? I call it “stark, staring lunacy,” and these people have demonstrated themselves inadequate to the task. Time for a change, and Labour’s not much better.

      • Putinov

        so no spending on banks then?

        • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

          What, in the last 3 centuries? I’m sure there has been. Lots of spending on lots of other things besides. I’m not sure I understand your point.

          P.S. I’m using a different computer and I’m too lazy to sign out of the current user’s account. hence the different login name.

          • Putinov

            letting banks fail is way to end debt.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

            You’re right. It would also destroy the economy and probably create a revolution before the week was out. I’m not entirely sure how the government would explain to people that their children were just going to have to die of highly curable conditions like measles because the hospital has no bank account and therefore no means of buying drugs, or paying the staff to administer them.

            I assume you’re Russian, so you’re probably more accustomed to totalitarian government. But in democracies, the government is supposed to be the servant of the people, not vice versa.

          • Putinov

            it didn’t destroy Iceland economy.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

            Yes it did. What the hell are you talking about? Do you even know?

            While Iceland is recovering strongly, after five years, it’ll be a long time yet before it’s recovered what it lost.

            If your friend’s leg goes numb, and he doesn’t fall over, I wouldn’t recommend cutting yours off on the strength of that evidence.

          • Putinov

            and when will bank defending Britain recover?

  • jim boner

    UKIP will be getting my vote

  • http://www.facebook.com/monima.oconnor Monima O’Connor

    Great article James. For me, it was the realisation since standing as the Referendum Party candidate against Glenda Jackson, the UK is now running out of oxygen as the European slipknot tightens further. There will be only votes for UKIP from me, my husband and my 94 year old Mother-in-law locally and nationally from now on.

  • Ringstone

    In a way Tim Yeo has a perfectly honourable position on green issues.
    He’s bought and paid for, so he’s coming up with the goods!

  • http://twitter.com/UKIPHighPeak UKIP High Peak

    James everything you say is spot-on but the decision to switch parties is still not an easy one, precisely because Conservatives are naturally loyal people who respect the great institutions of Britain and its past. And in the past there were few greater institutions than the Conservative Party. But but but: It’s time is past and UKIP is now the authentic voice of Britain. Come and join us all – you won’t regret it and you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren: “I did my bit to make sure that you could be free”

  • Jerry

    My disgust with the Tories after supporting them for 30 years was the Metric Martyr’s. Being banged up in prison for selling a lb of potatoes instead of 1 Kg. Come on- what was the world coming to? I then realised the lies, lies, lies and deceit of the Conservative party that had been lying to us all even before we joined the festering cess pit that is the EU. Recent raids on bank accounts must surely make everyone, except the pea brained, grey suited dinosaurs who support the Conservatives whatever they do, understand what a hell hole the EU really is.

    • Ken

      The Metric Martyr’s what? There is no apostrophe in the plural of ‘martyr’, while ‘cesspit’ is one word, not two, and ‘pea-brained’ and ‘grey-suited’ require hyphens. If you care so much about our weights and measures, you should also care about our punctuation. Anyway, Labour was in power at the time.

  • http://twitter.com/Battsby Battersby

    Welcome aboard James. Let’s take the fight all the way to Tory high command.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.mousley.10 John Mousley

    great piece, smashes many myths about the party

  • David Lindsay

    Why would the Tories ever be against windfarms? They pay themselves a fortune of our money in order to have them. For nuclear power and for coal, you need politicians funded by trade unions.

  • flexdream

    I really agree with only one UKIP policy, but it is the one which is enough to get my vote, for a chance to leave the EU. None of the other parties are offering that chance. The PM’s offer (again) of a referendum after the next election, after renegotiation, and assuming a Conservative majority is just too vague.

    • ogga1


      After the next election this excuse for a PM will be ensconced in Brussels to the

      envy of Clegg and miliband,the reward for services rendered.

  • StephanieJCW

    If they can actually do what they say they will (and I am not sure of the finances) then I would vote for them without hesitation.

    • ArchiePonsonby

      Supporting UKIP has largely been a leap into the dark for all of us at some time, but look at the results! Believe me SJCW, you will relish not having to hold your nose when voting.

  • Austin Barry

    Almost every daily event attracts more votes to UKIP:

    – Cyprus and the EU;

    – Abu Qatada’s continued holiday at the taxpayer’s expense;

    – the Government’s failure to properly address the Rumanian and Bulgarian army massing for the 1 Jan 2014 advance (and the Government’s tolerance of the ‘recce’ force of Roma beggars, squatters and ATM mechanics);

    – the wind farm racket;

    – the scrapping of planning laws.

    The list is endless and UKIP’s fortunes rise accordingly.


    (And it’s wonderful to see our current political elite squirming with electoral fear).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      Let’s not forget being told where to shove his “historic” budget deal by the European Parliament, and instead of loudly proclaiming, “Who the hell do you people think you are?” quietly rolling over and saying, “Oh, okay then, why don’t you have another 10 billion euros?” the day after *welcoming* the Cyprus bail out (9.5 billion euros).

      I think it shows why prime ministers have such an incomprehensible urge to hand over anything the EU demands, regardless of the political cost to themselves. It’s because they have very little choice in the matter — if they try to resist, the EU will just impose it on them anyway, and they don’t want to reveal to the voters just how impotent and pointless they are.

      But hey, give Cameron another chance (since he’s blown the first one) and he’ll persuade all these powers back. Very Quixotic.

      “To dream the impossible dream… To fight the unbeatable foe … This is my quest … To follow that star … No matter how hopeless … No matter how far …”

      • http://twitter.com/MisterQuintus Tony Quintus

        That deal hasn’t been voted on yet, we don’t know how Dave is going to react.

        • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

          Oh, I think we do.

  • ogga1

    Born and bred in England/GB a fair amount of time ago, i still cannot believe how deep

    treachery runs in the electorate, to continue to support pro EU parties who are so
    obviously working for the benefit of Brussels is beyond me.

    Support UKIP.

  • Linda Breeze

    This is the answer. We cannot trust UKIPs policies. They are not mature enough.

    • ogga1

      Linda Breeze

      I tend to find Lib/Lab/Cons policies manure enough, hence UKIP

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/S7LUOD2P3JFRDSG2SL7YKQVY7E fred smith

      I’ve seen enough of ‘mature’ policies from the coalition and Nu Labour and they don’t work. So I’m more than ready to try a few immature ones.

  • http://twitter.com/woweegoodstuff SorryI’llGetMyCoat

    How many wind farms do they have in Brighton Pavilion? Exactly!

  • napiersabre

    James there are a number of flaws with UKIP. Their exit strategy for the EU is big bang. Rightly or wrongly that frightens too many people. They would be better to embrace article 50 as a non destructive way of exiting the EU. Article 50 compels the colleagues to negotiate and puts a 2 year limit on this unless extended by mutual consent. But it puts all the pressure on them, something we have always found difficult to do. Big bang and repeal of the 1972 communities act would put all the pressure on us.

    Also Nigel Farage needs to swallow his pride and invite back to the fold some of the best brains in this area, people whom he has alienated. Just coming out of the EU is not good enough any more, nor are all the other sensible polices on their own good enough. There needs to be compressive political change where by politicians can never again give away our sovereignty and never again can they enact uncosted policies such as the climate change bill without the express consent of the people.
    Doulas Carswell has written about this and the best Blog on the planet EU Referendum has much about this. Its the missing element in UKIPs armoury, and its the area that would finally convince people that UKIP wasn’t all about Farage, but about fixing Britain. We have the technology now to make MP’s redundant altogether by direct voting, but would still need them to do the donkey work of keeping the executive honest. Which brings me to another important need to separate the executive from the legislature. So much more needs doing, and the message needs to be positive, not negative as much of it is from UKIP before more people will cross over.

    • Remittance Man

      Well, according to the treaty Brown signed so shamefully and upon which Cameron tried to appear like he’d given a pledge, Article 50 is the only way Britain can withdraw. I think even UKIP understand this.

  • Stella H Howell

    If the contents of a book is garbage, by changing the ‘cover’ or name does it improve the contents?

    For a stable and content society, one first needs to reform the ENTIRE structure so that politicians fully understand their boundaries. This in the first instance will remove their absurd dictatorial dogmatic conduct in diverse areas, making decisions behind closed doors, agreeing taxation, spending on research, falsification of announcements, etc. etc. without our knowledge nor consent.

    Fundamental unpardonable aspects which immediately need to be addressed are for example: –

    mass genocide through chem trails;
    poisoning of our water; food (through genetically modified organisms, transgenic, genomic, pharma foods);
    nuclear Plants for energy;
    corruption of innocent minds at school;
    false education, scientific, health, etc.releases;
    vaccines etc that harm mankind …..and much more.

    They who rule, consider themselves almighty.
    They forget, they have no power over their own spirit.
    They will equally drown, burn, die whether in underground shelters or elsewhere.
    They have no place to hide, though they think not!

    Worst of all, due to the cruelty brought forth to all living creatures they must physically reap the consequences.

    Evil intended on others, will shortly come back to them and their seed.

    Global disasters are due to the disharmony of mankind due to evil promotions.
    Disasters will be on the increase with parts of the country/planet disappearing shortly.

    This is an opportune moment for Government to reform immediately leading to
    success for the Party, which will bring upon Peace to the country/planet whereby all will survive.

    Peace not Pieces!!

    • alabenn

      Please take your Lithium or you will end up like Telemachus who writes on this blog..

  • delboyone

    For me, Gay marriage was the final straw, coming on top of overseas aid, green energy charges, run down of the armed forces, secret courts etc & a general feeling that I was being lied to (again) over Europe, indeed subsequently it appears that Cameron is lying over almost everything he does as it appears that all his policies from Gay marriage to energy have the hand of the EU behind them yet he presents them as his convictions, how shallow is that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/bill.rollinson1 Bill Rollinson

      Remember what Portillo said; “Explaining the apparent deceit on the BBC’s This Week,

      Michael Portillo admitted “they didn’t believe they could
      win an election if they told you what they were going to do”.

  • http://twitter.com/AdonisTheFirst Adonis

    Watch for a quantum boost when Ukip change British Politics forever in the upcoming MEP elections. What a MASTERPLAN! Don’t agree with what the EU is doing?
    Fight it from the INSODE!!!!
    Refreshing approach whioch will undoubtedly be rewarded by the Electorate.

  • alabenn

    Until a lot of previous Labour loyalists move over to Ukip there will be no change, this is because the way boundaries favour Labour.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      Is that why the Tories advocate Labour polices these days?

      • alabenn

        What the f has that got to do with my comment, are you to witless to understand the basic electoral maths that Ukip have to overcome. ffs.

        • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

          It has nothing to do with your comment. Just an observation. I’m sorry if you interpreted it as some sort of criticism.

          P.S. I’m using a different computer, and I’m too lazy to sign out of my brother’s account, hence the different login name.

  • Jelly Jim

    “UKIP is… socially libertarian”

    Bollocks it is.

    • napiersabre

      Do you know the meaning of the word “libertarian” I suggest not and are mixing it up with the world liberal

      • Jelly Jim

        I suggest you don’t know me and you aren’t familiar with the word ‘libertarian’, either.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

          I suggest you grow up and try posting a reasonably coherent point, with supporting argument.

          • Jelly Jim

            ‘Grow up’? Yeh, okay, because my previous comments were utterly incoherent.

            How can a party that has contradictory (to libertarianism) positions on immigration, fashion and domestic life be ‘socially libertarian’?

            It wouldn’t be so bad if UKIP advertised themselves as ‘socially libertarian’, but they don’t – they continue to peddle the lie that they are libertarian, and James knows this, opting to believe that they are socially libertarian.

            For UKIP to make progress, it needs to reflect the dogma of its new-found base. Whatever ‘socially libertarian’ positions it has, they won’t be there for much longer whilst it sweeps up Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem voters.

            I have no truck with whatever they want to be, but let’s call a spade a spade, because they’re giving libertarians a bad name otherwise.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

            Excellent. Now why didn’t you say all that in the first place?

          • Jelly Jim

            Because his response to my comment was utterly baseless and incorrect.

          • napiersabre

            No you have proven I was right and you are confusing liberal views which are lets allow everything and to hell with the consequences.

          • Jelly Jim

            Ah, I see. Are you one of those UKIPpers who calls themselves ‘libertarian’, but anyone whose libertarian views they disagree with is a ‘liberal’ (sic)?

          • napiersabre

            Why don’t you read all my replies and then you will see how silly that comment is. I’m not a member of UKIP albeit I share a great many of their views

  • CrocodileGunnD

    When people read UKIP policies, it not only enlightens them but reveals what low life their previous custodians of their vote are for lying and name calling against us.

  • http://twitter.com/KenilworthComps Computer Solutions

    I really like what UKIP stand for. I think Mr Farage is an excellent speaker and very good at getting his point across, in a way that the average ‘man in the street’ can understand. Bring it on Nigel – let’s have more. As soon as there is a candidate in my area i’ll vote for them ! – You can do a lot of damage to the Tories Nigel, go for it !

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      He does liven things up quite a bit, doesn’t he? I heard that you can buy tea towels bearing the portrait of Rumpy Pumpy, and Farage’s famous “All the charisma of a damp rag.”

      I want one of them! I can’t say I’ve ever got excited about a tea towel before, but I want one that one!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=617321257 Ngaire Wadman

        The tea towels you refer to are available from the UKIP online shop, which is part of the party’s website – ukip. org.

    • Tim Reed

      Keep an eye on their website for info on candidates in your area…


      • alexsandr

        none here 🙁

        • Tim Reed

          Keep checking. There was no branch in my constituency for a long time. There is now. Hopefully you’ll have one in time for 2015. Get in touch and pester them! Let them know you’re there. They are more likely to make the effort if every possible UKIP voter gets in touch.

      • http://twitter.com/MisterQuintus Tony Quintus

        Oh, I have a UKIP branch in my area, but that silly pledge not to run against eurosceptic MPs means they don’t run a westminster candidate in my constituancy which is why I haven’t joined the party.
        I’d guess it was also stopping a good number of defections by eurosceptics who would otherwise lose their seats to UKIP votesplit.

        • Tim Reed

          Perhaps, now that they’re very much ‘on the up’, they’ll rethink that pledge. If they wish to be taken seriously as no longer being a one issue party, they will certainly need to. The issue of the EU is without doubt one of the most important, but there are many others to be addressed and UKIP need to continue to present themselves as a much more fully formed political party. Their manifesto clearly demonstrates that intent, but the pledge you mention only undermines the efforts to broaden the party’s scope. Hopefully they will have had a change of mind in your area by the next election.

  • James

    UKIP get my vote. We need to break the stranglehold Con/Lab have on politics so that we can get back to running a country and serving the population not engineering one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      Monopolies, and duopolies, in business are bad for consumers. What reason is there to assume that a duopoly in politics would be any better for voters?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S7LUOD2P3JFRDSG2SL7YKQVY7E fred smith

        It’s more like a price fixing cartel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

    About the only argument Tories ever seem able to advance in their support these days is, “If you vote UKIP, you’ll let Labour in.” Well,

    a) “Vote Conservative: We’re not as crap as Labour” isn’t much of an election slogan;

    b) what’s Miliband going to do that the Cameron isn’t? Raise taxes? Permit massive, uncontrolled immigration? Massively increase borrowing? Increase the national debt? Surrender power to the EU? Encourage and welcome the advancement of the euro, regardless of how many millions of lives it ruins? Hobble the economy? Build wind farms everywhere? Squander money on prestige projects of questionable value like HS2, while insisting there’s no money to fix the pot holes in the roads? Restrict free speech and repress the media?

    c) The Conservative party is not entitled to my vote (and might I suggest that this widespread assumption that it is is probably the foundation of the party’s problems). If it would care to act like the Conservative party I used to vote for under Thatcher, I’ll consider voting for it again. But I’m not going to vote for Labour policies today any more than I did in the 1980’s, even if they are advocated by people who wear blue ties and talk nicely.

    Why did I join UKIP, having been a member of no political party since 1998? Because there is no other political party which closely represents my opinions. While I’m not such a libertarian that I agree with all UKIP’s policies, I find I do agree with most of them, whereas in field after field, I’m in fundamental disagreement with the Tories.

    As for my Damascene moment — can’t say there was a particular event. More that I just realised one day that I wasn’t remotely interested in anything Cameron had to say, and wouldn’t believe a word of it anyway.

  • Erzan

    A social libertarian wouldn’t ban gay marriage. A social conservative would.

    • napiersabre

      No you have it wrong as so many do. Marriage is a religious ceremony and is for the church to decide not government which needs to get back to running the country not our lives. Why is this so frigging hard for people to understand.

      • Daniel Maris

        So you’re against civil marriage? That’s a rather eccentric position.

        • napiersabre

          Just how do you get to that conclusion. Gays have civil partnerships already and no one I know is against this. I’m not particularly religious, but what I don’t want to see is government dictating what we can and can not do in our personal lives. So for Catholics or Church of England, Hindu’s, Buddhists, Muslims or everything in between it up to the membership of those faiths as to what constitutes marriage. This is not hard to grasp. Its a point of principle about the dividing line between what government needs to do and what we as individuals take responsibility for.

  • http://twitter.com/ToryLynx Tory Lynx

    While I have sympathies with UKIP and flirt with the idea of defecting from time to time, UKIP’s opposition to gay marriage wasn’t in any way libertarian socially, no matter how you try to dress it up with double speak about enforced redefinition of terms (bollocks), or slippery slope fallacies. It left me with the impression that for UKIP so long as you agree with them, you’re at liberty to act on it. If you don’t, you can’t. Perhaps this is a small point, but if it is going to be this way with other issues then that’s a problem. If people get angry with the Tories for not being conservative enough, they’re hardly going to build a libertarian group as an alternative. I agree with UKIP rather than the Tories on tax, immigration, Europe, defence and policing, but UKIP seems far more conservative than libertarian.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      Personally, I’m bored to tears of the whole bloody obsession with gays. How can such a tiny minority within a minority have such an influence over the national debate. This really is the most incredible storm in a teacup!

      The law already allows them to register to obtain legal recognition as a couple. There was never any reason why they couldn’t call it a marriage, and plenty of them did. There was certainly no lack of venues which enabled them to hold a ceremony, and an exchange of vows and rings, if that’s what pleased them. There were even churches that would give them a religious ceremony, if that’s what they wanted.

      And you’re going to judge UKIP based on whether they agree that civil partnerships should be renamed “marriage”? How incredibly petty! I just wish you and the whole damn country could find something worthwhile to debate, instead of this endless bickering about semantics. How about the NHS, and why nobody is being held to account for the deaths of 1200 people? Doesn’t that strike you as a teensy bit more important than arguing the toss about whether a law is called “shacked up”, “civil partnership”, “marriage”, or “Little Red Riding Hood”?

    • fubarroso

      I think it’s fair to say that UKIP members are divided on the issue of homosexual marriage. However, let us not forget that the Conservative party is equally divided. For myself I think the idea of two blokes or two women marrying is a nonsensical idea, but if that is what the majority believe is the way forward for the human race then so be it! The party has come out against it and I can live with that, as it reflects the status quo. If someone can convince me that it is really a burning issue and sorely needed then I might reconsider my view.

      It doesn’t even seem to have been pushed very hard by the likes of Stonewall, so I can only assume that Cameron et al think that legislating for such unproductive unions will enhance his electoral chances.

    • napiersabre

      Governments make laws about civil and criminal matters, not about spiritual matters. Marriage is for the church to decide and not Government. Homosexual couples already had all the protection under law that married couples had. The whole matter has been typical of the last 20 years where small minorities have dictated our Laws to the detriment of society. (in this case a ruling class minority not gays themselves)
      I don’t give a toss what gay couples do, and have some very good friends who are gay couples, but quite frankly they themselves are bemused as to why Cameron had to do what he did, because it wasn’t from pressure within the UK (well we all know it was deal with our colleagues in Strasburg and Brussels) So anyone who says they won’t vote UKIP because of the gay marriage thing is very shallow and pathetic and needs to get in touch with the real world where old people are dying due to fuel poverty whilst our pathetic government forces through a divisive Bill on gay marriage. If you had to weigh up who had their priorities right you would have to say UKIP. And before you shoot me down as a UKIP stooge read below and you will see my real reservations about UKIP.

  • http://twitter.com/bbcgoogle Rockin Ron

    James, you haven’t actually said that you are now a UKIP supporter in this article. Can you confirm you will be supporting UKIP and not the Conservatives?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Paul-Shakespeare/715581221 Andrew Paul Shakespeare

      I can assure you that he has stated that in so many words in other blogs.

  • paulus

    £50 million, its worth getting your mouth stuffed with Gold. Ive always believe our future was in renewables. Wind is good apparently, and im no expert, but bovine creatures produce enough gasto cause global warming,However, my new every ready fart sack to be attached to the behinds of the herds of african herbivores, will be ready to be purchased on line very soon. Moreover, I will be recycling plastic bags from Sainsburys, so I expect Sainsburys to sponsor my efforts.

  • djkm

    Robert Kilroy Silk, John Gaunt, James Delingpole – all these names supporting UKIP have something in common, but I can’t *quite* put my finger on what that is…

    Also, congratulations to the Spectator for posting an article from the future – 30th March today, is it?

  • Mike

    A well written article. As stated I too am a UKIP member having been a Tory for the last 32 years. And no, it wasn’t a protest vote, it’s because UKIP are the only political party which make sense. Here’s to Nigel Farrage in Nos 10 ASAP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=617321257 Ngaire Wadman

    If you’d like to give me an email address, Mr. Delingpole, I can send you a UKIP party membership form today.

  • Storris

    Ukip? Racists the lot of them !

    They want to keep ‘the coloureds’ out by harmonising the UK’s immigration policy so that Europeans have to negotiate the same obstacles as Africans & Asians ! ! How can any free-thinking individual think that equal treatment of all people is right? You must all be RWNJs ! ! !

    And don’t get me started on the purported Libertarianism of Ukip ! ! ! !

    Binding Local Referenda on local issues? Pah, this is exactly what leads to centralized state-control of the economy. They are even worse than the Lib/Lab/Con who at least attempt to hide their desire to enslave us all ! ! ! ! !

    • Smithersjones2013

      And they call UKIP supporters ‘odd’ or ‘fruitcakes’….?

      Totally bizarre and absurd post…..

      • Storris

        All feedback is appreciated.

    • Reece Fowler

      UKIP are not in any way racist, whether you agree with their policies or not. Wanting to stop uncontrolled immigration for reasons such as unemployment, benefit costs, environmental costs of building houses, etc is not racist.
      It can only be labelled “racist” if it is based on race and they are fundamentally opposed to the idea of people from other countries coming and living here, which UKIP do not do. UKIP are not opposed to the principle of immigration, what they want is to stop uncontrolled immigration and tighten it up so we get the right type of immigrants. We want the ones who work and integrate well, we don’t want the benefit tourists and islamic extremists. We also don’t want loads, because the housing demand this creates is destroying our countryside if too many arrive, as is currently the case.
      It’s a sad state of affairs when people throw the word “racist” about. The word is overused and has lost all meaning. It’s become a word people use to stifle debate and discredit legitimate concerns without actually presenting a single shred of evidence or any strong arguments in response.

      • Storris

        I’m not sure which of us needs to calibrate their Sarcasm Meter!

        • Goodgulf_the_Grey

          Sadly, sarcasm rarely comes over well to people you’ve never met who can’t hear your tone of voice.

          • Storris

            But I tried so hard, look at all those exclamation marks

          • Daniel Maris

            A smilie works better than exclamation marks for Sarcasm Indication Notation. 🙂

          • Storris

            I’ve put one at the end, do you think that’ll be enough?

            I wanted the exclamations to show a growing sense of indignation at what are perfectly rational well-though out policies.

            I don’t think I’ll bother any more though, fnck ’em.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701998729 Nigel Deacon

      there may be people who regard energy as an extremely important policy area for a country to get right, and vote for UKIP on that basis.

      this does not make such people racists. it is offensive to suggest this.

      • Storris

    • http://www.facebook.com/missouri.bound Missouri Bound

      Throughout most of human history being Racist wasn’t a bad thing. Current social protocol has branded this word for their use of white guilt. It helps them guilt whites all across the world into doing whatever their leaders tell them they should think. The truth of the matter is this. I am an American, not Englishman. My Grandfather was from Belfast, I wanted to experience the culture of a foreign country and maybe find somewhere else to live, because life in America is terrible, if you are a white male. While I was in England, I didn’t see much of an English culture, in fact, I didn’t even see many Englishmen, and I spent almost 2 weeks there… Go to these people’s countries that you are letting into England…. That is what England will become as they outnumber your population, because that is what their people are… Sorry, but truth hurts, it isn’t PC and it doesn’t care either. People of the world are different, and we are allowed to celebrate everyone’s differences, why cant we dislike them too? From what I have read about UKIP, I couldn’t support their lack of action to remove what is already destroying your country… Stemming the tide of immigrants is a good move, but it is only stops the acceleration of England’s problems. UKIP has some good ideas, but still, in a world of Super, Hardcore, Eco Nut, Leftist, Authoritarian, Fascists that is the entire western world… Even the moderate middle, like UKIP seems Crazy to you sheeple…. Unless you are being sarcastic?

  • Reece Fowler

    Not believing in man made climate change is your choice and your opinion, but it is ridiculous to say that the snow in march somehow proves you right. It doesn’t. There has always been natural variation in weather, climate is the long term trend. What the weather happens to be outside at this moment in time and what the long term trend is are very different things.

    Not saying I believe in man made global warming though, that’s still up for debate and it’s not something I care greatly about. And I agree with you about things like wind farms. But don’t use the weather you see outside your window right now as evidence of global warming happening or not happening.

    • Daniel Maris

      I’m a complete agnostic on climate change resulting from CO2 addition but snow in March in the UK could well result from the melting of the Arctic ice, itself a result of global warming. I don’t know. The scientists don’t know. But caution is advised when you are dealing with something as important as the climate.

  • Smithersjones2013

    But not the Ukip plan. Have a look at the manifesto sometime. You’ll be
    amazed. It’s like your wish list of all the things you’d like to see
    happen to Britain but never dared imagine possible. Not extremist stuff:
    just policies which honestly reflect the dire state the country is in
    and seriously, reasonably, decently attempt to address it.

    It is a wonderful feeling realising that there is a political party that actually believes in the same things as you and that you aren’t somehow ‘politically disadvantaged’. it may just be that Cameron’s deranged and disasterous decision to create this Coalition may have just opened the pandora’s box of British politics and let hope escape. Now its out of the box there will be no putting it back. The British people, in UKIP, have a party that wants to represent them again rather than use and abuse them as the other three parties are so intent on doing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701998729 Nigel Deacon

    DECC needs to be disbanded, and replaced by a Department of Energy.

  • Boudicca_Icenii

    Welcome to UKIP James.

  • f upload

    if ukip do what they say they are going to do , they will be so much more respected than the others , who are full of empty promises i have had enough of con dem and will be voting for ukip but please do not follow the others.

  • Redneck

    Mr Delingpole

    Congratulations, you do write extremely well.

    You explain my position better than I can.

    The Conservative Party has lost my vote also: I no longer recognise their views as my own and wonder almost if they’ve been infiltrated?

    UKIP to me seem the only Party to espouse a truly, small “C” conservatism: minimum Government, self-reliance (we do not need the EU), patriotism, law & order and control of our own borders and hence population.
    Probably makes one sound rather quaint, to our left-leaning cousins, but fundamentals of a decent society.

    Sorry Mr Cameron, you”ll never get another vote from me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Wigmore/61311392 Stephen Wigmore

    “Every Ukip-er can probably describe his Damascene moment. For some it goes right back to Cast Iron Dave’s broken promise; for others, it might be HS2 or the Tories’ dismal apologiae for the Mid-Staffordshire hospital report. In my case, it was energy.”

    In other words your average UKIP-er are obsessed by trivial issues, token issues and don’t care a jot about the serious problems facing this country.

    “So Ukip’s spending budget — more on defence, police, prisons and infrastructure — hasn’t been properly costed yet. Well, of course not.”

    Nice of you to admit it. But if I wanted to vote for a party of crazed deficit deniers with no interest in taking serious action to solve my country’s problems I would just vote for Labour.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

      You don’t think that the deaths of 1200 people constitutes a serious problem? Or that squandering billions on prestige projects of questionable value such as HS2 at the same time as insisting that there’s no money to fix the pot holes in our roads is a trivia, token issue? you’re a fool.

  • Daniel Maris

    Feel free to support UKIP, but one couldn’t find a more eccentric notion than the idea that wind turbines are responsible for bat genocide on a grand scale. We went through all that on another thread – it was just another alarmist story. All energy systems kill wildlife. You have to look at things in the round.

  • Daniel Maris

    James wouldn’t have a problem with UKIP supporting drugs decriminalisation:


  • Daniel Maris

    The discussion here reveals one of the big problems with party politics. We end up having to support a particular party and we have to take the whole smorgasbord of policies, even if we say disagree with 30% of what they offer.

    I support UKIP on EU withdrawal, stopping mass immigration and referenda. I oppose them on their economic policies (which would have made Osborne look like a master strategist) and their energy policy. Sadly, although they are on the right, unlike right Republicans in the USA they don’t support wind energy. I’ve no idea why.

    A referenda-based democracy is the only way out of this dilemma – so we can vote on for the policies we really want on key issues. There’s no reason why we couldn’t have something like a Swiss democracy – you know, that country, whose President’s name is completely unknown to us because the post just isn’t that important..

  • http://www.socialholic.co.uk James Barisic

    Socially libertarian? What?! As long as you’re not female, gay, foreign or anything other than a straight, white, Christian male, UKIP support your rights to do anything. Socially, there’s little between UKIP and the BNP.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chambongolan Michael Chamberlain


      • http://www.facebook.com/chambongolan Michael Chamberlain


        • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

          Why are you shouting?

    • http://www.facebook.com/missouri.bound Missouri Bound

      The beauty of people with your views is… the brown people will destroy your culture and you wont be around anymore in another 40 or so years, if you look at demographic projections. The sad part is, not everyone thinks that is a good thing. I am an American and traveling around Europe the last year has just been kind of sad. You have no real culture left and London could have been any city in the world, full of brown people. Historically, they haven’t been nice to whites when they become the majority, this time will be different right? Why not ask South Africans and the White Genocide going on down there that no one in the world talks about? The truth is… Your ideals are proven to be flawed. Speaking from the point of a Science professor, there are so many differences in the way animals act and behave, it is foolish to even believe we are all the same animal, even whites. Eastern Europeans are completely different from Western. You cannot stick everyone in the same environment and expect to maintain your identity and society.. The whole globalist agenda is only held together by the fascist police states and abusive Government Leaders ruling them… Why should the white male just accept that he must die out so all the brown people flooding into his country can have a better life? He shouldn’t. He should fight against it and pity those, like you, who are too brainwashed to realize that you are a frog being boiled in the pot, slowly…. As for the rest of you UKIP supporters, I look forward to visiting England again one day and hopefully see some form of actual English culture when I do, not that… whatever it was the last time I was there…

  • http://www.facebook.com/chambongolan Michael Chamberlain

    “WHATS THE ALTERNATIVE THEN no one wants coal nuclear or wind power or our seas clogged up with turbines MY ans is smaller windmills as most are defunct & not producing Flour I for one would like a small lamppost sized wind turbine even if its only to power my pond!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

      So get yourself one. What’s the point of a small wind turbine?

      What do you mean “Nobody wants nuclear power”? I’d be perfectly content with nuclear. Gas-fired stations will also have to be built to provide back-up for when the wind starts blowing. Why not dispense with the wind turbines and just use the gas?

  • James Richardson

    For all the clever-dick remarks about wind energy, last weekend the UK’s electricity grid was rescued by a steady 15% input of power from wind, when gas levels were critically low. Without this power cuts would have been inevitable.

    Wind is not the perfect solution and never will be so long as our distribution network is designed for the past, with solely centralised energy generation rather than all manner of storage (and generation) at its core – neither is desperately shipping LNG from wherever wants to take advantage of our rather unfortunate recent position.

    As for nuclear, were we to invest several times more heavily for a genuinely half-safe set of generating systems built with serious amounts of UK money rather than tendering to the cheapest foreign bidder, there could just be a case made for it as a temporary solution to our energy demands. A few hastily-conceived cheapest options probably isn’t the answer when so many generations of children can be affected when (not if) things go wrong.

    The transformation of the UK economy from one led by world-class engineering to one led by clean-fingernailed people in front of a desk (usually working for a non-UK business) means few have any grasp of the practical and very serious realities facing us. We have long run out of sustainable (ie UK-produced) energy and rely on being at the end of a long pipeline, or ships of prohibitively expensive liquid fuels feeding our demands.

    Rather than knocking wind energy and instead preferring to buy liquid gas off a passing ship, I suggest a few more Victorian, farther-sighted minds are employed as to how we may continue to live in the future. Sadly, the market economy is failing us in this un-enlightened end of oil age and our massive natural resources such as tidal energy are being put on the back burner by those who will make more money by continuing our complete relial on 20th century methods.

    Ridiculing wind energy because of its subsidies and the fact that the wind isn’t always blowing is about as sensible as moving back into a radiation zone in Japan or Ukraine. Things do not stay the same, something Britain has trouble accepting as a past world ruler – even if oil continues to be available, the chances are the UK won’t be as able as China, the US and India to afford to buy and burn it to say warm and well-lit.

    Little over a century ago, every mile of English river had four energy-producing stations along it, on average. Cheap oil has done us many favours, but we musn;t be blind to the future.

    • Daniel Maris

      I like the reference to Victorian far-sightedness. We could do with a lot more of that.

      Wind energy is certainly a key part of a modern energy solution – as Germany, Denmark, China and the USA all realise. Hardly the least successful countries on the planet.

      Delingpole might prove a bit of a liability for UKIP, but I guess they will welcome the publicity attendant on his defection.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

        China loves wind power because it makes so many of the turbines that currently cover our country. However, its ecological love isn’t preventing it from building several hundred coal-fired power stations, whose output of CO2 will dwarf any savings that Britain’s wind turbines produce.

        The USA’s wind industry is in a state of collapse, with Solyndra going bankrupt (despite government guarantees for half a billion dollars worth of loans — that’ll be the taxpayers on the hook, yet again), hundreds of workers laid off, abandoned wind farms all over Hawaii, and something like 14,000 derelict wind turbines in California alone, generating nothing but bird kills.

        Unfortunately, I know nothing about Denmark beyond that its capital is Copenhagen, and they make rather a good political drama series called Borgen, which you can see on BBC4. Germany, yes well, they just haven’t figured out their folly yet, but I’m sure they will do. If the Americans can’t make it work, there’s no reason to assume the Germans will produce dramatically different results.

        • Daniel Maris

          You seem to be unaware of the appalling pollution that inflicts major Chinese cities. One of the reasons they are developing wind energy is because they realise they have to do something about that.

          Last year installed wind energy capacity in the USA increased by 28% – hardly the sign of a declining industry.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

            I am well aware of China’s appalling pollution problem. Building 450-odd coal-fired power stations hardly suggests they’re serious about tackling it.

            Last year, installed wind energy in the UK expanded by rather more than 28 percent. It’s remarkable what can be achieved with massive taxpayer subsidies. But 14,000 derelict wind turbines in California alone, and the biggest wind-energy provider going bust despite government-backed loans worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is hardly the sign of a thriving industry.

          • Daniel Maris

            China is ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship whose first objective is their own survival. To date that has been focused on economic growth but violent protests against environmental degradation are of increasing importance as well.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

            Clearly, you’re not old enough to remember what happened at Tiananmin Square.

    • terence patrick hewett

      Since when has wind given a 15% power input into the national grid. I ask this out of curiosity and would appreciate a source for this figure.

  • http://twitter.com/ChairmanDavey Davey J

    UKIP are neither patriotic, fiscally conservative nor socially libertarian.

    Patriotic – then why don’t they represent the UK’s interest in the European Parliament instead of not voting? They’re still happy to take tax payers’ money though. For Queen and country?

    Fiscally conservative – an un-costed manifesto is not fiscally conservative. In fact, it’s promising what you don’t know you can afford, and reminiscent of Labour’s last stint in office. I wouldn’t trust them to run a race, let alone the nation’s finances.

    Socially libertarian – what at all is socially libertarian about their opposition to gay marriage? You can’t just choose what part of being socially libertarian you agree with.

    And James, we all know you dropped out of Corby because you didn’t have a chance in hell of even keeping your deposit.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    “Bat-chomping eco-crucifixes” – brilliant

    • Daniel Maris

      Yep – shames it’s not true though. It’s what Boris might refer to as an inverted pyramid of piffle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Anderson/1028864163 Bob Anderson

    having watch every party since I was old enough to do so and that goes back pre Wilson era, I can honestly say ukip is the only party that has my approval, the only party that is prepared to stand up for the U.K. and not there for there own self seeking careers

  • brossen99

    I will vote for anyone prepared to stop this !

  • Hellen

    Cameron’s father has his very own wind farm, that’s like your father having his very own concentration camp and then you saying, well it’s those NAZIs we’re in coalition with.

  • norto

    Fantastic !

  • bengeo

    UKIP – bunch of spivs and chancers, sucking at the EU teat.

    • http://twitter.com/MisterQuintus Tony Quintus

      Yes, that’s very helpful

  • Crafford

    What a wonderful piece James. It is clearly articulated arguments like this that will win Britain back. UKIP will save us from the lies of lib / lab / Con,,,,,,

  • Crafford

    How about some detail on Greencoat – who’s benefitting from that lot? Dig a little and I am pretty sure one will find who has his / her snout in that particular trough.

  • http://twitter.com/nonsequiturcouk Non-Sequitur.co.uk

    I thought at the time that you should have stood for UKIP in Corby. (Nothing personal Margot) but the logical joining of the two causes would have been powerful.

    Loved your comment on the shortest most successful election campaign ever. Keep up the good work and let’s hope this defection to UKIP of the public, Journos, Local Councillors continues to include the few MP’s (on both sides I believe) that are teetering on the edge.

    My fantasy is a Boris defection

  • http://www.facebook.com/stuartdj Stuart Britton

    I can only level the same allegation at Delingpole that he himself levelled against someone else on Twitter. That he is a massive w****er

  • OldSlaughter

    “UKIP is patriotic, fiscally conservative and socially libertarian – what’s not to like?”

    Most of their voters unfortunately. The comments below your Telegraph articles are a solid example.

    I got pissed once with Nigel Farage. Great guy. No problems. But wow, some of the people below him….

  • Birger_Skruddusvingen

    “UKIP is patriotic, fiscally conservative and socially libertarian – what’s not to like?”

    The third term.

  • Bionic_Snozzberry

    I come from a Conservative supporting family. I joined the Conservatives before University, and supported most, though not all, of the many things that Lady Thatcher did for this country. I thought the way the conservatives betrayed Lady Thatcher was unforgivable and the rot set in shortly thereafter. Major and his flirtation with ERM was a disaster for this country and his economic policies were directly responsible for the recession of the early 1990s, astronomical interest rates, negative equity and all the harm those things brought to so many people. Most of whom were home owning conservative voters.

    The sleaze-ridden Major (mal)Administration was an utter embarrassment, but we kept the faith. Even though it was directly responsible for ushering in the Blair government with it’s massive first term majority. Then came and went Hague, IDS and Howard, all inept in their own way, yesterday’s men fighting yesterday’s battles against a fired up Millennial “new” Labour Party with a dynamic, young and popular leader pushing a dynamic and popular Cool Britannia message. Most didn’t know or care about the incompetence and social engineering going on behind closed doors, until it all blew up in our faces in 2008 when we all became intimately familiar with just how stupid, useless and arrogant Labour had been beyond the press releases and Downing St briefings. It was hard, but still we kept the faith.

    When Cameron was elected, Lord Tebbit said he was “intent on purging even the memory of Thatcherism before building a New Modern Compassionate Green Globally Aware Party”. I thought it was a little harsh and decided to give the man a chance and the benefit of the doubt. Six months later I had sent my membership card back and had joined UKIP.

    There was no one single momentous event which decided this for me, it was obvious from day one what the direction of travel was, the only thing to be determined was how far the “Cameroons” were going to go and whether I could stomach it. Fetishising the NHS, ring-fencing the overseas aid budget, continuing Labours open door immigration policy, weakness on law and order, wind farms and all the climate change rubbish, gay marriage, government by U-turn, kow-towing to Europe, dismantling our armed forces, unacceptable reductions in Police numbers, making legal aid harder to get by ordinary claimants, not stopping the taxpayer funding of the unions and through them the Labour Party, secret courts, continuing Labour’s reward for failure culture and generally turning the Conservative Party back to what it was before Margaret Thatcher’s time – a private members club for privileged, out of touch little plutocrats and Lady Bountifuls hell bent on patronising and vindictively punishing the lower orders and the most vulnerable in society for the “crimes” of others.

    UKIPs policies show that a party can be “conservative” and fair, “conservative” and connected to people outside a small select London centric metropolitan elite clique, “conservative” and principled. So I don’t support UKIP in spite of being a conservative. I support UKIP because I am a conservative.

  • http://twitter.com/James_P_Snell James Snell

    Ukip is not libertarian. They are thinly-veiled Little Englanders and xenophobes. In any Ukip government what you would be getting is an ill-prepared, ideologically confused nightmare of repressive country club-types masquerading as Libertarians.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tony.shakespeare.9 Tony Shakespeare

      You know bugger all about UKIP.

      • http://twitter.com/James_P_Snell James Snell

        And you are exhibiting wonderful restraint and politeness in informing me of this! Any specific examples? Or are we going back to pointless neolithic aggression and general insults?

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeddowes John Eddowes

    Agree with it all, apart from citing snow in March as proof that Global Warming is not a real thing.

    You really undermine your good common sense arguments by refusing to listen to the men in lab coats who know about these things and have no particular political agenda…

    I’m not saying lets not burn shale gas because think of the polar bears, but do have a think about going 100% Nuclear after we’ve burned enough of it to be able to afford to, there’s a dear.

  • Russell Seitz

    Though his critique of global warming hinges in a matter of few degrees,Delingpole tends to exaggerate numbers by as many orders of magnitude, If shale gas numbers were as high as he implies- there are as yet no proven reserves under Blackpool, global gas production would surely drive greenhouse warming through the roof.

    • Peter Crawford

      You reply makes no sense, Russell Seitz. I have tried to parse it and after five readings it remains complete gibberish. I did try.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allen.roth.75 Allen Roth

    James, this is one of your finest columns ever. Substitute republican for Tory and your piece would read nearly the same. You bring to mind the same emotion I have, which is, I loathe the country club republicans as much or more so than the leftist zombies. At least the leftists have guts and conviction. I sincerely hope UKIP survives and thrives. It is probably your last hope. Thank you for all the great articles and your conviction.

  • http://twitter.com/jovan66102 Jovan Weismiller

    So what about us old High Tories who are patriotic and want Britain Out!, but are not so ‘fiscally conservative’ and are definitely NOT socially libertarian? Where can we go?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Parkesee Jason Parkes

    Anyone who votes for UKIP is not protesting, they are useing there common sense