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Libertarian UK Independence Party Strong 2nd in Parliament by-election!

Way to go UKIP!

Liberal Democrats held on to the seat in Eastleigh with 32%
of the vote, but UKIP candidate Diane James finished a strong
second with nearly 28% beating out the Conservatives, Labour
(and Monster Raving Loonies).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21625726

UKIP website (check the Nigel Farage speech to EU Parliament!)

http://www.ukip.org/



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Libertarian?

Have you read their manifesto?

http://www.ukip.org/media/pdf/UKIPmanifesto1304a.pdf

Take a look at "The five planned long-term programmes" listed under "The Economy: Jobs, Enterprise & Skills" it reads like another New Deal:

1) A 10-year enhanced defence equipment
programme with an additional £4bn p.a. on
top of the currently-budgeted £8bn p.a.

2) A 25-year programme of building nuclear
power stations that will provide Britain with
50% of its future electricity demand. This will
cost on average of £3.5bn p.a.

3) A comprehensive programme of flood
protection and coastal defences to cost £30bn
over 10 years. Some 25% of this money would
be spent on highly-exportable pump valves
and control equipment.

4) A transport investment programme centred
on high-speed rail lines, reopened railways,
new bypasses, road improvements and port and
airport links. The lion’s share of this investment
would go to British-based firms.

5) A prison building programme with a
particular emphasis on modern off-site
manufacture. This programme will be structured
so that British manufacturing firms are
well placed to win a substantial share of the
systems and components work.

Would they be an improvement over the others? Possibly but I don't expect too much.

The one good thing that would be gained by electing UKIP - in my opinion - is that it could begin the process toward succession from the EUSSR nightmare.

point(s) well taken

Thanks for pointing that out.

I was originally going to say "libertarian-oriented UKIP, but even
that seems to be stretching it.

Considering they like to promote themselves as non-militarist
and against foreign intervention you'd think they wouldn't need
big increases in the military budget - hopefully the opposite.

And while I can see wanting to reduce dependence on imported
oil/gas/coal and the environmental issues associated with it, I
can't quite see why you wouldn't exhaust renewables as a possibility
before you went for more nukes. Germany has been going the
opposite direction from what UKIP seems to want to do and
making decent progress.

Why don't people seem to get that decentralizing power (and other)
production promotes decentralized power in general?

Having trashed the country with motorways and bypasses I can't
see why they need more, but a lot of their rail infrastructure is
a disaster from what I've heard/read.. below standard compared
to most European countries and could use work.

That's not actually a huge figure for the flood control/coastal defense
work, if it's actually needed. Maybe they should spend the money
on wave/tide based energy generation and they wouldn't need those nukes.

As the most violent country in Europe I guess they need to keep some
people out of circulation. Re-arming the responsible civilian population
and getting rid of pointless laws would likely drop the crime rate a fair
bit and they wouldn't need more prisons...

Their military

has really been slashed as of late except for the 2 carriers they are building for which they have no planes for ;)

donvino

I see-

Maybe if they sell one of the carriers to China or India they
could afford enough F-35's for the other one..

Government in £100m U-turn over F35-B fighter planes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18008171

Update - NYT article

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives took a harsh pummeling on Friday after results of a by-election showed surging support for the right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party.

Such deep inroads into the Conservative vote, if sustained at a general election in two years’ time, could oust the Conservatives from power and usher the Labour Party back to 10 Downing Street.

(read more)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/world/europe/british-by-el...