This is a party dedicated to real democracy for real people not political wannabees. I well remember in 1972 Heath rejecting the many calls for a referendum from all sides of the political spectrum saying it was a matter for MPs in parliament. The only time he ever got remotely near the truth was when he said that if we had a referendum on the Common Market what was the point in being an MP? Exactly. Allowing referendums would take power away from the political class and give it to the people which is the answer to a question asked from the floor on Friday as to why politicians hated referendums.
Nikki's party is the only vehicle available to us to restore power to the people and deserves to be supported for this alone.
It of course also provides a splendid vehicle for Nikki to be re-elected as an MEP. That is a necessary evil in my book but she does of course spend most of her MEP dosh to further our cause. Ask how much Farage has given to UKIP? I can recollect one donation of £1000 made under duress. I reckon UKIP's MEPs have received around £50 million from the EU since 1999. Where has this money gone? What has been achieved? Well nothing for our cause but a very lucrative living for Farage and his chums. As Napoleon said, 'politics is the only area ability and talent is not required to succeed'. Farage and his cabal daily prove the truth of this remark.
Elected representatives provide a democratic mandate for the MEPs or MPs views. The problem is these views most often conflict with the views and interests of the electors other than at election time when they miraculously converge for a brief 3 week period. Thereafter the elected representative can ignore the views and interests of his electors where they do not support his own views.
Does it have to be this way? Not nowadays with the Internet polls of the populace's views can easily be held but our MPs can just as easily ignore these as they have done over the EU. No, the only way is to adopt the Swiss system and legislate that if a petition is presented with say 1 million signatures demanding a referendum to change an existing or proposed government policy then such a referendum must beheld and the result would be binding on the government. Its perfectly feasible after all Downing Street already has set up its petition web site. It is a week thing and the MPs are not even obliged to hold a debate let alone bind the government but it is a start and we should work on expanding it.
The Swiss have shown it works at all levels, national, cantonal and local. It has delivered for the Swiss the highest standard of living and best run country in the world. There is a statistical reason for this. It has been well established in many fields that the average view of ordinary people is always superior to that of self appointed experts.
Support Nikki's initiative! Its a start to turning our country into another country like peace loving prosperous Switzerland.