Advantages of independence
THERE appears to be a contradiction in UKIP opposing cuts in public spending while being committed to reducing taxation.
Certainly UKIP are against cuts to front-line services and would hugely increase military spending but their overall objective, according to UKIP leader Nigel Farage, is, in reality, to reduce public spending.
When questioned on how that would be possible Nigel Farage rounded on Government quangos. These, he intimated, would be the first to go.
But that, of course, would be insignificant and surely the real savings would be the huge sums of tax-payers money that is draining away to support EU bureaucracy and the incredible sums to 'harmonise' countries on the margins of the EU. Furthermore, Britain is sliding further in to debt and the only real way out of this is a restructuring of our economy.
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Although not on the UKIP agenda, ideally this would involve retention of the public sector but with a huge boost to the private sector and manufacturing. This would only be feasible if Britain left the EU and maximised huge new potential in world trade.
That would also help poorer countries to be self sufficient and where costly governmental foreign aid often simply disappears.
Even with EU restrictions Britain's world trade is increasing while relative trade with the EU is slipping and would remain unaffected if Britain left the EU.
In reality the EU is desperate to retain good trading links as its economy and the Euro begins to fold.
The new message must centre on regeneration, a healthy balance between the public and private sectors and the advantages of being an independent nation free from EU restrictions and the debilitating cost of EU membership, both direct and indirect.