Those who say that UKIP are only taking disaffected Conservative voters are very much in the wrong.
In areas where people may, for historical reasons, be reluctant to vote Tory, and they don’t trust the Liberal Democrats (well, who does?), UKIP can be the recievier of votes from those disaffected by the current crop of Westminster politicians.
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is an area that has suffered immensely from unwanted levels of immmigration. As the area as become, in the estate agents parlance more ‘vibrant and diverse’, so have levels of crime risen and stresses on public services such as schools and the NHS have become woefully apparent.
The local newspaper for this borough, the Barking and Dagenham Post, is telling of a defection of a councillor from Labour to UKIP. Now apart from a short period earlier this century when 10 BNP councillors were elected and promptly demonstrated their stupidity and ignorance of council procedure, this borough has been solid Labour. However, in this Labour fiefdom one particular councillor has realised what many of us realised long ago, that is Labour are not the party for the British working classes, Labour are the enemy of the British working classes.
The Barking and Dagenham Post said:
“Concerns over his party’s immigration policies has led a long-standing Labour councillor to defect to UKIP.
The Becontree ward councillor of three years said he left because Labour no longer represented the interests of ordinary working people.
His departure comes after he failed a re-selection interview in June to stand for the party in next year’s local elections.
Cllr Douglas said: “I believe that the British people should have a referendum on our continued membership of the European Union and I also believe that we need strong controls on immigration.
“UKIP is the only party that I feel represents the views held by a majority of my constituents.”
The move was welcomed by UKIP, with Havering Cllr Lawrence Webb claiming it showed his party was the only one with policies that “resonated with ordinary people”.
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Reading between the lines on this story it appears that Cllr Douglas may have got increasingly out of step with the immigration loving, Britain hating, Islam fellating party that Labour has sadly become.
Let’s hope that more long-standing Labour councillors in all areas realise that if they are in politics to help British workers put bread on the table, then the Labour Party is really not the way to do that. Labour as we have seen far too often, want to take that bread off of that table and stuff into the faces of newcomers who often do not contribute, or who bring social problems that impact on the working classes, then Labour is really not the way to do it.