Voters from across Scotland gathered in Kirkcaldy to hear some straight talking from the good Lord Pearson of Rannoch, UK Independence Party Leader, on Sunday 21 March.
Following on from UKIP’s successful Spring Conference the previous Friday Lord Pearson was making his first public appearance in Scotland since his election as Party Leader and was welcomed to the JRD Trust Theatre by UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Peter Adams.
Emphasising many of the points he has been raising over recent weeks Lord Pearson spoke of
“The credit crunch and the Parliamentary expense scandal, which have turned the people’s feelings from disdain to anger, and now, amongst many, to hatred. Indeed, the focus groups we have recently commissioned show that there is one deep common attitude, shared by nearly everyone we consulted, and that is anger and distrust of the political class. To these feelings we must add frustration; frustration because the British people feel that there is nothing they can do to make any difference; that whatever they do, they can’t change the system. And, of course, they are right about that too, which may be why some 40% of them no longer bother to vote in General Elections. Modern Governments are elected by 40% of the 60% who do bother to vote, or 24% of the electorate, and those Governments now make only some 20% of our national law. The rest is made is Brussels, where the Government has some 9% of the votes, in a secretive system which renders the House of Commons – for which the people are allowed to vote- wholly irrelevant.
Some voters ask, What about the “wasted vote”? The answer to that is that if you want more of the same, more of the LibLabConsensus, if you want to make absolutely sure that nothing changes, then you vote for one of them. If, on the other hand, you want to start the forces of change, then the only sensible thing to do is to vote UKIP. Even voting for the SNP here in Scotland won’t change things as they are as pro EU as the others. Yesterday in Aviemore Alex Salmond spoke about cuts we could make to save our economy but like the others failed to mention the £16billion saving we could make by leaving the EU. A vote for the SNP is still a vote to be run from Brussels.
Following the speech questions were taken from the floor and once again the audience was given straight talking answers by Lord Pearson who unfortunately due to the BA strike had to leave earlier than planned to catch his flight back to London.
Paul Henke, UKIPScotland’s Chairman introduced UKIP’s Scottish Parliamentary Candidates for the forthcoming General Election and the meeting closed with a rousing speech by Paul Nuttall MEP the UK Independence Party’s Chairman who highlighted UKIP's commitment to improving direct democracy with our Swiss Style referendum policy. Letting the people have their say in the big issues affecting people both nationally and locally.