This is the second general election I have had the great pleasure of having my election deposit returned, this time especially as I was fortunate enough to stand in a Parliamentary constituency where a decent number of people were not prepared to be taken in by the bullshine that comes from the so-called three main political parties who try to pretend they run this country, whilst doings as told by the EU. This morning, after returning from doing my husbandly duties by going to the supermarket with the boss, I returned to find a cheque for £500 from Walsall Council on the doormat.
Whilst in the supermarket, after picking up a pack of bargain bananas, a chap came up to me and asked how I had got on, he was as every bit as pleased as I with my 3449 votes as he, and his wife, had voted for me. Like many he had given up on the other three parties and this was the second general election he had voted for me. He liked UKIP's flat tax policy and the fact we wanted to take those on the minimum wage out of taxation altogether, as well as some other UKIP policies including the five year pause on immigration.
For that voter UKIP had given him a political harbour where he felt he could safely place his vote, I was pleased to be the instrument for him. However, for many Conservative's and political pundits, I am now a dasterley political rogue who sabotaged the chances of that nice Mr David Cameron and his caring cuddly Conservative's, I am one of the vile scoundrels who stopped the the Tory victory. The simple answer to that situation is - well tough, people have a democratic choice.
There are some factors which the Conservative Party and Tory supportive press should now begin looking at. The first is get out there and speak to people, don't take it for granted that the UKIP vote, had a UKIP candidate not been standing, would have automatically have gone to the Conservative Party - that is a simplistic and somewhat insulting opinion of a complex and disenfranchised electorate, this needs research. The question need asking, where would those votes have gone had a UKIP candidate not stood? For all these people, who blithely and ignorantly presume the votes would have gone Tory, may well learn something by asking that question.
When I was pounding the streets of Walsall South, and other parts of the West Midlands when helping out other candidates, there were a lot of disgruntled Labour voters out there saying they were going to vote UKIP. They were well and truly fed up with the party they once supported and there was no way they were going to vote either Tory or the BNP - so UKIP gave their votes a home - but of course the Conservative chateratie have not bothered to look at that option. Even Richard North who runs the normally sound EU Referendum blog has jumped to the same conclusion, but it is far more complex that that.
How many UKIP voters would have abstained from voting is another question. Prior to the Referendum Party, then UKIP, this was the only option that I was considering - no one would have got my vote had there not been those political homes for me as none of the established and arrogant political parties would have been worth wasting my votes on and abstention would have been my only political option. Sadly, those who claim UKIP cost them the election are all too short sighted to even bother to look at what is staring them in the face.
The Conservative Party took this country into the EU via Ted Heath taking us into the Common Market, Thatcher signed the Single European Act, Major the dire and treasonous Maastricht Treaty, which made us all European citizens, before handing over the treasonous baton to the Labour Party who also have the blood of British sovereignty on their hands by signing away much more.
These parties, including the Liberal Democrat's, need to look to themselves and what they have done before carping about the effects of UKIP. If they really want to stop dasterley rogues like me and the growing numbers of UKIP members and supporters, then give us an option on the EU, even if it is just a promise of an in or out referendum. If they don't grasp this nettle then we in UKIP will keep coming back, and back, and back..................