The current version being debated by UKIP!

“Should the UK Independence Party's MEPs join a European Political Party and a European Political Foundation as defined under Regulation EC 2004/2003?”

Ballot papers due with Independence magazine scheduled for Monday 18-Jul-2011.
Return before Monday 15-Aug-2011
Count 16-Aug-2011

Returning Officer Steve Allison

Party Applications to form PEPPs 30-Sep-2011

CONSIDER AESOP The Lion & The Fox:

The EU was failing and was corrupt. So they pretended to be handing out money, which was just a ruse to make the greedy come to help progress their scam, but the strings attached were binding if hard to see.
The EUroRealists also came to see the offer, but didn't join a PEPP wishing to deal with The EU from outside its political clutches.
The EU asked the EUroRealists why they didn't come in as it was so lavishly rewarded and comfortable living on bribes.
The EUroRealists replied, 'Because we can see the tracks of those going in, but they are destroyed and there are no tracks showing they survived.'

Other people's lives are lessons in how we can avoid danger: it is easy to enter the house of a powerful man, but once you are inside, it may already be too late to get out.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

05-Jun-2011 - UKIP's Branch Chairman Mike SMITH on PEPPs @ Tiverton

05-Jun-2011 - UKIP's Branch Chairman Mike SMITH on PEPPs @ Tiverton

UKIP's Branch Chairman Mike SMITH on PEPPs

Mike Smith is the UKIP Gloucester Branch Chairman.

We should not sell out for 30 pieces of silver

By Mike Smith

I was asked to write 500 words on why UKIP shouldn’t join a Pan European Party. To me the issue is so simple and straightforward, that may prove difficult!

I joined UKIP in the early 1990s purely to free my beloved country from its entanglement in European politics, which, incidentally, I never supported in the first place.

I acknowledge that many who have joined the Party more recently, especially the very welcome younger members, have a much broader agenda. However, leaving the EU is the only way that wider agenda can be achieved.

I believe that Pan-European Parties are a further device to promote a European superstate – and an unusually obvious one at that. I am utterly amazed that some of our MEPs, who have been elected to get us out of the European Union, have fallen for it. Thank goodness for the likes of Trevor Colman who have seen through it and alerted us. His masterly dissertation exposes the duplicitous Eurospeak.

Do we really want to vote for the same party as they do in Serbia, Bulgaria, Latvia et al? Because that is what “Pan” means.

The fact that this issue is being debated at all demonstrates how it has split our Party wide open from top to bottom. And it is our Party – it does not belong to the MEPs. It must be sheer joy to the Europhiles in Westminster and Brussels.

It has been claimed that we would get €1million if we were to join a PEP. Others say we would have to pay €200,000 first and we would not be able to use any of it to promote UKIP in this country.

However, whoever is correct is largely academic. I am opposed to state funding of political parties whether from Brussels or Westminster. Once the state controls their funding it controls the parties and that is yet another nail in the coffin of democracy.

But it is not about money. I joined a British Party. If the Party I joined were no longer British then I would want absolutely nothing to do with it. The work and money that I have ploughed into it over nearly 15 years will be utterly wasted. But if UKIP joins or becomes a Pan European Party I WILL leave it and even find it very difficult to vote for it in future elections. And I will not be the only one!

Don’t let a handful of MEPs, who we have put in place with our shoe leather and widows’ mites, sell the soul of our Party for 30 pieces of euro silver.

Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
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