UK ELECTIONS SET TO SEND A WARNING TO ABBOTT
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
“A watershed election”? “The most important election ever”? Well they always say that don’t they, but this time the outcome could send shivers up the back of a moribund Westminster and the ripples may extend all the way to Canberra because the astonishing similarities in public discontent are spooky.
Nigel Farage (second from left) has taken his UKIP to a likely balance of power in the Commons and an opportunity to reform the once conservative Tories to an unrecognisable political force. One Midlands' poll had UKIP a mere eight points behind Miliband’s Labour.
Neither Labour nor the Conservatives will gain a majority so it will come down to the minors to decide who they will support and the major minor is likely to be UKIP which has a platform eerily similar to what mainstream Aussies are screaming for.
Just listen to this!
• Reform of tertiary education.
• $28 billion in foreign aid to be spent on urgently needed projects at home.
• Veterans to have affordable housing and new allocated hospitals.
• Redress the failure of multiculturalism (read stop Islamic immigration).
• Dump costly EU membership saving $23 billion in contributions to Brussels (for Australia read UN).
• Fix UK’s broken borders that allow uncontrolled numbers of illegal immigrants to usurp its social services (that cannot be done as an EU member).
• Replace the NHS (read Medicare) with an insurance-based system that allows big business to take it over and streamline it.
• Only migrants who have paid taxes in the UK for five years will be able to access non-urgent free medical services. Other migrants will be required to take up private health insurance.
• Flat rates of tax.
• Reform the Left bias of the BBC (read ABC).
• Increased VAT (read GST) on luxury items.
• Stop all unskilled migration into the UK for five years.
• Abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
• Any money made from fracking would go to social care for the elderly.
• LGBT (there is no policy regarding same sex anything) but the one I like is relaxing the Draconian laws on smoking that are causing 31 pubs (Pom centres for social interaction) to be closed each week.
If David Cameron is able to align with UKIP to form Government and the above policies are music to the ears of beleaguered Australians (except for the smoking thing of course) then both major Parties here will have to sit up and take notice.
Of course we are hamstrung with an unrepresentative Senate while the Poms have an archaic House of Lords but the Lords cannot reject legislation, they can only delay it.
... and anyway they are mostly irrelevant drunken oafs with gout.
But here’s the big but... if UKIP proves successful tomorrow then Australia will rush to field a centre-right Party to fill the gaping vacuum in our political landscape, and at last we may see some shift away from debt ridden majors intent on increasing a reliance on entitlements.
Unfortunately any new Party can only make a dent in half the Senate, but it would be one hell of a start.