Bicycler wrote: downfader wrote:
Bicycler wrote:And I agree with Mick. We are not going to have a UKIP government after the next general election. However, if enough people vote for UKIP then the main political parties will have to start acknowledging the concerns people have.
Sometimes those concerns can be wrong. Look at the Yougov polls on how the UK sees immigration: people have a perception that defies reality..
Oh, I'm sure but the mud-slinging approach of patronisingly telling people they are just bigots and racists or they just don't understand is not the way forward. The "we know best" attitude of the main political parties is simple arrogance. It is the job of elected politicians to represent the views of the electorate, not to dictate to the electorate which views are acceptable. Regardless of where any of us stands on issues such as the EU and immigration, these are important issues to a good number of voters and therefore they should be important to politicians. That is not to say that there should be any rash decision making. There is a need for reasoned discussion of these issues, reflecting their importance to a large number of voters.
Perhaps read what John Denham said about UKIP, or even Cameron had to say recently with "I get it". If you hold on to views despite overwhelming evidence, does that not make you a bigot? No, it is not the job of politicians to represent the electorate's views, it is their job to act in their interests.
No referendum was or has been promised on the EU except by UKIP or if the Tories win 2015. If people want their view represented then they need to engage with politicians more (eg actually vote!) and tell them on-mass that they desire a greater series of referendums instead of powers delegated to MPs and Government.
After all - thats why you elect an MP - to take those decisions so we dont have to.