The Ethics of UKIP or Party Politics for the Non-Partisan

The three supposedly unmentionable subjects of conversation in polite society used to be religion, sex and politics. Some of us may still sigh for those days, even in monasteries, for we are not immune to what is going on around us, nor should we be. In recent weeks, we have heard a great deal of politics. First, there was the Scottish Referendum, which sent political commentators scuttling in all directions and panicked the denizens of Westminster; then there were the party conferences, with David Cameron allegedly producing the best speech, if not the best policies, of the three main political parties; and now we have all and sundry picking over the rise and rise of UKIP and devising strategies designed to harness the power of the UKIP sympathizer for their own party.

As someone with no party political allegiance, may I point out what seems to me a dangerous flaw in all this supposedly strategic thinking? Whatever those who vote  for UKIP may be thinking, it is surely dangerous for any other party to allow its own policy to be dictated by UKIP’s agenda. Nigel Farage has the popular touch and has correctly identified some of the major concerns of many British people, but his proposed solutions may not be the right ones, either ethically or politically. We all know how easy it is for those not in power to make promises they cannot fulfil when they are. It is just as easy for those wanting power to feel they must adapt their policy to what they perceive to be popular, and perhaps make the most enormous mistakes into the bargain. The pros and cons of current British immigration policy, for example, cannot be reduced to a few emotive headlines. Politics and ethics are linked, for both are concerned with how we live.

I myself don’t think any political party has a monopoly of what is right, which is why I am uneasy when some people equate being Christian with holding specific political views. I am, however, even more uneasy when Christians suspend their Christianity to espouse political doctrines that are radically unfair or unjust or will imperil future generations. We know when the next General Election will be held. During the months ahead we shall need to think carefully about the choices we shall make.  You won’t be surprised that I think we should also pray about them — starting now.

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6 thoughts on “The Ethics of UKIP or Party Politics for the Non-Partisan”

  1. Sound advice indeed. I think that most of today’s parties work on the expediency factor, how to win the next election, rather than taking the longer term view of what is best for the majority.

    I am not suggesting that a socialist agenda is best, just that the only party that is making any sort of sense to me is the Green Party, which has has my vote for the last two general elections and for the local ones too. Not sure that I am making a difference, because historically they’ve performed poorly in general elections, but have had one MP in the form of Caroline Lucas for the full term of this parliament and they would like to do better next time.

    I wonder if the Greens starting winning by-elections, whether the Major parties would start treating them like they’re treating UKIP? I don’t believe that they would, because while the fear factor is involved with UKIP, they are quite relaxed about the Greens due to past history. I’m praying that God will provide some surprises at the General Election, which might involve Greens along with independents holding the balance of power and bringing about a coalition of national unity – something to behold. Politicians of all ends of the spectrum being obliged to work together for the greater good, instead of the infighting and pettiness that seems to dominate.

    Lets hear it for the Greens 🙂

    • HE339 The Green Party will support a change in the law to remove the requirement for two doctors to approve a woman’s decision to have an abortion, and will support a change in the law to allow the procedure to be carried out by appropriately trained nurses and midwives up to three months of pregnancy. It will support NHS provision of such nurses and midwives and will support a widening of the number of locations at which an abortion can be carried out. This should reduce delays in service provision and prevent access being obstructed by doctors with personal anti-abortion views.

  2. There’s one good thing about the political events of the past few weeks. It has been evident for some time that all political parties pander to the people that normally vote for them. Over the last decade or two they have stopped thinking of what is right for the whole country, the whole electorate. As they have focused in on one or two policies, they have alienated a lot of people. As most people live in towns and cities, they have forgotten about the people who feed us – those who live in the rural parts of the country. So I am praying that they will learn from UKIP’s rise and plan policies that will benefit the whole country and not just their supporters be they rich or poor but all of us.

  3. Are politicians taught how not to answer questions. I would not write “None of the above,” on my ballot paper next year as people fought hard for women to be able to vote. So I am listening carefully and now understand why people shout at the radio and TV. An interviewer asks a question. I prick up my ears, I’ve been wondering that. Does the politician answer? NO. Thanks for the reminder to pray.

  4. UKIP may indeed have correctly identified some of the major concerns of many British people, but would those people genuinely have those concerns but for fomentation by the mainstream media? The same media who treat the first UKIP MP as a watershed but the first Green MP as a footnote.

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