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Farage’s plan to mend Broken Britain looks promising 

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NIGEL Farage’s launch of the Reform UK manifesto at the Gurnos social club in Merthyr Tydfil was ‘possibly the most exotic act it has hosted since Danny La Rue’. So the Telegraph‘s Tim Stanley who was there described it. Maybe it was. That is the genius and star quality of Farage – he goes where other politicians fear to tread and gets people laughing. Not for him the hallowed precincts of Westminster, or a church school (remember Tony Blair’s ‘vicar of St Albion’s’) but a rundown estate as rough as they come, according to Stanley’s taxi driver.

The last MP I remember facing such ‘Benefits Street’ reality was Iain Duncan Smith in the Gorbals, where the hopelessness inspired him to look for a ‘conservative’ route out of poverty and dependency. No chance however with David Cameron, Oliver Letwin and a woke Statist civil service in charge of implementing it. ‘Broken Britain’ on Farage’s lips yesterday was the very term IDS coined in 2006. The big question is whether Farage will be brutal enough to mend it? Or will he fall into the Leftist trap of thinking it is just about money not culture? He has until 2029 to think about it.

So far the runes are reading well. His ‘contract with the people’ looks promising. Here are the key points:

REJECT the WEF agenda

▪️CANCEL WHO membership

▪️LEGISLATE against woke ideology

▪️STOP cancel culture

▪️SCRAP Net Zero

▪️FAST-TRACK nuclear energy

▪️LEGISLATE for free speech

▪️SUPPORT farmers

▪️SCRAP bans on fossil-fuel cars

▪️SUPPORT marriage through the tax system

▪️REJECT the cashless agenda

▪️OPPOSE CBDCs

▪️SCRAP the TV licence fee.

▪️CUT tax big time – raise the income tax threshold to £20,000

▪️STOP the boats

▪️CUT foreign aid budget by 50 per cent

▪️CLEAR NHS waiting lists at an additional cost of £17billion a year.

As one reader emailed me, what’s not to like? The pledges I liked best were to reform the ‘institutionally biased’ BBC and scrap the licence fee, supporting marriage in the tax system and stopping the boats within a hundred days. The one I like least is the extra money for the institutionally failing NHS. Whether the whole manifesto adds up or not (the naysayers are eager to say it can’t and won’t) depends on whether they will follow the well-thought-out rescue plan they outlined 18 months ago which we published in these pages here

More important was the general thrust. It articulated some basic conservative principles we have been waiting years for. Not to say that I don’t have some provisos. I do. I would far rather see legislation repealed than confounding acts added on top. (Repeal the Equality Act and the Hate Speech laws and you wouldn’t need a Free Speech Bill). Neverthless the sentiments are bang on and back in touch with popular opinion and common sense. The most recent poll confirms this: people believe Farage is the most likely of the politicians to tell it how it is. 

You can watch the live launch of the Reform UK manifesto here.

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Kathy Gyngell
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