Kevin Maguire of The Mirror today argues that the UK Independence Party does not support the working class in Britain today. I am of the opinion that his poorly researched article is bonkum.
He did note correctly however, Ukip has been on a steady rise for some time.
In November last year in Corby, Ukip got 14%, then two weeks later it got 22% in working-class Rotherham and just on Friday the Ukip candidate Diane James, received 27.8% of the vote.
Did we get the vote from disgruntled toffs, and grumpy Tory voters? No we picked up voted from across the political spectrum.
Ukip picked up a lot of votes from working class former Labour voters who can see we are fighting their corner. And from those who have no voted in a long-time and are sick of our lying liars political class.
Un-employed Gavin Marsh, who was staffing the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts stand in Eastleigh told a newspaper during the week-"Nobody is supporting the ordinary working class people. That's why Ukip is doing so well here. They are benefiting from anger against the mainstream parties."Very true! Ukip is the party campaigning against mass immigration into the UK because it is undercutting workers´ wages and putting a huge strain on public services like the NHS, like our education system and our social welfare system.
Ukip has no time for political correctness or just pleasing the chattering classes and media-luvvies like the LibLabCon. We are the party advocating no income tax for those on the minimum wage and the building up of a strong vocational education system to help those young people looking for a job.
While Cameron and Milliband are out bleeting for Gay marriage and wasteful wind farms, we are committed to help people get a job, and take back democratic control of our country from the EU, a corrupt political union with a membership fee of 53 million pounds a day. We can´t afford it, don´t need it and don´t want it. What Ukip want is freedom for the British people so we can take control of out own destiny and be free to prosper.
He purports that Ukip's policy of a 31% flat tax rate that combines income tax and national insurance contributions, is only favourable to corporate big business. He singularly fails to point out that we at Ukip would actually raise the threshold at which we start paying tax to £11,500, taking many low paid workers out of income tax altogether. I think that is a rather important policy point to make, but Mr Maguire fails to inform us and instead tries to pull the wool over his readers' eyes. His argument that such a tax policy would only suit big businessmen simply is not true.
Big business is not Ukip's concern, whatever the tax rate in Britain, big business will always find a way of avoiding tax, or moving offshore, small and medium sized enterprises cannot avoid tax and certainly cannot move offshore and they actually employ the largest section of the private sector, therefore dealing with mountains of tax and health and safety related paperwork, with little time or help at hand.
Ukip wants to unburden SMEs, by simplifying our tax code, making it easier for them to employ workers and enjoy a chance to get their business out of this grip-like recession. A flat tax rate of 31% for everyone from £11,500 would make tax avoidance more difficult, and tax evasion virtually impossible, making the Treasury less focused on catching those who enter such schemes, thus streamlining the need for huge Treasury staff and committees.
In most cases, fairer tax rates usually result in greater revenue for the treasury, as few people seek to avoid it. Having two tax rates makes it far more complicated for both businesses, employees, and the Treasury to work out who owes what, often making the case that the cost of doing so renders the tax revenue worthless. Here is a simple case in point:
Employee 1: annual salary - £15,000 - tax on £3500 at 31% = £1085
Employee 2: annual salary - £45,000 - tax on £33,500 at 31% = £10,385
CEO: annual salary - £100,000 - tax on £88,500 at 31% = £27,435
Bearing in mind, that Ukip's tax policy combines 20% income tax with 11% National Insurance, means that those who earn more, generally pay more, for everything, including schools, NHS, and police. I think that is fair, and we all pay the same rate.
UKIP opposes any kind of aspiration-killing policy, such as Labour's oft repeated dream of punitive taxation, because it does not drive people to want to better themselves, thus killing social mobility and innovation. Ukip wants people from all backgrounds to have the chance to be more socially mobile, successful and subject to fair, balanced taxation.
One of the main problems in Britain and many parts of the World in recession is the lack of spending power. Spending power is what aids growth, if people are able to spend more, more businesses sell their products, and in turn, can create more jobs to continue producing and selling their products. The first instance at which the State can help increase individual spending power is to make taxation fair and for all.
With a simplified flat tax rate, Ukip can help small businesses employ more people, increase spending power, and achieve the most important thing of all, an increase in employment in Britain. Now I would argue that Ukip has the policies for the working class, getting them into work by making employment simpler for businesses, a win/win situation.
I invite Kevin Maguire to re-consider his whacky ideas.