Making the leap from Tory to Ukipper

A much-needed breath of fresh air, UKIP is re-inspiring disillusioned voters across the nation, including me

Ukippers from Middlesbrough are joined by many more around the country
Richard Hendron
On 13 May 2013 15:23

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation. You can try putting the pieces together, justifying why you are where you are, and convincing yourself and others that the position you have taken is the right one. That is exactly what I did for many months. Like a relationship that has come to an end, one remembers the good times and the fond memories, coupled with a denial of the reality and a reluctance and fear of breaking that relationship and moving on into the unknown.

As a loyal Conservative all my life, and once a name on the Conservative Party’s Candidates list for Parliament, I was more involved in this relationship with the Conservative Party than the average Tory. Barely a week would go by where I was not involved in some sort of campaigning, whether that was knocking on doors trying to persuade people of the Conservative message, delivering leaflets in the wind, rain and snow, or attending some political event designed to muster support.

But like any relationship that is coming to an end, I found myself questioning why I was in it and what I really wanted. I would go to Conservative receptions and events where I was becoming increasingly wound up with my fellow Tory buddies; by there unquestioned devotion to the party and their refusal to hold an opinion that conflicted with Tory policy.

Eventually, and again, like any relationship on the decline, this built-up frustration turned into arguing. It was not long before I started ignoring calls and making excuses.

Like a lover who has been repeatedly cheated on, no longer did I believe anything the party said or promised. I had come to the realisation over time that our 32-year relationship was over.  

But there was a catalyst; I had met a knight in shining armour, who, without me realising, had swept me of my feet. We had so much in common: we both believed in our county, both were willing to stand up say it straight and we were both fed up with career politicians who increasingly let us down and only seemed to be interested in lining their own pockets.

The Knight in shining amour was of course Nigel Farage. And it appears I am not the only one to be swept of their feet. Farage has been busy sowing the seed of UKIP, which is leading to a sea change in British politics as people realise that there is an alternative to our mainstream political parties.

Indeed, UKIP is proving that it is a party fundamentally changing British politics. It is connecting with ex voters of all the main parties, regardless of class, as a party that will stand up for everyday people dealing with issues that they want dealt with: crime, immigration, Europe, protection of our countryside, and so on. It is listening to the people and responding.

As a former Police Inspector, I have witnessed first-hand the problems associated with excessive immigration – the extra burden on the police, social services, NHS, housing and schools. By taking back control of our borders and dramatically reducing immigration, we will not only increase our security, but will start to relieve the pressure (not to mention cost) on our key services.

Is it right that this government is closing hospitals while at the same time giving away in excess of £20million in aid every day? And that’s not to mention the many billions more we spend on EU membership. Imagine what all that money could do if injected into small business in Britain.

What is clear is that UKIP is not some small pressure group that will fade away. It is a party that is resonating with voters across Great Britain with its no nonsense, what-you-see-is-what-you-get style of politics. A much-needed breath of fresh air, UKIP is re-inspiring disillusioned voters across the nation.

Richard Hendron served in the Police Service for nine years before retraining as a Barrister. He was also on the Conservative Party candidates list for Parliament until last week, when he resigned his almost life-long membership and joined UKIP

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