From: Tom Jones, Victoria Road, Plymouth, Devon.
UKIP’s relationships with other EU Parliament groups on the Far Right worries this writer very much indeed. It is a wholly legitimate issue to raise before the elections because after them a possible Ukip group will be under pressure to liaise closely with their Continental equivalent anti-EU parties.
We already know that Ms Le Pen, head of the French Right, claims to be talking already to some senior Ukip people. It has been denied but, as Mr Spock might say, it is a logical move if the primary objective of both groups is to destroy the EU.
The same has to be suggested for the Vlams Belang, Austrian Freedom Party, Lega Nord (Italy), Slovak Nationalists and perhaps others.
Put in simple terms, if there is a Ukip bloc in Brussels after the election, Nigel Farage will be faced with other groups who will want to work hand in glove with his MEPs. Sometimes to achieve an end one has to work with those disliked. But the parties of the European extreme right are fascist in all but name. Some are violently anti-immigration.
Not a word has emerged from Ukip HQ in the Farage shed complex about likely working deals with those other parties. So what? some might say. He will have to do so. Then a trend line emerges of anti-European, anti-immigration and anti a-whole-lot-more groups in liaison with each other out of which other disturbing policies might flow.
A Europe run by fascist parties is not a happy thought, but the implications of liaison between those parties, of which many have policies that make one’s blood curdle, is far too powerful to leave unquestioned.
From: John Richmond, Harrogate Road, Ripon.
DAVID Cameron may attempt to ridicule Ukip supporters; in doing so he is demonstrating how out of touch he is with the views of the general public.
Pensioners like myself have put up with the financial crash, tightened our belts, and hoped for better things to come.
Four long years of promises, especially about the EU. Surely it was simple enough to spell out the benefits of being in or out, instead of re-offering a referendum as a carrot to catch votes, but no, he would rather keep procrastinating over the issue, frightened of his coalition partners, the Lib Dems, who I forecast will take a drubbing on May 22, as will the Conservatives.
The public are fed up with professional politicians of all parties and will vote maybe for the unexpected. I hope so, I’m voting Ukip.