The Branch UKIP website needs to be a database for members so that they can access information to produce letters/emails and speeches.
Letter writing to MPs is an important first step in the creation of regular organised events. These letters should be written by members collectively once a month on an agreed theme.
They are not designed to influence your local MP. Whether they can do this is problematic.
They are designed to concentrate the mind of the individual on one aspect of concern. That person is encouraged to research the problem and reference their letter developing their reasoning and justifying themselves within context. Copies of these letters can then be sent to the Committee by email which can load them into a secure folder for others to read and get ideas for their own letter writing.
Below is a letter which is posted as an example. It could be criticised as being long-winded and verbose – a letter which an MP would discard after the first paragraph from boredom.
However, I wonder how your would feel if this letter was read out by a concerned constituent at one of our events! As you read it think about the power behind its references.
This letter even raises the question as to whether the the government is guilty of treason. One might validate this from the references given. Think of how the public may respond on a Saturday afternoon in Chippenham town centre if this letter was read out to them!
Dear John Daly [Conservative MP]
I have always viewed economic and political perspectives from a Right-Wing stance e.g. I believe in low taxation and individualism – minimum interference from the state with an understanding that rights are a privilege only to those that accept responsibility. Every man and woman should be allowed the hope, through hard work, of bettering themselves if they aspire to do so. I have believed in the political constitution in this country, a construct where laws are made by MPs in parliament on behalf of the people and ratified by the monarchy. These are laws that apply to all, both MPs and the people. As long as the individual commits to accept his responsibilities to parliament, I believed that the parliament itself would in kind accept its responsibilities to the individual. The people want and expect a free democratic society (1).
Over the last 18 months I have turned away from the Conservatives. They no longer stand for the values which I have mentioned. The worst betrayal has been their handling of Brexit. The people have been patronised and ridiculed after being given the liberty for once of choosing our own destiny. A decision which had the temerity to be different to the desires of our political puppet masters.
In doing so the Conservatives have shown appalling disrespect to those who gave them power and trusted them to protect democracy in this country.
Indeed, history may well prosecute this establishment with subversion and treason for charges that I will now itemise in chronological order.
- A Conservative Prime minister called Ted Heath devolved power away from the monarchy to a foreign power. This was and still is illegal by British Constitutional Law (2) This country became part of what is now known as the European Union.
- In consultation with the Labour Party and the next prime minister Harold Wilson, our illegal membership of the EU was ratified by an illegal referendum. Furthermore, there has been a Judicial Review on this subject which need to be made public (3).
- The people have been deceived of the economic benefits of membership of the EU. We have had a trade deficit for years, billions of tax payer’s money has and is being wasted (4).
- The divorce settlement is illegal and contravenes Constitutional Laws on the statute book (5).
When Mrs May offers the EU money to secure an agreement is committing an offence under the Bribery Act 2010, Chapter 23, Section 6″
- With EU membership comes uncontrolled mass immigration. We have no control over who comes into the country. This means that parliament has negated a primary responsibility, that of protection of its citizens (6).
- We give billions away in Foreign aid to countries that are destitute and would rather trade with us but cannot because of prohibiting protectionist trade tariffs (7).
- In 2016, Theresa May allowed Conservative candidates to run for office with the sole intention of sabotaging the Brexit Referendum of 2015
‘I look forward to the day when the UK will be reduced to a council chamber in the European Union’ Ken Clarke (8)
- Once in power with a small majority, Theresa May then surrounded herself with politicians who do not believe ideologically in such huge social and economic change for this country. They are now in charge of implementing that change (Philip Hammond)! Plan A should have been a full break from the EU reverting to World Trade Organisation rules. The economic consequences of this should have been considered and measures taken accordingly. Import VAT charges could be decreased to offset trade tariffs. Money saved by not paying membership fees should be used to facilitate a smooth transition to the new trading conditions with business. Plan B should have been a negotiated Canada plus option, but this could not be guaranteed (9).
- Theresa May has put Party before country by trying to appease those Conservatives that demand a second referendum. She has fought tenaciously to keep alive her Chequers White paper which is not Brexit and keeps us in the EU in all but name. We may never leave the EU under these terms (10) and she has even asked the civil service to prepare for a second referendum (11).
John you said you voted Remain but put democracy first and that is why you respect the mandate of the people. I have just one question.
When we get that inevitable second referendum, will you then side with others in your party? Will you offer this ultimate final insult with the pretense that this is yet another exercise in democracy?
Each letter needs to be accompanied by references . The reference is an incredibly important weapon for two reasons:
- You are justifying everything you say. The subjective opinion then becomes a reasoned line of thought.
- The reader must up his / her game if they are to argue against the case being presented to them. How can you argue against a law on the statute book or embarrassing documents showing the economic analysis of EU membership which you were trying to keep out of the public eye?
The letter is not designed to influence the MP. I no longer care about the opinion of one single member of parliament. They all put Party before country.
(1) None will stand and denounce the disgusting spectre of millions of economic migrants desperately trying to flood into this country. They want to cover our country in concrete and tarmac.
I once responded to the ‘Dog whistle call’ of the Tory manifesto at general elections.
‘Vote Conservative. Unlike Labour we will control immigration.’ They had and never will have any intention of doing so.
(2) All the political parties have no intention of restoring the criminal justice system back to purpose with their progressive liberal agenda. Think of the victims of rape whose perpetrators will serve half of a pathetic sentence.
(3) Think of your family members who may have been affected by that long hospital waiting list or the one that was treated too late.
(4) Think of their treason against the monarchy with their acceptance of the legality of EU membership.
Do you really care whether these people respond to your letter?
Your letter to them is a training exercise. It is a means to assemble your thoughts and rationalise your arguments:
You will use the letter is two ways:
- (a) Please stand up at one of the organised events. With one hand holding a microphone and another holding your letter say the following:
‘My name is #####. I am proud to be British. I have just written this letter to my local MP.’
(b) Then read out your letter
(2) Ensure that a copy of your letter has been submitted to your Branch Secretary so that it can be kept secure in a folder on the website for reference. The best ones can then be duplicated and offered to the public on stalls after the speeches (names and addresses deleted).
Your letters are better then any leaflet that UKIP could produce and will have greater effect.
In this manner every member can help the cause significantly.
The following is a help sheet that was recently given to Branch members at Chippenham to help them with their letter writing.
UKIP Members letter writing / emailing to local MP
James Gray MP [Conservative]
House of Commons
Bus. phone: 020 72193000
Michelle Donelan MP [Conservative]
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 4451
61 New Road, Chippenham, SN15 1ES
Tel: 01249 704465
Other Wiltshire MPs: