It's the main parties who will be redundant, not us
I WRITE in response to Douglas Jaggers' letter ("Government has got it right over bedroom tax", Derby Telegraph, March 12) where he manages to crudely crowbar in some spurious accusations about UKIP.
Firstly, I would like to state that I have no interest in starting some tit-for-tat, mud-slinging row. However, I do take exception to the claim that UKIP is redundant.
Surely, after a by-election that saw half of the Coalition and the main opposition relegated to third and fourth place respectively, overtaken by UKIP, how can this portray us as redundant?
That, coupled with a recent opinion poll showing us at 17%, double that of the Lib Dems and only 10% behind the Tories, illustrates we are anything but redundant.
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Mr Jaggers then intimates that we, as a party, are bandwagon jumpers should we decide to oppose the said tax. It, incidentally, has such flawed criteria as to who should pay and who is exempt, and does not identify as to where people should move to should they fail to afford the increased cost, that it does not make logical sense to proceed with in its current format.
I can only find such comments laughable. Just look at the issue of immigration, it is UKIP that has moved the discussion up-front and at the same time made it so that we can have a sensible, grown-up debate on a fundamental issue without being afraid of being called "racist" for doing so. But it is now the other parties clambering to talk about the issue.
I'm afraid that Mr Jaggers will find it is the old parties prone to jumping on the bandwagon and for such behaviour, along with continually letting down those who have voted for them, it is they who are becoming redundant.
UKIP Derby Branch Secretary