Former Mayor of Gedling joins UKIP

Mrs. Pat Blandamer, former Mayor of Gedling, with UKIP Branch Chairman Lee Waters

Mrs Pat Blandamer has a distinguished record in local government.  She is a former Mayor of Gedling in Nottinghamshire, and former Conservative Councillor for Burton Joyce.  And on Thursday August 2nd, she joined UKIP.  On Monday August 6th, she attended a meeting of the Gedling UKIP Branch,at the Longbow Pub in Arnold, where she was welcomed by Branch Chairman Lee Waters.

And she’s not alone.  Across the UK, across the East Midlands, people who care about our country, and about the way politics in this country are going, are abandoning the old parties and moving across to UKIP.

Since I made my move, in March of this year, a few people (fewer than I expected, I have to say) have asked “As a lifelong Conservative, Roger, how could you move to UKIP?”.  And my answer is simply, “I joined UKIP, not in spite of  being a conservative, but because I’m a conservative”.  I should add that far more Conservatives have made helpful and supportive comments than negative ones.  I would say that many of them sounded wistful — they’d really like to make the same move, if they could just overcome the tribal loyalties, old friendships and force of habit that bind them to the Tories.

Commentator Peter Oborne famously described UKIP as “The Conservative Party in exile”.  But it’s more than that.  Across this region, we have not only former Conservatives, but former Labour and former Lib-Dem councillors as well.  After all, you don’t have to have been a Conservative to believe that our country should be free, and independent and democratic.  To believe that we in our country are entitled to self-determination.  To want common-sense policies on climate and energy.  Affordable and secure electricity supplies.  A rational approach to immigration, and defence, and policing, and welfare.  It’s not only Conservatives who’re furious that the European Convention prevents us from deporting criminals and terrorists, and that the European Arrest Warrant threatens the liberty of every British citizen.

I find that people in UKIP aren’t keen to be seen as “left” or “right” — and nothing makes us so cross as those left-wing journalists who used to try to smear the Party as “Far Right”, as though it were extremist to believe in freedom and democracy.  UKIP is not left.  Not right.  But common-sense.  And growing fast.

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12 Responses to Former Mayor of Gedling joins UKIP

  1. neilfutureboy says:

    I have never been a conservative. I was a LibDem in the blief that there was still a place in that party for economic liberals – there proved not to be. I think UKIP lose out by to closely aligning themselves to traditional Conservatism.

    I am convinced that our economic liberal policies would very quickly get us out of recession, as indeed economic liberalism is providing an average 6% growth rate throughout the non-EU world.

    I suspect getting out of recession appeals to almost every voter across the political spectrum except for the Greens. The irrelevance of “left – right” in the real world is proven by the fact that the Greens, easily the most reactionary party in British history, is considered “left”.

    • Neil: I too count myself as an economic liberal, in the classical liberal, Austrian/Chicago school sense. But I disagree that “UKIP align too closely with the Conservatives. We disagree profoundly on Europe, and on climate and energy, and we also have big disagreements in other policy areas. I joined UKIP because I could no longer align myself with the Conservative party.

      On economic recovery, I think Osborne is right about managing the deficit (though he could act faster). But he is failing to do simple, obvious supply-side things to get the economy going. There are low/zero cost tax moves — how about a two-year NI tax holiday for new hires under 25, to tackle youth unemployment? Where is the deregulation that we all know we need?

  2. machokong says:

    Not so Roger, left wing is Socialist, the NAZIs were National Socialists and I don’t think you can get more nationalistic that a country called Europe, none at all. The BNP are nationalist also, they are left, far left indeed.

    UKIP are right wing, why, because Common Sense, Logic and the Facts are all the preserve of the right wing, while emotion is the sole foundation from which the left project their ideology from.

    UKIP are right wing.

    • I’ve always been right-of-centre, so I sympathise with the idea that “right wing” and “common sense” have a big overlap. But I’m keen also to work with former members of other parties (or of no party) who share UKIP’s basic values.

  3. True Conoservative says:

    Another traitor

  4. Christopher says:

    I’m loving the stream of defections we’re having lately. And to bolster your point (As though you need my help!), I’m a former active member of the Labour party, I helped with a variety of campaigns from around the age of 10 for my mother to be elected into an admittedly fairly safe council seat in Labour’s Warrington north stronghold, something I participated in very willingly.

    I joined the party 5/6 years ago when I was old enough, and left Labour the following year – I just couldn’t hack it under Blair, and I’m glad I wasn’t in the party under Brown!

    I decided to join UKIP over common sense policies, not necessarily because I’ve swung to the right after adolescence, as most people would think.

    I recall a few years back, when it emerged that prisons were full, and I’m sure the three major parties (Well, now I suppose it’s two and the Lib Dems) were all there thinking of ways to try and reduce the influx of prisoners, giving out non-custodial sentences, on top of useless ASBOs, and UKIP’s answer? Build more prisons! Which is the same thing I hear people say around the dinner table, down the local pub, in the newsagents, in the barbers, y’all name it.

    We might be small now, but one thing UKIP does is get to the centre of public opinion. And we’re damn good at it.

    (Oh, and by the way Mr Helmer, keep up the good work in Brussels, and do tell Farage that my friends and I think he’s mint.)

  5. Ernest Hartland says:

    As a common man, I only wish to have my Country returned to its own governance, not, to be managed and dictated to by an unelected bunch of career politicos some of whom are of dubiuos character and whose antecedants would not stand up in a Court of Law! Scroundels or Robbing Bastards? Its your call.

  6. David Hussell says:

    I was a Conservative supporter for years, as a One Nation Conservative, as much concerned with everyones life chances as with making our country even more outstanding. I left them because of the spin, the disaster of the EU, immigration, stupid EU legal impositions and gay marriage. Now as a UKIP party member I still see myself as looking out for everyone British, in a commonsense way. It’s about all of us working hard, as a free people once again, making the country a better place especially for the rising generation.

  7. jeremy ross says:

    The so-called EU is a wholly totalitarian psychosis: it has no basis in any kind of law whatsoever, as is obvious to those who understand that our Constitution is paramount and that governance may not be ceded abroad under any circumstance, other than after defeat in war. Why are there so many pathological liars who pretend it is otherwise ? Are they just ignorant ? To the extent that they are not ignorant, they are by so much treasonous and criminal. But what underlies this ? Why do some hate and betray their own country ? To start with the first of these traitors, Edward Heath, what underlay his maniacal hatred and his lies, his mysogynist betrayal of the mother country (read only pages 706-708 of his autobiography
    to realise the extent of his hysterical deceit). How much is treason derived from unresolved hatred of the parent ? Whence Philby, Burgess & Maclean, Blunt etc.? The nature of totalitarian man is THE problem of our time. Might one have thought that after Hitler & Stalin we might now know better ? Evidently not !

  8. The present political position of UKIP seems to resemble that of the SNP in Scotland till very recent years, except that UKIP is not perceived fairly as a single-issue, fringe Party, with no hope of widespread national recognition.
    Nevertheless, many UKIP opponents will say that it has no hope of success in the foreseeable future, therefore Conservatives must stick with the present Party despite its having gone “Liberal”.
    What do you think of the logical solution for real Conservatives, i.e., a merger, so as to form a Tory Party?
    Were Boris to succeed the failed Cameron and, say, John Redwood to replace Osborne, would a collaboration with UKIP be a realistic possibility?

  9. Denny says:

    Weed the idiots out of the Conservative Party and integrate UKIP politicians and policies. What is galling that all the ‘good’ work done in the Thatcher era (loathe or hate her policies) has been dismantled and destroyed by Liebor. Today’s conservatives are weak willed quislings from what I have seen. We need real leaders, visionaries and individuals to make decisions which are plain commonsense.

    The UK will not survive without massive dose of pain and suffering before the road to recovery can begin.

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