Speech to UKIP conference


Ladies & Gentlemen, Colleagues,

This is shaping up to be a great Party Conference. It is our first Conference since our great victory in the Brexit Referendum. It is the Conference where we say farewell to Party Leader Nigel Farage, and greet new Party Leader Diane James.

Let me first of all add my voice to all the tributes which have already been paid to Nigel. Every one of us in this hall played a part in the Brexit Campaign, but I very much doubt that we should have won it without Nigel’s tireless efforts, both during the campaign, and during the two decades when he led and inspired and nurtured the Party.

Nigel will be an incredibly tough act to follow, but we wish Diane James every success as the new Party Leader. She has a tough job to do, but she has the skills, the character, the determination and the media savvy to succeed, and I am sure that Diane can count on the support of all of us in this Hall, and throughout the Party, in the task she has undertaken.

Diane will be making her own decisions and her own appointments for policy spokesmen for the Party, and I shall be happy to pass on my responsibility for industry and energy to whomever she chooses to appoint. But I have had the privilege of speaking for the Party on these issues for the past four and a half years, so perhaps I may take ninety seconds of your time to outline a few key thoughts for future energy policy.

First nuclear. I have always been convinced that nuclear energy must be a key element in a rational British energy policy, and initially I welcomed the decision to proceed with Hinkley C. But I have become increasingly concerned about the costs. Nuclear power is potentially cheap over the lifetime of a reactor. Yet we have struck a deal which makes nuclear energy as expensive as off-shore wind – and that at a time when fossil fuel prices are trending downwards. Add to that the increasing security concerns about the Chinese involvement, and I’m afraid we have to say that Hinkley C is a bad deal for Britain. My strong advice to my successor would be “Nuclear Yes: Hinkley No”.

Then renewables. I and the Party have been resolutely opposed to wind and solar, for a whole range of reasons, but mostly because they represent a threat both to affordability, and to security of supply. That is still true today, but we need to watch developments closely. The costs of both solar and wind are reducing. The industry is claiming “grid parity” for renewables. They are wrong to do so, because intermittency imposes additional costs which they mostly choose to ignore. But equally there are rapid developments in large-scale energy storage. Today, we do not yet have the massive storage capacity which would overcome the intermittency problem – but in ten years’ time, we may well have it.

This does not mean that we are wrong to resist renewables today. If I’m right that renewables will become economically viable, with reduced costs and massive storage capacity, say by 2025, we shall still look back and ask why we squandered huge resources covering the country with equipment which, from that future vantage point, will look hopelessly clunky, old-fashioned and inefficient.

Then gas. It was Labour Statesman Aneurin Bevan (those were the days when the Labour Party actually had statesmen) who said “Britain is an island made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish” – and Conference, we expect to get those fish back following Brexit! But if he were here today, Bevan might well say “An island built on gas and surrounded by fish”.

I know that there are real concerns about shale gas amongst the public – and perhaps in our Party – and that is not surprising given the torrent of negative propaganda surrounding the technology. But an independent Britain needs independent energy, and we cannot ignore the potential under our feet. If the shale gas reserves are anywhere near some of the estimates, then the impact on the economy, on prosperity, on jobs, on our energy security, our balance of payments and our tax revenues will be dramatic. It would be irresponsible to ignore so big an opportunity.

But let’s return to the main theme of our conference today. Brexit, and our amazing victory.

During the referendum campaign I was always careful to warn of possible economic volatility around the Brexit vote, and Conference, I’ll be honest. I anticipated that if we won, there would be months, perhaps years, of bad headlines. I thought that perhaps our main task after the vote would be to keep reassuring people that the benefits of Brexit would come through eventually, and that we had to grit our teeth during the economic upheaval of disengagement. And let’s be clear – there will be bad news as well as good as we move forward to liberation from Brussels.

But the news so far is better than my wildest dreams. There’s been no emergency Budget. Mortgage rates have not rocketed. House prices have not slumped. The Footsie is ahead of its pre-Brexit level. High-street spending is up. Confidence has recovered in services and manufacturing. Cars are selling. There is a tourist boom in London and across the country. Hotels, bars and restaurants are full (and that’s not just Kippers celebrating).

Countries around the world, frustrated in their efforts to negotiate with the EU, are queuing up to talk trade deals with a newly independent UK. Yes, the Pound is down – but that has proved a tonic for exports, with our balance of payments deficit down. And most economists believed that the Pound was over-valued and needed an adjustment.

So what has suffered from Brexit? I’ll tell you. The reputation of George Osborne. And the Treasury. And Mark Carney at the Bank of England. And the IMF. And President Obama. And assorted banks, consultants, accounting firms and rating agencies. They all got it wrong.

Some of the whining Remainians are calling for a Second Referendum. But what could they say? Their whole case was based on Project Fear. The sky would fall if we voted to leave. But the sky didn’t fall. Project Fear has imploded. It has vanished in a puff of smoke. They have no case to argue.

On social media, some voices are saying that now we’ve won, UKIP can pack up and go home. Mission accomplished. No more to be done. Some suggest that UKIP MEPs should resign in a body, in a great gesture of triumphant hubris.

But colleagues remember that we may have voted for Brexit. But today as we speak, the UK is still a fully paid-up member of the EU. Still subject to EU law. Still paying billions for the privilege of membership. And with a Prime Minister who insists that Brexit means Brexit – but seems uncertain what Brexit means. So let’s tell her.

Brexit means independence. It means we will no longer be subject to EU laws and policies. We will pay nothing to the EU budget. We will control our own borders and our own immigration. And our own fisheries. And as a strong and independent nation, we will negotiate trade terms on a similar basis with the EU as we will with America, and China, and any other country. We will not accept the Swiss or the Norwegian models, and their dodgy compromises with Brussels.

So our job is not finished. We have to hold Theresa May’s kitten-heels to the fire, and make sure there is no backsliding.

I occasionally read a little poetry or history, and though I’m not a religious man, I recently found a prayer of Sir Francis Drake which fits the bill today. He faced the Spanish Armada – possibly the greatest military machine the world had yet seen — but they say he insisted on finishing his game of bowls on Plymouth Ho before going down to blow the European fleet out of the water. Sir Francis prayed:

Oh Lord God, When though givest it to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory”. Colleagues, we have won a great battle, but the war won’t be won until Britain is independent again.

I said to begin with that we owe a great debt of gratitude to Nigel Farage. Not just we in this hall today, but the whole party, and indeed the whole country. But perhaps, just perhaps, the whole of Europe will also be in his debt. Be in no doubt, colleagues, that our Brexit victory has inspired other movements across Europe. The Swedish Democrats — we have Peter Lundgren at our Conference today. The German AfD. In Italy, the Five Star Movement. The Freedom Party in Austria. The Visegrad Group in Eastern Europe, which is in revolt against the EU’s migrant plans.

Let me close with one last quotation, this time from William Pitt the Younger in his last public speech in the City of London in 1805, just after the victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. He said “England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example”.

Colleagues, like Martin Luther King, I too have a dream. A dream of a free and prosperous Europe of democratic sovereign states linked solely by free trade and voluntary intergovernmental cooperation. I believe that that dream is closer to achievement now than ever in my lifetime.

And if it comes about, much of the credit will be due to this Party. To UKIP. We did it. Well done, colleagues, well done.

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33 Responses to Speech to UKIP conference

  1. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Thank you, Roger, for using your keen analytical talents to recognize and halt the dark, Orwellian cloud of totalitarianism engulfing the globe as if the world hangs in a balance today:


    • Oliver K. Manuel says:

      The slope of the line across the top of Figure 2 shows the bias used to hide neutron repulsion in Weizsacker-Bethe’s nuclear binding energy:


      • Oliver K. Manuel says:

        An investigative reporter discovered an important and powerful truth that I had overlooked:

        FREEDOM is our natural state of being.


        That’s why tyrants use lies to isolate and enslave the public.

      • MIKE MAUNDER says:

        I will come clean with you Oliver. I don’t have the faintest idea what Weizsnacker-Bethe found with nuclear binding energy. What concerns me is that we need China and France to build something nuclear, and massive. I would have thought that we had enough bright sparks to build our own nuclear power stations, and perhaps more of them, and smaller. Then again as said, I know nothing about this science !

      • Oliver K. Manuel says:

        Mike, the slope of the line across the top of Figure 2 is the exact bias (error) in the baseline that hid neutron repulsion in Weizsacker-Bethe’s calculated values of nuclear binding energies:


        Please make a copy of Figures 1 and 2 to study. You will see for yourself the error in Bethe-Weizsacker’s calculation.

        Without that error the public would know
        the Sun’s core is the pulsar remnant of the supernova that made our elements and birthed the solar system 5 Ga ago. The Sun and other stars make hydrogen and discard it in the solar wind. Cosmic rays from the Sun induce condensation of water vapor into clouds, that produce rain, lightening and thunder. In short, humanity has been isolated from reality by the misuse of public research funds to generate an illusion of “97% consensus scientific support” for false Standard Models of Climate, the Sun, the Cosmos and the Nucleus.

    • MIKE MAUNDER says:

      OLIVER: You put the point powerfully, although I don’t think that the notion of freedom being our natural state, is news for this audience. In spite of all the lies that were told by Cameron, Osborne and Uncle Tom Cobley, the British people still went ahead, and voted to stuff the E.U., and voted to take back our independence and National freedom. Maybe your ‘teach in’ would be better targeted, sent to the smaller half of the people who voted to remain as captive serfs of Europe’s unelected nitwits !

      • Oliver K. Manuel says:

        Thanks, Mike. I personally believe “we were endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and we have an inalienable right to alter or abolish any government that fails to protect those rights.

        That is why governments must not pay scientists to deceive the public about reality, as the Weizsacker-Bethe model of nuclear binding energy has deceived the public for eighty years (1936-2016) about the source of energy that powers the Sun and the cosmos.

  2. Rosie Glover says:

    A speech worthy of Churchill. Well done.

  3. Richard111 says:

    Regarding Hinckley and security…. one well aimed rocket from afar will remove a lot of power.
    Many small (container size) liquid thorium reactors easily replaced. Minimal earthworks needed.

  4. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Its indeed a mess in Europe…much of the online vids I see show constant brawls, demo’s and streets full of armed personnel. Mr Farage is heading to Europe to assist countries to depart the EU as I understand it. As such I hope the current 27 meeting at the castle are going to discuss and setup a safe mitigation and support plan for the countries that the EU has wrecked. Thats so they can get back to their pre-wrecked state and be viable.

    See John Redwood today for a sickening set of events coming to the EU eventually:

    It will be interesting to see what happens if Trump takes command. He is mindful of the current USA debt status as we should be of ours…so?

    It only gets better for all those clowns in Brussels I think. Why do they have to goto a castle?

    • Ex-expat Colin says:

      Meanwhile at the castle (Bratislava). Meeting of the 27 remaining EU members

      • MIKE MAUNDER says:

        The collection of the E.U. membership ? – Possibly ! ………. I think it is a fair picture of our own House of Commons today ! ………. They gave the people a referendum, or a choice for our future. The people’s vote went against these Clowns wishes, and now more time is taken up trying to get out of their obligation. If the FPTP system of vote continues, CLOWNS ARE ALL WE WILL END UP WITH ! – I’m damned angry !

      • Ex-expat Colin says:


    • Roger Turner says:

      I saw on RT this morning that they broke up with the Italians kicking up a fuss and wouldn`t sign the bit of paper.
      I don`t think any of them were very happy – events dear boy -refugee immigration?

    • Martin Reed says:

      John Redwood refers to France pushing for the lead in the creation of European military for the dysfunctional and disunited super state in the making. Sad to think that their ill-starred, longstanding project to undermine the NATO alliance which served Europe so well originated in De Gaulle’s personal fit of pique at France having to be bailed out by the Anglo Saxons, the UK and US, after their military debacle in WWII.

  5. ian wragg says:

    They went to Bratislava to discuss stitching us up and it ended in acrimony. It just gets better and better.
    I like BoJo’s suggestion of a new Royal Yacht. I will contribute if it goes ahead.

  6. Ex-expat Colin says:

    “Divided European Leaders Struggle With Post-Brexit Vision”

    Never miss a lunch opportunity though: (roadmaps lead to lush lunches)
    “The leaders touched on the looming divorce negotiations with Britain only briefly, with European Council President Donald Tusk leading a discussion over lunch on a boat on the Danube”.

  7. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Your picture of monkeys in the House of Commons, is good but misses an important point. Monkeys just make a mess of their surroundings, but don’t generally come up with any ideas. Clowns, on the other hand, believe that their ideas are the way to go, and just leave a mess for the rest of us to live with !

  8. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Unable to be at the B.I.C. in Bournemouth, due to health issues, I watched what was on offer on the B.B.C. Parliament channel, and enjoyed all of UKIPs speeches. Well done to all, and Best Wishes to Nigel as he continues as an MEP, talking sense to the senseless ! Full speed ahead for our new leader, Diane James.
    Considering the years of service given by Nigel, and the excellent result of our freedom, I have been wondering what honour could be given. No point in expectations from Maggie May, she can’t even sign a document, but there is a superb item that has nothing to do with her, and cuts to the issue. The award of a knighthood of the Victorian Order, is within the gift of H.R.H., and is so right in this matter. After all, Nigel with UKIP has handed back sovereignty of GB/UK and I am sure The Queen is somewhat happy about that.
    K.C.V.O. seems appropriate to me, though I’m no expert, but it would mark up an answer to the question put by some, of ” What does Her Majesty think about this ? ” Not only that, but Nigel having to be called Sir in the European Parliament, gives me a little pleasure. It just goes to show what a naughty mind I have ! ……….. But it is appropriate, isn’t it ?

  9. foxbarn says:

    A great speech Roger.

  10. Martin Reed says:

    May has already failed the first two tests of her unelected premiership. She failed to move immediately for leaving the EU, as the government had promised the electorate it would do if the vote was for Brexit. Then she caved in to bullying by the Chinese communists and the French and gave the go-ahead to the thoroughly bad Hinckley Point C deal. Inexpensive energy is the key to a booming economy and this deal is outrageously expensive in terms both of capital cost and energy price compared with CCGT. That means crippling our industries with unaffordable energy prices compared to our competitors for decades to come. Nice one, Theresa.

    Next there is the ridiculous HS2 railway line nonsense to be decided on. There is now absolutely no excuse whatsoever for continuing to squander stupefying sums of money (estimated cost at least £80 billion by the IEA) on this vanity project that only exists to serve our erstwhile masters in Brussels. Or at least there is no excuse if we really are about to leave, if “Brexit means Brexit”, whatever that means. What of another nonsense project – £10 billion on the pointless smart meters which will eventually be used to deny the public choice in using electricity in the home. I could go on, but there is already a potential bonanza open to us in taxpayers’ money to be saved by making decisions to suit the UK and not Brussels. And then there’s the Climate Act.

    On a happier note, good luck Diane in your endeavours, Nigel is going to be a hard act to follow but I do like what I’ve heard so far!

  11. Ex-expat Colin says:

    There’s banter…LOLz:
    “F*** you EU” – Philippines president hits out at Brussels amid EU bureaucrats meddling

    The president of the Philippines has reacted angrily to criticism by the European Union over his bloody war on drugs with an extraordinary four letter outburst


    Getting stuff done…bit like Putin I suppose?

    • MIKE MAUNDER says:

      I have not been following Mr. Duterte’s actions in the Philippines very closely, but I gather that he has taken against the illegal drug trade, and for those caught, the Nation uses the death penalty, without too much thought or legal redress. Inevitably the odd European will fall foul of this, if only as mules in the transportation of the drugs.
      It seems that some MEPs have expressed opinions on this, and rather talked down Philippines legal system, and Mr. Duterte in particular, who has taken the war on drugs as a personal affront to his Presidency. While we can’t condone his actions, it has to be realised that different Nations have different ways in dealing with illegal actions that they want to stop.
      The F… you, E.U.! from this President, is quite OK by me, and probably is overdue from another Nation that is nothing to do with the European Union. It might cut these MEPs down to size and let them understand how small an item they are in the world jigsaw. When we, GB/UK have any problem with one of our Nationals, falling foul of this drug problem, the British Embassy in the Philippines, must do its stuff, backed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

  12. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    The Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) may finally persuade physicists to correct the error (sloping baseline across the top of Figure 2) that isolated humanity from reality eighty years ago (1936-2016):

  13. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Bit of a “Tourism” rush to get into the UK before the useless wall goes up?

    • mike5262015 says:

      I feel that President Hollande would, of course like to pass the problem of the ‘Jungle’ over to us. His predecessors did that in 1940 with his Nation ! However, over and above all that, we have contributed in the costs, and helped in Calais, and have the agreement in this matter, that is outside the control of the E.U. – Just one point that is worth making. It is obvious but worth making clear. France let these migrants into their country without any guarantee that GB/UK would take them in. France cannot claim that they were just a transit nation. This does underline the foolishness of article 50 not being signed by now. Maggie May, please take note !

  14. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Saying it as it is: (and sounds very familiar)
    “Governor Abbott Statement On Texas’ Intention To Withdraw From Refugee Resettlement Program”

    “The federal government’s refugee settlement program is riddled with serious problems that pose a threat to our nation. The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence have repeatedly declared their inability to fully screen refugees from terrorist-based nations. Even with the inability to properly vet refugees from Syria and countries known to be supporters or propagators of terrorism, President Obama is now ineptly proposing a dramatic increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S.


  15. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Brexit negotiation helper…strong argument style?

  16. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Diane James, is the leader of UKIP for less than three weeks ! Do we really have to show that whatever Labour does, we too can act like fools ? Fingers out and show we are a political party.

    • foxbarn says:

      Truly unbelievable. We haven’t been found wanting by the enemy, tricked by the MSM or unfairly attacked by the BBC. No, we’ve been MASSIVELY let down by our own incompetent, childish, small town, small minded, never-had-a-big-job COMEDY ‘management’. Hundreds of thousands of UKIP voters and thousands of activists are led by a bunch of idiots who’ve squandered small and large donations but not even produced a single decent newspaper – where we’ve had good newspapers, they’ve been the result of intelligent people at branch level, doing things on their own initiative and with zero help from ‘Head Office’, which couldn’t organise the proverbial p*ss up in a brewery. THE UKIP WEBSITE has forever been the most ugly, amateurish, dull but perfect example of ‘the management’ completely missing the point and failing for years to get the shop window looking right. But of course ‘the management’s’ response will be to silence people like me for daring to point out how utterly useless they are.

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