Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Nigel Farage and UKIP have momentum

It's encouraging to see liberty being pursed across the pond in the United Kingdom. The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties are thoroughly socialist, and even the Conservative party, which is in the majority, does not resemble American conservatism in any way, save for a few members such as Daniel Hannan.

UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, led by MEP Nigel Farage, has been actively seeking a referendum on European Union membership for years. While Britain has retained the pound sterling as its currency, EU membership still heavily erodes on the prosperity and sovereignty of the U.K.

UKIP gained 26% in the local elections in 2013, which put the three major parties on notice. Feeling pressure, Conservative PM David Cameron is now willing to move up the date for the EU referendum.

The latest Guardian/ICM poll has support for UKIP reaching record highs, pulling in 18%, as well as support for leaving the EU reaching a slight majority opinion.

The U.K. would be wise to follow the model of Iceland, which is not interdependent on the rest of the European community, and retains its autonomy while having tremendous economic success simultaneously.

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