(PRWEB) July 24, 2006
In an interview with UKIPHome, the independent blog seeking to promote progressive reform within the UK Independence Party, Party Chairman and leadership candidate David Campbell Bannerman has detailed a clear, positive, small government, and perhaps small ‘c’ conservative manifesto that could transform UKIP’s fortunes.
With the campaign to elect a new leader of the UK Independence Party in full swing, there has been much focus on UKIP’s two most politically experienced and high profile members, Nigel Farage and David Campbell Bannerman, who have both thrown their hats into the ring in a bid to replace Roger Knapman, who steps down as leader in September.
Two other candidates have joined Farage and Campbell Bannerman in the leadership election but it is widely acknowledged that the victor will be one of these two as a result of their high level political experience, relative electoral success and wide recognition amongst the party’s membership.
In his interview with UKIPHome, Campbell Bannerman, a former Special Advisor directly within Government working closely with Number Ten, reiterated UKIP’s position as the only major UK political party to oppose the plans, widely rejected by the vast majority of the public, to extend state funding of political parties, effectively creating state run parties.
” I think we must oppose State funding for the simple reason - we can't trust the State when it comes to even-handedness. Do we want our already weakened democratic parties to be ever more reliant on State support” Campbell Bannerman said.
One significant advance from Campbell Bannerman is to adopt the equality to policy approach known as “No Preference, No Prejudice” that clear defines that policy proposals should offer no preference for nor prejudice against any group of Britons based on their age, race, religion, sex or sexuality.
”No Preference, No Prejudice” is the only policy approach that recognises that real equality is achieved by breaking down all the walls of prejudice not offering selective preference to give a superficial appearance of equality with measures that have become known as “positive discrimination” or “positive action”.
Campbell Bannerman explained his support for “No Preference, No Prejudice” and opposition to positive discrimination.
” I was a student 20 years back in the US ( University of Pennsylvania / Wharton ) and saw affirmative action in place. I was horrified - it doesn't work and causes huge resentment.
In my book there is nothing positive in 'positive discrimination' - discrimination is always wrong. My analogy is this: a hurdle race where some athletes have lower hurdles than others. If an athlete with a lower hurdle wins, don't people just think it was because the hurdle was lower?
All hurdles should be the same, but there may be a case for some receiving more help with their coaching to redress imbalances.”
With his commitment to real equality in Britain and a clear manifesto offering a positive, small government vision for Britain combined with his high-level experience within British domestic policies, Campbell Bannerman, working closely with Nigel Farage, has every reason to believe that he will play a major role in reshaping British politics into 4-party politics.
The full interview with David Campbell Banner is available on the UKIPHome website.
UKIPHome is fully independent blog, unconnected with UKIP itself, seeking to promote progressive, small government reform with the UK Independence Party.
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is the UK’s fourth political party after Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. The election for a new leader of UKIP will be announced in September 2006.