Joe Armitage is Chairman of Medway Conservative Future and Deputy Chairman (Political), Rochester East Conservatives. He’s also on a gap year interning for a Conservative MP. Follow him on Twitter.
UKIP are the only party you can trust with the economy, we are told. However, one quick glance at their rather paltry and vague manifesto suggests otherwise. It really is little wonder why the party has such a seemingly poor grasp of economics: their previous leader Lord Pearson didn’t even know the difference between millions and billions. UKIP’s 2010 manifesto is truly baffling. However, unlike the Labour Party’s, it specifies specific expenditure and tax cut. The only downside is that those specifications do not add up whatsoever and would, ironically, result in the United Kingdom plummeting into a state comparable to Greece’s.
UKIP are all for a small state, bar the excessively oversized military. Nigel Farage’s party would increase military expenditure by 40% - a mere £18bn. The country’s deficit would widen and the sovereign debt would continue to spiral out of control, but at least we’ll have copious tanks and a few aircraft carriers to fight a war we are not in. For a decade, UKIP will also spend £3bn per annum on flood defences. Presumably these defences will also fend off immigrants, for there would be a two year immigration freeze and then only 50,000 lucky souls would be permitted to enter thereafter. In 2035 one third of the UK’s population will be over the age of 65. I am sure at this point the adversity to immigration will be regretted upon realising generous pensions and free healthcare cannot be sustained with such a small workforce.