Our MP’s can hardly be surprised at the rise of UKIP. although I’m not certain that the people who gave them their electoral success fully understand all of their policies. There is a growing discontent with our current politicians both locally and nationally.
To take one example; Havering Council undertake a public consultation about parking charges then totally ignore public opinion. On a local level they want to impose charges for parking at Hilldene a shopping centre near where I live. A substantial local petition has been signed opposing this. The excuse that the council give is that it will prevent commuters using the car park as the new charges will impose a maximum time limited of 3 hours. However I’ve parked at Hilldene at various times of the day for over 4 years and I have never been unable to park. So where are these so-called commuters. The answer is there are none except in the imaginations of some councillors who are using this as an excuse to raise money.. To be quite honest who is going to park three miles away from the nearest train station? Or even more to the point, who is going to pay 20p to buy their daily paper? I believe this could be quite disastrous for the shop keepers as people can go to a local supermarket, park for free and buy pretty well everything available at Hilldene
At Westminster, the government impose regime of austerity which means that people in 21st century Britain are either having to borrow money to afford their weekly shop or are having to rely on food banks. (see report from WHICH featured in some of the Sunday papers) Of course many of our MP’s are millionaires or multi-millionaires so how can they know what it is like to not know where the next meal is coming from.
We decide to export a man who preaches the vilest of view, back to his own country of Jordan and our courts and the EEC Court of Human Rights prevent this happening. No wonder that UKIP with it’s anti EEC stance are winning support.
Many people in the UK are opposed to same sex marriage but will the politicians listen. Of course not!. David Cameron is set on imposing this violation of the Sacrament of Marriage on our country.exempting the CofE from participating in this. I have no problem with Civil Partnership but I find the whole idea of same sex marriage totally repugnant as I understand Holy Matrimony to be one man married to one woman.UKIP are opposed to same sex marriage.
If members of our political elite want voters to support them then they had better start listening for once. Despite our antiquated electoral system it is within the bounds of possibility that come the next General Election UKIP could secure representation at Westminster.and hold the balance of power.
6th Sunday of EASTER – ROGATION
Today I concelebrated the Parish Mass at St. Augustine’s, preached and led the Intercessions – a brief resume of my sermon can be found here