In the Manning Mills district of Bradford, some 120 years ago, the great grandfather of UKIP Parliamentary Candidate Blair Smillie, stood beside Kier Hardie making his famous speech which was to launch the Labour Party. History was in the making as Kier Hardie would soon become the first ever Independent Labour MP and again Robert Smillie would be by his side.
At the UKIP party conference held in the present Labour Leader’s constituency Blair Smillie will tell the delegates why he lost faith in Labour today and will launch his career as a Parliamentary Candidate for the North Wales constituency of Alyn and Deeside.
Blair Smillie feels that the country has been mismanaged by both major parties with the result that we have a national debt in excess of £1.2 trillion and the gap between rich and poor is expanding. One reason is the lack of ‘work’ experience of many MP’s and the difficulty of experienced people to enter politics due to time and financial constraints.
When asked why he decided to change his allegiance to UKIP from such a historic Socialist background he said ‘when my great grandfather was leader of over 1 million miners he was proud of the fact that there was a democracy in the recommendation passed by the executive. When he entered Parliament at the age of Sixty Six, he quickly became aware of the ‘lack’ of democracy and was dismayed. If he would be alive today he would have seen the greed of Labour Leaders such as Tony Blair and other MP’s milking the system for their own means. He would be devastated that the coal industry would have literally disappeared creating areas of deprivation where once there was pride. He would see the ‘giving away’ of our powers to an unelected corrupt institution in Brussels and finally he would be moved to tears to see people queuing in Foodbanks when just one day of our overseas aid would feed them for a year’
Blair is also following in his great grandfather’s footsteps by organising a major fringe where representative of the coal industry and experts in clean coal technology will talk about the possible re-introduction of British Coal. He said ‘unfortunately we tried very hard to invite the unions including the NUM to the fringe however they declined for some reason’
By this new recruit to its ranks it certainly seems that UKIP is really widening its net and can no longer be called a ‘right wing’ party.