Socialist Worker

Ukip's policy proposals show they are a party for the rich

Issue No. 2418

Anti-racist activists protest outside Ukip meeting

Anti-racist activists protest outside Ukip meeting (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Socialist Worker has long argued that Ukip is a party for the rich, light on policy and heavy on racist rhetoric. 

It has so far kept a lid on its manifesto but we now have some clues as to its contents. 

In an interview with Prospect magazine published last week, Ukip head of policy Tim Aker MEP revealed some of Ukip’s plans. 

They include increasing the top income tax band to £45,000 and abolishing the top rate of tax altogether.  “We are for flatter, simpler and lower taxes,” said Aker.

Ukip supports a cap on benefits and wants to limit child benefit to just two children. 

Aker called Ukip’s proposals a “blue collar platform” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

The tax cuts will mainly benefit those earning above £150,000 a year. The benefits proposals will continue to heap misery on the most vulnerable in society. 

Aker promised substantial cuts in Whitehall. 

At the top of the list are foreign aid and climate change.

The problem for Ukip is that it can only survive on racist rhetoric for so long. 

Eventually it is going to have to tell people where it stands on education, health and the economy. 

Ukip won’t reveal its full manifesto until its 27 September annual conference in Doncaster. 

Ukip has nothing to offer ordinary people. That’s why it’s vital that socialists and anti-racists are there to oppose it. 


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