There seems little point reprinting the UKIP manifesto here when you only need click. Just a few random paragraphs of interest plucked out here for this post:
REBUILDING OUR ARMED FORCES
Our current level of military spending and staffing is not fulfilling the terms of our NATO membership – which requires that we spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence – and the government has failed to lay out details of spending plans beyond 2015/16.
On the basis that the current base level of defence spending is maintained after 2015/16 at 1.9 per cent, UKIP will increase the defence budget to meet our obligations to NATO and spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence in 2015/16. We will exceed it substantially for the remaining years of the parliament.
UKIP supports and will invest in renewables, where they can deliver electricity at competitive prices. At the moment, the only major renewable technology that meets this test for affordability is hydro, so we will withdraw taxpayer and consumer subsidies for new wind turbines and solar photovoltaic arrays, while respecting existing contractual arrangements.
Wind power is hopelessly inefficient and wind farms rely heavily on reserve back-up from conventional power sources. They have blighted landscapes and put money into the pockets of wealthy landowners.
We are a global trading nation, a G7 country, the world’s fifth largest economy. The UK is the fourth largest exporter of goods worldwide; the seventh largest manufacturing nation; a permanent member of the UN Security Council; a founder-member of the World Bank and the Commonwealth of Nations; one of the major players in NATO. English is the most widely-spoken business language and London the world’s leading international financial centre.
FLEXIBLE STATE PENSION AGE
When you have looked forward to retirement, shortnotice changes to the state pension age can wreck long-term plans. UKIP will give pensioners some choice over the age at which they choose to retire. We will introduce a flexible state pension window, which will widen over time, so even when the state pension age increases to 69, pensioners will still be able to take a slightly lower weekly state pension from the age of 65.
If one compares this document to 2010, it’s chalk and cheese. Perhaps it’s still a wee bit early for UKIP, perhaps not but I’d see a reasonable handful of MPs in this time, then the manifesto will get a thorough and searching looking at during the following five years by the MSM, UKIP will refine it and though five years is s long time, I can only see them increasing their local government position, already sound.
It will be interesting to see the reaction to the provisions of this manifesto.