Letter: Malcolm Cox, February 6, 2015

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I had not anticipated writing to Lynn News again so soon, but as I have been named in the issue of January 20 I am responding.

My last letter responded to a ‘nom de plume’ and now I am named by yet another ‘name and address supplied’.

First of all I have every sympathy for the writer’s plight. I can appreciate how dispirited ‘Shouldham’ must have been to get only a dismissive response from Liz Truss and nothing from Henry Bellingham.

We have to say well done to Nigel Farage for replying so thoughtfully. I can imagine what a morale booster this would have been.

The fact remains, however, that Mr Farage is unlikely to be truly supportive of, dare I say it, ‘ordinary people’. I really do urge Shouldham to do a little digging.

Setting aside the current farcical defections, Mr Farage has left a trail of disillusioned former supporters.

Marta Andreasen famously said Farage ‘was a bit of a Stalinist’ and there was that gaff ‘I admire President Putin’, which was quickly amended to be marginally less offensive to those who have suffered the butchery of eastern Ukraine, including those lost on that Malaysian aircraft.

That is the problem with Farage, it’s difficult to know just what he truly believes.

On the day that Shouldham’s letter appeared in the Lynn News, the Times, reporting on Farage’s NHS views, wrote: “However, he recanted the comments after they were published in the autumn and UKIP fought the Heywood and Middleton and Rochester and Strood by-elections on a platform of protecting the NHS.”

Quoting a UKIP insider, the Times also voiced UKIP activists’ concerns that: “They don’t know what to tell voters on the doorstep” (January 20).

Only recently Lynton Yates, UKIP’s candidate for Charnwood in the East Midlands, suggested banning benefit claimants from driving (fruit cakes and closet racists?).

Sadly Shouldham, and all vulnerable people, would find little comfort in Mr Farage’s fag-puffing Britain.

Farage regards any state involvement in the economy as an appalling intrusion into customer choice and the free markets. I close with another quote from the Times (January 23): “This crude misconstruction of freedom lies at the heart of his party’s unreadiness for government.”

Malcolm Cox

Cobbs Hill

Terrington St Clement