HOW UKIP PRODUCES POLICY
The method of producing policy in UKIP is that the leader and his aides develop an idea and fire it at the NEC. The NEC is the goal keeper. If the policy is good, then it is allowed into the goal. If it is not good the NEC blocks it. In theory.
To perform his function, the leader needs Policy Working Groups.
And the NEC also needs a separate NEC Political Committee and perhaps NEC Policy Study Groups to advise it whether to let policies through. These NEC structures are slowly forming. Andrew Moncreiff has written a paper on the subject of How Policy is developed for the NEC Conference Stall and here it is:
There is a danger that a policy paper might come to the NEC, whose members might know little about the subject, and whiz through on an ignorant vote. The NEC Political Committee tries to prevent this.
In addition it might be a good idea to slow things down a bit. It would be possible to have a first reading of a policy paper one month and a second reading next month. Some might find an extended timetable irksome, but quality of policy is vital.
Another reform that might be sensible would be explicitly to allow NEC members to consult with a few trusted party members, confidentially, to get advice on what the individual NEC members response should be to any policy document.
The structure is not quite in place yet, but you can see where we are heading, which is in accordance with the constitution and should produce better policy.
My World View
Policy does not come from a vacuum. It comes from ones World View. You might wish to know my World View.
I come from a family of barristers and judges, with the occasional spy, admiral, piano teacher and archbishop in the mix. Also links by marriage with the old Quaker banking families, Barclay and Tritton.
My mother was a Bosanquet. The Bosanquets were Huguenot immigrants in 1685.
My upbringing was to be absolutely clear about right and wrong. I am therefore shocked at what has happened to Britains ethics
Banks appear to be amoral. The police have been fiddling and going downhill. Every piece of financial advice given in return for commission payments has been wrong. Personal Pensions may turn out to be valueless. In times of prosperity we have run up debt. Blair felt he could ignore the million who marched against the Iraq war (including me and my whole family).
Only a UKIP government can sort the mess. And even then it will be difficult. And it will not be worth the bother if we allow UKIP to be corrupted along the way.
The only way is Ethics.