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Farage launches election ‘contract’ promising to tackle ‘population explosion’

17 Jun 2024 3 minute read
Reform UK leader Nigel Farage. Photo James Manning/PA Wire

Nigel Farage has launched the Reform election manifesto which he describes as a “serious plan to reshape the way our country is run” as his party pledges to tackle the “population explosion”.

Reform has chosen to title its election document “Our Contract With You”, with the leader having previously stated the party believes people associate the term “manifesto” with “lies”.

The contract was launched in a run-down community centre in Gurnos in south Wales, as the party sought to drive home “exactly what happens to a country when Labour is in charge”.

In the foreword, Mr Farage says: “The Tories have broken Britain. Labour will bankrupt Britain. A vote for either is a vote for more dishonesty and defeat.”

He adds: “Once and for all, we will take back control over our borders, our money and our laws.”

Immigration

The first two of the party’s five core pledges are on immigration, as it pledges to freeze “all non-essential immigration” which it claims will “boost wages, protect public services, end the housing crisis and cut crime.”

Reform claims it would “stop the boats” in its first 100 days with a four-point plan that would involve leaving the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), with zero illegal immigrants being resettled in the UK, a new Government department for immigration, and migrants crossing the channel in small boats being returned to France.

The remaining three core pledges ask voters to “imagine no NHS waiting lists”; “imagine good wages for a hard day’s work” and “imagine affordable, stable energy bills”.

Tax cuts

A raft of tax cuts are also promised, including raising the minimum threshold of income tax to £20,000 a year, abolishing stamp duty, and abolishing inheritance tax for all estates under £2 million.

Reform plans to fund these tax cuts by raising £40 billion from reducing the interest paid on Bank of England reserves, but the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said such a measure is “unlikely to raise even half” of that sum.

On health, Reform wants to create an “NHS voucher scheme” for private treatment if people can not get seen by a GP within three days and to hold a public inquiry into excess deaths and “vaccine harms” from the Covid vaccine.

Further measures include ditching all net-zero policies, ending “woke” policing, and legislating for “comprehensive free speech” that promises “no more de-banking, cancel culture, left wing hate mobs or political bias in public institutions”, as well as stopping “sharia law being used in the UK”.

Commenting on Mr Farage’s manifesto launch, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said: “Nigel Farage is a snake oil salesman who wants to move the NHS to an insurance-based model, something unlikely to ever appeal to the Welsh public.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for real solutions to the problems we face including fixing the crisis in social care to save our NHS”


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Mawkernewek
27 days ago

If you go to their website, it currently has the draft “contract” which still has Richard Tice as leader.

Last edited 27 days ago by Mawkernewek
Richard Davies
Richard Davies
27 days ago
Reply to  Mawkernewek

Thanks for providing the link but I’m not going to make use of it. I’ll be showering until the end of time in order to get clean again!

Ianto
Ianto
27 days ago

Closing the border has a certain appeal to it if we could keep him and his loonies the other side of the Dyke.

Algie
Algie
27 days ago

All kneel before the widemouthed frog !

Morfudd ap Haul
Morfudd ap Haul
27 days ago

Farage gets more coverage here than any other politician.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
27 days ago

Leaving the European single market has cost Wales 2000 jobs and steel production at Port Talbot steel works. Without counting other support jobs in the area.
….. And the loss of markets for our key farming industry.

Brexit has failed.

Why would anyone believe those loonies that have no interest in Cymru Wales.

Only independence will keep those loonies from UKreform (and other extremists) from inflecting yet more harm on our nation.

Karl
Karl
27 days ago

So he want’s to turn Cymru in the U.S.or worse. Because when he went on about health and safety and PC gone mad that has become this odd Woke crap the far right invented, he wants to be able to use racism and bigotry freely. His anti NHS approach is disgusting and inhumane. Personally I like the freedom we have now, that out does his kind. That is my freedom to not be abused, to have health and safety in work and to have an NHS that allows me to live life my way and not in fear of costs.And… Read more »

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
27 days ago

Trueni fod y math yma o folcloddiaid yn epilio fel cwningod.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
27 days ago

Nigel Farage is like a Southern State American evangelist preaching to the converted. He loves the uneducated, to quote Donald “Judas” Trump. Did he (Farage) care about Merthyr Tydfil , or Wales comes to that , when trying to get elected as a Conservative/Ukip MP in England failing 7 times? Like hell he did. And what about the 18 years of Tory rule where those in Merthyr Tydfil were left to rot by a Thatcher government he wanted to be part of. Let’s bypass that fact shall we. And in the 1990s his only priority was not investing in those… Read more »

Nia James
Nia James
27 days ago

Whenever these grifters and careerists pop into our country, be they a dinosaur like Farage in Merthyr or a bright-eyed bunny like Torsten Bell in Swansea, they should be asked ten questions about our history, culture and life. I’d be amazed if they got one right.

Adrian Bamford
Adrian Bamford
27 days ago
Reply to  Nia James

Yep. We have plenty of home-grown grifters: the first minister for example.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
27 days ago

Farij hasn’t got a clue, either that or he’s assuming the public are even bigger fools (those that support reform uk ltd certainly are).

We would be breaking domestic laws and international treaties by leaving the ECHR, and joining a club with Belarus and Russia as the only other two European countries that have left the ECHR.

Adrian
Adrian
27 days ago
Reply to  Richard Davies

In his defence, he could probably spell your name correctly.

Noel Walsh
Noel Walsh
27 days ago

The WG could teach Farage a thing or two about integrity, oh wait a minute…..

Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
27 days ago

A sad indictment on the state of Wales, Farage launching Reform’s ‘contract’ in Merthyr Tydfil. Merthyr a place which was once a crucible of socialism now seemingly leaning towards right-wing disillusionment – very sad.

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