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The UKIP Manifesto 2015 – Devoid of Broadband and Internet Pledges

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 (11:56 am) - Score 1,229
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The UK Independence Party has today become the latest political party to publish their Manifesto for the imminent 2015 General Election. But those hoping for a firm commitment to improve national broadband connectivity may be disappointed.

Firstly, ISPreview.co.uk remains a broadly political neutral website and over the past 16 years we’ve been just as happy to praise, as well as criticise, the failings of both past and present Government’s with equal measure. In that sense we tend to judge political policies by how detailed, practical and economically viable they are, but we’ll avoid saying X is better than Z; that’s for you to judge.

As a political party UKIP has seen plenty of controversy and praise (depending upon which side of the fence you sit), primarily over its focus on immigration and Europe. But as a result we know precious little about their viewpoints on other aspects, such as broadband connectivity and related infrastructure. In that sense today’s UKIP 2015 Manifesto release was an opportunity to fill in some of those gaps.

But unfortunately we don’t have a lot of writing to do because the UKIP Manifesto 2015 doesn’t even mention the word “broadband” and they only mention “Internet” twice, which is in relation to tackling crime rather than improving digital inclusion or connectivity. At least that explains why our hails to their PR wing went unanswered.

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8 Responses
  1. Hull_lad

    Unless the broadband or Internet landscape is ‘under attack by Johnny Foreigner’, it’s unlikely to make UKIP’s manifesto. If it can be called that, although I understand they’re very keen on this new fangled Morse code thing…

    • Nigel but dim

      You don’t know how good you youngsters have got it. In my day things were hard. We were lucky to have those dots and dashes, and sometimes we didn’t even have dashes.

      And now, they come over here and take our dots! Vote FUKP.

  2. SSUK

    Anyone voting on one thing including broadband from a party manifesto is a fool IMO anyway.

  3. timeless

    UKIP are exactly the same as as the Conservatives, the only difference being is their more vocal about immigration, in fact that seems to be their only real policy..

    l received a highly racist leaflet yesterday, our local UKIP councillor seems to hate the Germans it seems, guess he doesnt know Farrages wife is a German immigrant.

  4. Patrick Cosgrove

    Their deputy Leader, Suzanne Evans, is standing for Shrewsbury and Atcham. She receives our Shropshire better broadband campaign newsletter and has told me via email what an important matter broadband is. She the person who wrote their manifesto!

    • timeless

      its up to you who you vote for, but l dread to think about what the country will be like if they get in.. after all most of them are rejected conservatives, theres no difference between their values.. the only difference youll find if any is that they are more vocal about what they hate.. why else are we hearing about a new prospective MP each week who has been caught out saying they hate ppl of a certain colour or my personal favourite, the reasons for the storms a year or so back was because of the gays.. and thats just two of many examples.

    • Patrick Cosgrove

      Steve – the point I’m making is that she hadn’t evened mentioned it in the manifesto. I’m certainly not a supporter.

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