Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Why Form 2220 Pubs

Instructions and Help about Why Form 2220 Pubs

I'm James Aston the political editor of The Economist that I'm currently on my way to Ramsgate a seaside town in Kent in the constituency where Nigel Faraj the leader of the UK Independence Party is standing now mr. Faraj has always being one of Britain's most approachable and responsive politicians but in the last couple of weeks he's been rather hard to get hold of it seems that he's in a tougher fight than he was expecting down there so I'm going to try and track him down as it turned out mr. Faraj wasn't hard to find he was starting his day with a stroll just outside his campaign headquarters on Ramsgate High Street to soak up the adulation of his supporters who are typically disaffected rather aged and often former non voters and he was getting a fair bit of flak to no sooner was mr. Farraj off then I received a text summoning me to follow him to the neighboring town of Sandwich where we soon enough found him already campaigning on one of its more genteel streets somebody just walked into your office and tried to vote really yeah ah interesting there's going to be there's gonna be a lot of people turning up at polling stations in Ramsgate trying to vote the one on the register I can see real address well that was obvious the first question your guys asked and they on the electoral roll so though he said oh yes I am but I don't know I've never voted before and after so many of them promise you the pledge lists we've got between 25 and 30 percent have never voted in their lives they don't know what to do to the know where to go we've got a massive job in the last few days just education he agreed to sit down for a proper chat but where could that be we owe it to ourselves have a shot come on I began by asking him what he had to offer the disillusioned voters or non voters of Thanet south hope hope they think we offer they genuinely think we offer hope they see us as standing up for the country they see us are standing up for ordinary people they see us are standing up for small business against the giant corporates and I mean terribly dirty word in London but they see it as a patriotic political party say that very carefully because some people get terribly offended but but but seriously of it they think we're a patriotic party that cares about them is that a sort of English patch it is a more a British one it's both I mean I mean I'm in this pub with you now they've got across the gorge flying out of the front and behind you on the wall there's a Union Jack so it's both but I do think that a lot of English people feel they be emotionally condescending too not just the tweet of them you know the white van from Emily Thornberry but a bit a bit more than that that through the whole process of devolution it's cool to be Scottish and it's cool to be Welsh and it's cool to be Irish but somehow it's not cool to be English and a feeling that our politicians are always been ashamed of the concept of Englishness so it's a little bit about what are you telling people is the problem for English voters well we tell them it's absolutely outrageous that MPs from other parts of the Union can vote on English only laws and completely outrageous we tell them that unlike Clegg Cameron and Miliband who in their blind panic as the Scottish referendum approached sign this joint declaration saying they would keep the Barnett formula in perpetuity this formula whereby effectively English taxpayers money gets shovel over Hadrian's Wall and then we tell them no no no would I have any more of that you know if you want evolution in Scotland that's fine but the English need a fairer deal and we also tell them that we st. George's Day should be a public holiday and they rather like just this morning the Tories launched their English manifest sign there is this another case of them playing on your wicket I just don't know her laugh or cry when I see this stuff look he has committed to maintaining the Barnett formula he has done nothing about English votes on English laws and now just because we say and there's an election approaching he tries once again to mimic us why would anybody believe a word that man says more broadly mr. Frye's if you look across the parties what's your critique of this campaign what do you think of it negative and trivial negative in the sense that every morning you wake up today the Conservatives will attack Labour's record on spending or the Labour Party will attack the Conservatives on health and you just think oh please you know should I go back to bed it's negative the personal stuff is really very nasty you know I'm not a I'm not a fan of Mr Miliband politics but if I frankly think the way he's been treated by elements of the media has been has been disgusting frankly and I really do and trivial to the extent that you know we've got broadcasters out there one of one of whom we have to pay a very great deal of money it's almost like a tax to have the BBC on and frankly I listened to the interviews with party leaders including myself and they're asking about really trivial aspects of manna-fest days as opposed to hey the nation's debt has doubled in the last five years and we're not talking about the big stuff so I think it I think there many voters it's really become a bit of