Why I will vote for UKIP

SIR - I am not a member of UKIP, but I will certainly be voting for them on June 4. After 25 years serving in the Royal Air Force and over many years being a Lib Dem councillor for Devon County Council and North Devon Council, I have given up all politica

SIR - I am not a member of UKIP, but I will certainly be voting for them on June 4.After 25 years serving in the Royal Air Force and over many years being a Lib Dem councillor for Devon County Council and North Devon Council, I have given up all political activity - or so I thought - until reading the letter from David Luggar in the Gazette.As he was writing in reply to a letter from Mike Pagram, who is a well known member of UKIP, one may infer that the two references to "extremist" refer to that Party.To call UKIP extremist, apart from being wrong, is, in my opinion, rather silly.Does Mr Luggar seriously suggest that to want this country to be free to govern itself as it has done for hundreds of years is extreme?I would remind him that my parents' generation poured out blood and treasure to defend that principle. To the surviving members of that generation it is insulting.He lists a number of questions on policies and complains of a "deafening silence" when he asks "extremists."Perhaps he will tell us who he asked and where he has been for the last few years.All the main parties, including UKIP, have policies on various matters he raises.As far as UKIP is concerned, he missed a wonderful opportunity to learn something by (presumably) not attending the public meeting at the Barnstaple Hotel when Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, gave a very fine speech setting out his party's position, followed by questions from the public.I have not heard if any other parties are holding public meetings so they may be questioned by the public.The question of EU membership is critical to this country's future, so, please, let us have an intelligent, serious debate and a referendum.John Moore,South Molton.


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