28. Free Speech and Political Correctness

UKIP believes in allowing our people their traditional rights of freedom of conscience, liberty and speech. These rights have been eroded over recent decades by the burgeoning concepts of so-called ‘hate speech’, driven by the political doctrine of Cultural Marxism, which seeks to close down discussion and alternative views, so that only one extreme left-wing ‘politically correct’ viewpoint is allowed.

  • UKIP will repeal hate speech guidelines because pre-existing laws are more than adequate to deal with ‘insulting or threatening behaviour’ or ‘behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace’, etc.
  • UKIP will repeal the Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) introduced in 2014 which have been abused by local authorities to curtail lawful protest and criminalise speech.
  • UKIP will repeal the Equality Act 2010 which gives special rights and privileges to certain groups with ‘protected characteristics’ and revert to pre-existing equality laws. For example, it allowed the BBC to advertise BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) only internships and training schemes – thereby discriminating against white youngsters. Our people should be treated equally under the same laws.
  • UKIP will shut down the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (£20 million pa)16 and the Government Equalities Office (£47 million pa) 17 and end their politically correct social engineering of society - with the added benefit of saving about £67 million per annum.