Self-made man: Sykes supporting Ukip in 2001
Make no mistake: Paul Sykes’s return to the Ukip fold – revealed exclusively by The Daily Telegraph – is game-changing.
This is not just a Yorkshireman with lots of money at his disposal, but a self-made millionaire who is as sharp, determined and principled as they come.
When Paul Sykes puts his weight behind a cause, it’s a big compliment to the cause concerned.
His dramatic call to arms is an undeniable coup for Nigel Farage and fires the starting gun for next year’s elections.
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Sykes can give you a no-BS diagnosis of how entrepreneurial Britain is thinking and feeling just by his actions.
His intervention is timely. While the economic recovery is hopefully on its way, businesses still have to face a torrent of bureaucracy that a change of government hasn’t stemmed.
Only this September, nine out of ten companies in a poll slammed the Coalition’s flagship energy policy, the Electricity Market Reform programme.
Contained within the Government’s Energy Bill, this £110bn project worries businesses with good reason – and yet it comes as a piece of legislation from a supposedly Right-of-centre, pro-business government.
The Conservatives pushed going green as a major part of their self-indulgent, failed, skin-deep rebrand.
In doing so they have pushed businesses into the red and made business owners go purple; with anger in most cases… and sometimes in political allegiance as well.
Energy, environment and climate change
UKIP are sceptical of man-made climate change and oppose the creation of wind farms and investment in other renewable energy sources. In 2010, UKIP stated that they would seek to have a Royal Commission investigate whether or not climate change is man-made, to scrap wind farm subsidies, ban the showing of the global warming film An Inconvenient Truth in schools, and ban use of public money by local authorities on climate change-related efforts. UKIP’s 2013 energy policy document states that global warming is part of a natural cycle: “the slight warming in the last hundred years is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term natural climate cycles”.
On Any Questions, Nigel Farage described plans to increase the use of wind energy as “loopy” and said it would lead to Britain being covered “in ugly disgusting ghastly windmills” that would not satisfactorily provide for Britain’s energy needs.
UKIP politician Christopher Monckton said that the intention of a proposed United Nations climate treaty was to “impose a communist world government”, and stated that UKIP was the only option for those who disbelieve in climate change as “all the major parties have decided to sign up to the eco-fascist agenda”.