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Richard Braine


Policy Survey for UKIP Leadership Candidates: July 2019

We have sent a policy survey to all candidates in the current Party Leadership election, as we have done at all similar elections since 2016, and we are publishing their replies on this page.

The questions are in normal text, the answers are in italics.


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Richard Braine

Freddy Vachha



Richard Braine

Relationships Education is to be introduced in primary schools in September 2019 and will be compulsory in September 2020. A prototype version called “No Outsiders” has already been introduced in some schools, and has led to protests from parents.

  1. Do you agree that sexual orientation should be taught to primary school children?

    No

  2. Do you agree that gender identity should be taught to primary school children?

    No

Sex is defined at conception, depending on the male sperm which carries an X or Y chromosome, so that the child is either XX (female) or XY (male). Other combinations exist but are very rare. Our chromosomes remain the same for life, from conception until death.

Gender is not so easy to define.

  1. Do you agree with one or more of the following?

    1. Gender is the same as sex and cannot be changed.

      No

    2. Gender is a grammatical term that defines the pronoun to be used with a noun.

      Yes

    3. Gender is subject to a mental and psychological process that allows us to identify as male, female, or anything else we like, regardless of our sex.

      No

    4. Gender is none of the above (please specify what it might be).

      Gender is a way in language of distinguishing references to the sexes, male and female.

  2. Do you agree that people who self-identify as a chosen gender should expect others to affirm their chosen gender, using the correct names and pronouns and consenting to the use of the chosen bathrooms and toilets, regardless of what they actually believe?

    No

    I think it is important to let people express themselves freely, and that compassion is the most important response to people with difficult personal lives. Compassion does not always mean acquiescence. Nobody should be forced to refer to a man as a woman.


  3. During the reporting year 2009/10 a total of 97 children in the UK (40 girls and 57 boys) were referred by doctors for gender treatment. In 2017/18 the number had risen to 2519 (1,806 girls and 713 boys). This is an increase, during an 8-year period, of 4,410% for girls and 1,151% for boys.(1) Do you consider this to be the progress of science or do you think something has gone wrong?

    Something has gone wrong.

  4. Do you agree that parents are the primary nurturers and educators of their children and should be allowed to pass on their values to their children in their own way, without interference from the State?

    Yes.

  5. Do you believe that marriage is for life, to provide a secure environment for raising children and not to be dissolved lightly, or do you agree with divorce on demand (the so-called “no fault divorce”)?

    Marriage should be for life, divorce should not be easy.

  6. There are currently 286 known abortion survivors in the world although the actual number is estimated to be much greater.(2) At what stage in their lives do they acquire rights, including the right to life?

    1. At conception;
    2. When a heartbeat can be detected;
    3. At birth;
    4. During childhood;
    5. When they become adults.

      a.

  7. Should health professionals have the absolute right as a matter of conscience to refuse to participate in abortion, without penalty to career prospects or other adverse consequences?

    Yes

  8. Would you be in favour of opening up the Family Courts to public scrutiny under the same rules of privacy that currently apply to sexual offence cases in the criminal courts?

    Not sure, complex question, debate required.

  9. Should UKIP continue to have policies on sexual exploitation & paedophile gangs, and Islamic extremism? (Sections 23 and 25 of the 2018 Interim Manifesto: Policies for the People).

    Yes



Freddy Vachha

Relationships Education is to be introduced in primary schools in September 2019 and will be compulsory in September 2020. A prototype version called “No Outsiders” has already been introduced in some schools, and has led to protests from parents.

  1. Do you agree that sexual orientation should be taught to primary school children?

    Absolutely not!

    While I'm against criminalising more things, polluting children's minds with such poppycock should be socially treated as a form of child abuse.


  2. Do you agree that gender identity should be taught to primary school children?

    Absolutely not!

    While I'm against criminalising more things, polluting children's minds with such poppycock should be socially treated as a form of child abuse.

Sex is defined at conception, depending on the male sperm which carries an X or Y chromosome, so that the child is either XX (female) or XY (male). Other combinations exist but are very rare. Our chromosomes remain the same for life, from conception until death.

Gender is not so easy to define.

  1. Do you agree with one or more of the following?

    1. Gender is the same as sex and cannot be changed.

      No

    2. Gender is a grammatical term that defines the pronoun to be used with a noun.

      Yes, but this is not a definition of gender, merely a property of it. It is one of its uses, in this case grammatical, and regrettably leads to excrescences like "her penis was peeping out of the top of her trousers".

    3. Gender is subject to a mental and psychological process that allows us to identify as male, female, or anything else we like, regardless of our sex.

      Insufficient, so - No.

      Mental and psychological processes are an essential part of any transition, but without major hormonal and other drivers as well, and perhaps anatomical changes too, such identification may even be bogus or the result of confusion and liable to the subject wishing to reverse whatever has happened in their head or body


    4. Gender is none of the above (please specify what it might be).

      Gender is, for the overwhelming majority, the same as biological sex (i.e., XX, XY and the <0.1% of other combinations).

      Strong evidence is required for deviation from this standard, and more than mere declarations of "other identification" is needed. Else, flippant or antisocial (the prison dilemma) changes are guaranteed to occur, and these will make the law into an even bigger ass than it already is.


  2. Do you agree that people who self-identify as a chosen gender should expect others to affirm their chosen gender, using the correct names and pronouns and consenting to the use of the chosen bathrooms and toilets, regardless of what they actually believe?

    Not without a lot more evidence than a mere declaration, which could be made on a whim or with a sinister agenda. The rights of the rest of the population (e.g. re toilets or competitive sports) are just as important.

  3. During the reporting year 2009/10 a total of 97 children in the UK (40 girls and 57 boys) were referred by doctors for gender treatment. In 2017/18 the number had risen to 2519 (1,806 girls and 713 boys). This is an increase, during an 8-year period, of 4,410% for girls and 1,151% for boys.(1) Do you consider this to be the progress of science or do you think something has gone wrong?

    The conclusion is that children are being abused. There's something rotten in the state of Denmark ...

  4. Do you agree that parents are the primary nurturers and educators of their children and should be allowed to pass on their values to their children in their own way, without interference from the State?

    Yes. The way modern life has evolved means the odds are against this, though.

  5. Do you believe that marriage is for life, to provide a secure environment for raising children and not to be dissolved lightly, or do you agree with divorce on demand (the so-called “no fault divorce”)?

    Yes, of course, unless their values (e.g. vampirism, cannibalism) are wholly incompatible with the law.

  6. There are currently 286 known abortion survivors in the world although the actual number is estimated to be much greater.(2) At what stage in their lives do they acquire rights, including the right to life?

    1. At conception;
    2. When a heartbeat can be detected;
    3. At birth;
    4. During childhood;
    5. When they become adults.

      Somewhere between a. and b.

  7. Should health professionals have the absolute right as a matter of conscience to refuse to participate in abortion, without penalty to career prospects or other adverse consequences?

    Unless that was an explicit contractual part of their job (in which case they explicitly consented), yes.

  8. Would you be in favour of opening up the Family Courts to public scrutiny under the same rules of privacy that currently apply to sexual offence cases in the criminal courts?

    The Family Courts, as often exposed by the late Christopher Booker, have a political, anti-man and anti-family pseudo-Marxist agenda.

    But more protection of privacy than that afforded in, say, sexual assault cases is needed.


  9. Should UKIP continue to have policies on sexual exploitation & paedophile gangs, and Islamic extremism? (Sections 23 and 25 of the 2018 Interim Manifesto: Policies for the People).

    Policies, yes.

    New laws, perhaps not, unless there is clear evidence there is a lacuna in existing laws.



References:

  1. Minister orders inquiry into 4,000 per cent rise in children wanting to change sex, Gordon Rayner, Telegraph, 16 Sep. 2018. See also: LifeSiteNews

  2. Abortion Survivors Network. See also: Facebook

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