The Answer To The Question
The answer was one of quite astonishingly commonsense pragmatism. He doesnt believe that British troops have been given the equipment to do the job of 'counter-insurgency', let alone fight the war that we should be fighting. He also doesnt believe that any British interests either were served or are being served by British troops being in Iraq. He pointed out that not only was Saddam Hussein not truly a real threat to Britain, WMD or not, but that by creating a 'meeting engagement' situation in Iraq we have allowed Syria and Iran, the actual true threats (regimes of madmen as he referred to them) to become the focal points and logistic powerbrokers for Islamic power in the region.
And, most tellingly of all, this 'little Englander' has a strong enough grasp of foreign affairs that he understands that, no matter how distasteful the idea may be, the truth is that the only end to the murderous internecine hatred between Sunni and Shia (with both trying to off as many Kurds as possible on the way to killing each other) is a three-state solution.
And he's right of course.
He identified immigration as the absolute key issue that concerns the British public today. A year ago you'd have been hard put to find a single UKIP official to admit that there was any issue at all facing Britain today that wasnt the EU itself. He wants - shockingly - actual proper work permits to be issued instead of National Insurance numbers for everyone who gets off the boat or plane, EU nationals or not. The fascist! Or something.
In short, I was very impressed. The man's shorter than I realised as well, he actually had to look up at me when pumping my hand and asking me to stand at the Locals next year...I didnt have the heart to tell him I havent been a member for about fourteen months.
Mrs RWZC will endeavour to ask the question next time he's available, of that I have no doubt. Until then, I have to give a definite thumbs up to UKIP's new supremo - if the party's next big policy initiative on Law and Order is as excellent as their Flat Tax proposals and Education paper then I have to predict one new UKIP member and one renewed one for early next year.