UKIP's new policy announcement on banning burkas is, in some ways, to be welcomed. It shows that the Party does wish to become engaged with the second most important issue to the electorate - immigration. However, by approaching it in such a furtive manner, they are in danger of losing more votes than they gain.
We have been brainwashed into believing that not wanting our country over-run with people born overseas is somehow a sin - that we are racist. However, isn't it the most natural reaction to be against your, already over-crowded island, becoming more crowded through immigration - irrespective of the migrant's land of birth?
Why is multiculturalism such a virtue? Certainly, for nations like the USA, which have been populated by peoples from many nations - it is very important that those from different cultures learn to live together and in harmony. However, to deliberately create a multicultural nation, with all the dangers this brings and for no good reason - seems the height of madness.
I would be very surprised if there are many who would want millions more to settle here, in fact quite the reverse - they would like a good proportion of those already here to return home. This does not make these people racist any more than parents, who have been obliged to take in their children's families because of homelessness and who look forward to their departure - 'offspring haters'.
Why don't we say this is the case? We are supposed to be a democracy, this means that the government, or a prospective government, should heed our wishes - or not be elected. Quite why this Labour government choose to open our borders to virtually any one who wished to live here is a mystery, with plenty of conspiracy theories to explain - any of which might be true. However, all that is important is that the people want less immigrants and it is down to the government to find ways to encourage many of the migrants to leave and to allow in only those with desperately needed skills.
So come on UKIP dump this divisive burka policy and tackle the problem head on - give the people what they want.