Talk:Wikinews interviews Donald Mackay, UKIP candidate for 2021 Airdrie and Shotts by-election in Scotland

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My email to Donald Mackay 4 May 2021, 04:24:43 BST

Hi, my name’s Alison Newman, an independent reporter covering the Airdrie and Shotts by-election. I’d appreciate it if you were able to answer these questions before 11 May/next Tuesday.

1. Why did you decide to run in this by-election?

2. What are your thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic has been handled by Westminster?

3. What do you think needs to be done to improve transport services in the Airdrie and Shotts constituency?

4. Do you support the idea of a second independence referendum?

5. Do you think the Conservative government is doing enough to combat climate change?

6. As the leader of UKIP Scotland, what does your party stand for?

7. Your party’s 2020 manifesto references “Cultural Marxist social engineering of society”. Do you stand by that, given that term has been described as an antisemitic conspiracy theory?

8. How does your party distinguish itself from the similarly anti EU Reform Party?

9. What is a local issue that you think isn’t being addressed that should be?

10. If you’re elected, what’s one thing you’d like to change about the law?

Donald Mackay's email to me May 5, 2021 12:48 AM BST

Alison, Thank you for your email. Answers as follows. 1) UKIP are a mainstream party and should have a candidate in all Westminster elections 2) Been handled very badly. Destroying small businesses through a lockdown is not the answer. 3) No real comment on this 4) I am a Unionist. If the people of Scotland wish to be politically independent that is their prerogative but my belief is that Scotland is already to some extent independent ( it has after all a so called government) and I would prefer to see Scotland as an integral part of the United Kingdom. 5) I am not interested in climate change, being a sceptic on the matter. 6) Party stands for Scrap Holyrood parliament Total commitment to freedom of speech. No more lockdowns or invasion of individual freedom of movement. 7) Not sure I would use the phrase cultural Marxism but the politicisation of our schools/public sector/police/football teams is something I firmly oppose. 8) As far as I am aware Reform UK do not propose the abolition of the Scottish parliament. 9) Local sensible investment to make Airdrie a more attractive town to live/work in. 10) Primarily to remove any restraint on the freedom of speech/thought. Donald MacKay UKIP Scotland --LivelyRatification (talk) 04:21, 5 May 2021 (UTC)

Forwarded to scoop. --LivelyRatification (talk) 04:21, 5 May 2021 (UTC)
Contacted via email. Found email from party website. --LivelyRatification (talk) 04:43, 5 May 2021 (UTC)

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