Monday 19 January 2015


"The British electorate, even the disaffected, don’t like extremist parties, and by courting the far right with wild pronouncements, Farage is in danger of entering Nick Griffin territory" asserts Hugh Muir.  A touch hyperbolic methinks, but not far off the mark. But it's really commenter "Atavism" who gets closer to the mark:
"I wonder if ukip is as far as it's going to get. It already had the ex-bnp vote, and the Daily Express /Mailers. Then it managed to capture the far right but not too bright of the Tory party. Then it got the dim elements of Labour voters who don't know they're voting away their employment rights.
But they've pretty much run out of bigots, thick people and thick bigoted people now. Now they have to come up with actual policies to attract any more voters I think they'll plateau."
This would be that glass ceiling I've been talking about for the last year or so. And on the face of it, Ukip is unlikely to produce anything beyond pseudo-policies. Not only do they not understand what policy is, they're not even interested in policy. The only reason to eagerly anticipate their 2015 manifesto is not for any political reason. I just expect it to be the comedy event of the year. Even if Ukip could conceivably come up with intelligent policies there's nothing much to be salvaged now.

Throughout, I've been ahead of the curve on Ukip and everything is going to script. The media have caught up and are now able to see what readers of this blog have known since the euro elections. It doesn't even need me to push it along now. The cat is out of the bag, Ukip has blown it, and all that's left to do is to sit back and enjoy the show.

I'll still be sticking the boot in mind you. I'm of the view that the outcome of the election doesn't really matter. If the Tories win, we get an EU referendum, if not, it gives us time to build a eurosceptic movement from scratch without the malign influence of Nigel Farage and his demented entourage. Therefore, the only political objective that matters at this election is the destruction of Ukip. If we really do want to leave the EU, that is.

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