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IS UKIP HALF BAKED? WRITTEN BY JOHN, LORD TAYLOR OF WARWICK

“F

ruitcakes and loons”. That is how David Cameron

the 1930s and Ukip have tapped into that human inclination to play

described the United Kingdom Independence

the “Blame Game,” pointing the finger at immigrants and Europe

Party, when he became Prime Minster in 2010.

for our problems, especially unemployment. Their effectiveness is

That could prove to be a dreadful strategic mistake, as he prepares for

the more so because of the charisma of their leader, Nigel Farage.

the next General election, in 2015. Unfortunately for Mr Cameron,

There are politicians who are “Velcro” in that everything negative

the fruitcakes are on the rise.

sticks to them, even when their intentions are good. Then there are

By labelling Ukip also as “closet racists” Mr Cameron is in danger

politicians who are Teflon, in that nothing negative seems to stick to

of insulting millons of small “c” Conservatives who have deserted

them. Their gaffes and flaws just bounce off them. Farage is definitely

his party over controversial issues such as Immigration, Europe and

non-stick Teflon... at least for now. He has managed to create his

Same Sex Marriage.

image as one of a political “outsider”, a “man of the people”, who

The recent local UK and European elections have signalled a

is passionately anti-Europe, who would have us withdraw from its

significant moment in British politics. Ukip claimed 150 Council seats

institutions. The reality is he is an ex-public school educated former

nationwide and triumphed over the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour

City trader, of French and German ancestry, married to a German

in the European polls. I personally think Ukip are scaremongers.

and who has been a Member of the European Parliament for 15

But there is no doubt they tapped into a deep concern over mass

years. He is a smoker and likes his pint. The media loves characters

immigration, with its impact on housing, hospitals and schools.

and they certainly have one in this former Tory member and son of a

They have also successfully portrayed the European parliament as

stockbroker named Guy Justus Oscar Farage.

bloated, unaccountable and riding rough shod over our sovereignty.

It is not only Cameron who should worry about the Ukip threat.

But what is Ukip? A substantial, credible political force? Or

They were once seen as a party of the Shires, of disaffected Tories.

a one man band dancing to the drum beat of new Farage Garage

But their appeal has broadened. It is clear that many working class

music?

In truth, Ukip seems to be bereft of any detailed policies

Labour supporters have also taken their votes to Ukip. It seized

and has more than its fair share of “unsavoury” candidates. One

dozens of seats in Labour as well as Tory strongholds. Significant

Ukip candidate advised black Comedian Lenny Henry to go and live

inroads were made in Essex, Lincolnshire and even Sunderland. But

in “a black country”. The irony is that Mr Henry is from the “Black

the biggest losers have been the Liberal Democrats. They were once

Country”....Dudley! My children are mixed race...so which part of

the convenient party of protest. But now they are part of a Coalition

them should leave?

Government and Ukip have replaced them as the party to lodge

My main concern about Ukip is that it could set community

protest against a Government, which has had to dispense unpleasant

against community. We are the United Kingdom, where we should

medicine to cure our economic ills. The Liberal Democrats lost more

be building bridges, not walls between the various racial and cultural

than 270 seats and two key councils. They are facing electoral

groups. We are still going through the worst economic crisis since

disaster in 2015, in the General Election.

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