Tuesday, April 04, 2006
UKIP Lag Behind the LibDems in the Loony Stakes
David Cameron has certainly put the cat among the UKIP pigeons today with his comments on LBC about UKIP. He said "UKIP is sort of a bunch of ... fruitcakes and loonies and closet racists mostly." As a little aside - and not unrelated to his comments - I wonder if he knows who first used his favourite soundbite catchphrase "We're All in This Together". It was, er, Enoch Powell! Michael Howard made a slightly less inflammatory but similar remark just before the last election, but UKIP will no doubt try to cause as much trouble as they can with this. Cynics may see this as part of the alleged Cameroon strategy to pick a fight with the right, which will demonstrate to those in the centre ground how much the Party has changed. I've constantly said that the mark of success will be if Cameron can attract more support from the centre but also keep the right on board. In the short term, remarks like this might appear to help attract support from the centre, but if it means losing large chunks of support on the right, the long term benefits might not be readily apparent. It is of course too early to judge. For what it's worth, it is true to say that all political parties have their share of fruitcakes and loonies. I'd agree that UKIP probably have more than their fair share, but they still lag behind the LibDems in the loony stakes in my book. As to the accusation of racism, Cameron has pointed out that Alan Sked left UKIP because he said it was being taken over by elements of the far right. From discussions I have seen in the UKIP forum that seems to be borne out. However, in my experience most UKIP supporters just want Britain to remain an independent country. What they fail to realise is that the only way of doing this is to return to voting Conservative. If UKIP hadn't existed at the last election we'd have another 30 Tory MPs now. It's quite possible that their existence could prevent the election of a Tory Government in 2009. A Lab/Lib coalition would mean further European integration. Let's hope UKIP don't have that on their collective conscience in 2009. That's if they have one. Hat tip for graphic to www.scruntybastard.co.uk - well I found it funny, anyway!