I marvel at the navel gazing being employed over at the Telegraph. It is difficult to strategise when your premise is so completely wrong.
Daniel Hannan started it yesterday with a quite startling piece about how a ‘spat’ between the Tories and UKIP will see Labour into office at the next general election. I used to quite like Dan, indeed he’s still one of the Tories I find most attractive in a political sense, but boy is he wrong. Even the opening line of his piece is a startling inaccuracy.
If we carry on like this, we’ll give Labour a massive parliamentary majority with a minority of the popular vote.
We? Who is this we? There is no ‘we’. Yet another Tory makes the fatal error of assuming that UKIP are a Conservative second XI, pissed off at being made to sit on the bench when we feel we should be out in the middle like some gloriously industrious midfield terrier. Dan, mate, I don’t want to play for your team.
Together, the Conservatives and Ukip could deliver the referendum on leaving the EU which more than 80 per cent of people want.
And together Labour and the Lib Dems could block it. He’s obsessed with this Canadian reconciliation thing, and it all sounds very nice, how Rohan and Gondor united to defeat the massed forces of Sowron, but of course as a Tory, we Kippers should just stop being silly and fall in line.
What Dan fails to understand is that UKIP is more than wanting out of the EU, and that fact is one of the reasons why some imagined reconciliation won’t happen, at least any time soon, and certainly not on the Tory’s terms. So, Labour will get in. And? I’ve said it time and again, I will vote UKIP because I want UKIP. If I don’t get UKIP, I don’t care what I get. There are three identikit (anti)social (un)democrat parties, I don’t want any of them, if one of them wins, I don’t care which it is. It makes no difference to me. Labour holds no more dread for me than the Tories, the LibDems or any combination of the above.
What is it, after all, that Ukip stands for? The same things as the Conservatives: lower taxes, independence from Brussels, an end to the human rights culture, localism. Above all, the party was established to give the British people a chance to leave the EU.
I’m sorry Dan, that isn’t what the Tories stand for. Look, you were up against one of the most useless, hated, ineffective, complacent and downright appalling governments we’ve ever had and you still couldn’t get the job done. Perhaps if at the last election Cameron had made the point that all that is what we’d have got if they’d have won (and yes, we all know Cast Iron Dave has significant form in this area), you wouldn’t be in this situation now. You know, this situation where last minute panicked leaflets were put out, purporting to be something they were not, the situation where UKIP boards are mysteriously disappearing from view. Perhaps, if Cameron had made a song and dance about this in the run up to the election, instead of being a policy free zone, you might have properly won.
But he didn’t, and you didn’t. There has been no indication that your party has any intention of offering what you try to persuade me they stand for. You pretend this golden dawn is just round the corner, but there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that your party are even thinking about considering what you claim is tantalisingly just out of reach.
How wretched we should all feel, the day after the 2015 general election, if we saw that there weren’t quite enough MPs to deliver an In/Out referendum because of a split in the Eurosceptic vote.
Again with the ‘we’. I simply don’t believe that Cameron can, will and wants to deliver on that. I don’t believe him. I have no faith in him. The trust I have in him is zero.
consider the recent Eastleigh by-election. Two Right-of-Centre candidates stood on virtually identical platforms. Both wanted an In/Out referendum, and both would have voted to leave.
It makes no difference which way your candidate would have voted. Look, Cameron is promising a referendum, perhaps, if we’re lucky, don’t make a mess and eat all our greens, not because he wants one, but because it is expedient for him to do so. It was an attempt to ‘shoot UKIP’s fox’, the fox has now turned into a wolf. Didn’t go so well, did it? Your candidate was at odds with your leader.
Whilst we’re on the subject, don’t come over all senior partner about Eastleigh, it may have escaped your attention, but we polled more than you. We came second. Well whoop-de-do, there’s no prizes for second. But if all you Tories had stopped being so silly and voted UKIP, we’d have won.
All you’re doing by labouring this point that we’re all narked Tories is deluding yourselves. Hell, I’ve not been pounding the pavements and knocking on doors. I’m a passionate UKIP supporter, but I’m not in the habit going on about out it out in the real world. I’ve heard so many people, so many, at work, in the pub, walking the dog, so very many people telling me that they don’t vote, or they certainly don’t vote Tory. But they’ll be voting tomorrow, and they’ll be voting UKIP. I’ve never seen such interest in a local election before, and I don’t mean from the media, I mean from real, proper people. They like UKIP precisely because of what we’re not. UKIP aren’t a collection of little grey people, in little grey suits, with little grey policies, telling people to be content with their little grey lives.
We’re sick of it, all of it, all of you. Not just you Tories, but of Labour, of the LibDems, all these, a-ha, clowns who seem to think they have some god given right to tell us what to say, think, do, drink, smoke, eat, believe. We’ve had enough of you. We are raucous, we say outrageous things. Sure we get things wrong, we make mistakes, but we make them honestly, we’re not obsessed with little focus groups and chasing that x% who ‘decide’ elections. We’re not playing by those rules.
In the main it isn’t about the EU, it is about a plain talking ‘common sense’ leader, it is about this, about that, the EU question is something I’ve not actually heard mentioned a great deal. It isn’t because it isn’t important to people, it is because it is so bloody obvious. I mention it to these newly enthused voters and I get ‘yeah, well the EU’s crap, isn’t it?’
These people see a party who resonates with them, a party they hope could speak for them, a party they can relate to, a party that hasn’t been tainted with expenses, that doesn’t lecture, a party that has real ideas. Sure, they’re not fully formed, but what’s the rush, we’ve a while until the general election, but you can bet we’ll have policies to hang your hat on. What did you have last time? Nothing.
And that’s what it comes down to, isn’t it? Tories like you look at UKIP and think, ‘damn, if only we were like that’. You’ve settled for second best.
So no, I won’t stop being silly and do as you tell me. I’ll do what I want, thank you.