Tuesday, 17 April 2012
British politics is about to change forever.
The reality is that the story of Coalition has been the rise of UKIP, alongside the demise of the sell-out LibDems. UKIP has never been just a part of 'others'. It came second in the Euro Elections in 2009, winning 13 MEPs. The Greens and the BNP got just 2 each.
Similarly at the 2010 General Election UKIP came close to receiving one million votes. That's more than triple what the Green Party received.
Since then UKIP has had its gang of big beasts expand alongside the likes of Nigel Farage and Lord Pearson. Figures such as Stuart Wheeler and former Tory Treasurer Lord Hesketh have joined the Party, as Farage has re-taken the leadership. People like ex-head of OFSTED Sir Chris Woodhead are now speaking on education at a UKIP Conference. The Party is run by Executive Chairman Steve Crowther who demonstrates just how credible UKIP are internally when his opposite Tory number is the appalling Baroness Warsi. MEP Roger Helmer has also defected as have a number of Councillors.
The 'others' myth has been put to bed. We are witnessing a UKIP surge, as the Greens and BNP stagnate. The London Assembly elections could well see only UKIP gain a seat aside from the old three. And only UKIP has a spread of support across the country rather than in Bradford or Brighton sized pockets.
With a European Election in 2014 that UKIP will aim to win, I honestly believe that 2015 could see very many UKIP MPs elected, even under First Past The Post.
One thing is for sure. British politics has a new fourth player. It's first task must be to consign the LibDems to the 'others' category and take its place as an anti-establishment, low tax, anti-EU third party alternative.
Posted by Michael Heaver at 11:14