Friday, 13 April 2012

UKIP to stand against anti-EU Tory MPs. Good.

According to The Independent, Nigel Farage wants UKIP to stand in every Westminster seat at the next General Election. Good. That apparently also includes standing against MPs who back EU withdrawal. Great.

In one way this may show that the Party is ramping up the pressure on anti-EU MPs who may be toying with the idea of defecting to UKIP anyway. But for me this stance has a greater significance. The main reason that  disagreed with Lord Pearson's strategy of UKIP standing down against Eurosceptic MPs is that it creates the impression that UKIP only cares about the EU. That despite its blathering on about other policies, really we only care about your stance on the EU.

Well that's just not true anymore. I didn't join UKIP just because it is anti-EU. Neither did many other members, particularly younger ones. I joined for grammar schools. Flat taxes. Prison expansion. Abolishing the Human Rights Act. UKIP candidates have a unique platform that will remain very different to the manifesto that Tory MPs stand on, even those Tories who are anti-EU.

If the report is accurate then I welcome this news. UKIP after all is a political party and a fast rising one at that. The murmurs of it being an EU-obsessed single issue pressure group are dying more and more rapidly under Farage's leadership. That is a very good thing indeed.


CharmedLassie said...

I have to admit, I was disappointed that UKIP refrained from challenging in my constituency in 2010 because the Conservative candidate was anti-EU. At the end of the day, many people across the spectrum like UKIP policies (not just on the EU)and would like to put a cross in their box. Roll on 2015.

Anonymous said...

While I support UKIP's aims, if I lived in the constituency of John Redwood or Douglas Carswell or Jacob Rees-Mogg I would find it very difficult to vote against them - in fact, I would be annoyed with you for wasting time and energy on friendly fire instead of targeting the pseudo-Conservative Euphiles who have been forced on their resentful associations at the expense of real Tories. So although I can see the principle of the decision I question its wisdom in practice.

Libertas said...

Absolutely sound. Might make some Tory MP's make serious choices on where their hearts lie. (Ahem, that means they should be in UKIP.)

Noel Matthews said...

It is a curious feature of the tribal voter that they can continue to justify supporting a politician who is making all of the right noises even when it is plain that this politician will have no material effect on his party policy. It reminds me of Gen Melchett's line in Blackadder Goes Forth. 'If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.'

Anonymous said...

I have no time for the Tories whatsoever and this is a great sign that UKIP are a party in their own right.

Steve Fowler said...

Yes and about time. It was embarrassing at GE 2010 hearing members being asked to stand down for certain MPs or cadidates just to get them to chance their views on certains issues at hand.

I understand what Lord Pearson was trying to do and believed in at the time but it was a bad move.

I don't care who is in government next time, be it Labour or the Cons. they mean nothing to me and if they don't like me standing or my views then tough!.

We are UKIP not a pressure group.

Ken Hall said...

I agreed with the UKIP strategy of standing down at the last election, but only as a one off and only because it flushed out Cameron's real position.

His Euroscepticism was entirely false. He proved this by refusing UKIP's offer to stand down if there was an in or out referendum on EU membership.

This, more than anything else, showed clearly that Cameron would rather risk labour winning the general election than give a massive majority of his own supporters the referendum they demand.

UKIP was right and it was honourable to put country before party to offer to sacrifice ourselves for the greater good.

We rightly and pragmatically gave Cameron the opportunity to save this country and implement common sense policies.

Now that Cameron had the opportunity to kill off UKIP, AND he failed to take that opportunity, and he failed to be the change we all hoped for, he only has himself to blame for conservative woes.

UKIP is now right to take the fight, fully fired up, to all the main parties everywhere and fight with everything we have to win everywhere we challenge.