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.