Nice to see UKIP getting a mention, if not a very nice mention.
Actually, I quite liked the description – sanity tempered by a slight eccentricity. Perfect. That’s us, that’s our heritage.
The divisions are disguised by Nigel Farage’s libertarianism, which pledges to stop the government from promoting either economic equality or political correctness. The party’s position on social issues has been cleverly calibrated to appeal to social traditionalists without formally embracing their worldview. Hence, UKIP defends the right to wear a cross in the workplace because it’s none of the state’s business what someone hangs around their neck. But the party also wants to ban the burka because the wearing of it is, by default, evidence of oppression. These could be consistent libertarian positions, but they could just as easily be examples of using libertarian language to pander to prejudice.
Either way, the appearance of coherence is the genius of Nigel Farage. Farage is one of Britain’s great everyman conservatives, with an innocent, unblinking expression that suggests a pug being gently squeezed from its middle. Like Boris or Nadine, “Nige” is an anti-politician.
I like UKIP more and more and seriously can’t see an alternative at the moment with the Tories going alternately pink and Attila the Hun on a mission to pay off a debt which the PTB created in the first place. There just needs to be a viable candidate this side of sane in every constituency. Unless events overtake us, I can’t see the Westminster system going down in the next few years and so we’ll still be stuck with the Big 2.5, with UKIP seemingly the only other choice unless Boris gets in but his stance on gay non-marriage lost me.
The other party I’d look at is LPUK but they’re so rife with dissension and it’s not hard to see why. Libertarianism isn’t left or right – it’s about freedom and that’s a fine thing but how can the party compete in the electoral process the way it’s set up now? If LPUK could put up a coherent set of policies for governing, then they’d do much better and they also need a leader of Farage’s standing or better.
Both IPJ and DK were stylish but didn’t quite carry Everyman. IPJ’s Achilles Heel is that he speaks the truth nobody bothers to ferret out and thus is marginalized and as for DK, the transition from knowledgeable swearblogger to Prime Minister is a step too far it seems, particularly as DK is mighty busy these days.