Could be highly significant. With Farage refusing to ally with extremists and Marine Le Pen putting her papa in his place, it looks very much like she’s trying to move far enough towards the moderate UKIP for at least a similar voting pact in the EU parliament.
And I see Nigel as influencing her to do this.
She needs to drop this National Front business though and call it Force France or whatever. No uniforms, no harsh rhetoric – she’d win even more support. The crony parties can easily deal with a right wing fanatic – they can’t deal with a moderate who takes votes from all sectors.
People can speak with her, discuss things – they can’t do this with her father.
This is surely the new politics now – the moderate, cross-party alliances, driven by ordinary people themselves, which consign the Geert Wilderses to the dustbin of history. People want certain things but extreme groups espousing these things turn them off.
The solution is very, very simple. And it’s not people such as myself [who concede they are radically anti-socialist and divisive] that the new politics needs. It is the moderate rationalist who has concerns about sovereignty, borders, sanity, removing the excesses of PCism, putting the quangos on the bonfire – this is where it’s going and well done.
Where people like me call for a Muslim extremist to be instantly deported along with his entourage, the new party spokeman, directly responsible to his constituents will have a policy which perhaps gives three strikes – that sort of thing. That would expand 19% into 26% and then 35%, which is what is required for government.
And the party will not be UKIP now but, say, the United Kingdom Party. Perhaps they wouldn’t want me as a member but I’d sure vote for them.