I refer to this article on Conservative Home by Tom Mludzinski, who we are informed, is Deputy Head of Politics for Ipsos MORI. This former of public opinion writes:
“Are UKIP a one trick pony? A party set up with the sole aim of, as the name suggests, withdrawing the UK from the European Union, has had to develop beyond that narrow remit with its increased exposure. And indeed the European Union is, in fact, only fifth on the list of UKIP supporters’ concerns; a fifth (18%) saw it as among the most important issues facing Britain in 2012 with the economy, race relations and immigration, unemployment and crime all rated as more important than the EU. However, the one in five UKIP supporters naming the European Union is much higher than the 6% of the general public overall.”
Most definitely are Ukip not a “one-trick pony”, although obviously under-developed they may be – in fact one could say classification as a pony is incorrect as ass may be more pertinent. Remember, who but an ass would look a gift-horse in the mouth – but maybe I digress.
When one considers the matters of the economy, race relations, immigration, unemployment and crime, in which one does the European Union not have a “finger in the pie”? That statement can but say a great deal about the mentality of Ukip supporters and their understanding of the European Union and the matters mentioned. As at the time of writing, there is no rebuttal of this “skewage” (a word just invented – similar to sewage and with the same “root”) on the Ukip website, neither have I seen similar on Twitter.
Leaving the matter that legislation implemented by Brussels has been originated way above them, this failure by Ukip to be “on the ball” can but beggar belief. And this is a party that is asking the electorate to look on them as a government-in-waiting?
Some readers have castigated me in the comments section that I am too “hard” on Ukip and Farage, making the point that Farage is doing the best he can and that Ukip are the only option left if we, as a country, wish to exit the European Union. Where is their “Exit Plan”? Where is their plan after exiting? Why is it taking Richard North and others, to point out subjects that they should be discussing and bringing to the attention of the electorate. Reverting to the link about a “gift-horse”, is it any wonder it takes two members of the QT audience to point out to Ukip a glaring deficit in their “EU Debate”?
When the only choice left are demonstrably not “fit for purpose”, please tell me: what is the point in voting for them?
Afterthought This post may cost me a few readers, but then I don’t write this blog for a few readers – I write attempting to educate……..