Sunday, January 15, 2006

UKIP seeks out Conservative voters with domestic agenda

This is interesting. I am the certainly the kind of person UKIP is setting out to target. As well as being libertarian, I don't believe that Britain belongs in the European Union (although as a cosmopolitan expatriate whose friends are mainly continentals, I wish all the other member nations the best of luck with it).

I confess I was briefly a UKIP member, after resigning from the Conservative Party in the wake of its shameful betrayal of Margaret Thatcher. Although I think it's unfair that the left-wing media lump it together with the BNP, I let my membership lapse because its internal publications suggested I was in, to put it mildly, some rather eccentric company. Like all single issue fanatics, UKIP members seemed to blame everything on their chosen focus of hate; in their case, the EU.

I am fairly sure UKIP will benefit from Cameron's apparent lurch to the left. It will be obvious to any reader that he is making me very uncomfortable and I am sure many liberal-minded, "small State", Conservatives feel the same. However, while we must argue our corner, I think we must also give him the benefit of the doubt. Tony Blair was so successful in convincing people that he was "Thatcher's true heir" that there are left-wingers in Labour who still hate him for it. This, despite the fact that his actions in government have been as Socialist as they could reasonably have hoped for. He has built the British State to unprecedented levels and criminalised class enemies to what should have been their heart's content.

There is a chance that, in a similar way, Cameron is "waving the Red Flag to oppose the Red Flag". I will reserve judgement until the New Tories come up with real policies. And while I will follow the Campbell-Bannerman policy review with interest, UKIP can whistle for my vote.

UKIP seeks out Conservative voters with domestic agenda

1 comment:

Bishop Hill said...

Interesting indeed. Frankly though it may just serve to split the right wing vote, as I believe the Libertarian Party did in America.

It will be interesting to see if they are able to get libertarian ideas aired in the mainstream or if they will be sidelined by the BBC and its ilk as extremists.

In the meantime we can always hope that Cameron is in fact lying through his teeth about his beliefs.