Like many I despise UKIP for their right wing misogyny, homophobia, racism and xenophobia.
Some have suggested they shouldn’t be on the TV so much*. But when they are consistently matching or beating a governing party in polls, they deserve a place at the debating table.
Since November 2012 UKIP have consistently matched closely or beaten the Liberal Democrats in the polls.. In fact, UKIP have been ahead on average since February 2013.
* I would add here that one suggestion is that we should be seeing more of the Green Party, who actually have MPs. I agree, but not in place of UKIP.