Look, most people don’t really like UKIP’s policies, whether or not the actual party members are racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic morons or not (they are, by the way).
What many people are seeing is a party being brutally honest (for the most part) and the political establishment trying to discredit them.
It’s that very political establishment that the public has completely lost faith and trust in, though. It was no surprise to me when, after the huge media barrage against UKIP recently, they took the lead in the EU polls over Labour.
People aren’t seeing a despicable group of bigots being exposed, they’re seeing a bunch of arrogant, entitled, self-important, power-hungry fraudsters scared shitless that someone is seriously challenging them for once. What the public see is an opportunity to take the status quo and give it a right good bollocking.
I’d say that’s a damn good thing. It might finally give the political establishment the incentive to relinquish PR politics in favour of policy politics.
That’s the maybe though. I’d love them to get the message but will they really? It’s doubtful.
Meanwhile, it’s sad that it’s a right-wing party causing all this kerfuffle. Where’s the party of the left? Paul Robinson put it best recently;
@Floppy but yes, left has forever been split numerous ways. Not the lack of a charismatic leader that's problem, but unified team/party/idea
— Paul Robinson (@PaulJRobinson) April 30, 2014
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