Monday, March 04, 2013

Just a thought


Until fairly recently I can remember people saying that they supported many of the Liberals than Liberal Democrats policies but thought that whilst voting for the party at local level was worthy, voting for them in a General Election was somehow seen as a 'waste of a vote'. Following on from Eastleigh last Thursday are people going to think that if the Lib Dems could get their hands on a little piece of power that UKIP could do the same?

Labour and Conservative seem to be fighting over the same small piece of moral ground, the former have to convince sceptical voters that they can be trusted with the economy should they get another chance whilst the Conservatives have to convince their own traditional voters that the 2010-15 coalition is simply an aberration and that they can return to a more right of centre politics without alienating those who took a chance with them last time round. Meanwhile Nigel Farage sits in the middle, or to the right or left of the middle depending on whether or not you believe that immigration is a left wing plot to destabilise British culture through the driving down of wages leading to a greater dependency on a Labour government or a right wing Globalist plot to destabilise British culture through the driving down of wages and transfer of the economy into foreign hands whilst feathering the nests of a few who have the means to leave the country when they choose.

The problem I see UKIP having is twofold, firstly nobody knows the names of any of their politicians beyond Nige and secondly they seem to be very short on policies, or at least publicly uttered pronouncements on policies.

Having watching PMQ's at the weekend during its re-run I have to say that David Cameron looks much better in the house than he ever does elsewhere where he is still giving to populist outpourings when he should really keep schtum, we don't need to know about The Smiths or an article by an author that he hasn't read, that's not what we pay him for. Parts of the economy are awakening from a winter slumber and the forthcoming Budget will be a good guide to where we are going as a country. Labour are steaming ahead in the polls, as is often the case in mid-term, but are still looking decidedly dodgy on key areas, the question is do people believe that electing more than a token UKIP MP would make a difference?

6 comments:

Span Ows said...

I agree with your penultimate paragraph. This may change at the Euro elections and make them even more high profile but missing from the Eastleigh coverage was the fact (well, a poll) that 22% of UKIP votes were Conservative protest, 19% LD protest and 17% Labour protest! So almost the same from all 3 main parties!!

Paul said...

Yes I agree about the protest vote and I think that could be more damaging to the Conservatives down here than perhaps they realise.

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