'We want our country back' boomed Nigel Farage at UKIPs annual conference.
Aside from the
obvious falsehood that the country has not gone anywhere, it nevertheless
remains a statement of intent.
shrewd, canny and clever and talks about taking votes from all parties. The
truth is he wants to do to the Conservative Party what the Tea Party did to the
Republican Party in the United States, suck them dry and become a real voice on
the right of British politics.
The Tea Party
lured so many 'traditional' Republican voters that the GOP has picked extremely
right wing candidates in last two Presidential races in a bid to secure the Tea
when they are up against a mixed race president who shattered many social
stigmas when he won the presidency.
The result is a
Republican party which eschews candidates like Chris Christie and promotes the
likes of Romney, Perry and Herman Cain.
influence which is now keenly felt on Capitol Hill and UKIP would love to
recreate that at Westminster.
A pact is about
likely as snow in the Mojave Desert - Farage doesn’t like Cameron’s brand of
Conservatism and Cameron doesn’t like Farage and UKIP period.
So 2015 there
will be a choice for Conservative leaning voters – the Tories or UKIP. Do they
abandon a Conservative Party they don’t like under Cameron and install a Labour
Prime Minister or back Cameron and risk being alienated even further.
And that’s why
I think Cameron was understated at his party conference this week, safe and
steady speech stressing the need for a safe and steady hand on the economy.
there was a strong focus on backing big business by attacking Labour’s plans to
halt the Corporation Tax and an admission about the furore over gay marriage –
a gentle prod back at UKIP.
Minister may have looked down the camera and not in the hall but I think it was
a speech designed to speak to lifelong Tory voters.
If Cameron can
persuade them he embodies many classic Tory values as well as those of 21st
century Britain he may see off the UKIP threat.
If he can’t
then he may go down in history as the Conservative PM who failed to win what many
considered an easy election in 2010 and then lost because of a party with no
MPs at Westminster currently.