If it had come from the left, I’d not have bothered with it but it comes from the centre-right:
Under Lord Pearson, UKIP won an increased number of votes at the General Election, but it has gone backwards in terms of its profile and standing as a political force. It is a regression that UKIP will find pretty much impossible to reverse as it has such a thin and shallow pool of talent from which to fish for a new leader.
What must be most worrying for UKIP’s remaining members is that Nigel Farage is thinking of tossing his hat into the leadership election. Farage is charismatic but he just cannot be taken seriously as a politician. He is straight talking but he cannot connect with voters. Farage gets attention not for the important messages he should be conveying but for the stunts in which he engages and behaviour that can be likened to that of an upper class twit trying to act like a rebel.
A bit harsh and yet there is truth in that post by Autonomous Mind. There is a huge difference between a single issue lobby, as the Albion Alliance is/was and a party thinking it can govern. It was illustrated in a different way in a conversation I had with a customer who bought the Kathy Reichs promotion I put up. She said that Reichs was better than Cornwell because the forensics had got lost with the latter, in favour of conspiracy theory.
And there it is – anything the average punter doesn’t understand, neatly labelled as conspiracy theory and rejected. Oh what the powers-that-be can get away with, eh? That’s what anyone who sees and reads and listens has to put up with – the impossibility of getting anything across to the apolitical masses who are living their lives free of long term worry, yet weighed down by current anxieties such as job security and being manipulated into austerity and dependence on the State.
The call for a new centre-right party is born of the understandable disillusionment with the hijacking of the Tories but in the light of the state of politics overall and the Westminster parties playing deckchairs on the EU Titanic, it’s a meltdown we’re looking at and from it, a new order we neither need nor should have any truck with. Naturally, we dissident malcontents will oppose it but they’ve factored that in and new parties of any form are an anachronism now.
There is a different type of politics coming up and it is called State [the oligarchy] v People.