UKIP – The One Man Political Army

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari
UKIP – The One Man Political Army

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) needs to do a lot more work to show that it’s more than a one man army.

Some say only the personality of Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, is winning votes.

Almost permanently on TV portraying the ordinary bloke in the pub with a pint in his hand, Farage is running a publicity blitz to capitalise on his party’s recent local election impact.

The big question is will he fizzle out before the general election in May 2015, and even if he doesn’t, will UKIP just prove to be a blip on the political landscape and fail to win a seat.

The problem with Farage is he only has one policy – he’s anti-Europe.

Bluster and bonhomie

If you listen to him talk, he has nothing solid to say about the nuts and bolts of any topic, just bluster and bonhomie, much in the vein of London mayor Boris Johnson.

So what does UKIP actually stand for?

The party website has no current policy or manifesto – the last document relates to 2010 and clearly states that readers should not regard the content as current policy.

The website does contain some broad brush policy statements, like UKIP represents:

  • Withdrawal from Europe and self-government
  • Controls on immigration
  • Stronger frontline policing

But nothing really explains how these objectives would be realised when the party has no one of any significant parliamentary experience at the helm. Besides Farage, who is a MEP, UKIP has very little in the way of substance.

Who are they?

Deputy leader is another MEP Paul Nuttall. Who? You may well ask. Apparently he is 32, MEP for the North West and a former Tranmere Rovers footballer and pledges to work hard to remove the UK from Europe.

So who would sit in the chairs of the ministers of state if UKIP found a toehold in power?

The answer is no one. UKIP may win a seat or two if enough protest voters can be bothered to stroll to the polling station, but they won’t win enough seats to make a difference.

By the time the election comes around, the major parties will have a strategy for dealing with Farage and his motley crew and he’ll be fighting to get his message across.

Nevertheless, he seems a likeable guy, and even a crash landing on an airstrip failed to ruffle his feathers too much. Unfortunately his next fall to earth may end in a bigger bump for UKIP.

7 thoughts on “UKIP – The One Man Political Army”

  1. UKIP has lots of policies. You say they only have one, then go on to list three yourself.

    So you’re a liar, and this has been proven.

    The reason Nigel Farage is so popular is because he tells the truth. You should follow his lead.

    Vote UKIP.

  2. WRONG! He is not anti Europe. Anti EU. And incase you do not know the concept of ‘grass roots’ it is not a one man army. How can a bloke with a German wife and goes on holiday to Portugal be anti Europe?

    Your blustered article sounds like a liblabcon supporter is worried! Carry on the hate, any publicity is good publicity.

  3. Nonsense.
    Look again at the website – the policies are there to see. Not in precise form yet, no, but neither are those of any of the other parties. You will find education, health, defence – in fact all the major policy areas you would expect of any party.

  4. UKIP exists because there is a gap in the political market: both Labour and the Conservative parties have failed. UKIP stand there and say ‘And now for something completely different’: a party that actually does care about people, not just pays lip service. Unlike the Labour and Tory parties UKIP does not hold its supporters in contempt. It is more concerned with running the country than just winning elections and has the policies to go with it. UKIP believes that our best chance of having reasonably decent lives is to apply hard work and diligence to national problems not ideology, vacuous marketing campaigns and empty promises that are made simply to win elections and let all the real decisions be taken in Brussels. Not to be told what they should be, and have policies they neither want or need forced upon them; that politicians are public servants not elected dictators.

    The other parties are comprised of people who are there for the free lunch; paid lobbyists fighting for government hand-outs: and they simply cannot change. The electorate is demanding a new approach and there is only one party that is going to provide it.

    It isn’t even about UKIP winning or not; all that matters is to change politics forever and make these people in Westminster face up to the realities of the 21st century. And there is no sign that either of them understand the problem or have any real solutions beyond spin. UKIP just might be the party that the other parties pretended they were. UKIP want out of the un-democratic dictatorship of the EU and won’t be satisfied with promises to renegotiate. They want to see that negotiation happen first. And succeed.

    The public perception is that politicians are lying, cheating, thieving incompetents who will take anybody’s and everybody’s money; spend it on themselves and their lobbyer’s special interest and peeing on the electorate from a great height while telling them it’s good for them. It is the Labour and the Tories that have created UKIP. Do we believe that once in power Farage would turn round and say ‘well actually a referendum and exit from Europe suddenly isn’t that much of an issue’ Or that after an electoral victory UKIP would decide that after all windmills were here to stay?

    UKIP are talking about deep and far reaching changes to the institutions that have let us down. Never in my entire life has the public sense of utter total and complete disillusionment with the institutions of government been so complete; and never have we needed the qualities of clear thinking, leadership and pragmatic adaptation to a deeply uncertain future so much as we do now. And never in my life has there been a suite of political parties less able to provide it.

    Success breeds success. The odds are by 2015, if you are in the shires and you revile Cameron, UKIP will be the best chance on unseating the Tory incumbent. In the post-industrial northern towns if you revile Labour, it will be UKIP you turn to get your town back from them. If UKIP can achieve parity with the big two parties – and that is not as far-fetched as it seems – then the cascade effect of them being many peoples first choice but almost everybody’s second choice will be massive and the stuff of which landslides are made. If you are a dyed in the wool labour supporter there is zero chance you will vote Tory. In the shires, if you don’t like the whiff of incompetence and cronyism that sweats out of Cameron’s administration then UKIP is better than the unthinkable of voting Labour.

    Especially if by then it looks like voting UKIP might actually be the winning vote.

  5. First past the post means that historically there have been very few political parties who have gone mainstream in the UK. I think the expectation that UKIP should arrive on scene with a range of top class political operators and fully thought out and costed manifesto a bit naive. As it stands we’ve got the best leader, the best manifesto and we’re listening to what people want.

  6. UKIP isn’t a one man army – it’s got 30,000 members and is growing at a phenomenal rate.

    Nigel Farage isn’t constantly on TV – he hasn’t been on TV for over a week. Nigel Farage is ukip’s biggest asset, but he is their leader, so that makes sense. People like him because his plans are logical and make sense. They are straight-forward.

    Ukip has got plenty of well thought out policies. If you are having difficulty navigating their website, type what you want to know into Google.

    The impression that I get from reading this article is that the author hasn’t spoken to many normal people in the UK to get their opinion about how their feel about the EU. Did you know that it costs us £55 million a day?


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