IT IS time to give up the pretence that Ukip is an anti-establishment party. Clearly, the UK Independence Party is the power behind the British establishment’s throne, its secret master. How else did it persuade bien pensant opinion-formers to coordinate a series of cheap, alienating broadsides on its candidates and policies that have served only to push it ever-higher in the polls?
Ukip now commands 38 per cent of the vote for the European elections this month, far ahead of the three big mainstream parties and up eight percentage points from a month earlier, according to the latest figures from ComRes. This is based on the intentions of those most likely to vote, and shows Ukip’s core support has strengthened markedly, to the cost of both Conservatives and Labour. Even if the survey is widened to include less-committed voters, who may make all the difference on the day, Ukip remains top, with almost a third of the vote.
If there is no conspiracy here, and polite society really dislikes Ukip so much, why is it launching negative, ad hominem attacks that serve to rally the protest party’s base, while playing well only to the sorts of people who would never have voted for Ukip anyway?