Categorized | News, Opinion


It is a bit disappointing for UKIP to not do better in the by-elections, however, party affiliation appears to be strong in many areas in the UK.

In Rotherham, UKIP came in a strong second place with just under half of the Labour vote (9,866 votes to UKIP’s 4,648) with the BNP a distant third with just under 2000 votes.

In Middlesbrough,  Labour had 10,201 and UKIP had 1990, again a second place. Not a huge encouragement but a solid showing considering.

In Croydon North, Labour got the hat trick (They gained no seats as Labour held these seats already) with nearly 16000 votes.  The Tories  garnered 4137 and UKIP was third with a poor 1400.

So, Sanders, what now?  Is this the high water mark for UKIP?  It could be argued as such but it is too early to tell.  I do think UKIP should more aggressively push the loss of liberty and sovereignty from the UK to EU institutions.  They should have a clear vision of the United Kingdom out of the EU.  How the people will have more liberty.  Short, succinct message.  Watch for the anti-gay stuff.  What I would advocate is remove the word “marriage” from the UK law and allow gays (and straights) to have a civil union.  Let the churches define marriage.  The government should not interfere with that, nor punish those churches that do not recognize gay unions as a marriage.  (That is not a bad position for the GOP to take, either!)

Perhaps as more Britons ponder a UKIP vote that great MP breakthrough will occur.  Probably in a by-election.  I am disappointed that more voters do not take more serious action but I suppose it has not been brought home the evil of the EU and how much sovereignty has been lost to EU institutions.  Time to hone the message.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

Sign up for Virginia Right Once Daily Email Digest

No Spam - ever! We send a daily email with the posts of the previous day. Unsubscribe at any time.
* = required field

Follow Us Anywhere!