This is a three day old article in the Independent but it raises new issues about the nascent candidacy of UKIP’s Diane James. Some highlights:
One said: “Maria Hutchings is the Conservative candidate but her rhetoric on Europe and other issues makes her sound like Ukip. Diane James comes across as more centrist and sensible. She looks and sounds like a Tory. It is possible she could win this.”
You can count on a UKIP candidate being anti-EU and pro-liberty (although UKIP has many social conservatives that are skeptical on gay marriage; UKIP is for civil unions for gays) and the party has campaigned hard for the seat! An internal poll shows with those who did not know who they will vote for not allocated based on the 2010 General Election, UKIP is up to 25%, only six behind LibDems and one percent behind the Tory candidate! It is obvious the Liberal Democrats don’t get it:
Lord Oakeshott, the Lib Dem former Treasury spokesman, said: “Conservative anti-immigration and anti-European dog-whistling is a gift to Ukip.”
Obviously Lord Oakeshott is unconcerned about British jobs or sovereignty. UKIP is an non-racist libertarian political party dedicated to restoring the EU to the original laudatory intent of the Common Market – a free trade zone dedicated to democracy – not an elitist superempire wannabe.
Finally, victory for UKIP would be dramatic:
Such a result would send shockwaves through the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, which began the campaign planning a two-way fight between the coalition partners.
The UKIP win is the best way to bring about the EU referendum that is needed immediately.