UKIP has some good news this week:
First, a Conservative member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the UK, Roger Helmer, has switched parties from the Tories to the United Kingdom Independence Party! Here’s excerpts from the BBC report:
“UKIP better represents the views of Conservative voters than David Cameron’s Conservative Party,” he said, on a wide range of issues.
“Take Europe, take climate change and energy, take immigration.
“On all these issues, UKIP presents the sort of policies that Conservative voters believe in and David Cameron’s Conservative party sadly does not.”
Mr Cameron had given away too many powers and too much money to Europe, he said.
Absolutely right! PM Cameron has not effectively stood up to the European courts about either the prisoners’ vote right or the right to extradite a terrorist for trial! He did veto the EU effort to consolidate financial powers in Brussels. This would have been a sovereignty killer. But the Prime Minister did not have a EU referendum and he listens to Deputy PM Nick Clegg too much on Europe.
If I were the PM, I would be worried about the possibility of defections in Parliament. The Daily Mail made this clear:
As well as being a boost to UKIP, the Conservative Party, too, will have reason to thank Roger Helmer, if it will only heed the warning he has given – namely that the patience of Eurosceptic Tories is not limitless. If it fails to listen, many other disillusioned Tories will follow in Roger’s footsteps.
But maybe more encouraging (or troubling for the PM) is the rise of young professionals like Alexandra Swann, former Deputy Chairman of the young Tory party, who spoke at the UKIP Spring Conference:
Smartly dressed and well-spoken, sporting long blonde hair and 3in heels, she does not fit the Ukip stereotype. No blazer and regimental tie, no beard or beer gut, Swann is researching a PhD on 19th century social Darwinism and the small state. She is also 23, a political anorak since 16, former deputy chairman of the Tory youth wing and a visible blogosphere presence.
As sunshine finally burned off overnight fog on nearby Skegness beach, Swann was cheered by 400 Ukip activists in the Embassy theatre for her assessment that Cameron’s “Lib Dem-led business-hating coalition” – obsessed with Europe and windfarms – is already on the ropes.
Admittedly, if I were a young single male in the UK, I might well agree with everything that Swann has to say! But, Swann’s defection seems to be similar to the young people who support Ron Paul in this election! Young people, especially college-age and professionals, can be drawn to the message of liberty.
But the future belongs to liberty!