Op-Ed: Nigel Farage and his party UKIP are unveiling their 'serious' election manifesto Wednesday and voters are now swimming in election promises and policies from the right, left, centre and extreme.
After a couple of weeks of ever wilder election promises by most of the main players in the 2015 General Election this week they have been revealing their manifestos.
2015 will go down in British history as one of the strangest and dirtiest UK elections. Those new to voting should note that manifestos for some parties are not worth the material they are written on.
UKIP destroyed earlier manifestos as they tried to appeal to a wider audience of voters. The Tories pre-election promises of 2010 quickly vanished as VAT was increased to 20% becoming the first of many broken promises. Later the Conservatives tried to erase their online footprint as it was littered with so many U Turns, broken promises and perhaps lies. Nick Clegg for the Liberal Democrats was forced to play the apologist after promising to slash University fees before teaming up with the Tories in a coalition, the party that then raised University fees through the roof.
So what are UKIP offering?
The key policies according to BBC News are;
The Tories were quick to respond to UKIPs manifesto claiming there was a "£37bn black hole" in UKIP's proposals which is ironic as they have failed to address what is described as "£12 billion unexplained cuts and £7 billion uncosted tax giveaways, in the Tory manifesto"
Earlier this week Farage was reported advising UKIP supporters to vote Conservative in constituencies where the party hasn't a hope in hell of winning.
A coalition between the Tories and UKIP post the May 7 General Election is more than a possibility. Such a coalition would be necessary if both parties had enough of a minority vote to enable them to form a government. They are natural political allies and after all UKIP has plenty of previous Tory MPS who defected to UKIP mainly over EU issues.
So a vote for UKIP, the so-called people's army could result as politics as normal with the Tories remaining in office for five more years but this time with a more extreme right-wing party.
In the final analysis manifestos are only as honest and trustworthy as those delivering them.
In the case of UKIP and the Tories that means they are not reliable.
Personal opinion: Out fox political pundits, get out there and vote, and aim for a majority government rather than a dodgy coalition and make it a left-leaning one.
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