April 13, 2015
Op-ed; Supporters of UKIP, known as kippers by many, have received some advice from their party leader Nigel Farage which should not surprise any person with an ounce of sense. Farage has told supporters to vote Tory in constituencies where UKIP will fail to win a seat.
According to the Mail Online Farage told supporters to ‘use their votes as wisely as they can’ adding that he wanted to see the Tories as the party with the largest majority post May 2015 and the Daily Telegraph is also running the story.
But this must surely be obvious to the electorate?
UKIP are simply the Tory party against the EU. IN other words apart from differences on the EU UKIP and the Tories are obvious political allies.
Both would readily scarp the hunting act - fact.
Cameron for the Tories is promising an in out EU referendum at some point in the distant future if he can renegotiate the UKs membership. That promise is vague and has many strings attached but it means the Tories are the only party with something for UKIP.
And of course the other main players have ruled out any form of coalition with UKIP and Farage knows it.
In 2012 we reported that done deals were already being considered before there was even a hint of the election; perhaps not done deals but feelers put out. It was conference season in the UK and the state of play as we reported it was "Nigel Farage leader of UKIP has said that if his party were given certain assurances they would form a Coalition government with the Tories. Simon Hughes of the Lib Dems has said that they would not rule out a coalition with Labour. Harriet Harman for Labour has said they would not form a Coalition with the Lib Dems."
Farage decided to stand in Thanet after UKIP had a surge of popularity in the MEP elections. He vowed to stand down if he did not win Thanet for UKIP but he is now back pedalling. UKIP could still be successful at the polls but pundits are not betting on that.
Confirmation that Farage does not expect to win and is just another sell-out politician comes by way of a leaked surely published by the Mail Online:
A leaked survey commissioned by Ukip suggested the Tories have a narrow lead in the seat, which has been visited in recent days by ministers including Elizabeth Truss and Patrick McLoughlin.
The report continues "Mr Farage said Ukip MPs could prop up a Conservative government to keep Ed Miliband out of power. ‘If the Tories were the biggest party, and we helped to make up the numbers and this country had a full, free and fair referendum [on EU membership], that would be an infinitely better position,’ he said."
So there you have it.
After David Cameron harping on about Vote Labour get SNP, Vote Labour get whoever we now know Vote UKIP get Conservative is more than a distinct possibility.
This of course could be another Tory story; could it be Cameron saying vote UKIP get Tory and trying once more to get more votes?
But as Farage tells his followers to vote tactically the rest of the electorate should take note.
Having principles and voting for a smaller political party could allow the Tories to secure a majority win or a large enough share of the vote to do a deal with UKIP; another five-years of Tory miss-rule but this time with a more right-wing party? Heaven help us all.