IT’S BEEN some week. The highs: celebrating UKIP’s 20th anniversary at our conference; making excellent policy announcements, such as proposals to end health tourism by requiring people prove they have insurance when applying for visas.
By: by Nigel Farage MEP
Published: Fri, September 27, 2013 Daily Express
We also want to prioritise housing for people whose families had been in the area for two or three generations.
These are common sense policies that people have been crying out for up and down the country. They’re not racist, they’re not extremist: they simply ensure people who pay in are first in line should they need help.
But we also had a low: it was very sad that the party had to take the whip away from my old friend Godfrey Bloom last Friday.
Cameron and Milliband the Left of Centre Double Act
Unfortunately, his repeatedly “colourful” behaviour had overshadowed the main message of our conference which is that UKIP intends to win the European Elections in eight months’ time.
On all those issues we have shown courage and leadership.
Pity we don’t see that elsewhere.
It was only a few months ago, at the beginning of this year, that Labour leader Ed Miliband said he would not “start dictating” who takes part in the TV debates ahead of the General Election in 2015.
“I want the debate to happen wherever and whenever they can happen,” he told a magazine.
Ed Miliband now says that UKIP should be excluded from the debates, yet he also accuses the Prime Minister of “ducking and diving” on whether they would go ahead and who would be involved.
It is Mr Miliband himself who has backtracked on his original position.
Now of course we know why he had this change of heart.
He realises UKIP doesn’t just take votes from disaffected Tories.
Polls repeatedly put UKIP in third place ahead of the Lib Dems.
Last May’s county council election results astonished even UKIP with the huge leap forward we made.
If you look at recent by-elections, UKIP has done incredibly well in Northern towns where the Labour votes are usually weighed rather than counted, such has been their huge number.
Jane Collins, our candidate in Rotherham, scored 22 per cent of the vote compared with 5 per cent for the Conservative Party.
The Lib Dems were down in 8th place.
In South Shields, Richard Elvin came from nowhere to secure 24 per cent of the vote – double the Tory share.
The Lib Dems came seventh with just 1.4 per cent, their worst by-election result since 1948.
So this is the situation: we are regularly outpolling the Lib Dems and beating both Coalition parties in elections, but they want to exclude us from TV debates because we don’t have an MP. By excluding us they hope to shore up their support and stop the kind of surge that propelled Nick Clegg into the limelight in 2010.
My deputy leader, Paul Nuttall, who comes from the previously safest Labour seat in the country, Bootle, used his conference speech to reiterate the disconnect between today’s Labour party and the working class voter.
Whereas in the Forties and Fifties Labour MPs came from the mills, the mines and the factories, now they follow the same careerist route as the others: private school, Oxbridge and a job as a researcher for an MP.
I completely agree with Paul that Labour MPs today “wouldn’t know what it’s like in a working men’s club and wouldn’t know a council estate if it fell out of the sky and hit them on the head”. Miliband may be calling Cameron a chicken, but it’s the pot calling the kettle black.
They are both running scared of UKIP.
Cameron and Miliband: they’re Wallace and Gromit on the Chicken Run when it comes to taking us on.