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Former Tory who turned to UKIP says party is more in tune with Labour voters. Laughable.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall. ‘We are now in with a realistic chance of breaking the political cartel in Westminster.’ [Image: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock].

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall. ‘We are now in with a realistic chance of breaking the political cartel in Westminster.’ [Image: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock].

Have a taste of this mockery of an article, by former Conservative MP, now UKIP MP, Douglas Carswell in The Guardian, of all places:

Having broken the UK’s political consensus over the European Union, we are now in with a realistic chance of breaking the political cartel in Westminster. With Paul Nuttall’s election as Ukip’s leader, many on the political left are at last waking up to the existential threat the party poses to Labour in its own backyard.

For years, Labour MPs scoffed at our determination to get Britain out of the EU. Many now realise we spoke for the majority of their own constituents. Labour strategists attempted to portray us as diehard Thatcherites. In reality, Ukip is often more in tune with the hopes and aspirations of ordinary Labour voters than their own party in Westminster.

Ukip’s strategy is now to go after once-safe Labour seats with a new unity of purpose.

A former Conservative thinks UKIP is in tune with Labour voters? That’s so ridiculous I can hardly bring myself to type the words.

Carswell – and his new leader Paul Nuttall – are living in a fantasy world if they think they can even touch Labour’s heartlands.

Labour has more than half a million members who are energised, enthusiastic and keen to spread a new kind of politics.

Nuttall couldn’t even manage 10,000 to vote for him in his crummy little single-issue party’s leadership election.

And he’s a former Tory – as is his party chairman and most of its leading lights.

And look at the kind of friends they have. Here’s a photo of Mr Nuttall cuddling up to the English Defence League’s Stockport area leader, Andy Edge:

The EDL's Andy Edge with Paul Nuttall of UKIP [Image: EDL News].

The EDL’s Andy Edge with Paul Nuttall of UKIP [Image: EDL News].

All fascists together?

UKIP won’t make any headway in Labour heartlands. Still, they might manage fractionally better than Labour, if that party decided to move in on UKIP heartlands – for the simple reason that UKIP doesn’t have any heartlands.

No doubt some Kipper will comment that I must be worried to have written at such length about these goons. Let them.

I am worried – but only that they will find people gullible enough to be fooled by this nonsense propaganda. With help from the BBC and the Guardian, no doubt – not to mention UKIP’s usual friends in the Mail and the Express. All are now right-wing news media so do not be fooled; they don’t have your best interests at heart.

Mostly, though, I thought Vox Political readers would enjoy a good belly-laugh at the expense of this silly gang of cut-price Mosleys and their new Fuhrer.

Source: Labour’s heartlands will turn to Ukip, and we will not fail them | Douglas Carswell | Opinion | The Guardian

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POLLS: Can UKIP only win with Tory defectors?

Douglas Carswell: He defected from the Tories to UKIP and then re-won his Clacton seat, if you can remember that far back.

Douglas Carswell: He defected from the Tories to UKIP and then re-won his Clacton seat, if you can remember that far back.

Here’s an interesting point, made by a Vox Political commenter: Both UKIP’s Parliamentary seats have been won by defectors from the Conservative Party, contesting the seats they already occupied.

This leads to an obvious question: Can UKIP win any Parliamentary seats at all with its own candidates?

It also leads to another, less obvious question: Is UKIP just a front for Tories who want to push British politics ever-further into the political right wing that leads to Fascism?

Let’s see what you think.

 

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UKIP wins in Clacton – but what does it mean?

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It means people in Clacton actually like Douglas Carswell and Lord Ashcroft was right in his tweeted appraisal of him:

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Of course, that’s not what David Cameron has been saying. His mantra is – as many of you will be aware: “Vote UKIP – get Labour.”

He’s wrong, of course. People aren’t thinking in those terms at all.

They’re thinking: “Vote UKIP – get rid of the Conservatives.”

It’s just a shame that they are also wrong; Carswell is still a Conservative – all he has done is swap a conservative party for another conservative party, that is more extreme than the one he just left.

The other notable factor in yesterday’s by-elections is the BBC’s continuing (if tacit) support for UKIP – which can be seen most clearly in its references to the Heywood and Middleton election.

“Labour held on to Heywood and Middleton but UKIP slashed its majority to 617,” states the BBC report, which merrily misses the fact that UKIP remains unable to take Parliamentary seats from Labour.

Labour supporters don’t want UKIP.

Labour supporters don’t need a political party that is more regressive than the Tories.

Labour supporters agree with Ed Miliband, that UKIP “do not represent the interests of working people”.

Read between the lines. Who was UKIP’s candidate in Heywood and Middleton? The BBC report doesn’t name this person until very far down its story.

If you read the mass media coverage, you’ll think UKIP was the only party in these by-elections. Don’t.

If we are to learn anything from the result, it is that the Conservative Party is in deep, deep trouble.

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Former Tory Party deputy chairman supports UKIP candidate in by-election – Pride’s Purge

It seems there are a couple of by-elections taking place today (Thursday) – how exciting! Yes? No?

Lord Ashcroft seems to think so. He’s been indicating his own support for one of the candidates, according to this report in Pride’s Purge:

Former Conservative Party treasurer and deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft has tweeted his support for the UKIP candidate in today’s by-election in Clacton:

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When even Tory Party peers are supporting UKIP against their own party – Cameron clearly has a BIG problem on his hands.

To be honest, the tweet in question doesn’t seem as rebellious as Tom is suggesting, although it is on the verge. More serious will be the problem facing him if Carswell wins, as it could sound the death knell for all Conservative hopes of ever having another majority government in the UK.

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Is Douglas Carswell now against the bedroom tax? Or UKIP now for it? – Pride’s Purge

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UKIP defector Douglas Carswell is a big supporter of the bedroom tax, writes Tom Pride in Pride’s Purge.

As a Tory MP, he even voted against exempting families with an ill or disabled child, war widows or widowers and foster parents who routinely use a room for foster care placements.

UKIP on the other hand are officially supposed to be against the bedroom tax.

So now Carswell has joined Farage, who has agreed to do the great big u-turn?

Is it the UKIP who are now FOR the Bedroom Tax – or Carswell who is now AGAINST it?

I think we should be told. Don’t you?:

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