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What motivates the leaders of the United Kingdom Independence Party?

Thursday, February 01, 2007 

Interesting views from Yorkshire

The following is an extract from an article in the Yorkshire Post by a former Conservative councillor Jonathan Scott, linked from here:

In the past, the Conservatives would have addressed the concerns of these disenchanted, working-class voters, by talking frankly about immigration, crime and the European directives that have opened our borders to unrestricted migration.
But not the Cameron Conservatives. The Tory leader fears that if he appears "tough" on immigration, he will reinforce the very thing he is trying to expunge from the voters' minds – the image of the Conservative Party as the "nasty party".
The result is a deadly paralysis. Deadly, because it means that the British National Party, clean-shaven but not shaven-headed, is able to move freely into territory which would once have been closed to them by a Conservative Party connecting with its core vote and those floating voters who are concerned about the impact which uncontrolled immigration and migration can cause.
It also means that UKIP, which, under the leadership of Nigel Farage, is gaining credibility and clout, is able to exploit the clear link between migration and the EU, that should be natural territory for a Conservative Party leader.
What Mr Cameron lacks is both a vision and a strategy.

The writer then goes on to urge the Tories to adopt a strategy requiring a referendum to repatriate powers from the EU! Fat chance!!

posted by Martin |10:34 AM
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