Tory panic as UKIP D-Day approaches

Oh, what a lovely war. A day away from the local elections and the Tories are in a blue funk. And all because of a personable geezer called Farage

by Robin Mitchinson on 1 May 2013 13:52

Oh, what a lovely war. A day away from the local elections and the Tories are in a blue funk. And all because of a personable geezer called Farage.

Tory Central Office is resorting to the dirty tricks that we associate more with the Blair/Brown regime. It has been scouring 1700 UKIP candidates’ Twitter accounts and Facebook profiles to see what muck it can rake. A couple of stories have been published about ‘racists’ and advocates of lynch-law for kiddy-fiddlers, but they have not managed to get much traction.

The average reader would probably recognise this stuff for what it is. It is unlikely that anyone ‘shocked’ by such miserable revelations would vote for UKIP anyway.

Then we have Ken Clarke showering UKIP with abuse, overlooking the fact that he also implies that anyone who votes UKIP, i.e. a Tory, is unhinged. Not good PR or politics, Ken. But who listens to him anymore? He is a figure of fun, with his Brussels-worship, his hush puppies, and his whiffs. He is a man with a great future behind him.

Boris Johnson got it about right. This is what he says in his comment piece:

Nigel Farage, whom I met years ago and who has always struck me as a rather engaging geezer…He’s anti-pomposity, he’s anti-political correctness, he’s anti-loony Brussels regulation. He’s in favour of low tax, and sticking up for small business, and sticking up for Britain.

We Tories look at him – with his pint and cigar and sense of humour – and we instinctively recognise someone who is fundamentally indistinguishable from us. He’s a blooming Conservative, for heaven’s sake; and yet he’s in our constituencies, wooing our audiences, nicking our votes, and threatening to put our councillors out of office. We feel the panic of a man confronted by his Doppelgänger.”

The Tories are giving UKIP the oxygen of publicity, doubly welcome in a party against which there seems to have been a media conspiracy of silence, as if not talking about the Buggane will make him go away. If Dave wishes to see-off UKIP he must steal Nigel’s clothes.

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