Why shackle UKIP to a corpse?
UKIP is no longer the Tory party in exile, says Nigel Jones, a UKIP MEP candidate for South-East England
Although the organisers of the Tory party conference in Manchester have declared UKIP leader Nigel Farage to be a non-person, and banned all mention of his name in literature advertising his appearance at fringe meetings, Nigel and the party he leads is the love that dares not speak its name among what's left of the Tory faithful.
You won't of course hear a word about UKIP from the podium at this blandly corporate, stage managed event, but down in the withered grassroots of the dwindling Tory army, the talk is of little else but UKIP's rise and the deadly threat it poses to any diminishing hopes that the Cameron Conservatives will be voted back into power in the 2015 General Election.
Terrified of the truths that the UKIP leader voices, and too "frit" to meet him face to face in open debate, the Tory leadership pathetically imagines that by ignoring the purple and yellow elephant in the room, they can airbrush away the painful reality: that unless the party has a miraculous conversion to UKIP's policies, they stand no chance of winning back the millions of voters they have shed under David Cameron's woeful leadership.
Those voters have not been merely mislaid, lost, stolen or strayed - they have been deliberately and wantonly thrown away by the Cameron clique in a misconceived attempt to 'rebrand' the Tories as yet another left-of-centre, mishy-mushy, wishy-washy party of unprincipled, nothing-very-much-thank-you metropolitan trendies led by a self-declared 'Heir to Blair'.
Cameron has missed no opportunity to let traditional Tories know of the contempt in which he holds them and their values. He has done this not only by words alone - such as the 'swivel-eyed loons' description of ordinary Tories made by one of his top aides - but by deeds.
In every area dear to Tory hearts, he has run roughshod over their deepest desires - from covering the countryside in useless, expensive and ugly wind turbines, to driving a high speed railway, costing billions, through the shires in order to shave a few minutes off the London to Birmingham run; and from proposing to sell our precious forests to the highest bidder, to refusing to re-introduce grammar schools.
Most damaging of all, though, has been Cameron's abject abandonment of conservatism's steel core: its patriotism. Not only does Cameron follow slavishly every edict handed down from his masters in Brussels ( while paying them £55 million a day for the privilege of licking their boots), he actively assists in their sinister design to lock Britain into an un-democratic federal superstate in which British laws, along with our freedom, independence and prosperity, will finally be subsumed, leaving us the powerless province of a new Roman Empire.
And, while attempting to embark on more foolish foreign military adventures in emulation of his hero Blair, Cameron has slashed our Armed Forces to ribbons, consigning 20,000 of them to the redundancy scrapheap.
Small wonder, therefore, that Tory members and voters have been deserting in droves. Rightly seeing that Cameron is part of the problem, rather than the solution, they are looking elsewhere for answers to their prayers and increasingly finding it in the unmentionable Nigel Farage and UKIP.
While the LibLabCon parties continue to drop members like autumn leaves, only UKIP is putting them on. With almost 40,000 at the last count, the Bow Group Think Tank estimates that by 2018 UKIP will have overtaken the Tories (it already has left the Lib Dems behind) who will be well on the way to total extinction.
Given this dire Tory situation, it is no surprise that Cameroon pundits, such as the Telegraph's Iain Martin and the Spectator's James Forsyth and Toby Young, not to mention maverick Tory MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg, have begun to panic, calling for a UKIP/Tory Pact. But why should Britain's fastest growing political force shackle itself to the corpse that is Cameron's Conservative Party just as it starts to really stink?
If so-called Tory Eurosceptics like Rees-Mogg and Daniel Hannan really like the cut of UKIP's jib, they should have the courage of their convictions and join the only party that still believes in Britain - rather than clinging to one led by a man who says he wants to keep Britain inside the EU prison come what may.
The truth has not yet sunk into the skulls of the Tory leadership: UKIP is not the Tory Party in exile. Increasingly, its voters and members are drawn from previous supporters of other political parties - and of none. The old Labour party's voters, having seen their party hijacked by an unholy alliance of Guardianista progressives, militant immigrants, and benefit drawers, are turning to UKIP as the only coherent alternative to the LibLabCon consensus. In recent Parliamentary and council by-elections, UKIP has been pulling down an average one quarter of the vote.
These one in four voters, who have been driven away from the old parties in utter disgust. are unlikely to be lured back by the same siren voices who called them 'swivel eyed loons'.
As next year's European elections will prove beyond all doubt, it is UKIP that offers the only hope for a free, independent and prosperous country again. We want our country back, and we won't get that from David Cameron and his two-faced careerist clique.
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