UKIP confounds the mainstream media yet again
Oh dear. The way the mainstream media talks about UKIP is starting to look like material for a PhD, and we don't mean in media studies, we mean in psychiatry. They just don't get it
The Guardian reported this as though it violated the principles of the physical universe. "Nigel Farage has bounced back from his decision not to stand in the Newark byelection as a new opinion poll found that Ukip was on course to achieve an emphatic victory in the European parliamentary elections next month."
The headline reads: "Ukip soars to top of polls despite Farage ducking byelection battle."
Oh dear. The way the mainstream media talks about UKIP is starting to look like material for a PhD, and we don't mean in media studies, we mean in psychiatry. They just don't get it.
What's with the "bounced back", and the "ducking" a byelection battle?
They were already there and Farage didn't duck anything. He just made the calculation -- not one whose complexity rivals the paradox of Schrodinger's Cat -- that mainstream politics has largely got the Westminster system sewn up due to first-past-the post and there's no point right now in doing anything to get in the way of effecting what Farage calls a "political earthquake" at the forthcoming European elections.
It's quite straightforward. It's perfectly reasonable. The public gets it, instantly. But mainstream media, and the Westminster Bubble of which it is a part, appear to struggle.
Oh well. That's their problem. Bring on that earthquake Nigel.
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