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It occurs to me that the UKIP may be the best thing to have happened to British politics in a long time. With luck they'll split the euroskeptic Tory vote enough to ensure some decent LibDem gains this election.

I'm not going to exhort people to vote today. Apathy is its own reward.
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the_whybird From: the_whybird Date: May 5th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I prefer: "Veritas: Making the Monster Raving Loony Party redundant."
angusabranson From: angusabranson Date: May 5th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with your statement about UKIP. I've been hoping for them to stay in one piece long enough to have an impact on this election by taking away Tory voters. Although I also expect BNP to get more votes this time round too although Veritas is an oddball. I feel they'll be dead in the water as both UKIP and BNP have higher profiles.

Either way it's good to have a number of right-wing parties splitting the votes and opening the way for a few new centre and left wing candidates to enter Parliament.

I won't be surprised if we do actually see at least one UKIP MP by tomorrow morning though.
ewx From: ewx Date: May 5th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It wouldn't surprise me to see the BNP vote, such as it is, wiped out; certainly they were complaining earlier in the campaign that "they [i.e. the Tories] are thinking what we're thinking". Apparently much the same has happened before...
lanfykins From: lanfykins Date: May 5th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
My take on the current political situation is that what's happened is that several years ago New Labour stole a march on the Tories by shifting sufficiently far right to grab a load of their voters.

The Tories then didn't know how to respond and fell apart.

ewx From: ewx Date: May 5th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd agree with the first half. I think that the stresses of the final years of the Major government meant that the Conservative party was in for a prolonged period of internal strife and electoral failure in any case, whatever the immediate cause, though. Hague should have waited it out rather than aiming straight for the top; IDS was just a hopeless loon; Howard could probably make them electable but IMV hasn't yet and even if he does he might well not personally reap the rewards of it (i.e. I think he is their Neil Kinnock).
fanf From: fanf Date: May 5th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
What would a Howard/Kinnock hybrid mutant look like?
triskellian From: triskellian Date: May 5th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Argh! Apostrophe! It hurts my eyes!

sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: May 5th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry. Must stop posting in the morning. Normally I'm pretty rigorous about that. Fixed now.
triskellian From: triskellian Date: May 5th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only teasing. You put apostrophes wherever you like, dear ;-)
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: May 5th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like to put them where they belong, and not where they don't. I deserve mockery for it.
triskellian From: triskellian Date: May 5th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, well, if you insist...

<points and laughs>
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