The UK Tea Party (aka-UKIP) held their party conference this week, and predictably ended up make a tit of themselves. Of course, as anyone who follows the antics of UKIP would know, theres nothing odd about this. But the problem for them this year is that their electoral success puts them right in the spot light and is now deemed newsworthy by the mainstream media.
Firstly there was the story of Nigel Farage and his behaviour back at school with accusations of him being a bully and a fascist, with stories of Farage marching around local villages at night singing Hitler youth songs. Now hes tried to put a brave face on it, claiming, oh its the sort of things kids always get up to…well maybe at the private school he went to. Cos in the school I went to the only kid who behaved like that was the sort of special needs psycho type who ultimately dropped out (in order to avoid being expelled) and is likely either living in a council flat right now or in prison.
The there was the Godfrey Blooms (of Bongo, Bongo land fame), the Partys chief whip who sits on a committee regarding equality who made his slutgate speech. When I first heard this story, I thought it was a miss communication, some Daily Mirror journalists taking things too far, but nope he did say it.
And this isnt even the worse of it. Other recent gaffes include members being caught out making racists comments, facists gestures, or posting images of themselves dressed up as nazis or calling for compulsory abortions for babies with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida.
Ultimately this is the problem with UKIP, as Ive discussed in prior posts they represent a lunatic fringe of the Tory party. And if anything the best thing the tories can do is quietly encourage the lunatics who are Tory in name only to leave the party and join UKIP, as the chances of them ever playing a significant role in any government are fairly slim.
Indeed there is a need for the conservatives to avoid the sort of corrosive lurch to the right that the US Republican party went through, as inevitably this led to the lunatics taking over the GOP asylum.
Take this clip, from back in 2010, from Bill Maher (a well-known US lefty) and his programme Real time. He actually praises David Cameron, despite him being a conservative for leading a party that can be conservative but theyre allowed to be sane. Or only in this country [The US] do we waste time debating about evolution or climate change or whether its okay to leave sick people dying in the street conservatives in England dont care about the 3Gs: god, guns and gays which tilt so many US elections.
There is a lesson in there for anyone with vaguely conservative views. The best case scenario for Miliband and Labour is for the sort of barmy antics of UKIP to now spread to the Tory party and wreck any chance they have of re-election.