Being a UKIP type chap there are comments one receives that are metronomic by their regularity. The one that I want to mention at this point is one that comes from Tory friends and acquaintances,
"By standing in this election, all you will do is let in the Labour/Lib Dem Party" (depending on location)
Of course this line of arguing is pure hokum. Anybody has the right to stand anywhere, as long as they have the requisite number of signatories, and in the case of Westminster elections sufficient funds for the deposit.
The argument goes along the lines of; if you take 2%, 5%, 10%, etc then that will mean that the non Tory candidate will get in, and they are worse than us.
Well the basic argument against this is very simple. If the Tories, or anybody else can provide a decent candidate, with a decent policy platform, no matter how many other people stand they will receive the requisite votes to win the seat. If they do not then people will vote for others. No party has the right to a vote, there are no such things as Tory, Labour, Lib Dem, UKIP, Green or Monster Raving Looney votes, there are just votes. These votes will go to the person thought most likely to do the job, or to the person deemed to have the best policies by the elector whose vote it is.
Why I am I blathering about this?
Well in the Northern Echo today, (Serving Southern County Durham no less), we have a reworking of the theme. But this time it is the Tories who are being denounced for having the temerity to stand by the Lib Dems.
He said: "They abandoned Wear Valley for the past 20 years, so what are they doing?
"Everybody in Wear Valley knows it is either Labour or Liberal Democrat. They could help Labour stay in control."
Conservative spokesman Jim Tague said: "We have a legitimate right to stand. We have some enthusiastic candidates, including some as young as 18 and 19, and we will fight a positive campaign."