In an article out today A. Millar looks at the Conservative Party of today and wonders where it is going and what it is, at heart for.
His conclusion should encourage UKIP supporters no end, but also poses the party a challange.Essentially is UKIP up to taking up a bigger role?
Aruging that it is the Conservatives failings, notthe Lib/Dems activities that is causing Cameron and the Government problems he says,
In power just over a year, the Conservative-LibDem coalition Government has more or less continued the policies of the much-detested former Labour Government. It is not worse, perhaps; it is simply that there has been no discernable positive change. Yet, to blame the LibDems is merely to shift the blame. The Conservatives dominate the coalition. They would also have won a historic number of seats in Parliament had they discussed the substantive issues, and promised essentially conservative measures, during the election campaign.
Of course this goes against the CCO spun narrative, that the Tory party must move to the centre, while ignoring its base. But it has purchase as millions ofthose who thnk of themselves as tribal Conservativbes see their own party wandering off into the muddled middle.
After more than a year in power, the verdict on the Conservative Party is damning. For those who support Israel; who believe the UK should withdraw from the EU; who believe in law and order and strong military deterrence; who want to see immigration cut and the English treated fairly, there is simply no possibility of supporting the party as it currently exists under David Cameron.
Historically this didn't matter, after all where could the disgruntled Tory voter go. Millar points out that there is now a vessel to hold those votes.
This is something that the United Kingdom Party's leader, Nigel Farage, understands. He believes that his party will not only pick up the protest vote (which has previously gone in large part to the LibDems), but will continue to pick up more Conservative votes, as the party's faithful realize that they have elected merely a version of New Labour.
Of course this requires UKIP to be able to move up a gear and become relevant across a whole platform of policies but the prize is great,
Although Farage's message will resonate with some former Labour and LibDem supporters, it is clear that he has set his sights on disgruntled conservatives who had naively looked on Cameron as the last best hope to revive England. Many had already realized that, under his leadership, the Conservatives had turned into little more that a version of New Labour, and had defected prior to the election.The challange is their and the prize is nothing less than our countries freedom.
In 2010 the UKIP vote cost the Conservatives ten seats and an outright majority. Farage is clearly aiming for more than that in the next election. He wants to win seats and to replicate the success his party has had in EU elections, and in local and UK national elections. "If you're a patriotic, Euro-skeptic, Conservative voter," Farage announced at the annual conference, "under David Cameron you're party has now ceased to exist. If you want to vote for what you believe in, you must come and vote UKIP."
If Cameron wants to prove Farage wrong, time is running out.