What should be UKIP’s night of triumph at the European elections next week could yet be spoiled, pollsters have warned. Although the latest poll gives UKIP a 31% share of the vote and rapidly gaining more from both Tory and Labour voters, Nigel Farage is privately worried that a proliferation of small parties virtually indistinguishable from each other in the limited brains of his target audience could yet spell disaster for the regressive cause.
‘In the West Midlands alone, there’s more of them standing them than mainstream parties like UKIP,” said Farage. ‘“An Independence from Europe” with the strapline “UK Independence Now”, that sounds a bit too like us. And the English Democrats could easily confuse UKIP supporters in Surrey who aren’t quite aware that England and the UK aren’t one and the same or think that we want Scotland to be independent. We don’t, do we? No, just checking. I like shortbread, after all.'
Farage has also condemned the opportunism of some of the other slates. The BNP, he said, has cynically switched from overt racism to just being anti-EU and anti-Islamist when UKIP’s star began to rise. “No2EU” is also standing for workers’ rights and against the EU, while another is demanding “Zero Immigration, Anti-EU, Pro-Jobs” while calling itself the “Harmony Party”, which could introduce many vulnerable UKIP supporters to the concept of irony.
'Fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists, the lot of them,' said Farage.