Douglas Carswell

07 JAN 2013

How not to deal with UKIP

Apparently the strategists who decide these things have come up with a cunning plan. With UKIP polling 10 – 15 percent in the polls, they have hit upon a clever wheeze.

What they propose to do, apparently, is to explain to any one inclined to vote UKIP that doing so will let Labour in. I can hear it now "Don't do it! A vote for UKIP will only let Miliband win".

This sounds like flawless logic if you spend most of your time in SW1. Or if, like most Westminster strategists, you have never actually fought and won an election in a swing seat.

But those of us who have will spot one fundamental flaw; voters so despise politicians, imploring someone not to vote for "X" in case it lets in "Y", is a pretty certain way of guaranteeing their support for "X".

What better way to annoy some politicians, eh?  "You mean it will make them very cross, eh?"

No. Having retaken for the Conservatives in 2005 a seat where one in ten people once voted for UKIP's precursor, the Referendum Party, I think the only effective way to deal with UKIP is to campaign for an In / Out referendum.

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