October 8, 2005


UKIP rebuke for Tory challengers (BBBC, 10/08/05)

None of the Tory Party leadership candidates reflect the eurosceptic beliefs of most of its activists, the UK Independence Party is set to say.

UKIP leader Roger Knapman will accuse the Conservatives of "living in a political never-never land", at his party's annual conference in London. [...]

[W]hile UKIP MEP Nigel Farage acknowledged the party's fortunes had ebbed since the European elections, he said it was largely because issues like the euro and the EU constitution had slipped down the political agenda.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The difficulty is that because the euro has gone away as an issue and the constitution has gone away as an issue at the moment, people think there is no problem from the EU.

"Our job now is to show people they are implementing the constitution anyway, we have had Turkey talking about joining the EU and integration is pushing ahead quickly.

"UKIP is a very determined party. We are there, we are battling away and our time will come again."

Tony Blair having quashed the EU, by announcing Britain would vote on the constitution, UKIP needs to do more to get to the Right of at least the Tories, but there's plenty of room there. The reason to keep Britain out of Europe is to preserrve its own culture, so run on the historic identity of the nation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2005 9:11 AM

They could start a canpaign to abolish the metric system.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 8, 2005 10:35 AM

"Blair having quashed the EU" Not from what I've seen. Blair seems to be waiting to make his move to put Britain into the EU but the EU keeps coming up with bonehead moves that cause Blair to postpone. Blair wants Britain in the EU and will try again at some point.

Posted by: AWW at October 8, 2005 6:31 PM

No, it was Blair calling for a vote in Britain that officially killed it, forcing Labour to face the fact it could never pass:


That freed the French and others to vote it down and Britain not to bother voting on it.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 6:56 PM