Yesterday Nigel Farage declared his candidacy for the leadership of UKIP. Why he resigned the leadership before the election is surely one question. What was going on with the party’s accountability with funds another. But with the media usually only capable of keeping one theme in its sights at a time, the current time must surely be favourable to Farage. His election day air crash has wiped the slate clean of all past misdemeanours, and permits him to appear as if in a fresh ‘crash-survivor’ costume for a new politico-drama. His theatricals of yore has as much relevance as a King Lear to a performance of Hamlet. This is a new season.
Since Major signed the Maastricht Treaty, there hasn’t been a moment when the people have been given a chance to say if they approved. The Conservatives were bitterly divided over the issue ever since, to the point that Cameron doesn’t want discussion of the topic. After all he has his work cut out sorting out the nation’s finances, before he can deal with more fundamental longer term issues. The coalition’s totally absorbed in fire-fighting.
The previous strategy of trying to back down for individual MPs who signed up with Better Off Out didn’t work. The EU Referendum Campaign provides a new mechanism and strategy option which was not there before. If Farage wins the leadership, let’s hope he adopts it as the way to lever the major parties into compliance, forcing the subject onto the major party agenda.
It was interesting that the EU Referendum Campaign was launched the same day that Farage threw his hat into the ring. Coincidence maybe, but a happy one, I would suggest. Here at last is a potential strategy which could win the day. Farage must surely go for it, if he wins the leadership of UKIP. It will be surprising if he doesn’t, after his miraculous escape from the crash, which nearly took out a very key figure in Britain’s eurosceptic movement, before his life’s work was complete.
WHO WE ARE on EUREF’s SITE – http://www.eureferendumcampaign.com/Who_we_are.html