UKIP Conservative Coalition

Ukip leader is open to coalition with Tories

Tuesday 17th July 2012, 11:37AM BST.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the Dormston Sports and Arts Centre in Sedgley
Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the Dormston Sports and Arts Centre in Sedgley
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage used a visit to the Black Country to raise the possibility of forming a coalition with the Conservatives after the next election.
Recent opinion polls have seen Ukip in third place, ahead of the Liberal Democrats, although they are now back in fourth place. Mr Farage said he would join forces with the Tories, in exchange for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. He addressed a meeting of around 200 people in Sedgley at the Dormston Sports and Arts Centre last night.
It came just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg renewed their pledge to work as a coalition government during a visit to Smethwick.
Mr Farage, aged 48, yesterday delivered a letter to Downing Street challenging the Prime Minister to a debate on whether or not to give Britain a referendum on EU membership. But he said: “If he gave me a free and fair referendum I would do a deal with anyone, possibly the devil himself.”
He said he believed the party could see its first MP elected at the 2015 General Election and was expecting to increase its number of MEPs in 2014.
The party won two of the six West Midlands seats at the European elections in 2009 although one of its members, Nikki Sinclaire, now sits as an independent after falling out with Ukip.
Mr Farage said: “The EU costs us £51 million a day. Its regulations and environmental legislation are damaging employment prospects because it encourages manufacturing to be transferred out of this country to the rest of the world.”
Mr Cameron has ruled out a straight in-out referendum on Europe but is open to the idea of a public vote once stability has returned to the eurozone.

TAP.  Farage is right.  A vote for UKIP which sends support into the teens forces the end of the Lib Dem coalition, and the seeking of an alternative coalition partner.  Farage needs MPs though.  He needs regional strongpoints, and not a marzipan layer of votes across the country.  (to use one of his own phrases).  Where is UKIP’s regional strongpoint?

Or he needs a mass resignation of Conservative MPs.  They talk of one or two crossing over, as they have done in the Lords and in the EP.  But he needs twenty or thirty.  Conservative MPs stay inside the tent despite all the talk.  They resign the front bench occasionally and return to the backbenches, rather than abandon the gravy boat.  A mass desertion to UKIP at he Euro elections might trigger a big enough revolt.

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2 Responses to “UKIP Conservative Coalition”

  1. Paul says:

    You need people to vote for them first. I have decided to join UKIP just on the get us out of the EU standpoint, as I believe that would be the first battle we need to win to get our country back and after that the rest will hopefully follow. Add to that they are already starting to talk about the illegitemacy of the UN and the evils it perpetuates and Agenda 21 etc then any spotlight on UKIP and getting this information more into the public arena has to be good. Are they perfect, most definately not, are they the the best most organised chance we have here in the UK, probably yes, they represent the best chance to get issues out there so deserve more help and support. Well thats the way I am looking at it at the moment, but hope they don’t turn to the dark side.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, I hope Farage does not get another “cast Iron Guarantee”, because we all know what happens to Cast Iron, it breaks, thats why we stopped using it.

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