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    *google it.

    There’s much chat today about how important these results are for Ukip. Is it the earthquake Nigel Farage promised? Well, how does one define an earthquake. Some are pointing out that Ukip’s likely share of the vote – 22 per cent – is actually slightly down on 2013. Maybe, but the local results and the European results on Sunday will provide Nigel Farage and his party with a real bridgehead for 2015, in all sorts of ways. First, the European polls on Sunday will give Nigel Farage a much larger team of full-time paid MEPs from whom he can pick a front-bench team to relieve him of some of the burden of being a “one-man band” – perhaps 24 or so. True, he had around a dozen MEPs before (the figure kept fluctuating), but this time the Ukip high command has put a lot more effort into quality-control and tried to exclude oddballs and eccentrics. We will see how successful that has been. Second, the likely result on Sunday will provide Ukip with lots more money from the European parliament, up to 100 paid staff in one form or another and a network of regional offices. In short, a much stronger campaign infrastrucure. Under the rules, these resources are meant to be devoted solely to the parliamentary activities of MEPs. Again we’ll see about that. Third, more and more people are getting into the habit of voting Ukip. It’s become a regular, respectable thing to do. So Ukip’s European election vote this weekend may not crumble so readily as it did after the Euro elections of 2004 and 2009. Fourth, Ukip have rapidly been building up detailed canvass records of who their supporters are. These, in turn, can be used not just to garner votes, but to raise funds and recruit new members. The party has declared that this summer it expects to overtake the Liberal Democrats in membership numbers. It would not surprise me. Fifth, Ukip’s successes will put a lot more pressure on us broadcasters to include the party even more in our political coverage, up to and beyond the election. And it makes it all the harder to exclude Nigel Farage entirely from leaders’ TV debates. Sixth, each election gives Ukip more campaign experience. For example, several of the newly elected Ukip councillors in Rotherham today told me it was only after experience of the 2012 by-election there that they understood the importance of organising postal votes. This time they were a lot more organised to getting supporters to apply for postal votes and use them. And I think it unlikely that Ukip will ever again organise a carnival quite as chaotic as that in Croydon this week. Finally, today’s local election results, added to the results from 2013, give Ukip a detailed ward-by-ward guide map as to where their support and strength lies, and therefore the parliamentary seats they should “throw the kitchen sink at” over the coming year. Great Yarmouth, for example, and Rotherham. It’s simple really. Success breeds success. - See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/michael-cr....hUr2Y2qH.dpuf
    I voted UKIP.There's a surprise eh.

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    Seems like people in England are starting to have seconds thoughts....

    Or, knowing the English... First actual thoughts on the matter.

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    I think Farage has done a good job cleaning up the parties image. With the number of black and Asian candidates they ran, it's no longer possible to dismiss them with the race card. The way he publicly distanced UKIP from Le-Pen's FN was also a good move, I think in doing so he firmly established UKIP as a respectable libertarian party.

    What's interesting about UKIP is that they can appeal to typical Labour and Tory supporters. While they split the right-wing vote in Croydon and elsewhere, they've also ruffled some Labour feathers up in their northern strongholds by taking a big chunk of their usual voting base. UKIP of course appeal to working-class voters who feel alienated by Labour's liberal-lefty take on immigration, but would never dream of voting Conservative because of their historic antipathy towards them.

    As for what I personally think of them, I have mixed feelings. I like how they have shown some sympathy towards Christian values, and how they stand up for Britishness in Scotland and Northern Ireland. My main problem with them is their economic policies. I find certain welfare reforms by the Tories to be repulsive in the extreme (eg, enforced work placements at far below minimum wage), and would be scared that UKIP would continue down this path even further. I've only been on benefits for a couple of months worth in any given year (oh they joys of temp jobs), but still I feel I could never vote for UKIP for these reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsaneApache View Post
    *google it.

    I voted UKIP.There's a surprise eh.

    Discuss......
    They got you to vote?

    Well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gelatinous Cube View Post
    At the very least they'll dissolve into the mainstream and bend your "right" wing further to the right, like the Tea Party has nearly finished doing here. At the most they have a lot more potential than that comparison suggests since european politics are more conducive to upstart parties and coalitions.

    I don't really have too much of a political opinion on this one beyond academic curiosity.
    UKIP is not all that right wing - Farage is a proud and unreconstructed Tory but his party is primarily Nationalistic rather than idealogical in the traditional sense. Where UKIP are befitting is through a combination of the protest vote that has abandoned the Lib Dems and through "small c" conservatives who view the Tories as toxic due to Thatcher.

    It took the Green Party a couple of decades to convert a core vote into a single MP, Farage might do it next year, but he has to be very careful - he risks the prospect of having MP's in the Commons whilst not being there himself.
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    but still I feel I could never vote for UKIP for these reasons.
    The ONE and ONLY reason to vote UKIP is this.

    Do you believe in a right to self determination? So that you want your vote to count?

    or...

    Do you prefer your way of life to be dictated to by an appointed bureaucrat with no powers to remove him.

    RIP Tony Benn, I disagreed on everything he stood for except this....

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    That is all.
    There are times I wish they’d just ban everything- baccy and beer, burgers and bangers, and all the rest- once and for all. Instead, they creep forward one apparently tiny step at a time. It’s like being executed with a bacon slicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InsaneApache View Post
    Do you believe in a right to self determination? So that you want your vote to count?
    or...
    Do you prefer your way of life to be dictated to by an appointed bureaucrat with no powers to remove him.
    Is it UKIP's policy to eliminate the Civil Service now?
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    The last thing the UK needs is a bunch of libertarians running the show.
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    What does this mean for Scotland
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike For The South View Post
    What does this mean for Scotland
    Nothing, really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiaexz View Post
    Is it UKIP's policy to eliminate the Civil Service now?
    & the Monarchy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papewaio View Post
    & the Monarchy?
    I think it is more about wanting to tear up bilateral trade agreements with their own biggest exporter because some want to have one's cake and eat it too, then realise the irony when our partners can freely change regulations in discussions we are now not party to, nor can we longer opt-out, compromise or veto. We then have to grovel and have to follow said regulations regardless if we are to resume trade after our economic recovery plunges back into another depression.

    I guess they think the solution would be gunboat diplomacy with the military equivalent of a little-boy with a pea-shooter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiaexz View Post
    I think it is more about wanting to tear up bilateral trade agreements with their own biggest exporter because some want to have one's cake and eat it too, then realise the irony when our partners can freely change regulations in discussions we are now not party to, nor can we longer opt-out, compromise or veto. We then have to grovel and have to follow said regulations regardless if we are to resume trade after our economic recovery plunges back into another depression.

    I guess they think the solution would be gunboat diplomacy with the military equivalent of a little-boy with a pea-shooter.
    For that reason, UKIP are insane. I don't like many of the EU's foreign and social policies (they're a touch too interventionist for my taste). But, on the whole, and certainly in the most important areas, the EU is unbelievably integral to our well-being.

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    Funny: As a French living in UK, I can up-set a lot of UKIP followers just in agreeing with them when they say UK should never had joined the EU, UK is not European etc…
    Normally, at the end of the conversation, comes the sentence “if you are not happy in UK you can go back to France” (or alternative “why are you here?”) to which I answer: “I can’t! I married an English woman!” And the most funny is the sympathetic nod of understanding I’ve got then…

    Now, we see in the GB media the same thing I see in the French Media. UKIP didn’t win the election. Labour did in seats and Councils. But the media are going on and on with the UKIP.
    Like the Front National in France, the UKIP is a tool for the two main parties to keep power. UKIP as the Front National is a useless party.
    Their political platform can be summarised “anti-emigration”. Nor does Marine Le Pen or Nigel Farrage have a clue what to do in the unlucky event they get in power. They both support the system that destroyed the population and the jobs in both countries. They are both the Capitalist guard-dog, or the Dark Menace of the Lord Sith that will help the 2 main political streams (which have the same economic policy) to herd the voters not to vote for others parties that might advocate for other economical/political solution.

    Let's recap the UKIP Earthquake:
    UKIP: 157 seats
    Labour: 1891 seats
    Con: 1259 seats
    LD: 404 seats.

    So how much on Richter's scale?
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    So how much on Richter's scale?
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    I'd vote for a party that supports UK self-determination by helping the UK leave the EU but I don't think we have such a party.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiaexz View Post
    I think it is more about wanting to tear up bilateral trade agreements with their own biggest exporter because some want to have one's cake and eat it too, then realise the irony when our partners can freely change regulations in discussions we are now not party to, nor can we longer opt-out, compromise or veto. We then have to grovel and have to follow said regulations regardless if we are to resume trade after our economic recovery plunges back into another depression.

    I guess they think the solution would be gunboat diplomacy with the military equivalent of a little-boy with a pea-shooter.
    two problems with this:

    1. No actual evidence being in the UK improves trade.

    2. The issue is not the trade regulations, it's the social policies.

    You're talking out of the side of your mouth, just the different side to the racists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philipvs Vallindervs Calicvla View Post
    two problems with this:

    1. No actual evidence being in the UK improves trade.

    2. The issue is not the trade regulations, it's the social policies.

    You're talking out of the side of your mouth, just the different side to the racists.
    I presume you mean being in the EU improves trade. Whatever you mean, IIRC the EU bloc is by some distance the biggest trade partner the UK has, and certainly the biggest we'll have without contributing massively to carbon emissions. On that basis, we'll need to have trade agreements of some kind with other EU countries, whether we're part of it or not. If we're part of the EU, we get a say. If we're not, we'll need to have those trade agreements anyway, but they'll push the rest of the package along without us having any say whatsoever (compare with what John Major did at Maastricht). If we don't like social regulations, we can, and have, leave out some of it without losing our say in the rest of the package. If we're in the EU.

    I prefer to have as little government in my life as possible. But I recognise there is need for it, and given a choice between big government and no government, big government wins out every time. Within a democracy, even in a representative one, I get to have some say should I care to do so. I prefer that to pretending to be out of it, but being affected by it anyway because I don't really live outside it. I respect those politicians who face this reality and don't try to dilute it for me. Whatever their failings, they face reality head on and try to cope with it as well as they can. I don't respect politicians who draw a divide between one or the other as though one of the choices is practical. It's not, and if they say so, they're either deluded and shouldn't be anywhere near anything that governs, or they're lying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a completely inoffensive name View Post
    The last thing the UK needs is a bunch of libertarians running the show.
    Couldn't disagree more. UKIP is just sane. The EU is deeply undemocratic, could also make a case for the EU being downright fascist.

    Go UKIP, have one on me

    Europian elections are an illusion of democracy. Everything has already been decided by unelected eurocrats. As Pat Condel nicely put it, sitting with a toy wheel in the backseat pretending you are actually driving. I am really glad with people like Nigel Farrage and his UKIP party. Geert Wilders is too stupid, he's not of any use. Farrage however is an abolute boss.

    Needs a little edit, 25% of the Dutch simply wants to leave the EU, about 50% doesn't care, the amount of people actually want more Europe is pretty damn low. These are just numbers of course. But 'we' already made it very clear what we think of the EU a few years back. Democracy, such an inconfedience for eurocrats.
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    So aside from the usual ukip fight, what was this thread supposed to be about again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyblades View Post
    So aside from the usual ukip fight, what was this thread supposed to be about again?
    About you. Why wouldn't want to know why you did it, we want to understand your motivations.

    She didn't deserve that if you ask me. If you had just punched her I could have understood, but this, geez. Who would do such a thing.
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    Who would do such a thing.
    Well your father did it at least once so it wasn't completly unprecidented
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyblades View Post
    Well your father did it at least once so it wasn't completly unprecidented
    But she wasn't twelve, she had a whole life ahead of her, she wanted to become a ballerina. How could you do such a thing, all she wanted was to dance. And you ruined it.

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    Huh, kids growing up faster and faster these days. Although, I distinctly remember you being running around at the time, If I really did do it when your mother was twelve I think you need to have a talk with your father.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyblades View Post
    Huh, kids growing up faster and faster these days. Although, I distinctly remember you being running around at the time, If I really did do it when your mother was twelve I think you need to have a talk with your father.
    In psycholigy we call these things projection, it's an odd but fascinating mechanism, the human brain is equiped with remarkeble defense mechanisms. You might think my mother was twelve but she is 67.

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    Yo momma insults just fly over your head, dont they.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pannonian View Post
    I presume you mean being in the EU improves trade. Whatever you mean, IIRC the EU bloc is by some distance the biggest trade partner the UK has, and certainly the biggest we'll have without contributing massively to carbon emissions. On that basis, we'll need to have trade agreements of some kind with other EU countries, whether we're part of it or not. If we're part of the EU, we get a say. If we're not, we'll need to have those trade agreements anyway, but they'll push the rest of the package along without us having any say whatsoever (compare with what John Major did at Maastricht). If we don't like social regulations, we can, and have, leave out some of it without losing our say in the rest of the package. If we're in the EU.
    Pretty much what I mentioned.

    On another revolutionary step, I will say this. Having the European Union not be democratically accountable and invested as what some of the critics say, actually helps British nationalistic interest, because within the current system, being basically one of the 'big three' Britain has a vastly disappropriate influence within the European Trading bloc which is why France didn't want Britain to join in the beginning because of the dominance. It is why talks such as Merkel and Cameron at Downing Street are as high profile as they are.

    So leaving the Union like some of the national sentiments want actually hinders and damages nationalistic self-interest compared to staying within the current status quo.

    Admittedly, that does mean that me, who is wanting a more democratic and accountable EU is in a position of eroding Britain's nationalistic self-interest, but then, I am not a nationalist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiaexz View Post
    Pretty much what I mentioned.

    On another revolutionary step, I will say this. Having the European Union not be democratically accountable and invested as what some of the critics say, actually helps British nationalistic interest, because within the current system, being basically one of the 'big three' Britain has a vastly disappropriate influence within the European Trading bloc which is why France didn't want Britain to join in the beginning because of the dominance. It is why talks such as Merkel and Cameron at Downing Street are as high profile as they are.

    So leaving the Union like some of the national sentiments want actually hinders and damages nationalistic self-interest compared to staying within the current status quo.

    Admittedly, that does mean that me, who is wanting a more democratic and accountable EU is in a position of eroding Britain's nationalistic self-interest, but then, I am not a nationalist.
    As the polar opposites of EU integration and UKIP continue saying their piece, my respect for the underrated John Major grows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pannonian View Post
    As the polar opposites of EU integration and UKIP continue saying their piece, my respect for the underrated John Major grows.
    I agree their position is a middle-ground of self-interest which makes 'sense' and has logic behind it. I might not agree with it personally, but it is easier to understand than the naivety in some of the other positions.

    I once called it the 'Furunculus Position', many years ago. Where you couldn't argue or fault the logic behind their position, you could only argue the ideology.

    Always a good position to debate against. It really tests your own arguments to put forward convincing cases.
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    Yo momma insults just fly over your head, dont they.
    That wasn't smart or funny. You leave me no other choice, I am going to call your mom and tell her you suck. I think she should know.

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    I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
    Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
    The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
    That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
    The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
    The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

    And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
    Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
    We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
    Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
    And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
    And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace
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