Detailed examination of the election results reveals that UKIP deprived the Vichy Tories of victory in 21 seats. That is a psephological fact: it is incontrovertible. Tory spinners have tried hard, claiming that in those seats where the UKIP vote was larger than the Labour or Liberal Democrat majority over the Tory candidate, those were not necessarily ex-Conservative votes. True, a few of them may have come from elsewhere. But any respectable political analyst will confirm that the majority of UKIP votes come from disillusioned Tories. In the 21 seats in question, the UKIP vote was so much larger than the majority that there can be no doubt it was alienated Conservatives who cost Dave his victory. (...)
So, here we have a party with fewer than one million voters in a Westminster context, which has no seat in the House of Commons and may never win one, but holds the fate of one of the two great parties of state in its hands. Before the election it was extremely difficult to see how the egregious Dave could be stopped in his lemming stampede to liquidate true Toryism. Now his opponents know how. If every disaffected Tory votes for UKIP for the foreseeable future, Dave’s goose is cooked.
Comenté el programa del UKIP en este artículo para Factual: El bluf del cambio. Era mi opción preferida en las elecciones británicas, junto con la abstención. Farage, su político estrella, quedó tercero en su circunscripción.