FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER We reflect what REAL people are thinking
LAST week my party got its first MP elected in Clacton-on-Sea.
And it wasn’t just any old victory – it was a stonking one with Douglas Carswell getting elected with the biggest swing in political history!
On the same day, I was about 250 miles north at another by-election in Middleton and Heywood, where we just missed out on taking the seat from Labour by a mere 617 votes.
This result is astonishing if you consider that UKIP’s score rose from 3% in 2010 to a massive 39% in 2014.
There is something happening out there on doorsteps, reflected by the fact that one poll at the weekend had the party on 25% for the next general election.
The political class is now officially rattled. They are scrambling about trying to find out what makes UKIP so attractive to people from all backgrounds.
Well, to start with, I think the answer is pretty simple – they should just look in the mirror and it will be looking straight back.
One thing I find when out campaigning and knocking on doors in working class communities is that people are fed up with politics and don’t trust politicians.
The one sentence you hear more than any other is, “They’re all the same”.
And you know what? On the whole they’re right, because most politicians ARE the same.
They’re born into the same class, go to the same schools, attend the same universities and then follow the same career path – which generally leaves out the bit of ever having a proper job – and hey presto they’re an MP.
The next most popular sentence I hear is, “They’re not like us” – and again the perceptive people of working class England are spot on because politicians, even those from poorer backgrounds, seem to do their utmost to appear anything but working class.
As a proud Liverpudlian, when I first started appearing on radio and TV, I was offered elocution lessons – to which I politely told the person involved where to shove them. Why would I want to hide who I am or where I’m from?
By far the worst for this is the Labour Party, which has been hijacked by a bunch of upper middle-class London luvvies who look down their noses at the very people the party of the workers is meant to represent.
I really can’t see Ed Miliband or Chuka Umunna sitting down for a pint of bitter in a working man’s club – unless it was for a stage-managed photo shoot.
They now all look like robots in shiny suits programmed to never give a straight answer to a straight question.
And that is why people are turning to UKIP.
We talk straight, we tell it how it is and we reflect what real people are actually thinking.
Okay, we might not be as polished as some of the other politicians from the older parties, and we might put our foot in it every now and then.
But you know what? That’s what I think people like about us – and it’s something the others will never understand.
LAUREN GOODGER JOURDAN
DUNN SYLVIE VAN DER VAART