FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER We re­flect what REAL peo­ple are think­ing

STRAIGHT TALK­ING

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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.

Luvvies

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

EU­GE­NIE BOUCHARD

LUCY WAT­SON

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