Thursday, 3 April 2014

Farage, UKIP & the White Working-Class

LAST night's exchange between Nigel Farage of UKIP and Nick Clegg of the Lib-Dems was a mainly unremarkable encounter.  I thought the result was fairly even, but the public poll by YouGov gave the UKIP leader the best performance among 68% of viewers against 27% for Clegg.

Mr Farage's claim last night that the white working-class have been abandoned by the main stream politicians will be a telling factor in the forthcoming EU elections.  With the rise of the far right in France, it would seem that UKIP will score well in those elections.

It is not yet clear how this will effect future elections such as the General Election in the UK in 2015.  For the moment though talk and interest in the pubs among the white working-class favours Farage and UKIP. 

1 comment:

El Cabra said...

Success for UKIP could let the Tories in in 2015, given that of the 10 most UKIP friendly seats in the country, eight are Labour, such as Ed Miliband's Doncaster north.It was said recently that UKIP is the most working-class dominated party since Michael Foot's Labour in 1983. Support is weak among women, the finacially secure, the young, ethnic minority voters, and white-collar professionals. It draws it support for the so-called left behinds - white, blue-collar, grey hair, working-class men. Farrage may says he's all for the English working-class, but he's a Thatcherite neo-Liberal through and through. And if we wern't in Europe, as UKIP would like, they would have us in that other trading block NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement.