UK's anti-EU party flags shock ahead for political landscape

LONDON Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:05pm GMT

Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nigel Farage walks outside the EU Parliament ahead of an interview with Reuters in Brussels February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nigel Farage walks outside the EU Parliament ahead of an interview with Reuters in Brussels February 12, 2014.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, warned on Friday that his anti-EU party could cause a major upset in British politics by scoring a victory over established rivals at European elections later this year.

Such a result would act as a springboard for UKIP's national election campaign next year, helping the party win a "good number" of seats in the British parliament, Farage said.

UKIP has drawn voters away from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party by tapping Britons' scepticism over the benefits of European Union membership.

UKIP, running a campaign to end "open-door immigration" and to withdraw from the EU, has nine elected representative in the European Parliament but has never won a seat in the British parliament.

Speaking to a conference of party activists ahead of European elections on May 22, Farage said UKIP could cause the "biggest shock" in modern British political history by winning more EU seats than any of Britain's three main parties.

"We can top those polls, and if we top those polls it will then gives us the momentum to drive us forward to the general elections a year after that," Farage said.

"It is not inconceivable that a good number of UKIP people can be elected to the Commons in 2015, but it will only happen if we effectively clear this hurdle on May 22nd."

An opinion poll last month on voting intentions at the European elections showed Farage's party finishing in second place behind Britain's opposition Labour party but ahead of the Conservatives.

Support for UKIP in opinion polls for national elections has risen from around 3 percent in 2010 to about 13 percent in the latest surveys.

That puts UKIP in third place behind Labour who are on 38 percent and the ruling Conservatives with 33 percent but ahead of the coalition-government's junior partner, the Lib Dems with 10 percent.

(Reporting by William James, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)

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willowpattern wrote:
I really like the cool and realistic determination of Nigel Farage. He only has to keep stating the FACTS about immigration and the downsides of our membership of the EU to win heavily in the May elections.

Feb 28, 2014 4:56pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
furbianUK wrote:
With UKIP on the rise the likes of me can look forward to, despite being British born and bred, being referred to as a black bas*ard, a pak! a n1gger etc. who needs to go back ‘home’, just like the previous four decades of my life, as the press gives this merchant of hate the air of publicity he need to keep his message of hate alive.

I know full well it’s the likes of me that make this country ‘look’ unrecognisable to him, not the recent arrivals from the EU, they have the same complexion, unless he’s an expert at recognising Slavic features.

Yes I goad hate merchants like him by making a point to speak to my wife in the language, that belongs to the country where my parents were born, when we are in public. It’s also more romantic than English, something that’s lost on hatemongers. We’ve even, shock horror, taught it our children. Why disappoint those who don’t like the colour of my skin, they may as well dislike how I dress and speak too. Oh as for ‘the burden’ many may feel the country is being subject to for having to cope with ‘foreign’ language speakers like me, worry not, our English is better than most of the country’s citizens, I am even paid part time to write for a Russell Group University, which also awarded me one my degrees some time back, and my daughter writes English poetry. His keen ear for which language people converse in pretty much confirms his obsession with how people confirm to his racist and bigoted world view. Why is it his business how my family communicate with each other? I can imagine how he thinks we should ‘behave’, “UKIP supporters about, do not use any words that are not English please, in fact even avoid those that have foreign roots like typhoon from Arabic etc. or you’ll be the person their leader will be referring to in the papers tomorrow as someone making the country unrecognisable to him.”

Obviously he needs to keep this alive for my children to be subjected to the same treatment I had. How does he purpose to make the bits of Britain made unrecognisable by the likes of me to be more to his liking? Have my skin bleached, removed maybe? Take away my nationality and dump me in the country where my parents were born, in the case of my children who also contribute to the country being made unrecognisable to him, where their grandparents were born? On the spot fines for not being caught not speaking in English, or just for being out and about?

As for the ‘no go area’s jibe, for the likes of me vast swathes of the country have been and will probably always be ‘no go areas’, going for a walk to where I was schooled will result in barrage of racist abuse followed by a good beating if one who’s not the same skin colours hangs around too long, and somehow a few chaps (now jailed) going around a few streets in London represents a national crises?

Feb 28, 2014 7:09pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
furbianUK wrote:
With UKIP on the rise the likes of me can look forward to, despite being British born and bred, being referred to as a black bas*ard, a pak! a n1gger etc. who needs to go back ‘home’, just like the previous four decades of my life, as the press gives this merchant of hate the air of publicity he need to keep his message of hate alive.

I know full well it’s the likes of me that make this country ‘look’ unrecognisable to him, not the recent arrivals from the EU, they have the same complexion, unless he’s an expert at recognising Slavic features.

Yes I goad hate merchants like him by making a point to speak to my wife in the language, that belongs to the country where my parents were born, when we are in public. It’s also more romantic than English, something that’s lost on hatemongers. We’ve even, shock horror, taught it our children. Why disappoint those who don’t like the colour of my skin, they may as well dislike how I dress and speak too. Oh as for ‘the burden’ many may feel the country is being subject to for having to cope with ‘foreign’ language speakers like me, worry not, our English is better than most of the country’s citizens, I am even paid part time to write for a Russell Group University, which also awarded me one my degrees some time back, and my daughter writes English poetry. His keen ear for which language people converse in pretty much confirms his obsession with how people confirm to his racist and bigoted world view. Why is it his business how my family communicate with each other? I can imagine how he thinks we should ‘behave’, “UKIP supporters about, do not use any words that are not English please, in fact even avoid those that have foreign roots like typhoon from Arabic etc. or you’ll be the person their leader will be referring to in the papers tomorrow as someone making the country unrecognisable to him.”

Obviously he needs to keep this alive for my children to be subjected to the same treatment I had. How does he purpose to make the bits of Britain made unrecognisable by the likes of me to be more to his liking? Have my skin bleached, removed maybe? Take away my nationality and dump me in the country where my parents were born, in the case of my children who also contribute to the country being made unrecognisable to him, where their grandparents were born? On the spot fines for not being caught not speaking in English, or just for being out and about?

As for the ‘no go area’s jibe, for the likes of me vast swathes of the country have been and will probably always be ‘no go areas’, going for a walk to where I was schooled will result in barrage of racist abuse followed by a good beating if one who’s not the same skin colours hangs around too long, and somehow a few chaps (now jailed) going around a few streets in London represents a national crises?

Feb 28, 2014 7:09pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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