Ms James stellar performance at Eastleigh shows the two requirements for a successful UKIP campaign are a good presentable normal candidate electors like and can identify with plus a concentration on the problems EU immigration is, and will, cause for ordinary people and their families social housing, school places for their children and jobs for themselves and their families. All these are under threat from unlimited EU immigration plus the burden they place on welfare benefits that they have not contributed to but claim for themselves and their children who may not even be resident in the UK!
Jo Co on the Daily Politics revealed that every week Cameron gets the results of an opinion poll reporting what the great British public are most worried about. She reported that over the last 40 weeks immigration has topped the poll every week but one. Its that important and its the big issue that arises directly from our EU membership.
UKIP also had a lot of troops on the ground in Eastleigh. It cannot mount that sort of effort over all 2000 or so county seats. UKIP must concentrate its effort in its strongest areas where it can mobilise most troops but they have to be backing a good candidate and concentrate on immigration where the three main parties are vulnerable. The candidate has to link immigration to every possible local issue but it has to be done in a cool factual way with as little emotion as possible. Mrs James did and every UKIP candidate should try and emulate her cool style. It works.
Which areas? The ones that satisfy the above criteria but its as important to avoid areas with known eccentrics like monarchist fanatics. Let them go and wave union jacks when her majesty visits. It has no place in modern political elections Even more so no Islamophobes or other closet racists. The media will seek out these people and portray them as main stream. A nutter makes good TV but bad politics!
I have already had the LibDem and Tory leaflets but no UKIP. Why is that? Lack of footsoldiers. You cannot win without the footsoldiersI something EUKIP quafing in the brasseries of Brussels does not get. To succeed UKIP needs a leader based in the UK, preferably Mrs James.
Well done to Lawrence Webb winning a council seat in Havering for an interesting party UKIP Local Residents. Now how did he get that party name past the Electoral Commission? He is a good guy and not a sycophant. Indeed I recall the Fuerher being displeased with him possibly because he was close to Gerard Batten. No matter, Mr Webb won and lets hope many more do on 2nd May including Mr Bridgeman.