"I must be big – I now need bodyguards"
A coment that displays the illogic and vanity of Farage. He needed protection in Scotland because there he is an unpopular man saying unpopular things. Surely Mr Charisma needs no bodyguards in his home counties' citadel! It will be costing someone, not NF, a packet to provide this vanity cover.
I gather that in the same piece Farage admits that many of the UKIP party hierarchy all of whom were appointed by Farage himself flawed characters. Its another example of his illogical reasoning that led to Andreasen and Bannerman being put high on UKIP slates. Its a long list of names of those deemed wanting by Farage. Come April 2014 there will be a cull of current and wannabe UKIP MEPs. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth but he/she who has progressed in UKIP by sucking up to NF will perish by their uncritical adulation. Worse these talentless sycophants have facilitated Farage purging people of talent and integrity from UKIP. That's why UKIP has such a huge policy vacuum.
So its no surprise to find UKIP so bereft of policies that Bloom suggests buying policies in. Alan Sked rightly points out this lays bare UKIP's intellectual bankruptcy for all the world to see. In other political parties its people of education, experience and talent who develop party policy. UKIP is singularly lacking in members fitting these criteria. I have written before how pathetic I found Bannerman's policy efforts. They were just a rag bag of old failed Tory manifesto commitments and completely without merit.
Current EUKIP policies are invariably not thought through, self contradictory and their only idea of costing is to say everything will be paid for by withdrawing from the EU and its regulatory burden. That will save some money but not nearly enough to pay for UKIP's uncosted wish list.
There are sure fire vote losers in UKIP's policy box particulary the reintroduction of grammar schools. In the old days for very child who got into a grammar nine did not. So UKIP gains one vote and loses nine. I would withdraw tax breaks from public schools which thanks to Cameron, Clegg and Osborne are very unpopular with most of the UK electorate and are only accessible to the wealthy and priveleged ie the Tories . That gains you a lot of votes, loses none , saves tax payers money and in the long run good for the country.
As Sked points out there is a place for a Eurosceptic party in the Centre Left ground where Blair won 3 elections. Thats where UKIP has to be to win. It can never be there with Farage and his collection of Tory rejects.