She was on This Week last night and was caught out by the very clever Portillo and even the less clever Tom Watson. It was no contest between choo-choo Portillo a former cabinet minister and student of Starkey's at Cambridge and an ex-Tory local councillor. Ms Evans appears to be a presentable well spoken woman but she is clearly not clever enough to take on Portillo and no where near precise enough in her use of language.
She kept referring back to Wislon's 'fixed' as she put it 1975 referendum. Her imprecision was seized upon by Portillo and Watson whilst the LibDem lady tittered at LaEvans discomfort. She spoke as if talking to Farage in the pub. That's OK for UKIP meetings and rallies but comes unstuck when dealing with the well informed like Andrew Neil. Her moan about the financial imbalance in 1975 fell on deaf ears. That's politics ducky. You won't change it and if you don't like it you should not have joined.
Her charm also did not work on the others. Her joke about if you went to bed with either Cam or Milliband you would wake up with Juncker was too obvious a prepared line and fell a bit flat.She is just too much the second division ex-Tory and in my personal opinion lacks the freshness of Diane James, UKIPs other leading lady.
Still it could have been worse. Thank goodness it was not Jill Seymour or Lisa Duffy!
There are now 6 UKIP women MEPs. Clearly UKIP are going for the wimmin's vote. Their big problem in doing that is women see through Farage. His bloke in the pub with a pint and a fag outside just does not appeal to the ladies. The rest of UKIP's leading males are hardly the answer to a maiden's or ex-Tory ladiies prayer. Time to bow out Mr F. Take a leaf out of Alex Salmond's book and let Mrs James or Ms Evans be leader. UKIP will have a much better chance in 2015 with a female lead after all more than half the voters are women!
Dave & Sam in Private Eye