I have been very despondent about UKIP's future but thought Nuttall made a good fist of launching and defending UKIP's election manifesto. It has some good policies that will appeal to the voters.
Here is the Daily Telegraph's summmary
The only own goal I can see is the call to
Replace first past the post with a proportional electoral system.
This is very dangerous as it will hand perpetual power to the Lib Dems who will have the balance of power in most futuire parliament. I see endlesss Nick Cleggs stretching into the future with a rock solid guaranteee he would have us back in the EU asap. I have a lot of time for Ms Evans who wrote UKIP's manifesto but it has to be carefullly nuanced and qualified other wise it hands power in perpetuity to the Lib Dems.
The other part of this call is
Abolish the House of Lords.
That is easy but what if anything to replace it with? More homework Ms Evans!
The other points are good vote winners as is Ms Evans who acquitted herself very well under an uncharacteristically petulant attack from Brillo on today's Daily politics.
I particularly like the commitment to scrap HS2. I would have added replace it with a
high speed trans - Pennnine link , Liverpool, Manc, Leeds/Hull Newcastle. That woul get lots of votes up North and generate a read Northern Powerhouse.
Otherwise its a very good manifesto and I congratulate Ms Evans on writing it. Its now time for UKIP to get out and sell it on the doorsteps an d I hope Mr Farage will do his bit in this task.
Here is the Labour supporting Daily Mirror aka Maguire press take on UKIP's manifesto
I hope the link below hits Nuttall's speech
A good speech from Nuttall hitting all the right points. UKIP got it right. I feel more cheerful now about UKIP's electoral prospects. It won't be good but it won't be a totall wipe out.