The British independence party is UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party. Back in May they won 24 seats on the European Parliament out of 73. This is was a significant message because UKIP hates the European Union.
Now it looks like UKIP is about to win an unprecedented victory over Prime Minister David Cameron. According to the Daily Mail: “Cameron faces Ukip by-election bloodbath: Party set to win first Commons seat after shock poll reveals Farage’s staggering 44-point lead over the Tories.”
Ukip are set to win their first Commons seat with a landslide 64 per cent of the vote following the biggest swing in modern political history.
Turncoat MP Douglas Carswell is set to humiliate David Cameron at the Clacton by-election sparked by his defection, a Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday has revealed.
The figures – the first test of public opinion since the politician rocked Westminster by defecting to Nigel Farage’s party – predict a record 48 point swing towards Ukip.
And they put the anti-Brussels party a staggering 44 percentage points ahead of Mr Carswell’s former party in the Essex constituency.
Let me repeat the words in case you missed them: “the biggest swing in modern political history.”
While I didn’t like everything Carswell said in the video below, his claims that the Conservative Party’s leadership was not actually Conservative certainly seemed similar to what Tea Party conservatives have experience in the Republican Party.
Mr Carswell’s astonishing 64 per cent appears to be a reflection of a combination of enormous local personal support for him – and for Ukip.
Of those who intend to vote Ukip, two-thirds said that they would do so because they liked the party, and one in three because they like Mr Carswell. Fewer than one in ten said it was to protest against the Government. Fewer than one in five Tory supporters in Clacton believe he has ‘betrayed’ the party – half hail him as a hero.
Mr Farage is close to being the most popular party leader in Clacton, polling 25 from all voters, one point behind Mr Cameron on 26.
Half or more agreed with the statements that Mr Cameron is ‘too keen’ on staying in the EU; refuses to ‘shake up the Westminster clique’; has lost control of the UK’s borders; should cut both spending and tax; and should bring in new laws to make it easier for voters to sack MPs in between general elections.
Likewise, the residents of Clacton, which is opposite the Belgian coast, heartily agree with Mr Carswell’s determination to cut the UK’s ties with Brussels. A total of 54 per cent say the UK should go it alone, more than twice the number who want to stay in the EU.
Immigration is by far the biggest issue in Clacton. Nearly half say it is their main concern, followed by Europe on 13 per cent, cost of living six, jobs five and health three.
I can’t help but wonder if we dare consider the changes in the UK a sign of hope for the United States. I know it is perfectly possible the countries could go in opposite directions. But I also remember that somehow Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan rose to power at roughly the same time. If the British populace is getting weary of seeing their government compromise their nation’s sovereignty it is possible we will see the same attitude here.
We can at least pray for such an outcome.