Farage’s Resignation Bodes Ill

Do not cheer for Nigel Farage’s resignation for it bodes ill.
Farage proved himself to be a charismatic character with staunch fans and critics. His constant talk of common sense policies for ordinary, decent, people, his nostalgic patriotism, all while having a pint at a local pub made for excellent public relations. Leading a fringe right wing political party to prominence over euroscepticism, an issue which was a non starter not long ago, is impressive to say the least. For this policy to then be adopted by the Tories and used to cataclysmic consequence is outstanding. But someone with Farage’s persona may be able to make mountains out of mole hills he wouldn’t be able to lead a party to election victory, that requires a more subtly tact.
Last general election, 2015, UKIP garnered 3.8 million votes, the third highest. Labour were second with 9.3 million. The typical 3rd party, the Liberal Democrats, sat at a paltry 2.4 million after being utterly disembowelled after a coalition government with the Conservatives. The point is UKIP is going places and the recent referendum result could very well jump start them to main party politics. 
Farage stepping aside is the natural evolution for the party. Allowing a more middle ground, tactical, leader to tap into the northern Labour and southern Conservatives who voted Leave. Reiteration of ordinary people and nonsense politics will speak to them. Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall, MEP, Steven Wolfe, MEP, or Douglass Carswell, UKIP’s only MP, are the current favourites. Carswell has repeatedly said he wasn’t interested in the leadership position but Gove said the same and he is on track to lose the Conservative leadership contest.
While the most important UKIP policy has seen fruition, at least in referendum not necessarily in actuality, their other policies could very well attract voters from both major parties. UKIP describes itself as libertarian and has been described as classical liberalism with conservatism mixed in. Meaning it supports limited government & individual freedoms and national sovereignty & traditional social values. An odd mix of Lib Dem and Tory. However UKIP has the potential to appeal to a voter that neither the Lib Dems nor Tories could reach, typical Labour voters. Concerns with immigration being too easy and enacting a merit based system hard capped to 50’000 a year. Scrapping tax for anyone on minimum wage. Increasing the high tax band threshold to £45k and scrapping the 45% tax altogether. Advocating for Gibraltar to have an MP, repealing the Smoking Ban in pubs and supporting pubs. Shifting energy funding from renewable to nuclear. And a strengthening the NHS. 
These policies are aimed at a cross party electorate. It catches a group of typical Labour voter, typical Tory voter with tax policies while playing on the fear of immigration which has been so popular in recent times. Combine this with a middle ground, non-offensive leader, and continued talk of common sense policies for ordinary, decent people who are somewhat patriotic and you have a very strong contender. Now, I doubt they will have a majority in 2020 but unless their PR and advertising team completely messed up they should gain more votes and more MPs. And the parties that suffer will be Conservative and Labour whose voters may very well feel disillusioned in the establishment. 


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