Whilst in British politics, the tension is becoming palpable amongst parties and the political campaigns are revving themselves up into a great frenzy, it’s appearing –in this household at least- that the public figures promoting themselves for UKIP are becoming crazier and less trustworthy by the day.
During the past several weeks of campaigning, UKIP have very happily advertised the fact that they have porn stars, staunch racists, and a homophobic candidate in the political mix. Leader Nigel Farage reacted to the latest furore with ‘ he has done nothing illegal’ when interviewed about his porn star candidate (although any political body with the name Johnny Rockhard, surely can’t the greatest confidence in local voters if they have an ounce of sense or self-worth).
This all leads me to wonder whether we’ve all missed a very big practical joke here somewhere. Perhaps the whole premise of UKIP founders was to contend with the policies of The Monster Raving Loony Party, or as an attempt for politics to fight back with its very own satire, rather than having spent centuries in all seriousness, only to be laughed at anyway.
When it comes to parties holding our votes, The Conservative Party and Labour seem to still be the fore running contenders; today with an average of 34% vote apiece. Following these very obvious steeple jack chasers, there is –astoundingly – UKIP next with 13-14% of the discernable British vote as it stands.
This would appear to be held completely on the grounds that their biggest policy within their manifesto is to cut immigration radically and become a lot more British. In a country which is bursting at the seams with unhappy ‘soft nationalists’, grumbling into their cups of Tetley about the jobs being taken and the benefits being used up, this would of course be a very attractive option. However British nationalism alone shall not a party maketh. In point number 5 of their very loosely compiled online manifesto, UKIP appear to exceed their capabilities in ‘grey , fuzzy, not sure what we’re doing policies’ by stating they will ‘ pay greater attention to elderly care across the country’. This is almost as non-committal as poor John Major’s quote that ‘life is full of surprises’ during the mid-nineties.
The fact that longer standing, and previously far more greatly respected parties such as the Liberal Democrats and The Green Party appear to be falling fast in the polls behind UKIP, perfectly illustrates the power of celebrity on today’s society. The reality that a frog-faced gooney bird bounding around the public arena, grinning inanely like a prom graduate who can’t believe his luck can generate more votes than dedicated politicians with years of research and professionalism behind them can only be indicative of the desperate state in Britain’s mainstream society.
No amount of talk on NHS reform, tax recovery, economical or ecological bolstering, educational and employment improvements or serious support for an increasingly ageing society by the tried and tested parties seem to be cutting the proverbial mustard by and large. Britain’s trust has been dented by shiny frontsmen who don’t deliver their promises time and time again. People seemingly don’t know who or what to trust anymore, therefore the potential of opting for an over-optimistic Brit with a mixed bag of rogues behind him would seem to sum up the full range of options for any self-respecting street-wise UK voter.
Give it five years and a pole dancing Sam Cam could very well be going for the role of Prime Minister; crazier things are afoot.
Tess Egerton © 2015