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on 15 April 2014
A cogent and well reasoned analysis of UKIP, their appeal , support base and prospects backed by respectable data. An academic evaluation but highly readable. It suggests that UKIP's power base is the "left behind" voter who feels his or her views are no longer taken into account by mainstream parties and that support comes from older non graduate voters and blue collar workers whose traditional skills have been discarded. It further argues that support depends on concern about immigration and a feeling that mainstream parties ignore their views as much as on euroscepticism . A wish to exit the EEC is necessary but not sufficient to make UKIP voters. It also explains why Farage is not likely to favour a deal with anti- EC Conservatives and why wins outside euro-elections will continue to be hard to come by. I had always thought UKIP's support was predominantly disaffected Conservatives but it seems that 75% of their votes could well come from disillusioned Old Labour supporters who have tended to abstain in recent elections. Much of this was news to me and I found the book informative and entertaining. The chapters on UKIP's early years and infighting plus the Kilroy episode were very entertaining.
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