Depending on your political point of view here is a fact which is either sobering, or which says something rather profound about the thinking of the British people: UKIP is now the 3rd largest party in British politics in terms of vote share. Under Proportional Representation UKIP would have 83 seats in Parliament: 39% of the number of Labour seats and 35% of the number of Tory seats. Say what you like about UKIP, but it’s now the third force in British politics (farewell to the always rather pointless LibDems). In many constituencies UKIP is the opposition: 118 second places across the country.
The Scottish National Party needs just 25,000 votes to get a seat in Parliament. For UKIP, 3.5 million votes translates into just one seat in Parliament. One wonders how the English in particular feel about this?
If you think UKIP is a right-of-centre political party then between them the Conservative Party and UKIP would now have well over 100 more seats in Parliament than the Labour Party. Perhaps the British people don’t really buy in to socialism? Maybe that’s because, in the end, socialists always run out of other people’s money.
Under the last Tory-led coalition the UK enjoyed the fastest rate of growth in the G7 group of developed countries – with record numbers of jobs having been created. When all’s said and done, creating jobs, creating wealth is what does it for most of us. The reason we have a Conservative government today, therefore, is because most British citizens reject socialism as a political philosophy.
Amen to that …