It’s not the result of protest votes, people are choosing UKIP because they agree with their liberating policies and free market solutions. Nigel Farage has been giving both barrels to the statist clowns in Brussels for years, his oratories in the fake EU parliament house are legendary, so it behooves me greatly to see David Cameron, who is not even a mere tepid shadow of great former leaders, trying to take Farage on in a war of words.
UKIP ‘clowns’ have last laugh: Anti-Europe party’s surge as PM forced to eat his words
- UKIP’s Nigel Farage claimed his party was country’s third political force
- The anti-EU party took chunks out of the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems
- UKIP grabbed 139 council seats after winning a quarter of the vote
- PM David Cameron withdrew his dismissal of UKIP as ‘fruitcakes’
- Conservatives loss of 335 seats was significantly lower than expected
- Potential Tory/UKIP local government councils in five counties
By MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR and JAMES CHAPMAN, DAILY MAIL POLITICAL EDITOR
PUBLISHED: 07:38 GMT, 3 May 2013 | UPDATED: 22:58 GMT, 3 May 2013
Nigel Farage claimed UKIP was the country’s third political force yesterday as David Cameron withdrew his dismissal of them as ‘fruitcakes’.
The anti-EU party took chunks out of the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems, grabbing 139 council seats.
In the biggest surge by a minority party in England since the Second World War, UKIP won a quarter of the vote, pushing Labour into third and the Lib Dems into fourth.